Here, there, and everywhere

Here, there, and everywhere

Visitors can roll up their pant legs, climb into a big steel tub barefoot, and crush grapes at the White Mountains Crush Festival at Loon Mountain.
Seven Birches Winery at RiverWalk Resort
Visitors can roll up their pant legs, climb into a big steel tub barefoot, and crush grapes at the White Mountains Crush Festival at Loon Mountain.


Stomp on grapes, savor wine, and learn all about winemaking from experts at the third annual White Mountains Crush Festival at Loon Mountain, Oct. 20. Find out how wines are hand-crafted in the White Mountains during a Winemakers Tour and Barrel Tasting, when you’ll tour a winery production room, meet a winemaker, and sample red wine ($25). A highlight of the event: when visitors of all ages can roll up their pant legs, climb into a big steel tub barefoot (don’t worry: stompers sanitize their feet beforehand), and crush grapes Lucille Ball-style ($25 per person; kids 10 and under free). As you feel the grapes squish between your toes, know that you’re helping Seven Birch’s seasonal wine-making process. RiverWalk Resort, site of the event, hosts special festival packages starting at $143 per person, based on double occupancy. 603-745-7550.


Celebrate the free-loving adventurous spirit of author Jack Kerouac, a Lowell native, and the area’s vibrant arts and music scenes during The Town and The City Festival, a first-ever event named after Kerouac’s first major published work. The event, Oct. 19 and 20, spills across many downtown venues, including the Luna Theater, Coffee and Cotton, Gallery Z, and Zorba Music Hall. It will draw dozens of musicians and artists, such as a poetry session by headliner Andrea Gibson and England’s Scarlett Sabet, and performances by guitarist Gary Hoey, singer-songwriter Caitlin Canty, and English rock/new wave singer Wreckless Eric. Weekend passes: $45 in advance, $55 on site; tickets to individual shows available.


Maybe you’re not quite the gear nerd your fellow outdoorsy friends are, yet you want to be prepared for an upcoming hike or camping adventure. Check out Cairn, a subscriber-based organization that provides the appropriate gear for your outings and introduces you to worthwhile equipment. Complete an online profile with info on your demographics, interests, sizing, and preferences (dog owner and/or wine drinker, for instance?). Choose a subscription and the experts at Cairn will put together a thoughtfully curated package of high-quality gear and ship it to you. One package may contain a solar light, backpack, and the latest fueling and hydration products, whereas another may have a high-end rain jacket, camping cook set, trail bars, and water filter — whatever matches your subscription budget, and your personal interests and needs. Pay roughly $30 monthly for up to $50 in gear or $250 for a package valued at up to $350. Experiencing gear overload? Cairn provides a bag with a prepaid shipping label for subscribers (or nonsubscribers by request) as part of its Gear Up, Give Back program. Ship your old items to The Gear Fix in Bend, Ore., Cairn’s home base, and the shop will repair your gear, resell it, and donate proceeds (with a matched amount from Cairns) to the Conservation Alliance.



Stay at the Equus Hotel on Waikiki’s quieter west side and enjoy not only easy access to the beach (just a block away) and the city’s top restaurants and shopping, but free tickets to polo matches at the Hawai’i Polo Club on Oahu’s North Shore (caveat: for guests staying on Sundays during polo season, April to September). The owner of the equestrian-themed boutique hotel (Equus means “horse” in Latin) used to play professional polo, and matches were once held in nearby Kapi’olani Park. Following a $1 million renovation, the hotel’s new lobby bar, the Paniolo (meaning “Hawaiian cowboy”), offers coffee, espresso, and pastries 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and then adult drinks from 2 to 10 p.m. (check out the barstools made with saddles, and try out the Paniolo Punch). The green-minded hotel — it uses eco-friendly cleaners, has energy efficient toilets, and promotes recycling, for instance — has partnered with the nonprofit Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative to reintroduce the Hawaiian milo tree and return a 500-acre section of land to native forest on the North Shore. In fact, $1 of each guest’s resort fee supports the planting of Legacy Tree seedlings. Rooms start at $139.


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Don’t be fooled by the name: Cauldryn’s Coffee travel mug does way more than just keep your morning brew warm while on the go. This ingenious multipiece device can blend your coffee beans — or even a smoothie or margarita — boil water for camping meals, sterilize water in case of a home emergency or natural disaster, and of course, keep your soup or hot beverage at the perfect temperature. The 16-ounce insulated bottle comes with an easy-sip lid, a blender attachment, a heating base with temperature settings that range from 78 to 212 degrees Fahrenheit, a 10-hour rechargeable battery base, and the A/C charging cable and base. Buy the optional percolator insert (available later this year for $14.99) and you can also brew coffee grounds and tea leaves in your Cauldryn. The bottle is too big to fit in your car’s cupholder without an optional $9.99 adapter, but small enough to pack along on your adventures. Connect the bottle to your phone using Bluetooth and you can control the Cauldryn through a phone app. $129.99.