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Annual Amherst, NH Garden Club Plant Sale

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Annual Amherst, NH Garden Club Plant Sale

Saturday, May 13 one of New Hampshires largest plant sales, truly a gardener’s delight! Over 2500 perennials, locally dug and potted. Additional vendors and master gardeners to assist. Several garden centers attending with hanging plants for Mother’s Day, annuals, vegetable plants, herbs, unusual perennials and so much more. Open 8:30-1:00pm

Early November Foliage is Brightest in Coastal New England

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Early November Foliage is Brightest in Coastal New England

A large flock of geese caught my ear earlier this week, flying south in perfect formation against a slate gray sky. Just north, the clouds were producing some early snowflakes, and the wind that pushed them south brought a bitter bite. In northern New England, it isn’t uncommon to see hints

Boston Children’s Chorus

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Boston Children’s Chorus

Under the direction of Anthony Trecek-King, the Boston Children’s Chorus unites children ages 7-18 from diverse backgrounds to discover the power of singing and transcend social barriers in a celebration of shared humanity and love of music.

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Spirits | Inside Yankee

Every issue of Yankee takes on a life of its own. Sometimes we plan it that way, when, for instance, we start with a theme in mind and then plump up the pages with stories that fit. But more often, it’s as though the individual stories hold a secret meeting

Guide to Maple Syrup Grades

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Guide to Maple Syrup Grades

Don’t know your rich from your robust? Our guide to the updated maple syrup grades is here to help explain the difference. Just pass the pancakes!

Boston Wine Expo

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Boston Wine Expo

Featuring more than 1,800 wines from more than 200 wineries, the Boston Wine Expo is New England’s biggest and longest-running wine festival. The 2017 Boston Wine Expo will feature multiple ways to learn about and sample great wine and food including the Grand Tasting main event, the exclusive Vintners’ Reserve

Hesperion XXI – The Musical Europe: 1500-1700

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Hesperion XXI – The Musical Europe: 1500-1700

The universally celebrated virtuoso Jordi Savall brings his world-famous ensemble Hespèrion XXI back to the BEMF concert stage. One of the giants of Early Music, Savall directs a consort of seven extraordinary instrumentalists in an encore performance of a rousing program exploring the vibrant musical culture of Europe at the

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Pairings for Mar/Apr 2007

The clues:
First: A favorite with apple-pie lovers. Once one of New England’s favorite tart treats.

Second: This New Hampshire native’s involvement with Boston’s Communist Party in the 1940s became the basis of a movie and a TV series: I Led Three Lives.

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Chelsea Berry with special guest Matt Cusson

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Chelsea Berry with special guest Matt Cusson

Chelsea Berry is a favorite among venue owners up and down the East coast. Her beautiful voice and commanding stage presence have brought her across the U.S. as regular support for Livingston Taylor as well as headliner of her own shows from California to Washington, Minneapolis, New York, and everywhere

Feedback | Autumn 2015

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Feedback | Autumn 2015

Our favorite recent letters, Facebook posts, Instagram comments, and tweets.

 Happy 80th  

When we arrived home this Monday, August 24th, from a quick weekend to Wells, Maine, our Yankee magazine awaited us in our mailbox. It reminded me of why I love living in New England. As a native, with roots in

London Haydn Quartet: Verve, Veritas, and Virtuosity

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London Haydn Quartet: Verve, Veritas, and Virtuosity

Following their 2014 BEMF début in Boston and New York City, the London Haydn Quartet were hailed by The New York Times for their “exquisitely rendered interpretations” and “deeply committed music making.” They return with their frequent collaborator, the world-renowned historical clarinet virtuoso Eric Hoeprich, in a program of gorgeous

Paris Picks | The Best Restaurants and Bakeries

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Paris Picks | The Best Restaurants and Bakeries

I’m taking a step away from the usual recipes today because I just got back from a trip to Paris, and since my main question in planning the trip was, “Where should I eat?” I thought some of you might want some fresh recommendations as well.

The following picks stood out

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Sofra Bakery & Café, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Boston’s best bakery for sweets doesn’t serve a single blueberry muffin. Instead, the treats lining Sofra’s white-marble counter are inspired by the flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East: Persian spiced doughnuts, Egyptian bread pudding, pistachio olive-oil cake. The pastries look so decadent and tantalizingly come-hither that most patrons

First Night First Day Boston 2017

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First Night First Day Boston 2017

First Night First Day 2017 is a two-day, city-wide celebration that is free and open to the public. The long running festival will feature family-friendly activities such as the parade down Boylston Street, a spectacular pyrotechnics show, maritime legend inspired ice sculptures, performances from local musicians and artists, the Boston

Angels Among Us

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Angels Among Us

Meet ordinary people with extraordinary hearts who work to make the lives of others better.

Grammy Award-Winning Guitarist Ed Gerhard’s 34th Annual Christmas Concert

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Grammy Award-Winning Guitarist Ed Gerhard’s 34th Annual Christmas Concert

New Hampshire’s own GRAMMY® Award-winning guitarist Ed Gerhard will present his popular Annual Christmas Guitar Concert in its 34th year on Friday, December 16 and Saturday, December 17 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 292 State St, Portsmouth, NH. Showtime is 7:30pm. Doors open 6pm.
Tickets are $28 in advance and $32

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Neptune Oyster

This tiny North End eatery serves some of the best seafood in Boston. The chowder trades the usual thickened base for a vibrant, intensely clammy broth. The secret? It’s lightly enriched with milk, cream, and potatoes and accented with a hint of oregano. 63 Salem St., Boston. 617-742-3474; neptuneoyster.com

Grammy Award-Winning Guitarist Ed Gerhard’s 34th Annual Christmas Concert

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Grammy Award-Winning Guitarist Ed Gerhard’s 34th Annual Christmas Concert

New Hampshire’s own GRAMMY® Award-winning guitarist Ed Gerhard will present his popular Annual Christmas Guitar Concert in its 34th year on Friday, December 16 and Saturday, December 17 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 292 State St, Portsmouth, NH. Showtime is 7:30pm. Doors open 6pm.
Tickets are $28 in advance and $32

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Turner Fisheries

The oyster crackers are house-made, and the stew is a hearty mixture of quahogs and cherrystones for intense clam flavor. A light hand with the flour keeps the chowder saucy, not gloppy. Westin Copley Place, 10 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-424-7425; turnersboston.com

Back Bay Bell Ringers

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Back Bay Bell Ringers

Ring in the holidays with bells! The Back Bay Ringers is an advanced, auditioned community handbell ensemble based in Boston. Founded in 2003, BBR has quickly developed a reputation for excellence, regularly performing at such Boston-area landmarks as Faneuil Hall, Symphony Hall, the Boston Children’s Museum, and the Prudential Center.

