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Gallery in the Garden Silent Auction, Art Exhibit Opening and Guided Tour

The Morrill Homestead’s annual Gallery in the Garden art show and silent auction has become a much-anticipated annual arts event, one that features the works of many fine artists from the Strafford community, the Upper Connecticut River Valley and beyond. Artists express the world around us through works that range

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Springfield, MA: Dr. Seuss

When you grow weary of hearing “There’s nothing to do!” take the kids to the Springfield Museums in Springfield, Massachusetts. (Hint: Don’t say “museum.” Better: “We’re going to where Dr. Seuss grew up.”) Within minutes after you arrive, that “nothing” will flip to “everything.”

Five destinations in one — a pair

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Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden

There’s no fee, but book well in advance to spend a few hours immersed in this spectacular enclosed garden. Renowned landscape architect Beatrix Farrand designed it utilizing treasures the Rockefellers had collected in Asia. (Address provided to reservation holders.) BEST SEMIPRIVATE GARDEN.

Angels Among Us 2013

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Angels Among Us 2013


Yankee profiles three New Englanders who are making an extraordinary difference in others’ lives.

Farm to Table
Bleu Grijalva & Emily Jodka

Bleu Grijalva and Emily Jodka pack a passion for local food that extends far beyond what they bring to their own plates. As founders of The New Urban Farmers in Pawtucket,

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Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Breathtakingly beautiful, this impeccably kept botanical garden, owned by Harvard University, is the oldest in America. The 265-acre swath (designed by Frederick Law Olmsted) is lined with rare plants, flowers, and trees that are older than anyone’s great-grandparents.

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Anatomy of a Mouthful

Peter Martin built 3-foot-high raised wooden beds for vegetables, to minimize bending. The bonus is that they warm up early in spring, jump-starting early crops. Bush beans flop over the sides of the raised beds for easy picking and are free of ground slugs.
Raised beds are for vegetables only;

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Asticou & Thuya Gardens

Best Garden Double-HeaderOn Mount Desert Island, it’s easy to pair Asticou, a 2.3-acre space famed for its Japanese sand garden, stone lanterns, azaleas, and waterlilies, with nearby Thuya, which blends semiformal English beds with woodland plantings.

Mix Café & Bakery, Jeffersonville, Vermont

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Mix Café & Bakery, Jeffersonville, Vermont

The first thing that hits you as you walk into this sunny spot in the tiny village of Jeffersonville is the mouthwatering scent of fresh-baked pastries, decadent creme brulee French toast, and whatever waffle is on special.
If your taste runs to hearty, you won’t go wrong with the cafe’s summer

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Atlantic Brewing Company

The Best 5: Local BreweriesA combination beer garden, smokehouse, and brewery tucked behind an unassuming white farmhouse on a leafy country road at the edge of stunning Acadia National Park. The beers are straight out of the old New England tradition: that is, British beer styles that often take advantage

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Finding Spring Across New England

Vermont Flower Show (Essex Junction, VT) March 4-6. 802-425-5117; greenworksvt.org
Portland Flower Show (Portland, ME) March 10-13. 207-775-4403; portlandcompany.com
Boston Flower & Garden Show / Blooms! (Boston, MA) March 16-20. 781-237-5533, thebostonflowershow.com; 617-933-4900, masshort.org
Seacoast Home & Garden Show (Durham, NH) March 26-27. 207-935-2845; homegardenflowershow.com

Florence Griswold Museum (Old Lyme, CT) 860-434-5542;

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Baker’s Way

BEST STICKY BUNS & SPRING ROLLSNot only does Baker’s Way turn out delicious pastries, but it also doubles as a Vietnamese restaurant. Order spring rolls, steamed dumplings, pho, and a beef salad. When it’s beautiful outside, dine in the backyard garden.

