Massachusetts

Tips and Articles in Massachusetts

london lights upIan Schrager has taken his cutting-edge brand of hotel across the pond to London, transforming a once-somber 1960's office building into St Martins Lane, a spectacle of color and light. A yellow "carpet" is projected onto the floor...
layover (lay-oh-ver) n. An unpleasant break in a journey, during which the traveler is subjected to bland, overpriced food, uncomfortable airport seating, and severe bouts of tedium. If this is your definition of a layover, read on. Your world ma...
Boston is a city of sack suits and Chevrolets, of dowager aunts and students with backpacks, all of them stubbornly indifferent to the vagaries of style. Even Back Bay, the Gilded Age quarter rescued by an influx of fast money in the eighties, l...
Aesop has led us to believe that those who plan (the ants) fare better than those who don't (the grasshoppers). But the Web has changed everything; and when it comes to travel, those who wait often get the better fares. Last year, in an effort to ...
“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...
Every August my family went to Nantucket. I have fond memories of bright beach umbrellas, cobblestones, windmills, scallop shells, and the accordion player who strolled along Main Street in the evenings while I ate my ice cream cone. I always drop...
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...
My dad, a dyed-in-the-wool Massachusetts Yankee, used to react forcefully every time he heard that Patti Paige song "Old Cape Cod," the one that goes, "You're sure to fall in love with old Cape Cod." He didn't like it one bit. Not just because of ...
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...
See our slideshow of America’s Best Retro Escapes. Does your generic local multiplex get you down?Are you pining for a little movie action under the stars, snack bar included?A legit drive-in theater is hard to come by these days, but if you’re a...
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...
If Edith Wharton hadn't become one of the 20th century's great novelists, she would have made a fine decorator. The woman who wrote The House of Mirth once likened a person's nature to "a great house full of rooms," and delighted in building and d...