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Finding Spring Across New England

MARCH
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

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

Suzanne Vega

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Suzanne Vega

“Widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation,” (Biography Magazine) Suzanne Vega emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s. Her self-titled debut album is included in Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Recordings of the 1980’s.” Her 1987 follow up, Solitude Standing

Glocester, RI: Lydia Walshin

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Glocester, RI: Lydia Walshin

In early December 2003, Deborah DeBare, executive director of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) in Warwick, received a call from a woman who wanted to make a donation. For DeBare, whose agency oversees shelters around the state, it wasn’t an unusual inquiry. What was different this time,

Grammy Award-Winning Guitarist Ed Gerhard’s 25th Annual Holiday Concert

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Grammy Award-Winning Guitarist Ed Gerhard’s 25th Annual Holiday Concert

GRAMMY Award-winning Guitarist Ed Gerhard performs 25th Annual Holiday Guitar Concert Saturday December 3 7:30pm
The Belknap Mill
The Mill Plaza Laconia, NH
(603) 664-7200 tix & info / 524-8813 directions
Tickets $22 in advance; $25 at door
Ed Gerhard returns to Laconia on December 3 for his 25th Annual Christmas Guitar Concert at The

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Massachusetts Dining by the Water

Through some magic of architecture, the dining room at The Red Inn promotes the illusion of floating, like the many boats just outside in Provincetown Harbor–or maybe we were seeing things after our pre-lunch bike ride through the dunes to one of the lighthouses. The sea-level view here seems never-ending;

Somerville, MA: Vernon Street Open Studios

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Somerville, MA: Vernon Street Open Studios

Location: 6 & 20 Vernon Street
Somerville, MA 02145
Date: December 3 & 4, 2016
(Saturday & Sunday 12-6pm)
For more info visit:
www.vernonstreet.com

On December 3 & 4, Vernon Street Studios will host their annual open studios (which has become a much anticipated annual event). Each year, the artists of 6 & 20 Vernon Street

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Boston Paramount Theatre: Black Nativity

Produced by the National Center for Afro-American Artists, Black Nativity tells the original story of the Nativity in scripture, verse, music and dance. In its 46th year, Boston’s production is the longest running performance of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes’ song-play. The 2016 season marks an exhilirating season of 12

ChocoLee

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ChocoLee

Lee Napoli’s handmade truffles are filled with the current darlings of the chocolate world–chiles and espresso–as well as old faves hazelnuts and Grand Marnier.
83 Pembroke St.
Boston, MA
617-236-0606
chocoleechocolates.com

A Playground for Empire: Historical Perspectives on Cuba and the U.S.A.

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A Playground for Empire: Historical Perspectives on Cuba and the U.S.A.

Tim Weed is an award-winning novelist and lecturer who teaches at Grub Street in Boston and Western Connecticut State University. A long-time observer of the island, Tim will highlight recent changes in light of Cuba’s long struggle for sovereignty. A Vermont Humanities Council program hosted by SMS.

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Pairings for November/December

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Day After Thanksgiving at the Zoos

Burn off the turkey and get the family out of the house on Friday, November 25 at Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo! Admission will be half-price the day after Thanksgiving. Spend a memorable day with family and friends while discovering all of the incredible animals at each Zoo. Visitors

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Remdawg

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Jerry Remy is the New England Sports Network (NESN) color commentator, and he is more popular now than he ever was as a player for the Red Sox. He played for Boston for seven years, from 1978 to 1984, after coming in on a trade for Don Aase in

Spirit of Boston Thanksgiving Day Cruise

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Spirit of Boston Thanksgiving Day Cruise

This Thanksgiving, take the stress out of the beginning of the holiday season aboard the Spirit of Boston. Give thanks for not having to cook, clean and entertain this turkey day with a Thanksgiving Day lunch cruise through the Boston Harbor on Thursday, November 24th.

The Spirit is calling aboard friends

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Fall Bird Walk at Hammonasset Beach State Park

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Fall Bird Walk at Hammonasset Beach State Park

The Audubon Shop, 907 Boston Post Rd. in Madison CT, kicks off its Annual Fall Bird Walk Series on Saturday, September 10, 2016. The guided walk at Hammonasset Beach State Park takes place from 8-10:30 am. Migrating hawks, eagles, owls, shorebirds, waterbirds, and songbirds can all be seen at one

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China Tugs: Children Return Seeking Pieces of Their Life Story

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China Tugs: Children Return Seeking Pieces of Their Life Story

Join in conversation with two moms to learn from families who brought their children “home” to China to explore their roots. Their journeys were not in search of a birth family. They offered them cross-cultural experiences that deepened understanding of what their lives might have been like if they had

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Fall Bird Walk at Hammonasset Beach State Park

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Fall Bird Walk at Hammonasset Beach State Park

The Audubon Shop, 907 Boston Post Rd. in Madison CT, kicks off its Annual Fall Bird Walk Series on Saturday, September 10, 2016. The guided walk at Hammonasset Beach State Park takes place from 8-10:30 am. Migrating hawks, eagles, owls, shorebirds, waterbirds, and songbirds can all be seen at one

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Pairings for Jan/Feb

The clues:
First: On April 12, 1934, New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Observatory weather station recorded a surface wind speed of 231 miles per hour — a record that stands today, securing the summit’s reputation for experiencing weather as severe as any on Earth.

Second: Since 1952, the New Hampshire primary has been

NewportFILM – Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing

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NewportFILM – Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing

MARATHON: THE PATRIOTS DAY BOMBING

Wednesday, November 9
Casino Theatre
9 Freebody Street, Newport, RI

7:00 PM
Film screening, followed by conversation with Boston Marathon bombing survivors Heather Abbott (heatherabbottfoundation.org), Sydney & Celeste Corcoran

TICKETS: $20
Purchase & Watch Trailer at bit.ly/MarPatDoc

ABOUT THE FILM:
“Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing” recounts the dramatic story of the April 2013 terrorist

Chameleon Arts Ensemble

Chameleon Arts Ensemble

Musical transformation is the core of Chameleon Arts Ensemble’s November chamber music program titled “with infinite refrain.” As Thomas Edison famously said: “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” Elliott Carter’s 1949 tour de force, Eight Etudes and a Fantasy, demonstrates an endless palette of colors from the

Chameleon Arts Ensemble

Chameleon Arts Ensemble

Musical transformation is the core of Chameleon Arts Ensemble’s November chamber music program titled “with infinite refrain.” As Thomas Edison famously said: “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” Elliott Carter’s 1949 tour de force, Eight Etudes and a Fantasy, demonstrates an endless palette of colors from

Fall Bird Walk at Hammonasset Beach State Park

Fall Bird Walk at Hammonasset Beach State Park

The Audubon Shop, 907 Boston Post Rd. in Madison CT, kicks off its Annual Fall Bird Walk Series on Saturday, September 10, 2016. The guided walk at Hammonasset Beach State Park takes place from 8-10:30 am. Migrating hawks, eagles, owls, shorebirds, waterbirds, and songbirds can all be seen at one

Haunting at Witch Hill

Haunting at Witch Hill

Haunting at Witch Hill
Presented by Essex Heritage
10 Federal Street, Suite 12
Salem, MA 01970
978-740-0444

Date: Sunday, October 30, 2016, 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM

Location: Peirce Farm at Witch Hill, 116 Boston Street, Topsfield, MA, 01938

Join Essex Heritage as we travel back to Victorian times at the gentleman farm of railroad tycoon T.W. Peirce.

Haunting at Witch Hill

Haunting at Witch Hill

Haunting at Witch Hill
Presented by Essex Heritage
10 Federal Street, Suite 12
Salem, MA 01970
978-740-0444

Date: Sunday, October 30, 2016, 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM

Location: Peirce Farm at Witch Hill, 116 Boston Street, Topsfield, MA, 01938

Join Essex Heritage as we travel back to Victorian times at the gentleman farm of railroad tycoon T.W.

Fall Bird Walk at Hammonasset Beach State Park

Fall Bird Walk at Hammonasset Beach State Park

The Audubon Shop, 907 Boston Post Rd. in Madison CT, kicks off its Annual Fall Bird Walk Series on Saturday, September 10, 2016. The guided walk at Hammonasset Beach State Park takes place from 8-10:30 am. Migrating hawks, eagles, owls, shorebirds, waterbirds, and songbirds can all be seen at one

Kristian Bezuidenhout: Music of Haydn and Beethoven

Kristian Bezuidenhout: Music of Haydn and Beethoven

Fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout has emerged as one of Early Music’s new generation of superstars, with a well-earned reputation for performances bursting with virtuosity, charm, and imagination. A particular favorite of Boston audiences for his past collaborations with the Boston Early Music Festival, the Handel and Haydn Society, and Boston Baroque,

Addiction on Trial: Tragedy in Downeast Maine, with Dr Steven Kassels

Addiction on Trial: Tragedy in Downeast Maine, with Dr Steven Kassels

Addiction and Emergency Medicine physician and internationally acclaimed author, Dr. Steven Kassels, will discuss his book Addiction on Trial: Tragedy in Downeast Maine, and his medical experiences. He will also discuss the reasons why we are experiencing a heroin/opioid epidemic and possible solutions.
Q & A to follow.