Lyndonville, Vermont: Jodi Wheeler

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Lyndonville, Vermont: Jodi Wheeler

Jodi Wheeler is a lot of things to a lot of different people. To new mothers struggling to make ends meet, she secures them clothes and toys for their infants. To a family facing winter, she finds good cold-weather jackets. To kids getting out of school for the weekend who

Bearskin Neck

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Bearskin Neck

At Bearskin Neck, you can always find something to do. Sweeping out to protect the harbor of Rockport, Massachusetts, Bearskin Neck is both a place where you will find fishermen and artists. Rustic shops dot the landscape selling everything from seafood to jewelry. Stop in at Bearskin Neck Leathers (7

Homegrown: Green Peas

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Homegrown: Green Peas

More recipes: Recipes with Fresh Peas
While still awaiting New England’s leafy greens and brimming farmers’ markets, you can taste the season’s warmth with the arrival of crisp and crunchy spring peas.
You can plant this fast-growing, cool-weather legume (Pisum sativum) as soon as the soil is workable.

The young plants

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Boothe Memorial Park & Museum

An eccentric architecture collection that includes a windmill, a toll booth, and a clock tower, with a lovely rose garden nearby. Interiors showcase the Boothe brothers’ equally unique collections. BEST UNUSUAL ARCHITECTURE PARK.

Inside Yankee: September/October

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Inside Yankee: September/October

Imagine most people would say that love is the most potent four-letter word in our language. I agree. But home isn’t far behind. Home carries so many images for each of us. I didn’t realize until I saw this September/October issue spread across the walls of our conference room, where

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Boston Common and Public Garden

Boston Common and Public Garden are the combination of two historic efforts to create and maintain beautiful public spaces for the Boston community. The Common was created in 1634 as America’s first public park. The Public Garden was the first public botanical garden in America. Both are perfect for walking,

Bowerbird & Friends

It’s hard to categorize this gem of a store, but shoppers will love its collection of industrial home decor (antiques, china, and reclaimed tables) and greenhouse of plants and garden accessories. BEST HOME & GARDEN SHOP.

Bristol Guest Suites

Best Hotel AlternativeChoose from the Harbor, Garden, or Sailor’s Loft: three quaint apartments in federal homes in Bristol’s downtown historic district. Features include kitchenettes, gardens, bay views, and fireplaces. Lofts are available by the night, week, month, or longer. Rates: from $175. Harbor Loft, 9 Church St., 401-254-0995; Garden Loft,

Bristol House

Best BreakfastGuests rave about breakfast at this three-room Cape Cod-style inn owned by a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. Awaken to a table of homemade jams, granolas, and breads, from scones to Nana’s sticky buns. A three-course breakfast might include lobster eggs benedict, and ingredients are foraged from

Canobie Lake Park

Canobie Lake Park

From its early days as a “pleasure resort” in 1902, with canoeing and a botanical garden, Canobie Lake has evolved into a classic amusement park with 85 rides, games and attractions, and actual fear-factor ratings. Thrill rides, such as the Corkscrew Coaster and the Starblaster (shuttle lift-off meets bungee jumping)

Celia Thaxter’s Island Garden Tours

Best Garden TourA tribute to poetry achieved with the pen as well as in the garden, the Isles of Shoals home of poet Celia Thaxter on Maine’s Appledore Island is open to the public during the summer months thanks to Shoals Marine Laboratory, jointly administered by the University of New

Charlotte Rhoades Park & Butterfly Garden

Bring a picnic and enjoy dreamy coastal views while watching butterflies dance amid blooming perennials, annuals, and shrubs at this small seaside garden. A kiosk is stocked with butterfly observation sheets. Best time to visit: during the annual July butterfly release. BEST POCKET GARDEN.

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Stretching along two-thirds of a mile of oceanfront, this equally masterly and magical landscape encompasses more than 250 acres of formal gardens, woodlands, and themed pocket gardens. Voted Best Botanical Garden.Discover spectacular ornamental gardens; miles of waterfront and woodland trails; and impressive stonework, sculpture, and water features – all on

Connecticut Science Center

Space, sound, and sports are among the interactive exhibits that appeal to the whole family. Where else can you sink a basket and make music, then enjoy a river view from the rooftop garden? BEST SCIENCE MUSEUM.

