Greener BeeGreen GadgetsViews and brews in Boston Harbor; gadgets to help you in the wilderness and in the surf




Experience the best views of the Boston skyline — from the harbor, of course — while sipping the best ales offered by Harpoon Brewery on a Sails and Ales excursion aboard the Schooner Adirondack III. Offered by Classic Harbor Line, the two-hour sunset sail couples tasting five of Harpoon Brewery’s flagship beers and seasonal beers (guided by a Harpoon Brewery representative) with commentary from the captain and crew about historical sites and points of interest including Independence Fort, the USS Constitution, and Spectacle Island. Trips depart from Rowes Wharf on Tuesdays evenings in July (12, 16, 26) and August (2, 9, 16, 23, 30). Includes complimentary tour at the Harpoon Brewery that you can redeem in the future. $55 for just the sail; tasting is an additional $16. 888-238-8507,



Enjoy sweeping views of Penobscot Bay from 250 Main, a new boutique hotel located within walking distance of Rockland’s vibrant arts district and the new Center for Maine Contemporary Art. The sleek hotel’s 26 rooms feature chic décor, private balconies, expansive windows, thoughtfully curated Maine contemporary art, and state-of-the-art technology and amenities. Guests can enjoy outdoor terraces, a roof deck, nightly wine tastings, locally roasted coffee by Rock City Coffee Roasters, and breakfast treats from local bakeries. Rates from $299. 207-594-5994,




Those who dislike group trips may want to consider Exodus Travels’ new Croatia: Castles to Coast Walk, a self-guided walking tour along the Adriatic coast’s Istrian peninsula. Set your own pace on this six-day moderate walk past tiny hamlets, olive groves, fruit orchards in the Kaldir Valley, remote coves and azure bays, Venetian castles, and Renaissance palaces. Hike to the summit of Mount Vojak (4,596 feet) for panoramic views to the Dolomites and Switzerland. Accommodations include a converted 17th-century hilltop palace in Motovun; a converted townhouse within the original 18th-century Venetian battlements in Buzet; and luxury 5-star waterfront hotel in Opatija. Includes all breakfasts, five picnic lunches and two dinners; luggage transport; route notes and maps; and more. Rates from $1,735. Additional new summer getaways to Europe include walks in the French Riviera, cycling in Slovenia, Sicily Food Adventure, and more. 844-227-9087,


Montreal’s non-stop summer festival season just got more appealing with its Sweet Deal accommodation packages. Available at many hotels in close proximity to the events, the packages offer 50-percent off the third night (through Oct. 15) and includes an exclusive discount coupon booklet with up to $390 value for activities and attractions. Rates from $95. Upcoming festivals and events include the Montreal Jazz Festival (through July 9); Montreal Completement Cirque (July 7-17); Just for Laughs Comedy Festival (July 16-31); Osheaga Music and Arts Festival (July 29-31); Fashion Design Festival (Aug 15-20); Montreal Oysterfest (Sept. 11); and more.



Let’s say you’re hiking in the remote wilderness and unexpectedly need to repair some gear or find your way back to the trail. What to do? The new Adventure Bracelet by Wazoo Survival Gear is a survival kit you wear on your wrist that includes 16 different features, including ceramic knife, liquid-filled compass, whistle, fishing line, claw hooks, safety pins, surgical tubing, signal mirror, glow light, first aid tinder packets and more. Made of high-strength paracord; available in three colors, black, olive green, and charcoal-goldenrod combo. $89. 281-846-4633,



Attention all surfers! Turn your board into an electrical shark deterrent with Shark Shield, a new scientifically proven and independently tested product designed to protect surfers across the globe. How does it work? Sharks have small short-range electrical receptors in their snouts for locating food. Shark Shield’s three-dimensional electrical waveform turns sharks away by causing spasms in these sensitive receptors. The FREEDOM+ Surf bundle includes a removable power module, charging dock with international options, and one Ocean Earth Tail Pad/Decal antenna ready to installed on any surfboard, old or new. The miniaturized electronic module is completely removable and transferable between surfboards. $599.


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