Massachusetts

Tips and Articles in Massachusetts

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...
Anglers are swapping crowded trout streams for saltwater fly-fishing in the deep blue sea. Whether cruising the flats or casting to surface feeders, playing catch-and-release with a hefty fish on light tackle kicks the adrenaline into high gear. T...
Leopard-print carpets, indoor swings, and four-inch stilettos in Nantucket?Shoe designer Vanessa Noel has transformed a 19th-century carriage house into VNH, the island's first boutique hotel and its most talked-about new destination. All eight be...
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who are willing to go anywhere for something good to eat, and those whose last supper would consist of whatever's in the fridge. As a food critic, my job is to uncover the best kielbasa, the fluffi...
inns and resorts Cranwell Resort & Golf Course 55 Lee Rd., Lenox; 413/637- 1364, fax 413/637-0571; doubles from $89 in winter, $199 in summer. Pretend you're Gatsby at this old-style resort housed in 1890's buildings on 380 acres, with an 18...
We wanted two things on our vacation: trees and music. and so we went to the Berkshires. We packed up the car and drove the two hours from Boston to Tanglewood, the very name, coined by Hawthorne, evocative of gnarled roots and soaring trees, of m...
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...
Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio were famous as architects long before they ever made a building.Mostly they made trouble. In the grand tradition of Marcel Duchamp, this husband-and-wife team has embraced art as provocation. So far, it's work...
The port town of Salem, Massachusetts, has always been associated with the spooky, the exotic, and the downright weird. Sea captains of the late 18th and early 19th centuries returned from Pacific voyages with private hoards of curiosities—shark- ...