Cornucopia At Oldfield

Housed in an 1818 Colonial on the National Register of Historic Places, this gem of a B&B offers the perfect mix of Old World charm. Relax in front of one of the large public fireplaces, cool off in the outdoor pool, or simply delight in the wide acres of garden

Cricket Hill Garden

They call it “Peony Heaven.” With sunlight streaming over the terraces here, it’s definitely celestial. Add Mundy Hepburn’s ethereal glass sculpture and you’re likely to get swept away. Best blooms in May and June. BEST PEONY GARDEN.

Duck & Bunny

Best SceneThe owners call it a “snuggery,” the British term for a cozy place. With a fireplace, white-marble cool, couches, and a garden patio, the decor alone is worth a trip to this parlor/tea room. If you need another reason, try the Almond Joy and banana-Nutella cupcakes. (Flavors change daily,

Emerald Necklace Conservancy

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy oversees the Emerald Necklace, a 1,100-acre chain of parks linked by parkways and waterways in Boston and Brookline, Massachusetts. The park system is more than seven miles long from end to end. The Necklace gets its name from the way the planned chain appears to hang

Fairmont Battery Wharf

Best Waterfront LodgingThis corner of Boston Harbor has the best views of the water, and Battery Wharf perches at the edge of the North End–a quick stroll to the TD Garden for Celtics and Bruins action and a reasonable walk to Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

Florence Griswold Museum

Florence Griswold Museum

Florence Griswold’s boardinghouse became the epicenter of American Impressionism when she hosted preeminent painters in the early 20th century. This 11-acre museum complex strives to remain Creativity Central, with a packed calendar of programs like Make-a-Painting Sundays, Art Bar happy-hour workshops, outdoor festivals, and changing exhibits. Best Arts Hub–Yankee Magazine,

Fuller Gardens

If variety is the spice of life, it also makes for an eye-catching botanical garden at this turn-of-the-last-century summer estate in a neighborhood of mansions just off scenic Route 1A, which hugs the Atlantic. Former Massachusetts governor Alvan T. Fuller liked his formal English perennials and masses of roses, but

Garden in the Woods

Garden in the Woods

The Best 5Home of the venerable New England Wild Flower Society, this intimate strolling garden features more than 1,000 native plants in their habitats. It’s best viewed in spring and early summer. The meadow shines in late summer.–Yankee Magazine, July/August 2010In New England Wild Flower Society’s renowned botanic garden, you’ll

Gibbet Hill Grill

Best Farm-To-Table DiningA sprawling hilltop garden supplies most of the vegetables for salads and side dishes at this unpretentious rural steakhouse in a century-old post-and-beam barn. Bicyclists touring the country roads often fill the space on Sunday afternoons.

Green Animals Topiary Gardens

Best Garden TourBonsai shrubs are green with envy over the 80 trees and bushes sculpted into geometric forms and animal shapes, from a giraffe to a teddy bear. The oldest topiary property in the U.S. also has vegetable and herb gardens, orchards, and a Victorian house overlooking Narragansett Bay.

Green Briar Jam Kitchen

Green Briar Jam Kitchen

Green Briar is open year-round offering live animal exhibits, changing gallery exhibits, wildflower garden, natural history library and walking trails through the adjacent Briar Patch Conservation Area. The historic Jam Kitchen has been producing jams, jellies and relishes since 1903 using traditional methods. Today the kitchen is a “living museum,”

Guy Wolff Pottery

This iconic artisan remains a favorite among fine-crafts aficionados. A renovated two-room house dating from the 1740s contains the artist’s workspace and retail showroom, filled with his trademark handmade garden pots inspired by 18th- and 19th-century English and Italian designs.


H.O.P.E. now makes its home in a renovated storefront in downtown Lyndonville. Like its founder, Jodi Wheeler, it serves a lot of different kinds of needs. It’s a thrift store; it’s a food pantry; it’s an appliance shop. The downstairs level caters to new moms, while a small closet houses

Hadlock Garden/Daffodil Hill

So hidden and quiet, Hadlock Garden in West Chesterfield, New Hampshire, is an intimate paradise known for bursts of daffodils on Welcome Hill Road, off Route 9 and across from the Chesterfield Inn, just up the hill from the town’s old 1772 burying ground. Leslie and Marjorie Hadlock bought the

Hamilton House

The setting for Sarah Orne Jewett’s novel The Tory Lover, the 18th-century Hamilton House and its handsome Colonial Revival gardens crown a bluff overlooking the Salmon Falls River. BEST HISTORIC HOUSE & GARDEN.

