Start planning for summer camp
It’s never too early to plan for your child’s summer camp. Avid4 Adventure is launching new day camps in Falmouth, Maine and Wellesley this summer with hiking, biking, kayaking, paddleboarding, rock climbing and other fun activities. The company aims to keep children away from screens and boost their self-confidence outdoors. Explorer camps cater for kindergartens and first graders, while adventure camps cater for second to seventh graders. Program information will be posted on the website on December 7 and registration will begin on December 15 (get 10% off by January 4). Camps start June 20. Rates start at $ 529 / $ 1,010 for one and two week camps in Maine and $ 604 / $ 1,160 for one and two week camps in Massachusetts; financial assistance available. 720-249-2412, www.avid4.com.
The best voices adorn this music festival
While you think about summer, get tickets now to a three-day music festival on Martha’s Vineyard that hosts Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams and other top performers. Beach Road Weekend takes place August 26-28 at Veterans Memorial Park in Vineyard Haven, with more than three dozen performers on two stages side by side. See Beck, Wilco, Caamp, Guster, The Avett Brothers, Khruangbin and many more. The reserved places have been canceled. Purchase a general admission ticket (starting at $ 275 for three days; day tickets not yet available) or book a three-day Beach Club VIP pass for $ 1,250, which includes access to a special viewing area and air-conditioned Beach Club shaded lounge. Check the website for Cape Town and Vineyard hotel packages. www.beachroadweekend.com.
New hotel overlooking the airport
Get stunning views without taking off at Los Angeles International Airport. Hyatt Place LAX and Hyatt House LAX on Century Boulevard – a double-brand hotel under one roof – offer views of the airport runways and downtown Los Angeles. It also claims the highest rooftop terrace and the only outdoor rooftop pool in the airport district. The mid-century modern hotel offers 401 combined guest rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and access to Greenleaf Kitchen & Cocktails and ShoresLAX, two on-site destination restaurants. Hyatt Place LAX has 272 guest rooms with separate working and sleeping areas, while Hyatt House LAX offers 129 apartment-style suites with full kitchens for longer stays; both types of rooms are available on each floor. Rates start at $ 179 per night. 310-258-9000, www.hyattsoflax.com.
An application for the route search all year round
The new onX Backcountry app combines GPS technology, mapping tools, and in-depth descriptions to help you explore trails year-round, from local nature trails to wilderness ski routes. Switch between Snow and Trail, then select an activity: snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or ski touring under Snow, and hiking or backpacking under Trail. Choose a route under the Discover tab and you get an overview and description of the trail, logistics information such as the required trail pass and number of parking spaces, a trail profile with elevation statistics and distance and photos. Each entry includes current weather and an interactive map, while Snow mode adds avalanche forecast and slope angle information. Use the tracking feature to record your time, distance and speed during an activity and mark your route in real time. Also cool: draw a custom route on the map and it will calculate the overall distance, elevation gain and loss, and more. Download route information for offline use. Annual fee of $ 29.99. www.onxmaps.com.
A smart portable sleeping bag
Zenbivy solves the two main obstacles when camping with its new Motobed 35-degree sleep system: configuration and comfort. It works great for sleepovers to RV adventures. The nifty bedspread – think sophisticated Aussie swag with a hi-tech twist – features a rectangular bed and synthetic duvet that roll up to be ready for the road in seconds. The Motobed, which is available in large (25 inches by 76 inches) and extra large (30 inches by 78 inches), features a 1.5 inch inflatable air mattress with a super comfortable foam mattress topper and a silky sheet bed. . The transformer shaped quilt can be adjusted in half a dozen ways, all still giving you room to move around so you never feel cramped. The quilt zips to the bed on either side of your torso – unzip one or both sides for ventilation or comfort – while its footbox area can close and tighten for extra warmth. The Motobed has a U-shaped material flap that is permanently attached to the bed and creates a comfortable wedge for your upper body – and also prevents your pillow from slipping. The sleep system weighs less than 10 pounds. $ 239.25. zenbivy.com.
Stay connected to your home
Play holiday-themed chimes, monitor deliveries, and let your visitors leave messages with Ring’s Video Doorbell 4 and Chime Pro. The new battery or cable compatible doorbell captures high definition video and offers two-way talk, live view and real-time notifications. Set motion detection to “Snooze” when expecting guests, schedule preset greetings, and allow delivery people or visitors to leave a recorded message for you. Use the Ring app to set up the device, then control the doorbell through the app or an Alexa-enabled device. Add the Chime Pro accessory to extend your WiFi range and play holidays or other chimes, such as Jingle Bells and Deck the Halls. The doorbell features a quick-release rechargeable battery (or install the plug-in adapter, sold separately) and works with Ring’s new clip-on holiday faceplates. $ 199.99, doorbell; $ 49.99 professional chime; $ 14.99 faceplates. https://ring.com.
Kari Bodnarchuk can be contacted at [email protected]