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King of the Castle

Photography Everett Collection

Image – Everett Collection

March is a special time in Ireland—full of clover and, thanks to St. Patrick, devoid of snakes. Enjoy the scenery with golf and falconry, then retire to an 800-year-old castle. Luxury B&Bs Dromoland Castle and Castlemartyr Resort are offering packages starting at €260 for two nights. Leprechaun sightings—and accompanying pots of gold—not included. www.carlyleinternational.us

SWEET PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND

A word of advice to patrons of Bacaro, Brian Kingsford’s joint near Brown University: Study up. There are three varieties of oyster with seven accompaniments (you do the math), 33 cicchetti (Italian tapas), a massive collection of charcuterie and 10 housemade chocolates. Fortunately, it’s hard to make a mistake. (Yes, there are entrées, too.) www.bacarorestaurant.net

TOTALLY PSYCHEDELIC

Those sporting a touch of gray will want to break out the tie-dye for the first large-scale exhibition of Grateful Dead memorabilia ever. The New York Historical Society will show concert posters, fan mail and stage props. See it before July 4, when the collection is filed away in the Dead archive at University of California Santa Cruz. www.nyhistory.org

MAXWELL, SMART

Starting this month, Seattle-bound travelers have a new option for accommodations in the trendy Victorian Queen Anne neighborhood. The family-owned Maxwell Hotel is walking distance from the Space Needle, the Experience Music Project and several theaters. www.themaxwellhotel.com

RETRO-PERSPECTIVE

You’ve seen M.C. Escher prints on dorm-room walls, but in person, they’ll really blow your mind. Through April 11, the Boca Raton Museum of Art will be holding one of the most comprehensive Escher exhibitions ever presented in the U.S. Just watch your step on the stairs as you leave. www.bocamuseum.org

JUST DESERTS

L’Auberge de Sedona is completing its $25 million renovation, which includes the gourmet L’Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek, the Wanderlust Library and Lounge and comfy cottages. Looks like Palm Springs has competition. www.lauberge.com

MUMMY DEAREST

Move over, Egypt. China’s 4,000-year-old mummies are in such good shape you can see their hair color (blond). They’re on display alongside ancient Chinese clothing and documents at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California. www.bowers.org

ISLAS BONITAS

We could all use an island getaway, preferably planned with tips from locals about insider things to do. Moon Handbooks are written by people from the places they are writing about. This month, Perseus Books releases an updated Dominican Republic guide. Its canon includes up-to-date volumes on the Virgin Islands and Bermuda. www.perseusbooks.com

A PAINTED HISTORY

Spend a little “face time” with one of the most important female artists of the 20th century. “Alice Neel: Painted Truths” is a comprehensive look at the artist credited with reinventing portraiture (some of her lesser-known cityscapes are included for good measure). The exhibition is at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston all month before heading off to London. www.mfah.org

CALENDAR MARCH

2-7 ABU DHABI

Hobnob with the literary crowd, including top authors from around the world, and replenish your library at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. www.adbookfair.com

6-7 LONDON

The intriguingly named Do Something Different Weekend at the Barbican Centre will stimulate your brain with interactive arts, music and theater. www.barbican.org.uk

13 CHICAGO

Though by no means the only locale that celebrates St. Patrick’s Day, the Windy City is apparently the only place devoted enough to dye its river green for the past 48 years. www.chicagostpatsparade.com

14-19 ASPEN, COLORADO

With skiwear fashion shows and nighttime concerts on the mountain, Aspen Fashion Week reminds us why the trendsetters do their schussing here. www.aspenfashionweek.com

19-21 TORONTO

As you may know via other channels, the Psychic Expo is coming up. Can you see what will happen there? www.esp888.com

21-28 CHIANG RAI, THAILAND

You like polo, and you like elephants, but how do you combine those two passions? The King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament, that’s how. www.anantaraelephantpolo.com

27-APRIL 18, MOSCOW

Didn’t make it to the Tony Awards? Try the Golden Mask Festival. Don’t miss the three-week performance marathon leading up to the gala ceremony. www.goldenmask.ru/eng

10-11 MOULTON, ALABAMA

It doesn’t reveal which came first, but the Chicken and Egg Festival confirms both are delicious. www.alabamachickenandeggfestival.com

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