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The Woodstock Inn & Resort offers three Sugar Season packages.
The Woodstock Inn & Resort offers three Sugar Season packages.Woodstock Inn & Resort


As the snow melts and the sap begins to run, celebrate Vermont’s brief but sweet maple sugaring season with one of three Sugar Season packages offered at the Woodstock Inn & Resort. Following a just-completed two-year, $16.5 million renovation, the resort is offering up to 45 percent savings on newly renovated guestrooms, sweet treats, and spa specials. Stay in one of 10 oversized Woodstock Collection rooms, each with distinctive décor and amenities that embody a quintessential Vermont experience, from hiking and fishing to downhill skiing and (of course!) maple syrup production and history. All packages include luxury accommodations and a hearty country breakfast for two. Additional package perks include add on spa credits, bottle of wine, and maple welcome amenity. From $179 per night midweek and $209 weekends. Available through May 16. 888-338-2745, www.woodstockinn.com/



Cheese Journeys, a tour company promoting appreciation of artisanal cheese, food, and drink producers, is adding Vermont to its roster of international destinations. “A Summer of Love: Food Tripping in Vermont,” a six-day, five-night foodie-fest, is centered around visits to Jasper Hill, Shelburne Farms, Hill Farmstead Brewery, and Vermont Creamery. (Aug. 8-13) Also included are a Cheesemakers Dinner with the executive director of the Vermont Cheese Council; 11th annual Cheesemakers Festival; visits to Mad River Distillers, Lake Champlain Chocolates, the Burlington Farmers Market; and more. The tour will be led by Cheese Journeys’ founder, Anna Juhl, with co-hosts Tenaya Darlington and Jeff Roberts offering insights on cheese, cocktails, cider, beer, and all things fermented. Participants have the option of free travel to/from Burlington via a luxury passenger van making stops at Fairfield Cheese Shop in Connecticut, Brookline’s Curds & Co., and the Concord Cheese Shop. $3,100 double occupancy; $3,600 single. cheesejourneys.com/vermont-august-8-13-2019 .html

Odysseys Unlimited cultural trips to Japan.
Odysseys Unlimited cultural trips to Japan.Odysseys Unlimited



Enjoy a dynamic cultural adventure on Insider’s Japan, a new 13-day, small group trip offered by Odysseys Unlimited. The tour travels to Tokyo and Kyoto and includes visits to off-the-beaten-path historic cities of Takayama, Kanazawa and Nara, and scenic Mt. Fuji and Fuki-Hakone-Izu National Park. Hands-on activities include calligraphy, pottery, gold-leaf application, and cooking lessons conducted by preeminent masters in each discipline. Multiple departures are scheduled through Oct. 30. Includes round-trip transportation from select cities, including Boston. Priced from $5,757. 888-370-6765, odysseys-unlimited.com/tours/asia-the-far-east/insiders-japan/


Experience the authentic charms of Italy on Lazy Italian Culinary Adventures. Italian-born Francesca Montillo leads, plans, and organizes culinary tours and customized trips to Tuscany, Sicily, Puglia, Emilia Romagna, Veneto, Umbria, and other regions. Designed to introduce travelers to “la dolce vita” — the good life — that celebrates the sights, smells, and tastes of her native land. Tours include hotels, cooking classes, winery visits with lunches on location, all excursions, all ground transportation, and most meals. Does not include airfare. When you return from your travels, continue your Italian culinary education with one of Montillo’s cooking classes offered in the Boston area. Culinary tours from $3,795-$3,999. www.thelazyitalian.com/

The Cave, Heimplanet’s inflatable tent.
The Cave, Heimplanet’s inflatable tent.David Herzig


Like the idea of camping but worry about the tedious task of setting up a tent? With The Cave, Heimplanet’s inflatable tent, all you need is a pump and a few minutes of time. The spacious and stable geodesic structure’s inflatable frame and inner and outer tent work together as one. You only need to assemble them once and, after that, you simply pump it up. Accommodates up to three people. Includes sewn-in bags for your belongings, and space at the entrance for shoes or cooking gear. A gear loft under the inner tent roof offers added storage, and is the perfect spot to tuck your lamp for ambient lighting. Waterproof RipStop Polyester fly sheet and RipStop Nylon inner tent offer weatherproof durability. www.heimplanet.com/shop/Tents ; Available in the United States at major online retailers. $598. https://amzn.to/2sBvYHJ



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