About the author: Doctor

Catie Curtis with special guest Rachael Kilgour

Catie Curtis is a veteran on the singer/songwriter folk scene, crisscrossing the US for 20 years – and counting – performing shows, recording and releasing 13 CDs, with devoted fans following her every move. She’s performed at the White House several times, at two Presidential Inaugural Balls, with Lilith Fair,

Queen Treatment Only Festival featuring Ruby Rose Fox

Award-winning Boston songwriter and vocal powerhouse, Ruby Rose Fox, is teaming up with gimmeLIVE to present the first Queen Treatment Only Festival featuring top female artists from Boston to the North Shore in the most intimate, acoustically stellar listening room north of Boston.

Experience the Future of Women in Music with

Ruby

Fall Bird Walk at Hammonasset Beach State Park

Fall Bird Walk at Hammonasset Beach State Park

The Audubon Shop, 907 Boston Post Rd. in Madison CT, kicks off its Annual Fall Bird Walk Series on Saturday, September 10, 2016. The guided walk at Hammonasset Beach State Park takes place from 8-10:30 am. Migrating hawks, eagles, owls, shorebirds, waterbirds, and songbirds can all be seen at one

Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.

Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.

A New England Premiere by Alice Birch
From the Director of AN OCTOROON, Summer L. Williams

October 21 – November 19, 2016
Plaza Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts

TICKETS: http://www.bostontheatrescene.com/season/Revolt-She-Said-Revolt-Again/

Individual Tickets $25-38

Pay-What-You-Want Dates ($6 minimum, walk-ups only):
Friday, October 21, 2016
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Sunday, October 30, 2016

A little #EffYourBeautyStandards #DeleteYourAccount #LeanIn
Maybe some #FreeTheNipple #MasculinitySoFragile

Fall Bird Walk at Hammonasset Beach State Park

Fall Bird Walk at Hammonasset Beach State Park

The Audubon Shop, 907 Boston Post Rd. in Madison CT, kicks off its Annual Fall Bird Walk Series on Saturday, September 10, 2016. The guided walk at Hammonasset Beach State Park takes place from 8-10:30 am. Migrating hawks, eagles, owls, shorebirds, waterbirds, and songbirds can all be seen at one

Fall Bird Walk at Hammonasset Beach State Park

Fall Bird Walk at Hammonasset Beach State Park

The Audubon Shop, 907 Boston Post Rd. in Madison CT, kicks off its Annual Fall Bird Walk Series on Saturday, September 10, 2016. The guided walk at Hammonasset Beach State Park takes place from 8-10:30 am. Migrating hawks, eagles, owls, shorebirds, waterbirds, and songbirds can all be seen at one

Hingham Historical Society’s 92nd Annual Historic House Tour

Hingham Historical Society’s 92nd Annual Historic House Tour

Visit 9 antique houses in Hingham Massachusetts at the Hingham Historical Society’s 92nd Annual Historic House tour October 2, 2016. Farmhouse capes and Victorian beachside cottages are featured in this year’s tour along with a variety of lovingly restored vintage cars. Hingham’s tour houses date from the 1740s through the

Fall Bird Walk at Hammonasset Beach State Park

Fall Bird Walk at Hammonasset Beach State Park

The Audubon Shop, 907 Boston Post Rd. in Madison CT, kicks off its Annual Fall Bird Walk Series on Saturday, September 10, 2016. The guided walk at Hammonasset Beach State Park takes place from 8-10:30 am. Migrating hawks, eagles, owls, shorebirds, waterbirds, and songbirds can all be seen at one

Taste of Downtown Crossing

Taste of Downtown Crossing

The Inaugural Taste of Downtown Crossing is on September 25, 2016, on the beautiful Avenue de Lafayette. This festive outdoor event will feature food samplings from over 20 different and delicious restaurants, representing their unique cuisines.

Tickets to the festival are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. To purchase your

Trails & Sails | Two Weekends of Walks and Water

Trails & Sails | Two Weekends of Walks and Water

TRAILS & SAILS: Two Weekends of Walks and Water
Presented by Essex Heritage
10 Federal Street, Suite 12
Salem, MA 01970
978-740-0444

Dates: September 16-18 and 23-25, 2016

Location: Multiple locations throughout Essex County

Explore Essex County’s cultural, historic, and natural sites during two weekends of 150+ FREE events scheduled for TRAILS & SAILS: Two Weekends of

The Gore Place Fall Festival

The Gore Place Fall Festival

What do craft beers and ciders, live music, and half-a-ton of flying pumpkins have in common? They’ll all be at Gore Place on Saturday, September 24 from noon to 5pm.

The Beer Tent will feature brews for purchase from Cape Ann Brewing, Hopsters, and Downeast Cider. As for the music, it’ll

Trails & Sails | Two Weekends of Walks and Water

Trails & Sails | Two Weekends of Walks and Water

TRAILS & SAILS: Two Weekends of Walks and Water
Presented by Essex Heritage
10 Federal Street, Suite 12
Salem, MA 01970
978-740-0444

Dates: September 16-18 and 23-25, 2016

Location: Multiple locations throughout Essex County

Explore Essex County’s cultural, historic, and natural sites during two weekends of 150+ FREE events scheduled for TRAILS & SAILS: Two Weekends of

John Gorka

The show begins at 7:30 PM. Doors for seating open at 7:00 PM. Advance tickets $25, day of show $30. “John Gorka is perhaps the quintessential iconic singer-songwriter of the 80’s folk scene. He launched his career in New Jersey, but forged his legacy in the Greenwich Village Fast Folk

Trails & Sails | Two Weekends of Walks and Water

Trails & Sails | Two Weekends of Walks and Water

TRAILS & SAILS: Two Weekends of Walks and Water
Presented by Essex Heritage
10 Federal Street, Suite 12
Salem, MA 01970
978-740-0444

Dates: September 16-18 and 23-25, 2016

Location: Multiple locations throughout Essex County

Explore Essex County’s cultural, historic, and natural sites during two weekends of 150+ FREE events scheduled for TRAILS & SAILS: Two Weekends of

Fall Bird Walk at Hammonasset Beach State Park

Fall Bird Walk at Hammonasset Beach State Park

The Audubon Shop, 907 Boston Post Rd. in Madison CT, kicks off its Annual Fall Bird Walk Series on Saturday, September 10, 2016. The guided walk at Hammonasset Beach State Park takes place from 8-10:30 am. Migrating hawks, eagles, owls, shorebirds, waterbirds, and songbirds can all be seen at one

Trails & Sails | Two Weekends of Walks and Water

Trails & Sails | Two Weekends of Walks and Water

TRAILS & SAILS: Two Weekends of Walks and Water
Presented by Essex Heritage
10 Federal Street, Suite 12
Salem, MA 01970
978-740-0444

Dates: September 16-18 and 23-25, 2016

Location: Multiple locations throughout Essex County

Explore Essex County’s cultural, historic, and natural sites during two weekends of 150+ FREE events scheduled for TRAILS & SAILS: Two Weekends of

7th Annual Shooting Touch Gala

For the first time ever, Shooting Touch is truly focusing on bringing the impact model we have successfully achieved overseas in Rwanda, back to Beantown to impact our local youth here as well. September 17th will be a celebration highlighting not only our impactful work around the world, but also

