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Tips and Articles in Massachusetts

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...
This month, three exhibitions display fashion as cultural artifact. "High Style and Hoop Skirts: 1850's Fashion," at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts (465 Huntington Ave.; 617/267-9300; www.mfa.org), demonstrates how 19th-century innovations (crinolin...
Boutique hotels by signature designers are popping up across the country faster than you can say "room service." A few of the latest, from coast to coast: BOSTON The Bulfinch Hotel (107 Merrimac St.; 617/624-0202; www.bulfinchhotel.com; doubles fr...
What is "American cuisine" now?In search of answers, we traveled to 10 of our most forward-thinking food capitals to bring you the best examples and the top tables in each. As we discovered, choice is the new buzzword: from "small plates" to big i...
Boston Emerge Day Spa Though only open for a short time, Newbury Street’s Emerge spa has already established itself as the go-to place for relaxation. Think flat-screen TV’s in the Men’s Club, a fireside lounge and a roof deck, and treatments lik...
Never mind about the summer. In summer you aren't allowed to park on Commercial Street. In summer you can't park anywhere. I've known people who had to turn around and drive 15 miles to Wellfleet to abandon their cars, then hitch a ride back to Pr...
Great Places to Go for Family Reunions
Whether you're aiming to hole up with siblings for a low-key retreat into childhood reminiscence or to invite every cousin thrice removed to a tightly scheduled celebration of shared ancestry, organizing family reunions isn't as daunting as it so...
See our slideshow of 2009 Travel Horoscopes. Matt Murphy, 38, a Capricorn from New York City, is planning a big trip in 2009 but agonizing between a jaunt to tango in Buenos Aires or a nightlife jag in Shanghai. The price is the same, but which t...
See our slideshow of the 10 Best New Hotels. As if the holidays weren’t filled with enough choices (Which cookie recipes to try?What to wear on New Year’s Eve?), a new crop of hotels that’s sprung up like gifts under a Christmas tree has suddenly...
See our slideshow of the Best New Green Hotels. As concern for the environment grows, travelers are increasingly looking for ways to lessen their carbon footprint without having to rough it à la Swiss Family Robinson. With that in mind, Travel +...
1. New Museum, New York City Just off the minimalist, cement-floored lobby of this avant-garde institution is an innovative store (235 Bowery; 212/219-1222; newmuseumstore.org). Artist-created housewares and limited editions are the specialty. To...
Since 1980, when I first traveled to the Berkshires to visit the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, I’ve returned to explore this art-rich region more times than I can remember. But last spring, with my friend Carol LeWitt, was a special pilgrim...
See our slideshow of Wacky Presidential Election Hotel Promotions. Guests at W Hotels have come to expect “Whatever/Whenever.” But this year’s presidential election finds the luxury chain partnering with get-out-the-vote organization Declare Your...
The cobblestoned streets of Nantucket Town (Nantucket is the name of the island, the county, and the main town) look like the prototype for Ye Olde Villages everywhere. In the eastern town of Sconset, the post office serves as a central meeting sp...
This season both the Steamship Authority and Hy-Line Cruises are speeding visitors to Nantucket Island from Hyannis in an hour instead of the customary two. Great news for travelers, but where to go to escape your ferry mates?The oasis of choice i...