Santiago, Chile’s, first boutique hotel recently opened in the city’s artsy Bellavista neighborhood. Located in a restored 1927 mansion, The Aubrey Hotel has 15 guest rooms that blend historic charm and modern flair: You’ll find copper lamps, original parquet floors, feather beds, and Hansgrohe showers. The hotel offers easy access to galleries, museums, nature trails, and high-end restaurants, and bike rentals for those who want to explore the city on two wheels. At the end of the day, hang out in the hotel’s chic lounge or take a dip in the heated outdoor pool, which has hydro-massage beds. The hotel’s award-winning restaurant, Pasta e Vino, is known for its duck ravioli, king crab gnocchi, and top Chilean wines. Room rates start at $240 per night. 011-562-940-2800, www.theaubrey.com
Online trip-planning tool MyLittleSwans.com
, a new online social networking site and trip-planning research tool, caters to families and luxury travelers who like to thoroughly plan their adventures. The site contains mini travel guides for 34 cities, countries, and regions of the world, from Alaska to South Africa, Paris to Japan, all based on the firsthand experiences of the site’s founder, Katrina Garnett, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and mother of three. The guides include information on restaurants, accommodations, day trips, outdoor activities, and suggested itineraries, plus plenty of practical information. Become a member (free) and share travel experiences, photos, and videos with other members. 877-657-9267, www.mylittleswans.com
Viva la velodrome
Sign up for the Try the Track Clinic and take a turn pedaling around the Northeast Velodrome & Cycling Park. This new clinic, sponsored by USA Cycling, provides instruction on track cycling and includes some basic racing. Learn about track bikes and track protocol in a classroom session on June 11 at the Boston Marriott Burlington in Burlington. Then hop on a fixed-gear bike June 12 at the Londonderry, N.H., cycling park and practice group riding and track racing. The event is open to bikers of all levels, and one-day licenses will be available to those who aren’t USA Cycling riders. If you don’t have a track bike: 30 new bikes will be available for demonstration (reserve one in advance). The clinic costs $75 per person. 781-462-5633
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