Trails & Sails | Two Weekends of Walks and Water

Trails & Sails | Two Weekends of Walks and Water

TRAILS & SAILS: Two Weekends of Walks and Water
Presented by Essex Heritage
10 Federal Street, Suite 12
Salem, MA 01970
978-740-0444

Dates: September 16-18 and 23-25, 2016

Location: Multiple locations throughout Essex County

Explore Essex County’s cultural, historic, and natural sites during two weekends of 150+ FREE events scheduled for TRAILS & SAILS: Two Weekends of

Trails & Sails | Two Weekends of Walks and Water

Trails & Sails | Two Weekends of Walks and Water

TRAILS & SAILS: Two Weekends of Walks and Water
Presented by Essex Heritage
10 Federal Street, Suite 12
Salem, MA 01970
978-740-0444

Dates: September 16-18 and 23-25, 2016

Location: Multiple locations throughout Essex County

Explore Essex County’s cultural, historic, and natural sites during two weekends of 150+ FREE events scheduled for TRAILS & SAILS: Two Weekends of

Taste of Haymarket

Each Friday and Saturday from dawn to dusk, Haymarket, Boston’s centuries-old open air market, offers a unique shopping experience. Vendors sell huge varieties of fruits and vegetables at great prices. Specialty grocers sell cheese, fish, Halal meats, pizza, spices, and other delicacies from small shops.Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the

Taste of the Seaport

Taste of the Seaport

Treat yourself to the tastes of our neighborhood’s finest restaurants. Enjoy music and a lunchtime sampling unique dishes from some of Boston’s premier dining destinations!

Proceeds from Taste of the Seaport benefit future public programming at the South Boston Maritime Park.

Participating restaurants include; 75 on Liberty Wharf, Boulevard Tacos, Del Frisco’s

7th Annual “Ramble” On Salisbury Beach

7th Annual “Ramble” On Salisbury Beach

Free concert to raise money for families of fallen troops.

Salisbury, MA, August 2, 2016 – Boston rockers the Adam Ezra Group (AEG) will present their 7th annual Ramble, a free festival on Salisbury Beach on Saturday, August 27th starting at 2:00 P.M. Presented by RallySound, the non-profit founded by Adam

Classic Tractor Expo

Bring the family and join the fun at the Classic Tractor Expo, August 26-28, 2016. Previously the New England John Deere Expo the name has changed. As the event has grown over the years it now includes all makes, models and colors of antique tractors. You

“Sounds in the Sanctuary” Classical Concert Series

Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation’s third annual Sounds in the Sanctuary Series hosts five concerts at BHC featuring past favorite artists as well as new acclaimed musicians at 5 p.m. on alternate Fridays beginning in June and ending in September.

The exciting program opens June 24 with the Boston-based Trio Cleonice featuring Emely

Johnny A. with Davy Knowles

One of the most revered guitarists working the scene today, Boston’s own Johnny A. has created a decade-spanning career built on his virtuosic playing, compositional fortitude and distinctive style.

Masterclass: Laurence Lesser

MASTERCLASS: LAURENCE LESSERMonday, July 25 | 8:00pmThe Big Barn, Putney, VT$10 ($9 Seniors, $5 Students) | Buy Tickets http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2562046At Yellow Barn masterclasses, audience members are invited to sit in The Big Barn with Yellow Barn musicians and witness the interpretive process as Yellow Barn faculty and guests coach participants on

Roomful of Blues

Five time Grammy nominee Roomful of Blues has been delivering its signature blend of swing, rock ‘n’ roll, jump, blues and R&B to euphoric audiences all over the world. Magic Dick, the legendary harmonica player for the J. Geils Band, partners up 2015 Boston Music Award Winning guitar slinging vocalist

“Sounds in the Sanctuary” Classical Concert Series

Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation’s third annual Sounds in the Sanctuary Series hosts five concerts at BHC featuring past favorite artists as well as new acclaimed musicians at 5 p.m. on alternate Fridays beginning in June and ending in September.

The exciting program opens June 24 with the Boston-based Trio Cleonice featuring Emely

Effects of Winter Climate Change on the Northern Hardwood Forest

Part of our adult lecture series; great for teens, too!Join Boston University professor, Pamela Templer, for a conversation about climate change’s impact on the Northern hardwood forest. Just what kind of impacts are our forests facing? Using Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in Thornton as an example, Templar delves into these

Hidden Gardens of Munjoy Hill

Tour-goers love strolling through the diverse gardens of Portland’s charming Munjoy Hill neighborhood. Proceeds support Friends of the Eastern Promenade’s efforts to improve, enhance and protect the Eastern Promenade.The first tour was held in 2005 and FoEP adopted the tour and became the host in 2010. This event benefits our

“Sounds in the Sanctuary” Classical Concert Series

Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation’s third annual Sounds in the Sanctuary Series hosts five concerts at BHC featuring past favorite artists as well as new acclaimed musicians at 5 p.m. on alternate Fridays beginning in June and ending in September.

The exciting program opens June 24 with the Boston-based Trio Cleonice featuring Emely

“Sounds in the Sanctuary” Classical Concert Series

Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation’s third annual Sounds in the Sanctuary Series hosts five concerts at BHC featuring past favorite artists as well as new acclaimed musicians at 5 p.m. on alternate Fridays beginning in June and ending in September.

The exciting program opens June 24 with the Boston-based Trio Cleonice featuring Emely

Aisling B&B

Best Way To Stay Like A LocalLocated in a South End Victorian row house, this famously friendly three-room B&B puts you in the heart of Boston’s most chic neighborhood. Stylish rooms, a great breakfast, and friendly hosts–all for a great price.

Amtrak Downeaster Train from Boston, MA to Brunswick, ME

Amtrak Downeaster Train from Boston, MA to Brunswick, ME

The Amtrak Downeaster is your car-free connection to a variety of exciting destinations, from Brunswick, ME to Boston, MA and points in between. Shop at world famous L.L. Bean. Stroll through historic New Hampshire cities. Take in the endless array of entertainment in Boston. Start planning your trip today at

Arnold Arboretum

To the north, a haze of color washes over the gardens at Long Hill in Beverly, Massachusetts, and at Boston’s Arnold Arboretum, a sprawling property that’s been around since 1872, a partnership between Harvard University and the city. Think Central Park on Miracle-Gro. Giant tree canopies; kids with hula hoops;

B&G Oysters Ltd.

This sophisticated South End eatery, with its wonderful marble bar and high-top tables crowded with plates of Nantucket bay scallops crudo and moules frites, is a gleaming ode to traditional Boston seafood dishes, taken up a notch. Entrees: from $25.

Beehive Kitchenware Co.

Pewter fruit-blossom measuring spoons ($48) by metalsmiths Sandra Bonazoli (a faculty member at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston) and Jim Dowd make precision baking and cooking a pleasure.–Yankee Magazine, November/December 2010

Boston Beer Company

The Best 5: Local BreweriesAlthough its Samuel Adams Boston Lager is brewed mostly in Cincinnati, Ohio, Boston remains the corporate home of the largest American-owned beermaker. The firm’s small pilot brewery in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood—where brewers experiment with small-batch and vintage beer styles—is one of the city’s most popular

Boston by Foot

Boston by Foot is the best way to see Boston: up close and personal. Boston by Foot tours encourages visitors to walk around Boston and explore the city in a way they might not be able to from a bus, cab, or train. Since its founding in 1976, America’s Bicentennial

Boston CityPASS

Boston CityPASS

Boston CityPASS is a phenomenal way to save money while you see some great sites in Boston. What you get when you buy CityPASS is a booklet of admission tickets to 5 must-see attractions in Boston, and you’ll save 47% compared to combined regular box office prices. You can save

