Celebrate spring at Boston festival
Learn about beekeeping, meet baby chicks, gather tips on planting vegetables, and more at the second annual Agricultural Festival at Boston Public Market, April 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This free event takes place throughout the marketplace. Head to the Kids Nook between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to meet bunnies and more than 50 chicks, and then stay for face painting from noon to 2 p.m. Siena Farm of Sudbury presents a talk on kale and lettuce planting, Stow Greenhouses hosts a flower crown-making class, and the Boston Honey Company offers beekeeping 101 talk and honey tasting. Also enjoy veggie noodle-making demos and pesto tasting with Stillmans Farm throughout the day and live music in the plaza between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nightshift Brewery will serve cold beer at the pop-up Market Bar. www.bostonpublicmarket.org.
The perfect place for mom
Give mom the gift of peace, quiet, and relaxation with a stay at Whitehall in Camden, Maine. This 1901 recently renovated inn offers a special Mother’s Day Package for any two nights between May 10 and 12, featuring fresh flowers upon arrival, a signature welcome drink, and a Mother’s Day brunch for two from the local Café Miranda. The boutique property has 36 rooms and suites, blends modern and vintage furnishings, and has lovely porches where mom can kick back and take in views of Camden’s lovely sheltered harbor. Or, it’s just a 10-minute stroll into town to explore. Room rates start at $139, plus $60 for Mother’s Day package, includes brunch for two. 207-236-3391, www.whitehallmaine.com.
See the new Hamilton exhibit
Chicago hosts a new, 360-degree immersive exhibit, “Hamilton: The Exhibition,” at a new venue on Northerly Island through Sept. 8. This traveling exhibit, narrated by the creator of the Broadway musical, Lin-Manuel Miranda, examines the life and times of Alexander Hamilton and chronicles events leading to the founding of the United States. See replicas of New York City in 1776, step into George Washington’s war tent and hear about the strategy for the Battle of Yorktown, and learn how Hamilton’s work in St. Croix helped him create our country’s financial system. Admission for timed entry: $39.50 adults, $32.50 senior/military, $25 ages 4-14, free 3 and younger. www.hamiltonexhibition.com.
Arctic tours for ‘mature’ folks
Sign up for a new Arctic trip for travelers 55 and older and you can cruise by polar bears and beluga whales, learn about climate change and ice flows, and hang out on the bridge with the ship’s captain. Boston-based Overseas Adventure Travel has launched a new 15-day trip, Arctic Expedition: Untamed Norway & Svalbard, that includes 10 days aboard the 150-passenger M/V Hondius, a new state-of-the-art expedition cruise vessel. Travelers fly from Oslo to Longyearbyen in the Svalbard archipelago, where they hop aboard the ship and begin their Arctic exploration (insider tip: the best months for spotting polar bears are June and July). See walrus, narwhals, reindeer, arctic foxes, and tons of birds on this adventure. Thanks to the ship’s open-bridge policy, you can hang out with and ask questions of the captain whenever available. The trip includes many educational talks and discussions. Rates start at $12,895, including international airfare. Book now for 2020. 800-955-1925, www.oattravel.com .
Portable meals for travelers
Whether you’re heading into the backcountry for an overnight adventure or landing at a hotel late at night, bring a few portable meals to keep you going. Maine-based Good To-Go has created two new tasty options for travelers that are lightweight and easy to tuck into a suitcase or backpack. The gluten-free and pescatarian New England Clam Chowdah comes loaded with sweet potatoes, onions, corn, protein-rich bonito flakes, and whole milk. The gluten-free and vegan Kale and White Bean Stew has antioxidants, plant-based protein, and all-around healthy ingredients (fennel, olive oil, garlic, and rosemary, in addition to the nutrient-rich kale and white beans). To prepare, just add hot water, wait 15 minutes, and enjoy a hearty meal. Available at REI, EMS, and other outdoor stores, or online. $6.95 (3.4-ounce) to $12.95 (6.7-ounce) package. 844-484-8646, www.goodto-go.com.
Pack a snack or meal
Bring a snack on your travels with OtterBox’s new collapsible 2-quart storage container. This container expands to hold a meal and then collapses down to easily fit into your carry-on bag. Or use it to hold leftovers, or fill it with water and freeze it to make an ice pack for your travels. The dishwater-safe container has a leak-proof lid and is made using food-grade polypropylene. $34.99. www.otterbox.com .