This week's deals include three specialized offers for trips to three distinct places.
Although New Englanders have visited islands around the world, many have never seen two Massachusetts ones: Cuttyhunk and the Elizabeth Islands. The Massachusetts Audubon Society will offer day trips there this month. The exploration begins with a 1F-hour boat trip from Woods Hole through Vineyard Sound and Buzzards Bay along the Elizabeth Islands, with commentary focusing on landmarks, geology, wildlife and the history of the quiet, protected islands. Along the way, passengers can look for endangered roseate terns and other species of seabirds and waterfowl. Four hours will be spent on Cuttyhunk, visiting the village and harbor, and exploring habitats for migratory songbirds, and watching from Lookout Hill for passing raptors. Participants will have the choice of a short, medium or long guided walk. Sailings leave Sundays, Sept. 16, 23 and 30, from Waterfront Park in Woods Hole, with the trips lasting from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The price is $55 and $50 for children. Preregistration is required. Call 508-385-7656.
There often comes a time when families with children adopted from overseas, and the children themselves, want to visit the birth country. If the child is one of 1,700 Cambodians adopted by U.S. families since 1992, Journeys Within has discounted rates for such trips and an itinerary designed to help youngsters get to know their country of birth. Journeys Within B&B; and Bungalows is owned by Americans Brandon and Andrea Ross. Since trips are custom-designed, there are no set prices, but one recent 12-day trip for two adults and two children cost $3,110, including air and other travel in Cambodia, accommodations, meals, guides, tours and admissions. Go to journeyswithin.com or call 877-454-3672.
Six Western artists will lead workshops at Triple Creek Ranch in Darby, Mont., with the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, Oct. 4-7 and Oct. 18-21. Called "A Spectrum of Color & Artistry," the program allows participants to work and learn with the artists. A member of Relais & Chateaux, the ranch has an extensive Western art collection, along with activities including horseback riding and fly fishing. Prices start at $1,800. Call 800-654-2943 or go to triplecreekranch.com.