A Nordic ski-and-stay package
Throw on your winter clothes and head to Hotel Vermont in Burlington for a weekend of cross-country skiing. The hotel has partnered with Fischer Sports to offer the Ultimate Cross-Country Skiing Package, which gives two people Fischer ski rentals, a ski pass to Sleepy Hollow, Trapp Family Lodge, or Catamount Outdoor Family Center (your choice), a free Skida hat or neck warmer, and a tin of Nu Chocolate hot cocoa. Spend your days skiing along miles of peaceful trails. Then grab a Vermont Flannel blanket and hang out around the outdoor firepit or buy a local cider or beer from the hotel’s Juniper Restaurant and relax by the indoor wood fireplace. Packages start at $289 for two people, based on double occupancy. 855-650-0080, www.hotelvt.com.
A renowned arts and crafts fair
Enjoy handcrafted works and live music during the Paradise City Arts Festival in Marlborough, March 20-22. This juried event, held at the Royal Plaza Trade Center, features works by 175 exhibiting artists, including jewelry, paintings, ceramics, glass, furniture, photography, and wearable art. A special exhibit, “Ocean View,” showcases works that capture scenes of coastal life or draw from the patterns, hues, and shapes of the ocean and its critters. Watch Steven Wiseman demonstrate lathe and spindle turning as he creates hardwood bowls and sculptural vessels (at booth 355), and bands perform in the Sculpture Café, including Roger Salloom & Friends (heartfelt and humorous singer-songwriter) March 20, Leslie Alexandra Trio (classic big band music) March 21, and O Tones Trio (swing and Motown) March 22. Free, 12 and under; $8, students; $12, age 65 and older; $14, age 18 and older. Free parking. 800-511-9725, www.paradisecityarts.
Celebrate Roaring Twenties and literary icons
Enjoy a rare visit to the former home of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, which is housed in the only museum in the world dedicated to this literary couple. The Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery, Ala., hosts an open house commemorating the couple’s 100th wedding anniversary, April 4. As you wander through the original parlor, sunroom, kitchen, and bedrooms, see Scott’s writing pen and books, items from Zelda’s childhood home, the couple’s love letters, and first-edition copies of all their books. The Fitzgeralds lived here from 1931 to 1932, during which they wrote portions of their novels “Save Me the Waltz” (Zelda) and “Tender Is the Night” (F. Scott). The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts also hosts an exhibition of Zelda’s oil paintings and watercolor paper dolls, March 24-May 31, which includes works from its permanent collection and those given to the museum by Scottie Fitzgerald Smith, daughter of Zelda and F. Scott. 334-625-4333, www.mmfa.org/art/exhibitions, and 334-264-4222, www.thefitzgeraldmuseum.org.
An epic cycling adventure
Explore 1,258 miles of Colorado countryside — pedaling by pristine lakes and blossoming wildflowers, and up and over numerous mountain passes — with Cycle of Life Adventures, June 4-30. The company’s new 26-day trip includes 89,502 feet of elevation gain as it winds through Crested Butte, Durango, Grand Mesa, and Palisade’s wine country, by Colorado National Monument, and over some of the state’s highest mountain passes (Lizard Head Pass, Red Mountain Pass, Molas Pass, and Coal Bank Pass). During three rest days, choose to fly fish, kayak, raft, golf, hike, and hang out in a spa — or just kick back and read a book. Join for a week ($2,445-$3,095 per week per person) or the entire trip ($9,100). 303-945-9886, www.cycleoflifeadventures.com/epic-colorado.
A phone grip with multiple uses
Take selfies, watch a movie, or shoot hands-free images from up to 30 feet away with Adonit’s new V-Grip. This compact, 3.4-ounce grip works with smartphones 4.5 inches or larger. Attach it to your phone so you can easily take selfies — just hold onto the ergonomic grip or use the 19.7-inch extendable pole for group shots. Open the handle and the V-Grip forms an adjustable stand that lets you watch entertainment hands-free. The V-Grip also comes with a detachable shutter remote: Put your phone on the stand, connect the phone and remote via Bluetooth, and take hands-free shots — great for group photos and time-lapse images. The V-Grip has a ¼-inch mount that lets you attach it to a tripod, and a cold-shoe mount for attaching a minilight or microphone to the grip. $34.99. www.adonit.net/v-grip.
Kari Bodnarchuk can be reached at [email protected]