STYLISH HOTEL DEBUTS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE
The Granite State’s capital city is debuting style accommodations in its historic downtown. The Hotel Concord, a 38-room boutique hotel, is located on the fourth and sixth floors of Capital Commons, a six-story mixed-use building overlooking the Merrimack River and the New Hampshire State House. Amenities include oversize bathrooms, luxurious bedding, an executive lounge on each floor, a fitness center, and an attached garage. Business travelers will appreciate two conference rooms with state-of-the-art audiovisual capabilities. In a nod toward the state’s pivotal role in the US election process, hallways are decorated with black-and-white framed photographs of iconic moments in American politics. The first-floor lobby, designed as a community gathering spot, features a high coffered ceiling, cozy seating areas, and fireplace. Also on property: O Steaks & Seafood, and the Red River Theater, a nonprofit three-screen cinema and café. Seasonal rates from $179. 603-504-3500, www.hotelconcordnh.com
POP UP COCKTAILS IN A STEAMER TRUNK
Belly up to the Bellhop Bar, a limited-edition holiday pop-up for travelers and cocktail enthusiasts in lobbies of select Loews Hotels across the country, including Boston. Inspired by the golden age of travel — when wardrobe trunks were packed for extended journeys — handcrafted cocktails will be served from a retrofitted vintage steamer trunk, from 5 to 7 p.m. daily. To signal the bar is ready for service, an opening bell ritual will take place at Loews Boston’s Precinct Kitchen + Bar. In addition to red and sparkling wines, the Bellhop Bar is serving The Mayflower (Hangar 1 vodka, Luxardo, Crème de Violette, Yellow Chartreuse, and lemon juice) and The Midnight Ride (Angel’s Envy Bourbon, poblano-orange syrup, mole bitters, and Jarritos Mineragua), inspired by the American patriot Paul Revere. Available through mid-January 2019. 617-266-7200, www.loewshotels.com/bellhop-bar.
NEW ARCHEOLOGY TOURS
Fans of archeology and history will want to check out the 15-day Tunisia & Morocco: From the Phoenicians to the Berbers itinerary, one of three new 2019 programs offered by Archeological Tours. (The other two are Western China, and the Baltics.) For more than 40 years, the company has curated itineraries that are led by expert scholars. Dr. Allen Fromherz, director of the Middle East Studies Center and professor of Mediterranean and Middle East History at Georgia State University, will guide this tour. Highlights include visiting Carthage, founded by the Phoenicians in the 9th century BC; Kairouan, a holy pilgrimage city renowned for its Great Mosque and medina; National Bardo Museum, a Tunisian Heritage landmark; Morocco’s Islamic Imperial cities of Rabat, Meknes, Fes and Marrakech; and excavations of Volubilis, the outpost at the heart of the ancient Roman-Berber kingdom of Mauretania. Departing March 25. Rates from $4,950 per person, double, excluding international airfare. 866-740-5130, www.archaeological-tours.com/tours/africa/tunisia-morocco-from-the-phoenicians-to-the-berbers.
IRISH HOSPITALITY IN THE HEART OF MANHATTAN
Get a warm Irish welcome in the heart of Times Square at the Merrion Row Hotel and Public House. OpeningDec. 1 — just in time for holiday festivities in the Big Apple — the intimate, 28-room hotel draws inspiration from Dublin, where the energetic strip of pubs referred to as Merrion Row meets the stately Georgian row houses encircling Merrion Square. Located in a revived Beaux-Arts building, the contemporary guest rooms (with real white oak floors) feature beds with leather headboards, cashmere mattresses, and luxury linens; Irish-inspired plaid drapes; oversize windows; and original photography of the Irish countryside. Each en suite bathroom embodies classic New York style, with black and white subway tiles, white marble vanities, and glass paneled showers. The Public House, anchoring the building’s first floor, offers playful twists on traditional Irish and New American pub favorites. Rates from $299. 866-203-0912, merrionrowhotel.com.
UPDATED SKI APP
Serious skiers heading west this winter will want to download Ski Utah, a new app that provides everything you’ll want to know before hitting the slopes — from road conditions to resort-specific snowfall, 5-day forecasts, trail maps, webcams, and lift and trail status. Also includes information on ski bus routes and schedules, and opening and closing dates at resorts. The app is integrated with SNOCRU, a way to track your days on the mountain, and rank you among other Utah enthusiasts by reporting days skied (check-ins), vertical descent and number of runs. Free. www.skiutah.com/resorts/get-mobile-snow-updates
TRAVEL BLANKET FAVORS FEET
Keep your tootsies warm on long flights, on the road, and even in your campsite hammock with the Bamboo Footie Blanket by adventure gear company, Grand Trunk. Made of eco-friendly viscose from bamboo, the blanket features a pocket at one end to keep your feet covered and cozy. This lightweight travel blanket, 76 inches by 40 inches, comes with its own travel sack, making it easy to stash when not in use. Available in three colors: bright crimson, peacock green, and slate gray. $49.95, www.grandtrunk.com/collections/travel-collection/products/bamboo-travel-blanket.