Hammonasset Beach State Park

I’m a sand hog—I admit it. I like to stretch out on my own slice of paradise with beach towels, chairs, books, magazines, and snacks. That’s why I savor the space offered by the two-mile-long stretch of shoreline at Hammonasset. I park my car near the East Bathhouse and walk

Harmon Hill Farm

BEST FLOWER FARMLike a floral Brigadoon, this family farm appears each summer with 3,000 varieties of daylilies bearing magical names such as “A Day at the Peach,” “Arctic Swan,” and “Eye of the Beholder.” Even if you don’t garden, it’s a great place to just, you know, smell the flowers.

Hidden Gardens B & B

Deep in the Champlain Valley, estate gardens have been carved into the wild, creating a 26-acre Certified Wildlife Habitat. Whimsy and creativity add to the unique charm. Accommodations are in a contemporary post-and-beam. BEST BACKYARD-GARDEN TOUR.

Hill-Stead Museum

Hill-Stead Museum

This hilltop treasure trove of Impressionist paintings is a welcoming early 20th-century home. The intimate sunken garden is the summer backdrop for poetry readings. Perfect for day hikes and picnics. Voted BEST ART-FILLED HOUSE.

Hotel Northampton

The choice of Smith College families since 1927, the Hotel Northampton certainly looks grand for its age. Spiffy Coolidge Park Cafe gives a light bistro option to classic Wiggins Tavern dining, and the refreshed rooms now feature granite bathrooms. For the newest digs, ask for the Gothic Garden building. Voted

Martin Hill Inn

A 19th-century antiques-draped B&B with hidden gardens tucked in the back, this warm retreat will test your knowledge of perennials and provide inspiration for your own backyard. The mixed neighborhood of historic residences and convenience stores is a short walk from town—and the inn’s creative breakfast, from banana-nut waffles to

Mezze Bistro & Bar

More than 70 local farms supply everything from grass-fed local beef to artisanal cheeses and salad fixings for Chef Nicholas Moulton to create his inspired farm-to-table cooking. The restaurant sits high above the road in a woodsy retreat, with outdoor dining available in warm weather. BEST GARDEN SETTING.

Montshire Museum of Science

This major science center demystifies natural phenomena, from fireflies to fog, and offers movies and images from the Hubble space telescope. Outside, explore the museum’s 110 acres, including Science Park, Woodland Garden, and several miles of nature trails. Outdoor exhibits include the Wind Wall, Musical Fence, Water Rill, and Mist

Mount Hope Cemetery

America’s second-oldest garden cemetery is the final resting place for luminaries including Vice President Hannibal Hamlin, painter Waldo Pierce, and gangster Al Brady as well as a filming location for Stephen King’s Pet Sematary. Download a map for a self-guided visit, or join one of the Bangor Historical Society’s guided

Nereledge Inn

Built in 1787, Nereledge has been welcoming guests for generations. The inn is casual and comfortable featuring 11 bedrooms with air conditioning, spacious living rooms, and a wraparound porch. It is conveniently located between the North Conway Village and the Saco River. It’s an easy walk to the village or

New England Mobile Book Fair

Wordly WiseWith discounts starting at 20 percent (and up to 40 percent on some titles), it’s easy to fill a tote bag with beach reads. You’ll also find help with your garden bounty: The cookbook section is one of the best anywhere.

Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn

Brits Annabelle and Simon Hunton transformed an erstwhile Victorian sea captain’s home into a breezy, modern getaway of seven rooms with king beds (some with gas fireplaces), one with a queen. Delightful grounds around the pool include an English rose garden. Breakfast is served in your room, and the innkeepers

Prescott Park

Prescott Park

Music meets water at Portsmouth’s waterfront on the Piscataqua River, and outdoor concerts fill the night air with the sweet sounds of Taj Mahal, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and an impressive roster of summer headliners. Best Summer Concerts-Yankee Magazine May/June 2015Ten acres of flower gardens, walking paths, and grassy areas alongside

Primo Restaurant

Best Farm-To-Table DiningJames Beard Award-winning chef Melissa Kelly invites diners to tour the gardens and pastures where much of the restaurant’s produce is grown and chickens and pigs are raised, before dining on her Mediterranean-accented fare.The food and drink here excels; from the Key lime mojito and the peach Bellisima,

Roseledge Country Inn & Farm Shoppe

Sit beside this historic building eating free-range eggs amid the butterflies and hummingbirds flocking to the organic garden. Blooms from daisies to daylilies sway beneath mighty trees. Drink afternoon wine out there, too. BEST GARDEN LOVER’S B & B.

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village and Museum

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village and Museum is the only active Shaker Community. The Shakers strive to live a life of work and worship, fulfilling the motto of their founder, Mother Ann, to “put our hands to work and hearts to God.” The community at Sabbathday Lake presently consists of 18

Scotty’s Lobster Pound

Best Triple-HeaderPart seafood market, part butcher shop, part restaurant, Scotty’s is a triple find. The restaurant (Tall Tales Tavern) serves market-fresh fish, lobster, and meats as well as salads made from greens grown in the front garden.207-864-9737 (Tavern), 207-864-2493 (lobster pound & meat market)

Sharpe Hill Vineyard

Settle beside hillside vines to sample wines of every hue. Then pair your favorite with a meticulous, seasonal menu. All served on a flower-garden patio; Friday to Sunday seatings. BEST VINEYARD RESTAURANT.

Simple Pleasures

Best CollectionThis former forge laced with rosebushes and ivy feels like a secret garden. The owner, a RISD grad, scouts the globe to present an international bazaar, from batik scarves to lush soaps to folk art.Maybe it’s the building, all tiny and vine covered. The light streams in like ribbons


Sonoma shines in summer, when local field greens, tomatoes, corn, and other garden vegetables share the menu with local lobster and goat cheese. Chef/owner Bill Brady cooks global dishes–everything from a French duck cassoulet to Korean barbecued short ribs–but rarely strays from California for his wine list. BEST FARM-TO-TABLE RESTAURANT.

Springfield Museums

Springfield Museums

Springfield Museums is comprised of five world-class museums: the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum (temporarily closed for renovations), the Springfield Science Museum, the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts,the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, the Museum of Springfield History, and The Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield

Swan Point Cemetery

It’s where the tormented mind of Providence’s own horror master, H.P. Lovecraft, lies at rest, and where Edgar Allen Poe’s beloved rejected his marriage proposal: a 200-acre plot on the Seekonk River’s banks populated by angels with bowed heads. And yet, this 169-year-old garden cemetery is a lush park for

Tapestry Rose

Best Gift ShopFood, art, handmade journals, home accessories, clothing, garden-related goods, fine art, toys, and locally and internationally crafted jewelry in many different styles are tucked into a restored train station turned gallery just steps from a historic Connecticut River ferry.

Terrain Garden Cafe

Tucked inside Terrain, a shop that’s pure Eden for gardeners, is an equally divine indoor/outdoor restaurant, where the conservatory-like setting and seasonally evolving fare soothe and satisfy the senses. Chef Alissa Svorka builds a five-course tasting dinner, which can be ordered as a feast for two with 10 different dishes,

The Botanic Garden of Smith College

Smith students live and study inside a botanical showcase. Frederick Law Olmsted’s landscape-architecture firm helped lay out the scientific gardens here in the late 19th century, and there’s almost always something in bloom among this collection of more than 6,000 plants. Don’t miss the Lyman Conservatory greenhouses. Free. BEST BOTANICAL

The Butterfly Place

The Butterfly Place

The Butterfly Place is an indoor garden filled with hundreds of free-flying butterflies. They open their doors for the season February 14th!See New England butterflies and tropical species from all over the world. Walk along a winding pathway. Observe butterflies sipping from flowers, basking in the sunshine and flying freely

The Charles Hotel

This regal Harvard Square hideaway has two superb restaurants (Henrietta’s Table and Rialto), a spa that incorporates herbs from the hotel’s garden, a lap pool with children’s hours, Regattabar, a beloved jazz club, and even care packages for traveling pets. In the winter, there’s a skating rink. Rates: from $259.