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,

Boston Common Hotel & Conference Center

Best Secret Boston HotelOriginally designed as the University Club and then converted to lodging for insurance agents attending training sessions, the former John Hancock Hotel relies largely on word-of-mouth recommendations from people who attend conferences here. Low-key and affordable, it’s also comfortable, modern, and situated in the heart of the

Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area

Just 45 minutes from the rush of downtown, the Boston Harbor Islands keep you close to the city without making you actually feel, you know, close to the city. Isolated beaches and camping spots and the remains of an old Civil War fort dominate this 34-island state park, all within

Boston Harborwalk

Best Alternative To The Freedom TrailA nearly 40-mile network of waterside paths from East Boston to Dorchester: Start with the Charlestown branch and head down through the North End to Fort Point Channel, stopping at historical sights (U.S.S. Constitution), bay-view restaurants (Sensing and Sam’s), and museums (the ICA and the

Boston Light

Boston Light

Boston Light is located on Little Brewster Island in outer Boston Harbor. The current lighthouse dates back to 1783, and is the second oldest working lighthouse in the United States (after Sandy Hook Lighthouse, in New Jersey). Boston Light was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964. The first lighthouse

Boston National Historic Park

You can certainly navigate the Freedom Trail on your own: Just follow the red line on the sidewalks. But you’ll learn a lot more about Boston’s role in the Revolutionary War and the growth of a new nation by taking a 60-minute tour led by a knowledgeable and enthusiastic park

Boston Tea Party Museum

Boston Tea Party Museum

At the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, you can be a part of the famous event that forever changed the course of American History! It’s more than a stroll through historic artifacts – it’s an adventure! Live actors, high-tech, interactive exhibits, authentically restored tea ships and the stirring, multi-sensory

Bristol Harbor Inn

Bristol Harbor Inn

Lloyd Adams is your host at this elegant, boutique-style 1997 waterfront Federal inn, located at Thames Street Landing. Many rooms offer spectacular views of the harbor and Narragansett Bay, ranging from queen- or king-size with fireplace to suites. Thames Street Landing houses a variety of on-site shops, including a day

Buck Hill

Best Boston ViewsIt’s not the highest peak in the Blue Hills south of Boston, but its summit offers sweeping panoramas of both the Boston skyline and the Harbor Islands. The fields are full of wild blueberries free for the picking in July.

Cafe Vanille

Sprawling at the bottom of Beacon Hill, Boston’s Charles Street is a mix of Dickens-meets-M.F.A. sensibilities—where history-laden, crimson-brick sidewalks roll past some of the most meticulously kept and artfully stocked shops in all of this diverse and exciting city. Start smack in the middle: at Cafe Vanille, which

Cape Ann Whale Watch

Cape Ann Whale Watch

Sail aboard one of the longest and fastest whale watch vessels in Massachusetts north of Boston. We are the founders and most experienced company in Gloucester. Research staff led by Dr. Roger Payne host of TV Documentary, In the Company of Whales. Sightings Guaranteed! Tip: morning trips are less crowded.

Charles River Canoe & Kayak

Best Instant GetawayRent a canoe or kayak for the afternoon from this outfitter located in the heart of Kendall Square and cool off while taking in spectacular views of the Boston skyline, the Esplanade, and the Zakim Bridge.

Chelsea Clock

Chelsea Clock

Chelsea Clock was founded in 1897 in Chelsea, Massachusetts and is one of the largest and oldest clock manufacturers in the U.S. It was originally named the “Eastman Clock Company” after its founder, Joseph Eastman, who had been previously associated with the Harvard and Boston Clock companies. For more than

Clear Flour Bread

Crisp baguettes, hearty whole-wheat sandwich loaves, flaky croissants, and “baked doughnuts” (currant-studded brioches brushed with butter and rolled in sugar) here are so extraordinary that people from Boston to Newton start queuing up 20 minutes before the doors open. The good news? They’re worth the wait. BEST BAKERY.

Coastal Growers Market

Best 5–Farmers’ MarketsCasey Farm, a Historic New England-owned organic CSA operation, boasts sweeping views of Narragansett Bay, giving its free-range cows and pigs some of the best real estate in the Ocean State. The staff tends the fields and sells the bounty at the market, along with dozens of other

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company has performed for more than one million audience members in its 18 year history! Best known for its annual free performances on Boston Common, Commonwealth Shakespeare is a non-profit organization founded in 1996when Artistic Director Steven Maler collaborated with the City of Boston, the Boston Parks and

Converse Store

Best Rock & Roll SneakersBorn in Boston and back again, Chuck Taylors rule the streets. And then, you also have to know that rockers and rappers from new to old (that’s Royce da 5’9″ to half the Stones) would rather go barefoot than be caught without their Converse customs on.

Copley Square

Copley Square

Copley Square is located in Boston’s Back Bay, and it is the quintessential town square. Named for painter John Singleton Copley, festivals, farmers’ markets, concerts, and gatherings of all sorts have been held in Copley Square for years. And it’s the prime place for sight-seeing: Trinity Church, Boston Public Library,

Copley Square Farmers’ Market

Best 5–Farmers’ MarketsA bustling site in the heart of downtown Boston, it’s a tempting lunchtime destination. With park benches galore, ample lawn space, and shady trees, Copley Square is an ideal picnic spot, and the market offers a diverse selection of ready-to-eat treats. Tuesdays & Fridays 11am-6pm, May-November.–Yankee Magazine, July/August

Crush Boutique

On Charles Street in Boston: The shopping gods pull me into Crush Boutique for women’s cocktail frocks and designer denim, and then up to Moxie for pretty-butcomfy shoes. They’ll take me all the way down the street to Scampo at The Liberty Hotel for one of chef Lydia Shire’s crispy

Cultural Connector

Daytrippers can cruise to various wharves near major destinations like Faneuil Hall, the Boston Children’s Museum, and the New England Aquarium on this ferry shuttle. A one-way pass is $5; an all-day pass is $15. The shuttle stops at Central Wharf, Fan Pier, and Fort Point Channel. It’s a budget-friendly,

D Scale

Legendary Boston interior designer Dennis Duffy brings his work to the masses. Walk in and buy one ingenious piece—a sculptural Brasilia cocktail table—and use it to create your own contemporary aesthetic.

Destination Salem

Destination Salem

Most noted for the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, Salem is a hip, eclectic destination where you can explore American maritime heritage, learn lessons of tolerance from the Salem Witch Trials, gaze at world-class art and cultural collections, have your fortune told, and eat award-winning cuisine in one day. Only

Doyle’s Pub

No, it’s not the bar where everybody knows your name, but Doyle’s in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, which first opened its doors in 1882, is the watering hole to go to if you want to drench yourself in Boston political history, the city’s Irish heritage, or, you know, any of the

Durgin-Park

Durgin-Park

Durgin-Park is one of those places you have to see when you come to Boston. Its great New England menu is one of the best, and the Boston Baked Beans are the best you’ll ever have. Known for its communal dining and surly waitresses, the place has changed just a

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

Enchanted Nights Bed and Breakfast

Enchanted Nights Bed and Breakfast

This 1890 Princess Anne Victorian on scenic coastal Rte. 103 is located just one mile to the historic year-round resort area of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and 60 miles from Boston. Elegant French-Victorian furnishings with a lavish and sweet decor, bordering on flamboyant. Restaurants, theaters, beaches, and entertainment abound; 150 outlet

Escapes North

Escapes North

The Insider’s Guide to Culture North of Boston As the birthplace of artistic luminaries and home to historic events that shaped the nation, the North of Boston region has something for every culturally curious visitor. Walk in the footsteps of renowned American artists, authors, and architects and experience the spectacular

Essex River Basin Adventures

Best Saltwater KayakingThe web of estuaries in Essex Marsh, an hour north of Boston on Cape Ann, leads to protected bays and the back side of Crane Beach. These tidal flats are home to thousands of littleneck clams, your entree of choice at nearby Woodman’s seafood restaurant (133 Main St.;

