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

Arson investigation now depends on science rather than instinct. This man has finally been freed, but it’s anyone’s guess how many other innocent people are still in jail.

WTF Happened?

Fourteen months ago, the W Hotel was the hottest property in the city. Today it has filed for bankruptcy protection.

Perfect Crimes

For immigrant victims of sexual abuse, justice is nearly impossible to come by.

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…