Jamie Coelho

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Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa Whitefield, New Hampshire A trip to the White Mountains is the perfect prescription for some much-deserved postnuptial R&R. But with 57 mountain peaks surrounding this retreat, the hard part will be deciding just how…

The Swag Bag

L.L. BEAN TOTE Who doesn’t need a sturdy tote from L. L. Bean? The bags come in an array of colors, so you can coordinate them with your wedding hues. $21 (medium size); 340 Legacy Place, Dedham, 800-650-6358, llbean.com. BOSTON…

Wedding Fragrances: Making Scents

CONSIDER GOING CUSTOM Scents are indelibly tied to memory, emotion, and romance—so don’t spritz an everyday eau de toilette before your wedding. Morris, a 30-year fragrance vet, recommends creating a custom scent that will always remind you of your special…

Wedding China: Fashion Plates

Leafy Greens There’s no need for garnishes on the KATE SPADE FOR LENOX GARDNER STREET COLLECTION. Each plate, saucer, and teacup is embellished with its own trail of spring foliage. $139 for a five-piece setting, Macy’s, 450 Washington St., Boston,…

New England's Best Small Towns: Little Compton, RI

  Persnickety wine lovers thumb their noses at bottles poured east of the Sierras (or west of the Loire Valley). Pity they don’t know about Little Compton’s award-winning Sakonnet Vineyards, where, for $8, guests can taste the 50-acre spread’s finest…

One Great Room: Living Color

In the five years that Brad and Kendra Dufton have owned their 820-square-foot South End brownstone condo, they’ve painted the walls four different shades. It’s not that they’re indecisive; they simply love color. Which makes sense: Brad has his own…

The Ultimate: Blueberry Pancakes

***** Deluxe Town DinerAfter plowing through piles of indistinguishable flapjacks—diluted syrup, ho-hum berry flavor, bitter off notes (the usual culprit: too much baking powder)—we flipped at the first taste of the real deal. Rich and velvety, like blueberries bathed in…

At a Glance: Block Island

  The appealingly old-fashioned BLOCK ISLAND FERRY departs from Point Judith—a 25-minute drive from Newport—and deposits passengers on Crescent Beach in an hour’s time. (Its less charming high-speed sister ship does the same in 30 minutes.) 401-783-7996, blockislandferry.com. On the…