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.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Faneuil Hall Marketplace is a nationally-recognized shopping bonanza in downtown Boston. Visitors love the well-known brand-name shops as well as local favorites, and there are no shortages of places to eat. After you’ve been to Urban Outfitters, Crabtree & Evelyn, Wicked Good Cupcakes, and Newbury Comics, stop by Boston Pretzel,

First Baptist Church in America

First Baptist Church in America

Come to the First Baptist Church in America to see the towering white spire of the 1775 meetinghouse. Built in 1774 to 1775, this church was the largest building project in New England at that time. The building, 80 x 80 feet, seated 1,200 people, equal to one third of

Formaggio Kitchen

Best Food ShoppingOwner Ihsan Gurdal and his family continually travel the world to find the best cheeses, pastas, vinegars, and wines to sell to their picky customers. The original Cambridge venue (there’s also a South End Formaggio in Boston) is one of the few shops in the world with its

Freedom Trail Run

Finally, a way to take in Boston’s sights while increasing your heart rate. On the 5K, two-hour guided course, you’ll catch your breath at landmarks including the Old North Church and the USS Constitution. Wind down with a ferry from Charlestown back to Long Wharf. Best Way to Sightsee

Fruitlands Museums

Fruitlands Museums

Fruitlands Museum is a collection of small buildings on the former site of the unsuccessful utopian community called “Fruitlands.” The community was inspired by the Transcendental movement and Amos Bronson Alcott, Louisa May Alcott’s father. This community had ideas of self-sufficiency, but were not successful due to lack of crop

Greater Merrimack Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau

Greater Merrimack Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau

Amid the timeless beauty and charm of New England lies the Merrimack Valley, a region unsurpassed for its proud heritage and historic impact on the nation. The Merrimack Valley is easily accessible with an array of shopping and dining experiences and endless choices for sightseeing, performing arts, museums, and nightlife.Amid

Green Turtle

Set in the historic Charlestown Navy Yard, the Green Turtle makes its home on a pier that extends right out into Boston Harbor—which means tugboats chugging by and, of course, that magnificent Boston city skyline. Want a little piece of the urban life? Hop on the water taxi that comes

Harpoon Brewery

Don’t let the warehouse exterior fool you: Harpoon expanded its visitor center and beer hall in 2013, making it a hive for beer lovers. Sip an exclusive pilot brew, and soak it up with house-made pretzels dunked in beer-infused sauces. View’s not bad either: Windows overlook downtown Boston and the

Homeward Designs Cottage Style

Homeward Designs’ Cottage Style is co-owned by Jayne Ward and her daughter, Melissa Ward Messer, formerly a dancer with Boston Ballet. Here the two women collaborate on decorative, seasonal gifts for the home. “After years of watching Mom in her shops, it clicked for me,” Melissa says. “When I retired

Hubway

Boston is a great city for walking, and its small size is equally conducive to bicycling. The Hubway bike-sharing program makes it easy, with stations in convenient locations throughout Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline, and other locations in the Greater Boston area. One- and three-day passes work well for visitors who

Inn at Crystal Cove

The Inn at Crystal Cove allows you to enjoy all that Boston has to offer without actually staying inside the city. In fact, the views from the Inn are incredible – you can see Boston Harbor and the city’s skyline! The Inn will provide complete living facilities, including a fully-equipped

InnSeason Resorts at Loon Mountain

InnSeason Resorts at Loon Mountain

InnSeason Resorts in Lincoln, New Hampshire on Rte. 112 just off I-93, just a short drive from Boston. Two first class resorts featuring spacious hotel rooms and luxury condo suites with full kitchens, master bedrooms, fireplaces and whirlpools. Both resorts feature Indoor and Outdoor Pools, Fitness Rooms & Game Rooms.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum displays a vast collection from one of the foremost female patrons of the arts. Isabella Stewart Gardner was a patron and friend of leading artists and writers of her time, including John Singer Sargent, James McNeill Whistler, and Henry James. Gardner was a philanthropist and

Jacob Hill Inn

This country estate is closer to Providence than to Boston, but most guests prefer to leave city life behind to swim in the pool, play tennis, or simply swing in a hammock or enjoy sunset views from a sweet little gazebo. Ten of the 12 guest accommodations are suites, and

JFK Sites

JFK Sites

JFK Sites in Boston take you through more than four decades after Camelot, and John F. Kennedy, the 35th president, still casts a long shadow in Boston. The John F. Kennedy National Historic Site (617-566-7937; 83 Beals St., Brookline) chronicles Kennedy’s birthplace and early childhood. You will learn more about

KO at the Shipyard

We’re letting you in on a little secret here: The best waterfront views of Boston Harbor aren’t in Boston. They’re in up-and-coming East Boston. And the best view is from Piers Park, a refurbished waterfront idyll with incredible views of the city skyline. Just a short walk from the park,

Legoland Discovery Center

No adults are allowed without a child escort — probably so the old folks don’t hog the interlocking bricks. Geared to ages 3 to 10, this builder’s delight includes an “academy” where kids get construction tips from experts, as well as a gallery of Somerville and Boston buildings and attractions

Locke-Ober

Since the 1800s, Boston’s Locke-Ober restaurant has been serving New England cuisine to well-heeled Bostonians in search of elegance. For years it was a men-only establishment, so the steak au poivre and lobster dishes became a rite of passage for the male graduates of our local colleges and the place

Long Hill

To the north, a haze of color washes over the gardens at Long Hill in Beverly, Massachusetts, and at Boston’s Arnold Arboretum, a sprawling property that’s been around since 1872, a partnership between Harvard University and the city. Think Central Park on Miracle-Gro. Giant tree canopies; kids with hula hoops;

Lowell Spinners

This Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox helped nurture the talents of Jonathan Papelbon, Kevin Youkilis, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Clay Buchholz. See if you can spot the stars of tomorrow as they play at LeLacheur Park on the banks of the Merrimack River. BEST SMALL-TOWN BASEBALL.

Maine State Museum

Maine State Museum

Four floors of engaging permanent and temporary exhibits detailing Maine’s history, heritage, and environment. Displays in the Back to Nature exhibit range from commemorating the extinction of the passenger pigeon to tourmaline mining. Plus, you can’t beat the price: $2 adults; children under 18 $1. Best History Museum-Yankee Magazine May/June

Maine’s Lakes & Mountains Tourism Council

Maine’s Lakes & Mountains Tourism Council

Maine’s Lakes and Mountains are not only close – just three hours from Boston – they’re a world away from the daily hustle bustle. Whether planning an outdoor vacation or peaceful retreat, there’s something for everyone: canoe and kayak pristine lakes and rivers, enjoy spectacular vistas along Scenic Byways,

Make Way for Ducklings Store

The classic children’s book has its very own shop, run by Adam and Jamie Hirsch, the duo behind Harvard Square’s Curious George store. Find children’s books by hometown authors, plush storybook characters, and literary-themed kids’ clothes—particularly those with duckling motifs. Best Boston Mementos

Masa

Masa

Masa is Southwestern dining in Boston at its best. With a dish like Braised Lamb Shank with Cranberry Mole, you can’t go wrong. Masa offers an award-winning menu of “new Southwest” cuisine, combining the zest of the Southwest with the down-home flavors of New England. Masa was awarded “Best New

Meritage & Rowes Wharf Sea Grille

Chef Daniel Bruce is known from coast to coast, and it has nothing to do with the expansive views of the water from his two fine-dining spots at the Boston Harbor Hotel. In the summer, a floating barge out front offers live music and movie screenings.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010

Merrill Auditorium

The Kotzschmar Organ, at Merrill Auditorium, is a fitting symbol of Portland, Maine—a community that, although only 64,000 residents strong, refuses to be a musical suburb of Boston. Its tradition of symphonic self-sufficiency is largely credited to Hermann Kotzschmar, a 19th-century Prussian immigrant who for 50 years brought the best

Minuteman Bikeway

Best Ride Through HistoryOn two wheels is just possibly the best way to explore the terrain of the April 1775 Battles of Lexington and Concord, which marked the opening salvo of the American Revolution. This 11-mile bikeway on a former rail line covers much of the route that British soldiers

Monadnock State Park

Monadnock State Park is located in the area around the 3,165-ft. Mount Monadnock. Surrounded by thousands of acres of protected highlands, Mount Monadnock was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1987. The park offers year-round recreational opportunities.BEST CLIMB FOR FAMILIESPerhaps it’s the proximity to Boston (only a 90-minute drive) or

Mount Monadnock

It’s a National Natural Landmark and one of the most-climbed mountains in the world for a reason. Take your pick from any one of its beautiful trails, and from the summit look out nearly 100 miles toward Boston. Surrounded by thousands of acres of protected highlands, it’s a stunning vista.

