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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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

The Modern BrahminThe stylish, spacious, 60-room XV Beacon (15 Beacon St.; 617/670-1500; xvbeacon.com; doubles from $575) has bold interiors that play... Read More

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... Read More

The Indie RockerEvery touring act from Peaches to Death Cab for Cutie has passed through the Middle East (472–480 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge; 617/497... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio were famous as architects long before they ever made a building.Mostly they made trouble. In the grand tradition... Read More

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... Read More

I didn't want to go anywhere. I had been away from home for almost three weeks, teaching and writing, trying to think big thoughts. I wanted to unpack,... Read More

Until recently, there was absolutely no reason to stop in North Adams, Massachusetts. Then came MASS MOCA, the nation's largest contemporary art museum... Read More

You know you're in Salem and nowhere else, says 11-year-old Brooke, when you spot a hearse tour of haunted houses or pass a gaggle of black-robed... Read More

In Salem, Massachusetts, the witch-on-a-broomstick image is everywhere—it even appears on the badges of the town's police officers. Indeed, this site of... Read More

Food lovers who once fetishized obscure French Camemberts have found another obsession: chocolate, the new cheese. But what explains the cheese in the... Read More

OCCUPATION Adventurer, humanitarian HOME BASE Auckland, New Zealand GLOBE-TROTTER The first person to reach the summit of Mount Everest, in 1953,... Read More

Maybe they need a change of pace, or just a break from the stove: hotshot chefs across the country are trying their hands at preparing sushi and sashimi... Read More

For all their legendary progressiveness, Cambridge residents spend a great deal of time looking back in longing. They'll tell you that Harvard Square... Read More

Everyone wants to live a long, healthy life—preferably with fewer wrinkles and sagging bits. During the past few years, I’ve certainly tried to slow... Read More

In an attempt to attract some of the $54 billion spent yearly by traveling same-sex couples, cities such as Philadelphia and Bloomington, Indiana, are... Read More

Since art deco began looking good again in the 1970's, the French, in that endearing French way, have convinced themselves and the world that they were... Read More

Watching the World Series on TV—or even in person—is fine for a certain kind of sports fan. Other fanatics want to meet their larger-than-life heroes,... Read More

Boston Envi Everything here says sustainable style: organic-cotton tees by Edun (Bono and Ali Hewson’s line); recyclable shopping bags; and, coming soon... Read More

Provincetown, Massachusetts, was already a thriving art colony when my grandfather Morris Davidson first arrived there in 1919, following his service in... Read More

The best mushroom I've ever eaten came from the edge of Route 41. John Wheeler spotted the thing, not me. But I was there. The specimen in question—a... Read More

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