The Charles Street Inn

Few things can match the mix of charm, romance, and elegance of Charles Street, but this jewel box of an inn has been doing just that since it opened 10 years ago. This nine-room townhouse melds luxury (Frette linens, marble fireplaces, garden views) with history (the house was a Brahmin

The Colony Hotel

The Colony Hotel

The Colony Hotel is a recognizable landmark from land and sea. Historic hotel with modern amenities. 124 guest rooms in five buildings offer views of ocean, river or garden. Heated saltwater pool, 18 hole putting green, beach and lawn games. Complimentary breakfast buffet.

The Elms

The Elms

The Elms is a gorgeous replica of an 18th-century French chateau. Built at the turn of the 20th century for a coal baron, it sits poised above 11 acres of sweeping lawn. The gardens are extraordinary: gods and goddesses cavorting in marble fountains, pavilions where ladies took tea, sunken gardens

The Fells

Located on the shores of Lake Sunapee, The Fells was the summer retreat of the Hay family, including John Milton Hay (born in 1838), who served as Abraham Lincoln’s assistant private secretary and later as Theodore Roosevelt’s secretary of state. Pathways meander among hundreds of alpine and rock-garden plants, nestled

The Glebe House Museum & Gertrude Jekyll Garden

Famed horticulturist Gertrude Jekyll designed more than 400 gardens in Europe. She lent her touch to only three in the U.S., and Connecticut’s is the sole survivor. Garden lovers are enthralled by the story of how Jekyll’s plans for the Glebe House grounds were lost, then rediscovered after a half-century

The Liberty Hotel

Best Hotel
It took a sense of humor and style to turn a famous jail into a posh hotel, and that spirit informs everything at the Liberty, from the restaurants Clink, Alibi, and Scampo (Italian for “escape”) to the stunning atrium and the many thoughtful touches, such as Prosecco on arrival.


The Mount Estate and Gardens

Edith Wharton, author of The Age of Innocence and of Ethan Frome, was the first woman to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. She designed for herself a classic mansion, built as an architectural statement in 1901-1902. To celebrate its centennial in 2002, the mansion underwent restoration as a

The Nonantum Resort

The Nonantum Resort

With a waterfront location within walking distance of beach and town, kids’ activities, a magical fairy garden, an outdoor pool, and several “green” guestrooms decorated by local eighth-graders, the Nonantum is a family find. Voted BEST FAMILY INN.

The Perfect Wife Restaurant & The Other Woman Tavern

Chef/owner Amy Chamberlain offers a full-scale fine-dining menu in the restaurant area (with rustic cobblestone walls and greenhouse garden room) and a slightly more down-home list of comfort foods (including a trio of sliders: cheeseburger, crabcake with remoulade, and grilled chicken with herb aioli) in her cozy tavern or three-season

The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA

The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA

The Porches Inn employs a clever synthesis of retro and contemporary design, with six Victorian row houses turned out in appealing shades of marigold, blue, salmon and sage. The property includes 47 fully wired rooms and suites, offering free WiFi, dual phone lines and complimentary DVDs, and a bonfire pit,

The Richards B&B

A romantic stone house, built in 1884, with meandering garden paths.–Yankee Magazine, July/August 2011Best Taste Of The OutdoorsThis 1884 mansion was built from stone quarried on the property and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Pass the daffodil fields to continue a half-mile meander through the woods

The Ritz-Carlton

The Ritz-Carlton

The Ritz-Carlton is the epitome of luxury. Conveniently located on Boston Common between the Boston Theater District and the Financial District, The Ritz-Carlton is right where you want to be in downtown Boston. The hotel has 193 well-appointed contemporary guest rooms, including 43 suites, many with views of the city

