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2009 Annual Issue


Vermont Trips – New England Weekend Getaways

With the Green Mountains blanketing the entire state, it’s hard to round a corner in Vermont without being met by a jaw-dropping view. Interstate 89, […]

Rhode Island

Once nicknamed Rogue’s Island—for its hodgepodge of settlers from all religious backgrounds—Rhode Island continues to cram a lot of diversity into 1,200 square miles. Where […]

Massachusetts Trips – New England Weekend Getaways

Contrary to the unfortunate catchall “Masshole” (owing to their unique driving etiquette), Bay Staters are a multifaceted bunch. Over the years they’ve earned reputations for […]

New Hampshire Trips – New England Weekend Getaways

When you begin to notice inordinately large, relentless mosquitoes and people wearing camouflage to restaurants, chances are you’ve made it to New Hampshire. Go ahead […]

Maine Trips – New England Weekend Getaways

Perhaps the one thing Mainers and non-Mainers can agree upon is this: “Vacationland” is governed by an ethos all its own. Once your car crosses […]

Connecticut Trips – New England Weekend Getaways

“Wait, Connecticut is in New England?” It’s not an uncommon query. The Nutmeg State is more often grouped in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut “tri-state area,” […]

Plug in these destinations for sure-fire family fun.

CAPE COD, MASSACHUSETTSSun, sports, and lots of sand keep kids entertained on the Cape. 1. Eight swimmable kettle ponds and miles of hiking and biking […]

Our top culinary delights in six New England states.

The Real Burger King Today’s chefs jazz up patties with Kobe beef and foie gras, but at Louis’ Lunch on Crown Street in New Haven, […]

Must-visits for travelers determined to return home well fed.

SOUTHERN MAINE With a growing number of stellar eateries, Portland is a foodie magnet. 1. The long, crisp, golden-brown fries at DUCKFAT are otherworldly; so […]

A trio of regions get your adrenaline pumping with outdoor escapes. Plus, plan adventure vacations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

MARTHA’S VINEYARD, MASSACHUSETTS True Vineyarders know their island’s about much more than lolling in the sand. 1. More than 350-plus acres of forests, fields, and […]

These arts-rich locales cater to roaming culture vultures.

GREATER NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT This city’s Ivy League campus anchors its growing arts scene. 1. The best place to catch a rising star is the […]

DONNA GARLOUGH sniffs out—and samples considerable quantities of—the state’s finest cheddars and blues. Plan your own trip with our resource information.

“MOINK.” IT WAS A SOUND I’D never heard before. Standing in a barn in Woodstock, I was surrounded by 260 hulking, horned water buffalo—the source […]

Golden Globe–nominated actress Elizabeth Perkins spent lots of time in Brattleboro before making it big in Hollywood. And while there’s plenty she doesn’t miss about the region (raking leaves, January), the Weeds star still holds some local treasures dear.

What was growing up in Vermont like? My grandfather had the 600 acre “Hoot & Holler” farm, technically in South Halifax with part of the […]

Smugglers’ Notch vs. Stratton Mountain vs. Okemo Mountain

Lots of ski resorts bill themselves as “four-season” retreats. SASCHA ZUGER checks out three peakside lodges to see how they measure up in summer. SMUGGLERS’ […]

Cultural savvy meets the great outdoors in this college town with a chilled-out vibe. (Yes, it’s the kind of place where locals use words like "chill" and "vibe.")

  FRIDAY 6 p.m.  Check into the WILLARD STREET INN, a mansion-turned-B&B complete with four-poster beds and breakfast in the solarium. Doubles from $140, 379 […]

Visitors to this speck of land will voyage 13 miles out to sea, and back in time to a breezier era.

  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 […]

Growing up in Cumberland, Bobby Farrelly was an inveterate practical joker. Today, as one-half of the filmmaking Farrelly Brothers, he’s earned worldwide fame with his gross-out-humor-with-a-heart. Not that it’s gone to his head—deep down, he’s still a local guy.

A lot of your movies seem to take place in Rhode Island.  We always try to include a bit of Rhode Island in our films […]

Pack your tennis whites and Topsiders—despite a rough economy and hordes of day-trippers, Newport’s upper-crust veneer remains intact.

    FRIDAY 4 p.m. The best way to soak up the opulence is free: The three-mile CLIFF WALK provides glimpses of mansions like the […]

JANICE O’LEARY lays down rubber in her trusty four-speed Corolla at the New England Dragway.

THOUGH I’M MOST DEFINITELY a safe city driver, I’ve always had a thing for fast, tricked-out cars. So when I took my first trip up […]

It pays to know your way around this region stacked with steep cliffside trails—and, perhaps more important, how to unwind and refuel at day’s end.

  For adventurers needing a cleanup before hitting the après-mountain scene, the Pinkham Notch Visitors Center‘s coin-operated showers are tidy and very welcome on a […]

When the kids have had their fill of boating and can’t stomach one more game of Boggle, vacation can start to look grim. Weirs Beach to the rescue!

