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Our weekday morning digest that includes consumer news, deals, tips and anything else that travelers may want to know.

E-CAR-SHARING IN INDIANAPOLIS

Now that bike-sharing programs have made city transit options greener from New York to San Francisco, an electric-car-sharing program coming to Indianapolis this summer suggests an eco-friendly future for short-term car rentals.

Now available for test drives and set to be fully operational by summer’s end, BlueIndy will offer rental electric cars for quick trips, costing $5 for the first 20 minutes. Drivers will pay $10 per month for membership, gaining access to 500 electric Bluecars made by the France-based Bolloré Group, which is running the Indianapolis project. As is the case with bike-sharing plans, BlueIndy drivers will be able to return their cars to any of the network’s 200 parking stations.

Pitched to tourists as well as local residents, BlueIndy plans to install self-service kiosks in the airport and downtown for instant membership access, according to Hervé Muller, president of BlueIndy. “Indianapolis doesn’t have much traffic so every time you use it, you can do so for $5, so it’s very economical,” he said.

Bolloré launched the Autolib electric-car sharing in Paris in 2011 and is also introducing Bluecity e-cars to London this summer.

LIVE AND DINE LIKE A LOCAL

Travelers who swap homes via HomeExchange.com extol living like a local. Now they have an incentive to eat like one too. The service recently partnered with the meal-sharing platform EatWith to offer members discounted dinners prepared by local cooks.

Joining HomeExchange.com costs $150 annually, after which members can freely exchange residences with other members. Membership now includes a 20 percent discount on any EatWith event, which ranges from avid amateur cooks opening their San Francisco apartments to visitors for meals to professional chefs offering seven-course dinner parties in a factory in Barcelona. In the United States, EatWith checks average, pre-discount, $48 per person.

SUN VALLEY RENEWAL

In Idaho, Sun Valley Lodge, built in 1936, sat out the past ski season while undergoing a nine-month renovation. Today, the resort is rescheduled to reopen with 94 expanded rooms, many that doubled in size and most with fireplaces.

The expansion also includes a new 20,000-square-foot spa, with 15 treatment rooms, a beauty salon, fitness center and yoga studio. Existing amenities, including the bar, restaurant and bowling alley, were all refurbished.

Five new suites pay homage to celebrities who frequented the property, including Ernest Hemingway, who finished “For Whom the Bell Tolls” at the lodge.

Rates start at $329 per night.

CRUISING WITH A PATRIOT

An N.F.L. fantasy trip for all but Seahawks fans, Sixthman, which specializes in theme cruises, just announced a 2016 itinerary starring New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Dubbed “Gronk’s Party Ship,” the three-day trip aboard the Norwegian Pearl will sail from Miami to the Bahamas and back, Feb. 19 to 22.

The ship can accommodate about 2,500 passengers, and each stateroom will get a photo opportunity with Mr. Gronkowski. Details are still being worked out, but the organizers promise a Q&A session with Mr. Gronkowski and his family, and performances by the player’s favorite musicians and D.J.s.

Rates start at $700 per person.



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