The Schooner J. & E. Riggin

A multiday windjammer sail is a treat for the sea lover, and the palate, aboard the Riggin, a National Historic Landmark built in 1929 as an oyster dredger. Captain Jon Finger usually mans the wheel, while his wife, Captain Annie Mahle, a food columnist and well-known cookbook author, prepares from-scratch

The Spouter Inn

The Spouter Inn

Your hosts are Paul and Catherine Lippman (Paul is a former engineer, avid sailor, and woodworker; Catherine, a former nurse, is now a garden caretaker). There are ocean views from every room in this 1832 restored Colonial situated on 2 acres across from a sand beach. The inn has Jacuzzis,

The Village Inn of East Burke

This comfortable, affordable B&B offers genuine hospitality and some rarely found amenities, such as a fully equipped guest kitchen, a weatherproofed Jacuzzi in a large organic garden, and a streamside picnic/lounging area. Inquire about guided fishing. BEST NORTHERN ESCAPE.

Three Mountain Inn

Guestrooms, many with gas fireplaces, are divided between the original inn and neighboring Robinson House. In the garden there’s also luxurious Sage Cottage.–Yankee Magazine, November/December 2011Best Jamaican EscapeThe country-inn experience, with no facet overlooked: antiques, featherbeds, fireplaces or stoves (in 10 of the 15 guestrooms), three-course breakfasts, and dinner in

Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Tower Hill Botanic Garden

A tranquil refuge to delight the eye, expand the mind, nurture the soul and commune with the natural world, Tower Hill Botanic Garden is a year-round living museum of plants. Owned and operated by the Worcester County Horticultural Society, founded in 1842, with its mission to “advance the science and

Twin Elm Farm

Thirty handpicked dealers fill Louise York’s carefully curated antiques shop, where country chic meets garden vintage, with a nod to mid century. The pretty farmhouse and barn are strewn with airy white linens, shabby-chic cupboards, and metal garden furniture—enough to inspire a serious case of cottage envy. Best Country Decorating

White Flower Farm

Come for daffodil and tulip bulbs, easy-care perennials, heirloom seeds, and implements extraordinaire. This glorious garden center has been making life bloom beautifully for more than half a century. BEST GARDEN CENTER.

Wickham Park

Best Garden & Picnic ParkGardens inspired by England, Italy, and the Orient are among the eight ornamental enclaves amid these 250 green acres. The playground and nature center attract youngsters, while the picnic tables and grills offer the perfect pit stops for any age. Plus aviary, bird sanctuary, tennis and

Wilcox Park

This pretty oasis in downtown Westerly features a wide-open meadow, stately trees, a duck pond, and picturesque perennial garden. BEST WALK IN THE PARK.


Best Relaxed EleganceChef Chris Eddy combines international ingenuity and finesse with local tastes, from Berkshires blue cheese to Stonington scallops. Sip drinks by a comfy fireplace or sup by the pastoral garden. Reservations required.This private resort had tongues wagging the minute it debuted in 2007. The whole place—from 18 whimsical

Woodlawn Museum

Best Garden TeaOn Wednesdays during July and August, the George Nixon Black Estate serves elegant high teas in the garden (or carriage house, if raining), complete with china, silver, linens, tea, sandwiches, pastries, and live music.

Worthington Pond Farm & Gardens, LLC

Worthington Pond Farm & Gardens, LLC

Worthington Pond Farm & Gardens, located in Somers, Connecticut, is an outdoor destination for enjoying nature and experiencing all the engaging attractions. Opening June 2010, Worthington Pond Farm & Gardens features beautiful gardens, an authentic reproduction Covered Bridge, a Covered Bridge Museum displaying 49 handcrafted small scale replicas of America’s

The 1785 Inn and Restaurant

The 1785 Inn and Restaurant

With a footprint spanning six prime mountain acres, it’s no wonder this inn has some of the best views of the Presidential Range. Soak in the vista from poolside, surrounded by a garden of tall, spikey pink-and-white cleomes, or from the dining room’s bay window while sampling cuisine that has

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