Massachusetts

Tips and Articles in Massachusetts

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, answer the pile of letters and sort through the magazines that threatened to overwhelm our kitc...
Until recently, there was absolutely no reason to stop in North Adams, Massachusetts. Then came MASS MOCA, the nation's largest contemporary art museum—which, since opening in 1999, has lured a quarter of a million visitors to this quiet mill town...
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 Wiccans skulking down the sidewalk—and it's not even Halloween. A lot of strange stuff still goes on ...
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 colonial-era witch hysteria is a modern-day magnet for all things Halloween, all year long. Ps...
Food lovers who once fetishized obscure French Camemberts have found another obsession: chocolate, the new cheese. But what explains the cheese in the chocolates?And the curry?And the chiles?Around the country, chocolatiers are getting creative by...
OCCUPATION Adventurer, humanitarian HOME BASE Auckland, New Zealand GLOBE-TROTTER The first person to reach the summit of Mount Everest, in 1953, Hillary now devotes himself to the Himalayan Trust, a foundation he created 44 years ago to aid the S...
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. BOSTON Onetime pastry chef Kenneth Oringer has been flirting with Asian ingredients at his Fr...
For all their legendary progressiveness, Cambridge residents spend a great deal of time looking back in longing. They'll tell you that Harvard Square was never the same after the Tasty closed and Barnes & Noble colonized the Coop, that rescinding ...
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 down the clock by traveling to high-end holistic retreats in Arizona, Hawaii, and California to ex...
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 targeting gay men and women with splashy campaigns and promotions. In fact, nearly everything's ...
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 solely responsible for it, that it was introduced in 1925 at the Exposition des Arts Décoratifs...
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, a goal usually accomplished by elbowing through a like-minded throng for a postgame autograph o...
Boston Envi Everything here says sustainable style: organic-cotton tees by Edun (Bono and Ali Hewson’s line); recyclable shopping bags; and, coming soon, paper-free e-mail receipts. 164 Newbury St.; 617/267-3684; shopenvi.com. New York City Kaigh...
Provincetown, Massachusetts, was already a thriving art colony when my grandfather Morris Davidson first arrived there in 1919, following his service in World War I, to study painting with the artist George Elmer Browne. My grandfather returned to...
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 full-pound monster the size of a baseball glove—was an Hericium erinaceum, known variousl...