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“He will appear in the enchanted garden,” Keith Kaufelt, a docent at the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia says with more certainty than should be warranted (seeing as how the person in question has been dead for 160 years). But on Janu...
Read New York’s Algonquin Hotel has taken its literary legacy into the digital age by lending guests Amazon’s Kindle e-books, available free at the front desk. Listen You can borrow pre-downloaded iPods at resorts such as the Mandarin Oriental...
What would childhood be without dreams of banana splits—the ultimate reward for surviving the school year, passing the final exam, winning (or losing) the softball championship?Whole weeks can be consumed deciding on the exact combination of fl...
The city's famed puritanical streak seems to have faded to a barely visible smudge. Although a blue law or two survive--no liquor is sold on Sundays, for example--Boston is rife with opportunities for indulgence. Stylish luxury hotels are cropping...
At a time when accessing e-mail on the road isn't a luxury but a necessity, the old routine of crawling around on your hands and knees in a hotel room as you search for a place to plug in your computer is simply unacceptable. While most hotels hav...
The long countdown is over. • Ninety years after the once-proud New Haven Railroad began running electric wire above its tracks from New Haven to Boston (the aim was to "electrify" America with high-speed trains, but World War I put a half-centur...
CHOWDER "A great chowder is like love," says Boston chef Jasper White, the dean of American chowderheads. "You can't exactly describe it, but there's no mistaking it when it hits"—the potatoes melt in your mouth, the fish falls apart into big, sil...
The blazing concrete jungle may seem to lack foliage, but look again. You can still find a shady patch of grass behind the skyscraper down the street. So grab a wicker basket, pack up some panini, and trek to a leafy city oasis. The Public Garden...
Converting pagans. Raising the dead. Chasing every last snake out of Ireland. Saint Patrick is known, by history and by legend, for many things, but to Americans he is the patron saint of partying. Nevertheless, Boston, America’s home to all thin...
It may be steeped in history, but Boston is madly evolving. The latest hot spot: South Boston’s Fort Point Channel, gateway to the soaring Institute of Contemporary Art (100 Northern Ave.; 617/478-3100; icaboston.org), with thought-provoking insta...
The Modern Brahmin The stylish, spacious, 60-room XV Beacon (15 Beacon St.; 617/670-1500; xvbeacon.com; doubles from $575) has bold interiors that play off the hotel’s 1903 Beaux Arts edifice on Beacon Hill. The Youthful Upstart Now run by the ...
The results are in: after a month of highly charged voting, Boston—America’s first city—has also been chosen as the country’s favorite. The New England hub, as famous for its modern-day pleasures (Fenway Park, Harvard Square) as for its history (...
The Indie Rocker Every touring act from Peaches to Death Cab for Cutie has passed through the Middle East (472–480 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge; 617/497-0576), where rock, punk, folk, hip-hop, and Afrobeat are performed nightly on three separate...
Talking Street's cell-phone tours star famous locals (Jerry Stiller, Steven Tyler) as your guides to New York, Boston, and D.C. You set the pace—and dial in at each spot. See www.talkingstreet.com; $5.95 per tour.
In the late 1800's, SoWa—South of Washington—was among the grandest districts in Boston. Decades later, the area's warehouses and pre-war buildings have become sought-after addresses for shops and restaurants. 1 Vintage ads cover the walls of Bob...