App offers advance weather forecasts

A block from the park, AKA Central Park offers guests New York’s first “outdoor bedroom’’ with a fireplace and a telescope. A block from the park, AKA Central Park offers guests New York’s first “outdoor bedroom’’ with a fireplace and a telescope. (Todd Mason/Aka Central Park)
By Kari Bodnarchuk
Globe Correspondent / June 26, 2011

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Weather Trends International makes planning and packing for trips easier, as it provides forecasts up to a year in advance for more than 6.4 million locations in 195 countries. And it does so with more than 80 percent accuracy. The company’s new website, www.weathertrends360 .com, and iPhone app provide monthly, daily, and hourly forecasts, including projected high and low temperatures, and rainfall and snowfall trends; a customizable e-mail alert system that delivers personalized weather information; a weather planner; and 14 global weather maps that track lightning, wave heights, UV indices, and sunshine hours. The full version of the app costs 99 cents through iTunes, while the website provides full access to all the information with a free membership. 610-807-3585, www

Sleeping under city stars

AKA Central Park, a luxury property located a block from New York’s famous park, offers guests a chance to sleep under the stars in the city’s first “outdoor bedroom.’’ Enjoy a five-star camping experience in the penthouse suite, which has a 1,000-square-foot wraparound terrace with a plush bed and a wood-burning fireplace. You will be treated to cocktails or champagne, midnight snacks like gourmet s’mores and chocolate-covered strawberries, a state-of-the-art telescope for stargazing, an anti-glare e-reader loaded with fun fireside stories, flashlights, and outdoor music. The offer is good until Oct. 15, weather permitting. Rate: $3,000 per night, based on double occupancy. 866-252-1999,

Biking and luxuriating

Massachusetts-based Great Freedom Adventures has launched four Northeast bicycle tours that combine “green’’ exercise with eco-friendly travel experiences. Explore the North Shore from Salem to Newburyport; central Vermont, including a dramatic gorge and the state’s only national park; New York’s Hudson Valley; or Block Island, R.I., on four- to six-day, fully supported tours. Bikers stay at fine inns and resorts, and eat gourmet dinners in each of the area’s top restaurants. Daily activities include sunset sails, lobster bakes, kayak tours, or visits to wineries, gardens, lighthouses, or historic sites. Tours include accommodations, most meals, guides, luggage transfers, and some activities; 18 participants maximum. Late June to early October. 508-545-1864,