Here, There, and Everywhere

Here, there, and everywhere


Ride the rails with Santa when you and the family hop aboard the Conway Scenic Railway’s Santa Holiday Express. The 11-mile, 55-minute round-trip excursion departs from the 1874 station in the middle of North Conway Village. Along the route, passing the Moat Mountain Range and crossing rivers on the way to Conway, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies provided by Santa’s spritely elves. Keep your cameras handy for photo-ops with your favorite North Pole denizens. Trains run at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily from Dec. 15-23. Rates from $18 adults; $12.50 ages 4-12, 800-232-5251, www.conwayscenic.com



The animal kingdom meets the human world in “Air Sea Land,” seven newly commissioned large-scale sculptures designed specifically for the sweeping cityscape in Boston’s Seaport district. Contemporary Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel’s 8- to 12-foot sculptures can be found at each pedestrian crossing on the Seaport Boulevard landscaped medians, creating a half-mile-long public art corridor. Those who want to know more about each sculpture — with titles such as “Creation Light,” “Mythological Being,” and “Diversity Wild” — will be happy to learn that Seaport has partnered with two Boston-based organizations to create and launch a mobile tour of “Air Sea Land.” The tour is run on the Cuseum digital platform, tapping technology from this neighboring Fort Point business.


Plan a post-holiday trip to the Big Apple and get huge savings during the eighth-annual Hotel Week NYC 2019 (Jan. 4-14). Check out your favorite neighborhoods throughout the city — from Midtown East to the Bowery to Williamsburg and more — for fixed rate prices of $100, $200, $300, or $400 per night. On the easy-to-navigate website, users can filter properties by price and neighborhood; read detailed descriptions; and view image galleries of guest rooms, public spaces, and hotel amenities including spa and dining options. This year’s participants include Hotel Giraffe; Hotel 50 Bowery; Freehand New York; the William Vale; the High Line Hotel; Wolcott Hotel; and more, with additional hotels being added daily. www.hotelweeknyc.com


Those looking for a place to stay in the “other” Portland — ahem, in Oregon — might want to check out Woodlark, the city’s newest accommodations destination. Opening this weekend, the 150-room property unites two iconic buildings, the Cornelius Hotel, circa 1908, and the adjacent Woodlark Building, circa 1912, once home to Woodard, Clarke & Co., the city’s first pharmacy. Woodlark’s top-to-bottom renovations are bright, open, and minimalist, and its design reflects its surroundings in the form of lush, mossy velvets, natural wood tones, and pops of oceanic blue. In each guest room, a mix of textiles, glass, marble, lacquer, and brass creates a serene retreat in the heart of downtown. In addition, the hotel exhibits the work of Imogen Cunningham, the celebrated American photographer born in Portland in 1883. Introductory opening rate, $125. 833-624-2188, woodlarkhotel.com



“The More the Merrier” could be the motto of the Monster Towel. Measuring 10 feet by 10 feet — larger than a king-size bed — this super-size towel is large enough to accommodate your family, friends, and pet iguana at the beach, a picnic, or on a camping trip. Made of super soft and absorbent suede microfiber material, the towel rolls up to a compact size (15-by-15 inches) and is easy to transport with included carry strap. Corner pockets can be filled with sand to weight down the towel. A hidden, zippered pocket keeps valuables safe. Available in seven snazzy colors. Sale through Jan. 2, $69.95. Use code BOSTON for additional $10 savings. monstertowel.com


Dry aircraft air, changing climates, and the stress of travel can take a toll on delicate facial skin. The Tumerica skincare line aims to enhance and protect all skin types. As the name suggests, each product is crafted with turmeric, a powerful Indian anti-inflammatory, as well as other natural ingredients free of harmful chemicals. The newest product to the line, Booster, is promoted as a super food blend for your skin. Available in two versions: Moringa & Turmeric is loaded with nutrients like calcium, vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and minerals like copper, iron, zinc, magnesium, silica, and manganese, to keep skin super moisturized and nourished; Raspberry & Turmeric, loaded with vitamin E, is designed to brighten dull skin, repair damaged skin, prevent oxidative damage, and reduce water loss. The convenient 1-ounce size easily passes through airport security in your carry-on bag. $6.99. 561-331-5800, www.tumericanow.com