A cookie and candy tour, heated igloos in the seaport, and music on the go

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Savor homemade holiday treats and shop for unique crafts on a tour of nine inns in the Mt Washington Valley. The 24th Annual Inn-to-Inn Cookies and Candy Tour takes place December 11-12. Hostels participating in this self-guided driving tour are spaced no more than 15 minutes apart and include the Crystal Lake Inn at Eaton; Snowvillage Inn in Snowville; Wildcat Inn and the Inn at Ellis River in Jackson; Eastman Inn, Cranmore Inn and Samuel O’Reilly House in North Conway; The B&B Farmstand in Chocorua; and the Admiral Peary Inn in Fryeburg. $ 35 per person for a day trip; tickets available November 22. Or book a night package at a participating lodge starting at $ 197 per couple, including accommodation, breakfast and tickets for two, a map and a souvenir cookbook. cookietour.square.site

Woods Hill Pier 4 has reopened four igloos where up to six people can dine together “outside” in each heated dome. Handout

Dinner in a heated igloo

Savor exquisite cuisine and star-studded views from your individual transparent igloo in Boston’s Seaport district. Woods Hill Pier 4 has reopened four igloos where up to six people can dine together “outside” in each heated geodesic dome. The dinner and brunch menus feature dishes made with grass-fed protein, sustainably caught fish, organic produce, and locally grown organic grains. Try the New Butter Poached Lobster with Two 1.5 Pound Lobsters served with Turnips and Chanterelles, or the Woods Hill Farm Pork Loin with Oatmeal and Forage Mushrooms, both part of the new For Two offering. . Prices start at $ 300 for Saturday or Sunday brunch and $ 450 or $ 550 for dinner, depending on the day, which includes the rental of the igloo and a minimum amount for food and drinks (more tip and fees); reserve one month in advance. 617-981-4577, www.woodshillpier4.com

Watch model trains ride through miniature replicas of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and over 175 other New York City landmarks at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.
Watch model trains ride through miniature replicas of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and over 175 other New York City landmarks at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. Handout

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New York Vacation Events

Watch model trains ride through miniature replicas of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and over 175 other New York City landmarks at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. The Holiday Train Show runs until January 23 in the Haupt Conservatory garden. The exhibit includes recreations of iconic buildings and structures made from birch bark, lotus pods, cinnamon sticks and other natural materials. New replicas from the LuEsther T. Mertz Library and Haupt Conservatory help celebrate the show’s 30th anniversary. The Botanical Garden also hosts NYBG GLOW, an outdoor color and light experience on 25 different evenings between November 24 and January 22. Walk 1.5 miles through the colorful garden landscape, created using thousands of energy-efficient LED lights that illuminate buildings and grounds. Train / GLOW Show Tickets: $ 18 / $ 20 for ages 2-12, $ 32 / $ 35 for ages 13 and over, or purchase a combined ticket for $ 34 for kids and $ 49 for adults . Advance tickets strongly recommended. www.nybg.org

Don't miss the new exhibition
Don’t miss the new exhibition “Man Ray: The Paris Years”, which runs until February 21 and includes over 100 portrait photographs from 1921 to 1940. See images by Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Wallis Simpson, Pablo Picasso and other cultural icons.Handout

Exhibits feature photo captions

See more than 70 photos by renowned landscape photographer Ansel Adams at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. “Ansel Adams: Compositions in Nature” runs until January 2. The show features some of Adams’ best-known images – including “Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico”; “The Tetons and the Snake River”; and “Monolith, Face of Half Dome” – and features rarely seen old photographs. Also, don’t miss the new exhibition “Man Ray: The Paris Years”, which runs until February 21 and includes over 100 portrait photographs from 1921 to 1940. See images by Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce , Wallis Simpson, Pablo Picasso and other cultural icons. Ray, who was raised in Brooklyn by immigrant Jewish parents, used photography to challenge artistic and cultural traditions, including fixed gender roles. Tickets for the Adams exhibition: $ 8 for ages 7-17 to $ 10 for ages 18 and over. Tickets for the Ray exhibition: $ 10 for ages 7-17 to $ 16 for ages 18 and over. 804-340-1400, www.vmfa.museum

The new Revolution GO from Victrola.
The new Revolution GO from Victrola.Handout

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A portable record player

Here’s the perfect gift for a music lover who always loves to spin vinyl: the new Revolution GO from Victrola. This ridiculously light Bluetooth record player – less than 5 pounds – comes with a cover and a handy shoulder strap, so you can stow it away, put it on your shoulder, and take it on a camping trip, or to a party. Charge the built-in lithium battery and listen to up to 12 hours of music or plug it into the wall. The belt-driven turntable plays 33, 45 and 78 speeds and incorporates an Audio Technica magnetic cartridge that produces crisp, rich sound, with that telltale “crackle” you may remember so well. Play your discs through the built-in speaker or stream music through most external Bluetooth speakers. The record player also has a headphone jack and RCA ports for connection to wired speakers. $ 199 at Target (black), Best Buy (blue). www.victrola.com

Solo pans aren't just for keeping candy givers warm on Halloween.  These portable smoke-free fireplaces work great from the ski area parking lot to your campsite, favorite beach, and vacation cabin.
Solo pans aren’t just for keeping candy givers warm on Halloween. These portable smoke-free fireplaces work great from the ski area parking lot to your campsite, favorite beach, and vacation cabin. Handout

Make yourself comfortable in a smoke-free home

Solo pans aren’t just for keeping candy givers warm on Halloween. These portable smoke-free fireplaces work great from the ski area parking lot to your campsite, favorite beach, and vacation cabin. The stainless steel bonfire is 19.5 inches wide and can hold logs up to 16 inches long (go for the Ranger if you want a smaller stove that can hold 12 inch logs) and can keep a half a dozen people comfortably warm and mesmerized. Special double wall construction and 360 degree airflow design help reduce smoke and make fire more efficient. Purchase the new Fire Pit cooking system, which includes a stand that sits on top of the range and a cast iron grate for cooking. The fireplace cools down quickly, so you can pack it in its travel bag and go. Long-term use at a campsite or vacation home? Consider the new Solo Stove Station, which comes with two shelves to store wood and your bonfire and has a protective cover. The fireplace is available in five new natural colors: ash, clay, sand, earth and water. $ 249.99 Bonfire, $ 499.99 Bonfire with grill and stand; Station $ 479.99. www.solostove.com

KARI BODNARCHUK


Kari Bodnarchuk can be contacted at [email protected]

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