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1. -2. Mother’s Day package at Camden Harbour Inn. Photo credit: Irvin Serrano (Exterior). Photo credit: Kristin Tieg (Interior DR). Approved by Gillian Britt;
Irvin Serrano
Camden Harbour Inn


Treat mom to an extra special Mother’s Day with a two-night package at the Camden Harbour Inn. Stay in either a guest room or suite and enjoy a four-course tasting menu for dinner at the hotel’s own acclaimed Natalie’s; a la carte Champagne breakfast; bottle of Prosecco and tasty pastries in your room; Mother’s Day gourmet brunch buffet; and 60-minute massage for two. Package also includes a Saturday master baking class with Cas Wolters, a 2019 contestant on the Dutch version of “The Great British Baking Show” ($25 for non-hotel guests). Wolter’s cakes and savory snacks from the Netherlands will also be featured at the Sunday brunch. Additional complimentary offerings include wireless Internet, beverages and snacks in each room, and concierge and turndown services. Package rates from $429. 800-236-4266,


Put on your sleuthing cap and head to Glen, N.H., for one of the rollicking Murder Mystery Weekends at Bernerhof Inn. In advance of your arrival, the hotel will e-mail you a custom written mystery character packet so you can plan an entrance as your “character.” The package features two-night accommodations in one of the Victorian inn’s rooms; wine and cheese reception; candlelight four-course mystery dinner; two country breakfasts; and more. In addition, win gift certificates for future visits to the inn at the Best Dressed and Most Entertaining Mystery Awards ceremony. Upcoming weekends: June 7 and 28; July 12; Dec. 6. Availability does not appear on website calendar; inquiries should be made by phone. Package $629 per couple, plus tax, for all rooms. 877-389-4852,


Avid rafters looking for high-water thrills will want to check out Western River Expeditions’ Cataract Canyon Rafting Adventure. Record level snow pack measurements this year (up more than 132 percent since 2013) and seasonal rains bode well for river rafting vacations this season. Cataract Canyon begins just south of Moab, Utah, where the Green and Colorado Rivers meet. Bolstered by the Green River, the Colorado River doubles its force, carving a 100-mile-long chasm through the heart of Canyonlands National Park. This four-day trip mixes the thrill of class III-V whitewater rafting with calm stretches that wind through stunning geologic formations, and off-river hikes to ancient Native American ruins and pictographs. Includes camping under the stars and dining on chef-prepared meals. Concludes with a flight over Canyonlands on the return to Moab. Available select dates, May through August. Per person rate $1,570. 866-904-1160,



After 35-plus years in the travel business, Rough Guides is growing up. Well, sort of. Acknowledging that its young backpacker audience is now — ahem — approaching middle age, the company is launching a new site with tailor-made adventures based on each customer’s personal needs. The company will still emphasize new experiences and off-the-beaten-track elements while taking care of all accommodations, transport, and other creature comforts. Think of it as the Rough Guide minus the rough bits. (Meaning you won’t be crammed in a shared dorm in a budget hostel.) Simply go online, pick your dream destination, and fill out a short form with your trip preferences. After that, a local expert will craft an itinerary that you can refine and tweak.


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Tired of the same old family vacations? Turn your precious time together into an immersive, hands-on learning and cultural travel experience on one of Perillo’s Learning Journeys. Six special trips span the globe from Europe to South America and Africa, offering opportunities to spark imaginations and give back to local communities. For example, a seven-day adventure in the Andes in Peru explores nature, archeology, and handicrafts. Includes a visit to an alpaca farm and a textile showroom in Cusco where guests learn traditional weaving; tours of Machu Picchu and Coricancha; visit to the home of a musician who makes traditional instruments that children can learn to play; and more. Departure on July 14 from $2,990 per person. Additional destinations from $2,450-$7,100. 888-884-8259,


The newest must-have accessory for backpacking, camping, and any other travel adventures is MyFAK, a comprehensive first aid kit by MyMedic. Weighing in at less than 3 pounds (for the basic kit), the heavy duty, waterproof nylon bag is stuffed with pretty much everything you’ll need in case of bleeding, burns, airway obstruction, sprains and fractures, basic medications and topical products. It also includes a survival rescue blanket and whistle, and specialty items such as EMT shears, sutures and scalpels, thermometer, pen light, and more. The advanced level pack features all this plus an expanded array of products. Available in five colors. Basic $120, advanced $240.