The honky-tonk heart of Lake Winnipesaukee may be the perfect cure for rainy-day blues. Kids go nuts—in a good way—at the HALF MOON AMUSEMENT ARCADES, […]

Zeb’s vs. Chutters  vs. The Old Country Store

The state’s country stores are famous for their grab-bag inventory—everything from hand-crafted candles and soap to penny candy and local preserves. But which ones really […]

Bestselling novelist Jodi Picoult writes about tangled relationships and family turmoil, but her own life on a farm in Hanover (with a husband and three kids) is mercifully light on drama.

Where do you go for inspiration?We have a lake house in Barnet—it’s the only place I really feel myself getting calm while I sit on […]

Bring your bike—and your appetite. The coastal town yields cycling, eating, and more eating.

  FRIDAY 6 p.m. A one-time brewery, the loftlike ALE HOUSE INN is just steps from the bustle of Market Square. 121 Bow St., 603-431-7760, […]

Part athletic challenge, part exercise in togetherness, an 80-mile bike ride takes a couple to the brink—of Cape Cod. Plan your own trip!

JUST OVER THE BOURNE TOWN line, I witnessed my usually spry husband take a tumble on the Claire Saltonstall Bikeway. I dropped my bike and […]

Just two hours from Boston, collegiate Northampton (that’s "Noho" to you) has blossomed into a hot spot for free spirits and food lovers.

FRIDAY 6 p.m. Construction has begun on a Hilton, but for now the majestic HOTEL NORTHAMPTON reigns. Outside town, the two-room SUGAR MAPLE INN—set to […]

A former Daily Show correspondent, Cohasset-born comedienne Nancy Walls specializes in hilarious bit parts (like those she’s performed in The Office and The 40-Year-Old Virgin). But she and husband Steve Carell, a fellow Bay Stater, are dead serious when it comes to hometown pride.

How often do you get back to Cohasset?My husband and I have a summer home in a neighboring town, so we come back to visit […]

Boston magazine’s savvy editors reveal their favorite city haunts—so you can skip the guidebook and hit the streets.

AMY TRAVERSO, FOOD EDITOR Hungry Mother Perhaps the best neighborhood restaurant in the Hub, this Kendall Square gem (pictured) is famous for its French-southern fare. […]

Just a 15-minute, $14 ferry ride from downtown Boston, the Harbor Islands are a sweet respite from city congestion.

The 34-isle archipelago, a protected national park, offers hiking, biking, and camping galore. 617-223-8666, bostonharborislands.com; ferries, 617-222-6999, harborexpress.com. History buffs love Georges Island and its […]

How one suburban Philadelphia family made a home in the country’s rugged Northeast.

LAST DECEMBER, FOR THE FIRST time in a dozen years, my brothers and I found ourselves in Maine. I’d been career-building in Boston, Dan had […]

Two scenic peninsulas—one home to Bah Habah upper-crusters, the other to Down East die-hards—go headland-to-headland.

Mount Desert Island THE PEAKSWatching the sunrise from the top of the 1,532-foot-high, cedar-studded Cadillac Mountain may be as close as you’ll ever get to […]

The longtime lobstering hub is garnering big-city buzz for its chefs, artists, and designers.

    FRIDAY 4 p.m.  Just a two-hour drive from Boston, Portland is a manageable walking city. Drop your bags off at MORRILL MANSION, a […]

It’s always had Yale, but this once-gritty city has long battled a tough reputation. Now, the emerging Chapel Street District is helping give the town a fresh new character.

  FRIDAY  6 p.m. Check into the STUDY AT YALE, a new on-campus hotel featuring leather reading chairs and marble baths. Doubles from $229, 1157 […]

Yes, yes, it has state parks, golf courses, and a high-profile performing arts center (not to mention proximity to dozens of Casco Bay islands). But despite its cultural and natural marvels, Freeport is pretty much all about shopping. Serial spenders rejoice at the thought of the nearly 200 stores that line the southern Maine town’s streets. Tackling them successfully, however, requires strategizing.

At Wicked Whoopies, the sugary-sweet alliteration is forgiven with one whiff of the homemade—you guessed it—whoopie pies. It’s easy to be seduced by Freeport’s many […]

MGM Grand at Foxwoods vs. Mohegan Sun

Connecticut gaming got a big boost last year, thanks to the new MGM Grand at Foxwoods and a makeover at Mohegan Sun. Now that the […]

Once a playground for tony Manhattanites and Boston Brahmins, the (now slightly more democratized) Berkshires are a mélange of cultural, culinary, and open-air attractions. Natives avoid the masses by frequenting these less well-known gems.

  It’s not crowd-free, but Mass MoCA‘s three-story Sol LeWitt retrospective is a visual feast. Less busy, the neighboring Williams College Museum of Art has […]

Hard-core wilderness fans need look no further than this 92-mile network of lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams. Towns are scarce, but peace and quiet are in ample supply.

    Since the part of northern Maine you’re headed to is all about ice caves, moose, river rapids, and camping (regulations prohibit running water […]

Ocean Edge Resort vs. Chatham Bars Inn vs. Wequassett Resort

With twin toddlers in tow, JULIE SURATT heads to three Cape resorts to see just how well they accommodate harried parents (and their cranky offspring). […]