Michael Blanding

Growing Trend

FARM STAYS ABOUND IN NEW ENGLAND; there are as many different varieties as there are breeds of cows. Dairy farms, apple orchards, goat-cheese makers, and maple-syrup houses all lend their own unique flavors (literally and metaphorically) to the experience. While…

Navigator: Spas

WHILE WINTER HERE HAS ITS CHARMS, the long, cold season can take its toll on the body. So when the snow howls outside, smart New Englanders head to the region’s many luxurious spas, taking advantage of exfoliation treatments to rejuvenate…

Navigator: Nature

FEW PLACES IN THE WORLD boast the kind of natural diversity this area packs into just 70,000 square miles. Within a few hours’ drive from one another are powder-sand beaches, mountains bristling with cedars, wetlands teeming with wildlife, and crystal-clear…

Up in Smoke

STATE TROOPER DAVID DOMINGOS ARRIVED in Taunton at 2 o’clock on a Saturday afternoon in 2001 to find the town green choked beneath a pall of thick gray smoke. Domingos, the State Fire Marshal Office’s chief investigator for the South…

What Happened to the W Hotel Boston?

WALK INTO THE RESTAURANT of the W hotel on a Thursday night, and the place is a cross section of status. The other marquee Theater District restaurants have only a few stragglers, but Market — opened by celeb chef Jean-Georges…

Crimes Against Illegal Immigrants

ON A GRAY JANUARY day in 2007, Luisa Gonzaga watched the traffic rushing by on Route 1, wondering how things had gotten to this point. She was riding in a car driven by a man named Juan Tercero, her boss…

The Best of New England: Golf

THE BALSAMS RESORT The approaches here call to mind that grand mountain hotel from The Shining – they’re just that scary. Designed by Donald Ross with wide-open fairways that tuck and roll over mountainous terrain, this is as tricky a…

The Best of New England: Museums

CLARK ART INSTITUTE For sheer jaw-dropping potential, few small art museums surpass "the Clark" – a fact made all the more amazing by its remote location in the boondocks of the Northern Berkshires. The museum’s Impressionist Room alone is worth…

The Best of New England: Spas

MANDARIN ORIENTAL BOSTON One of the most indulgent in New England, the Mandarin’s spa is a magnificent green-stone sanctuary featuring cutting-edge treatments. The signature Time Ritual is a two- or three-hour marathon of customized pampering. Other unique offerings include a…

The Best of New England: Inns

COPPER BEECH INN With its carved mahogany four-poster beds, thick tapestries, and comforters that call to mind the interior of a fine Parisian hotel, this Connecticut River country house sets the gold standard for New England inns. There are even…