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A new hotel in Newport, long-lasting bug spray, and deals in the Berkshires

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Those looking for a nautical-chic oasis in the middle of Newport’s bustling waterfront may want to check out the newly opened Brenton Hotel. The 57 rooms and suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping harbor and city views, and interior finishes designed to evoke the feeling of a well-appointed yacht. Exclusive perks and amenities include the hotel’s private 36-foot Hinckley Picnic Boat (for private escapes and sunset sails); complimentary private bike tours of iconic city sites; pet-friendly accommodations at no additional fee, and pet concierge services beginning at $25 per hour; Peloton bikes delivered to individual guest rooms (two-hour minimum for $50 per hour); waterfront dining venue with shared plates and craft cocktails; rooftop lounge with leisure games of corn hole, foosball, and ping-pong; “hospitality pantry” with Del’s frozen lemonade and more on every floor; on-site parking with three electric vehicle charging stations; and more. A partnership with Newport National Golf Club offers guests advanced access to preferred tee times.



If you’re ready to stop daydreaming and start planning a Caribbean vacation in 2021, check out the springtime debut of Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth. Closed since 2017 due to the effects of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the property is scheduled to reopen following a property-wide rebuild and extensive restoration of all 66 guest rooms, suites, and villas, many with new private pools. Located on 18 secluded acres on a private peninsula overlooking two pristine beaches, Marigot Bay and Grand Cul-de-Sac, the full-service resort’s updated amenities will include beachfront dining, new pool, Rosewood Explorers children’s club, fitness center, tennis court, Sense, a Rosewood spa, and dedicated event spaces. The resort is the Rosewood Hotels & Resorts brand’s third property in the Caribbean and first in the French West Indies.



Mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, and biting flies can ruin the most idyllic day at the beach or camping trip. In addition to its line of skin repellents, US-based Sawyer has released a new Permethrin bug spray for fabric. Simply apply to clothing or gear such as tents and sleeping bags with a slow sweeping motion. The odorless repellent bonds to fabric fibers and lasts for up to six weeks or six washings. The synthetic version of pyrethrum (a natural insecticide derived from the chrysanthemum flower), Permethrin is a non-toxic product that can also be used on dogs to help control fleas and lice for 35 days and against ticks for six weeks.

Read the full article by Boston Globe's Necee Regis here.


May 5, 2022

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My only complaint is that eventually, backflushing won’t be enough. These can clog up after some time and no amount of back flushing will fix its low flow. I went through 2 on the AT. However, it will attach to Smart Water Bottles and most bladders!

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Built for backcountry reliability and portability, the Sawyer Squeeze filter is our pick for the best portable water purifier.

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The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).

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