Mount Washington Auto Road

New England’s highest peak—6,288 feet—Mount Washington claims some of the world’s worst weather and the second-highest wind speed ever recorded. The eight-mile drive to the top is a hair-raiser; drop-away vistas on fair-weather days are stupendous, with visibility up to 130 miles and views of New York and the Atlantic.

Museum of Fine Arts

Museum of Fine Arts

When you’re planning your visit to Boston, save Wednesday afternoon and evening for the world-class MFA. Admission is by voluntary donation after 4 p.m., which still leaves plenty of time for you to see the Impressionist paintings, Paul Revere silver, Egyptian mummies, Persian miniatures, and Chinese jades. In July and

Neptune Oyster

In our view, a truly great lobster roll has a few simple but firm requirements: fresh, sweet meat and plenty of it; light mayo or butter (your choice—we like choice); and a properly toasted bun. That’s just what Neptune Oyster offers in a classic bistro space just off the crowded

No Name Restaurant

No Name Restaurant

No Name Restaurant opened in 1917, and the name has been the same from day one. The original owner, Nick Contos, was asked by the local fishermen what he called the place and Nick would answer, “No name, come eat!” Since then, the Contos family has offered fresh seafood at

North Bennet Street School

Visit the school’s gallery to view and purchase works by current and former students.–Yankee Magazine, March/April 2012Visit one of the country’s oldest schools of traditional craftsmanship during the grand opening of its new facility in Boston’s historic North End. Watch and interact with students and instructors at work in their

North End Market Tours

Delicious and delectable explorations of the venues that make up Boston’s “Little Italy” and Chinatown. Cooking tips included.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2012

Omni Mount Washington Resort

Omni Mount Washington Resort

With views of its namesake peak and the Presidential Range, you barely need to squint to re-imagine the days of Gilded Age splendor at this massive 1902 luxury resort. Much that’s served in its airy palazzo-style main dining room is locally sourced, but it’s also worth a trip down under

Otis House Museum

Otis House Museum

The Otis House Museum was built for Harrison Gray Otis (1765-1848), a lawyer who served in Congress, as a mayor of Boston, and was instrumental in the development of Beacon Hill. He was also one of the most important leaders of the Federalists, the United States’ first political party. Otis

Peddocks Island

Turkic nomads from the Central Asian steppes probably never pitched camp on the Boston Harbor Islands, but their signature structure–the yurt–is available on Peddocks Island, which has potable water (but no showers) and ruins of Fort Andrews. BEST URBAN CAMPING.

Peter Pan Bus Lines

Peter Pan Bus Lines

Peter Pan is one of the country’s largest privately owned bus companies, operating premier regular-route service to over 100 communities throughout the Northeast. Peter Pan services the Northeast with daily express service to cities including Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, DC. The company transports more than three

PINE Restaurant

Created by Boston star chef Michael Schlow, PINE mixes big-city panache with farm country warmth. Lemon-and-thyme–roasted Walpole Farms chicken embodies the no-nonsense approach to locavore dining, while lamb loin with turnip puree and smoked paprika brings real flair to New England fare. BEST FARM-TO-TABLE DINING.

Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau

Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau

Providence, Rhode Island is a vibrant Northeastern city, where original thinking is expansive and every experience is personal, so you are free to create. This hip and historic city, offers a broad spectrum of dining, shopping, arts and entertainment options – all within walking distance of each other. Just

Quabbin Reservoir

Whether you prefer angling for bass, landlocked salmon, pickerel, lake trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, or brookies, there’s a fishing hole for you at Boston’s central Massachusetts water supply. Boat rentals also available. BEST FRESHWATER FISHING.

Red River Theatres

Housed in the capital city’s newest office building, this theatre shows an eclectic mix of first-run and period pieces, often with workshops, panel discussions, and receptions with filmmakers and actors.Red River, which opened in 2007, is the achievement of community leaders who struggled for nearly a decade to build it.

Rhode Island State House

Rhode Island State House

On guided weekday tours of this stunning structure, you’ll stand beneath the world’s fourth-largest self-supported marble dome and see treasures like Rhode Island’s original 1663 royal charter and Gilbert Stuart’s iconic Washington portrait. Free. Best Free Tour–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2015The Rhode Island State House is the home of the Rhode

Robbins Farm Park

Best Free Family FunThis local favorite boasts stunning views of the Boston skyline, plus climbing structures, a terrific spot for flying a kite, and two 50-foot slides.

Rose F. Kennedy Greenway

Best Outdoor StrollThere are many things to love about this 15-acre public park: rotating public-art installations, an old-fashioned carousel ($3 a spin), seasonal outdoor markets, and plenty of food trucks, to name a few. This year, Boston Public Market will arrive to anchor this lush landmark, offering fresh produce from

Row 34

Partners Skip Bennet, Jeremy Sewall, and Garrett Harker gave the Boston dining scene a shot in the arm when they opened Island Creek Oyster Bar in 2010. Now, with their new eatery in the Fort Point Channel neighborhood, they’ve brought their savoir faire closer to the waterfront. Don’t miss the

Salts

Boston diners can be a fickle bunch, always scouting the next “it” chef, then moving on. Meanwhile, on a quiet side street in Cambridge, Gabriel Bremer has been quietly, expertly, consistently turning out some of the best French-inspired food in the city since his arrival in 2004. The roasted duck

Sea Swirl Seafood Restaurant and Ice Cream

Sea Swirl Seafood Restaurant and Ice Cream

Celebrating 25 years! Featured in the New York Times & The Boston Globe “Sea Swirl is another classic of its kind, that sidelines great pints of fried clams,” – The Boston Globe. Visited by Rachael Ray of the Food Network Channel’s $40 A Day. Fresh seafood, burgers, fries, chowder

Sleepafloat

Best Home On The WaterIt’s the ultimate way to experience Boston as a port city. SleepAfloat houseboats accommodate from two to six people in berths near the U.S.S. Constitution. Main beds are usually in spacious rooms; additional beds may be belowdecks with low ceilings.

Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center

Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center

The Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center is located in the peaceful, New England town of Southbridge, Massachusetts. It is easily accessible within just one hours drive from both Boston and Hartford. Combining the beauty and hospitality of a fine hotel with the technological convenience of a conference center, we are

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

Opening expanded facilities on July 4, 2014 following a multimillion-dollar renovation, the world-class Clark is home to European and American paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, and more. (The French Impressionists are a special focus.) In addition to a redesigned original building, brand-new facilities include a visitor and exhibition center with dining

Straight Law

This gin joint is tucked inside Brookline’s exceptional and cozy tapas parlor, Taberna de Haro. Some of Boston’s finest mixologists helm the bar, and gin cocktails hover around $8. Tapas are $4, and bocatas—fresh baguettes tucked with meats, cheeses, or p te—are $5.50 after 10:00 p.m. Best Late-Night Snack

Swan’s Cafe

As one of the world’s few tea sommeliers, Cynthia Gold has infused every part of the Boston Park Plaza Hotel’s tea service with her love of the beverage. Excellent tea, tea-infused cuisine, and even tea cocktails; a memorable experience. Reservations recommended.– Yankee Magazine, March/April 2010

Tanglewood Walking Tours

In July and August, stroll the Tanglewood grounds to learn the history of the property and the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer tenure here. Hour-long tours visit the Koussevitzky Music Shed and Ozawa Hall as well as the photo- and memorabilia-filled Visitors’ Center. Free tours offered Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Tanglewood

Tanglewood

Celebrate Tanglewood’s 75th Anniversary Season! Tanglewood, world-renowned summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Music Center located in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, celebrates its 75th anniversary season, June 22- September 2, with a spectacular lineup of musical guests and programs that spotlight Tanglewood’s rich tradition

Tealuxe

Comfortable and casual, boasting a menu of 80 teas and herbal tisanes, this is the shop that introduced me to loose-leaf tea. Also in Cambridge and Boston, MA

TF Green Airport

TF Green Airport

TF Green Airport is the gateway to southern New England. Popular air carriers offer over 150 flights to 21 destinations. The InterLink transportation hub provides MBTA service to and from Boston with stops in Providence and at the airport. Travelers can also utilize rental car offerings and intercity bus services.

The Belted Cow Bistro

Best Use of Local FlavorsTry the two-bite “sliders,” made with local pork and served with spicy kimchee slaw and ginger- and-scallion relish. Another seasonal highlight: butternut-squash soup, enhanced with a whisper of maple syrup. Entrees: from $20.The Belted Cow Bistro’s chef/owner, John Delpha, earned his culinary stripes in some of

The Boxer

After a $3 million renovation, the former Bulfinch Hotel became The Boxer. The exterior mimics New York’s Flatiron building; thanks to the triangular shape, many rooms have panoramic views. The hotel has native touches; mini-fridges are stocked with local treats such as Cape Cod chips. The hotel’s restaurant, Finch, serves

The Colonnade

Here you’ll find Boston’s only rooftop pool, where a 2014 makeover resulted in cabanas and a full bar. Upscale French restaurant Brasserie Jo is a year-round treat; so are the rooms’ floor-to-ceiling windows, offering lovely city panoramas. The site is unbeatable: You’re centrally located among Back Bay, the South End,

The Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail lets you immerse yourself in early America on this 2.5-mile journey. Visit churches, meetinghouses, key markers: 16 nationally significant historic sites in all.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2012On Boston’s 2.5-mile Freedom Trail, the birth of the American Revolution comes alive–but only if the tour guide brings it to life.Clearly,

The Gallows

The burger craze hit Boston several years ago, leaving a trail of tasty, souped-up patties in its wake. But we’re partial to the simple pleasure of the “Our Way” burger at this South End gastropub: a beefy slab topped with grilled onions, iceburg lettuce, pickles, and good old American cheese.

The Gryphon House

The Gryphon House is one of those places that makes you feel like you’re staying at a friend’s home. A luxury bed and breakfast only two blocks from Kenmore Square, the Gryphon is a turn-of-the-century brownstone, built in 1895, with eight gorgeous suites. The Gryphon boasts a Victorian parlor with

The Institute of Contemporary Art

The space-age beacon on Boston’s waterfront offers free admission on Thursday evenings after 5:00 p.m.; on the first Friday evening of every month, a $15 “Artist’s Voice” lecture finds notables such as Jim Hodges and Matthew Ritchie discussing their work. Best Night at the Museum

The InterContinental Hotel

There’s the perennially prime waterfront location between downtown and the Seaport, and many new amenities. Adults will enjoy a refurbished spa with fitness classes; there’s also an expanded bar, RumBa, with an outdoor waterfront terrace. Families will appreciate a package with the nearby Boston’s Children Museum. Voted Best Update.

The Kendall Hotel

Best Affordable HotelRooms start at under $200 a night, but the experience feels much more boutique than budget. It’s located in Kendall Square, less than a block from the T and a short walk over the bridge into Boston.

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.

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The Mews Restaurant and Cafe

Sebastian Junger to Norman Mailer, says owner Ron Robin, a former “talk jock” for Boston radio. Seafood, fresh-baked onion focaccia, and 277 different vodkas, from Armenian to Ukrainian.– Yankee Magazine, March/April 2010Revered by local residents for staying open 363 nights of the year, this beachfront institution also happens to serve

The Midtown Hotel

The Midtown Hotel is an affordable and convenient place to stay in Boston’s Back Bay. Built in 1961, this retro-style, two-story hotel is located in the heart of Boston. The Hotel has 159 spacious guest rooms complete with coffee makers, air conditioning, 32″ LG flat screen televisions, wireless and DSL

The Red Lion Inn

The Red Lion Inn

The historic Red Lion has been hosting generations of folks making memories and upholding family traditions. Located in a charming village setting, the Inn is central to the Berkshires’ arts attractions and outdoor activities. Family-friendly hotel amenities include: a year-round heated outdoor pool & hot tub, dining from casual to

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 Sunnyside

Chef Joe Simone honed his skills in Boston and San Francisco, and now he’s home to roost in his own breakfast, lunch, and brunch spot on the Warren River, just above Narragansett Bay, where his passion for local ingredients and Mediterranean flavors hits the spot.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010The Sunnyside is

The Verb Hotel

This kitschy lair was once the Fenway Motor Lodge, and it has retained a nostalgic, only-in-Boston vibe. Local rock memorabilia line the walls, and the staff is quick with helpful insider suggestions on what to see and do. The house restaurant, Japanese pub Hojoko, serves sushi, tempura, and grilled meats;

U.S. Lightship Museum

At 148 feet 10 inches, LV-112 was the largest floating lighthouse ship ever built; the thousand-ton vessel, built in 1936, was anchored more than 40 miles southeast of Nantucket to warn mariners off the Nantucket Shoals. Still under restoration, she’s open for tours on the East Boston waterfront. (Call for

Union Square Donuts

There are many great independent donut shops around Boston (Verna’s in Cambridge, Linda’s in Belmont), but Union Square takes the cake for quality and variety—flavors like maple bacon and salted bourbon caramel. Traditionalists, take heart: The old-fashioned cake doughnuts are a timeless pleasure. BEST DOUGHNUTS.

Urban AdvenTours

Best City ToursProof that Boston is a bikable city, these varied tours led by experienced cyclists will get you into the action. Routes include the Freedom Trail, the waterfront, the Emerald Necklace, and more.Urban AdvenTours taps into everyone’s inner bike messenger with 21?2-hour tours of the Hub on wheels. Hang

USS Constitution

The quick skinny on the world’s oldest commissioned warship still afloat. Launch: October 21, 1797, Boston’s Hartt Shipyard; one of the first six ships commissioned by the new U.S. Navy. Size: 204 feet long; 220-foot main mast (just 1 foot shorter than Bunker Hill Monument). Crew capacity: 500 (uncomfortable) men.

Woodman’s of Essex

Woodman’s of Essex

Woodman’s of Essex is THE place to go for fried clams. Woodman’s is the place where the first clam was fried – on July 3, 1916. Lawrence “Chubby” Woodman started the delicious tradition and today, 3rd and 3th generation Woodman’s are still serving up fried clams, lobster rolls, onion rings,

Concord Museum

Concord Museum

The small town of Concord looms large in history and letters, and its museum is the steward of many American touchstones, including the lantern that hung in Boston’s Old North Church to signal Paul Revere, the wooden desk on which Henry David Thoreau wrote Walden, and Ralph Waldo Emerson’s complete

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