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CAPE SUMMER SERIES PROMOTES GUEST CHEFS

Food lovers won’t want to miss the lineup of culinary events at the Summer Guest Chef Series at Chatham Bars Inn. Beginning June 26 and running through Aug. 28, the weekly series features al fresco dinners prepared by celebrated chefs from the Boston area — including Michael Schlow, Michael Scelfo, Tatiana Rosana, and Andy Husbands — as well as chefs hailing from Connecticut, New York, and Pennsylvania. Using freshly-caught seafood and produce from the luxury resort’s 8t-acre farm, each meal will fuse each chef’s different cooking styles, techniques, and backgrounds with Cape Cod’s unique local fare. Advance reservations recommended. $95 per person; or $130 with two selected wine pairings. 508-945-0096, www.chathambarsinn.com

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ALL-THINGS-MARITIME FESTIVAL
IN MAINE

Celebrate the rich maritime history of Maine’s coastal communities of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Arundel at Launch!, a five-day nautical-themed, family-friendly festival (June 12-16). Activities include an authentic lobster bake; amateur, professional, and kids cooking contests; merchant treasure hunt with 30 prizes from local businesses; 5K beachside run in which participants are encouraged to wear nautical-themed costumes; a pirate pub crawl; historic walking tours; brewery tours and tastings at the Kennebunkport Brewing Company; reenactment of the sinking of the ghost ship Isadore; and more. New this year: the Friday night Harbor High Five with live music, specialty cocktails, and gourmet bites; and Rock the Dock, the Saturday night waterfront party with front-row seats for the River Lights Boat Parade. For information on hotel room availability and more event details: 207-967-0857; gokennebunks.com/pages/events/launch-a-maritime-festival

LUGGAGE STORAGE SYSTEM ARRIVES IN BEANTOWN

After debuting in New York City and a half-dozen locations in Europe, LuggageHero has landed in Boston. The safe and hassle-free storage network offers more than 20 convenient storage sites for stowing rollerbags and backpacks while touring Boston and environs. Simply go to the website, find a storage site inside a verified shop or other business, and reserve your spot. When you arrive, all luggage will be secured with a tamper-proof seal, leaving you free to go out and explore without cumbersome bags slowing you down. Perfect for those who must check out of a hotel hours before their flight. (Or for houseguests who arrive while you’re still at work!) The service is also popular among users of Airbnb and other non-hotel lodgings, which do not offer luggage storage. Rates: $1 per hour with a maximum of $10 per day per piece of luggage first day, plus one-time handling fee of $2 per bag. Includes security seals and $3,000 insurance per bag and contents. luggagehero.com/boston/

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CRUISE WITH BOSTON POPS
CONDUCTOR

Experience the harmonic convergence of music, sailing, and culture on Ponant’s new Celebrating American Composers tour, Montreal to Boston (Oct. 19-27). Cruising along the waterways of eastern Canada and northern New England, the nine-day, eight-night itinerary will be hosted by Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart. Musical highlights include a series of concerts onboard the ship, curated and performed by maestro Lockhart and six musicians, as well as a private concert showcasing the music of Debussy, Ravel, and Faure in Quebec’s Musée de l’Amérique Francaise, the oldest museum in Canada. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet with the musicians, by dining together on ship or heading off on excursions that include historic Quebec; the 18th-century Fortress of Louisberg; UNESCO World Heritage site of Lunenburg in Nova Scotia; the Gaspé Peninsula; Bar Harbor, Maine; and more. From $5,360. 888-400-1082.

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INSURANCE FOR RV RENTALS

Get ready for summer with Outdoorsy, an on-demand marketplace for renting and listing recreational vehicles. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with additional offices in the United States, Canada, Australia, France, and the United Kingdon, the company offers hundreds of thousands of rental days and a growing global fleet of unique outdoor vehicles. A major roadblock to the outdoor travel sharing economy has been insurance protection for the owner, the renter, and the platform. New this year: Outdoorsy is partnering with Liberty Mutual to provide three levels of RV rental insurance for travel in motor homes, camper vans, caravans, travel trailers, and adventure vehicles. In addition, owners can earn supplemental income from their idle RV with insurance protection at no extra charge. www.outdoorsy.com

VERSATILE PROTECTIVE FOOTWEAR

Over time, the consistent jarring experienced when hiking, jumping, jogging, and walking reduces natural foot cushion, often leading to pain or injury. Kuru, offering direct-to-consumer footwear sales since 2009, has debuted its newest creation, the Atom. Designed with the company’s signature triple-layer, heel-hugging technology, the Atom incorporates a deep, rounded heel cup that stabilizes and centers the heel bone for optimum positioning with each step. Made of moisture-wicking space-age foam, the insole runs the full length of the shoe and reacts with the body’s natural heat to individually mold itself to the wearer. Available in jet black and colonial blue for men, and mauve, jet black, and aqua blue for women. $125/$120. www.kurufootwear.com

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