Massachusetts

Tips and Articles in Massachusetts

In July, my friend Jennifer and I decided to drive from Manhattan to Cape Cod so that she could capture the dunes and the Japanese black pines in pastel and I could explore a part of New England I'd never seen. The only hitch was, we were determin...
With its angular lines, dramatic glass-and-steel cantilever, and grandstand-cum-amphitheater overlooking Boston Harbor, the three-month-old Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) building couldn’t be more different from its former home: a converted 1...
Art Europe London "Hogarth" at Tate Britain (through Apr. 29). This wide-ranging retrospective, the most comprehensive devoted to the 18th-century British satirist and moralist William Hogarth in 30 years, includes portraits, conversation piece...
Dodge dim sum. Hold the raves on risotto. Here's the lowdown on Stars and Stripes for the taste buds. Sure, you might have to drive out of the comfort zone, yell your order, or share a table with strangers. It doesn't faze you at all. You crave th...
Wintertime beaches are the stuff of romance—both the tempestuous, passionate kind of romance and the sitting-snug-by-a-crackling-fire kind. The vast stretches of empty shoreline, the relentless crashing of the waves, the long walks bundled agains...
I'm tired of people thinking that organic means hippie," says shoe designer Vanessa Noel, who, with the opening of her second Nantucket inn, has entered the eco-movement. In the center of town, adjacent to her shoe shop, Hotel Green has an organic...
Shopping U.S. + Canada 1. GREAT VALUE San Francisco The Four Seasons makes luxury shopping in nearby Union Square even more enticing. Their partnership with stores like Gump's and Boucheron means discounts of up to 20 percent, and some of these ...
The first time I went to Fenway Park, I was a kid—it was 1967. That was the year that the Red Sox went from last place to first. They called it the Impossible Dream season, after that song from Man of La Mancha. I had scarlet fever, but I wasn’t ...
For ages, Boston's hotel scene called to mind that old restaurant joke: not only were the properties outdated and uninspired, there weren't enough of them. But hold up: in just six years, the city has acquired more than 30 new properties. The turn...
I started going to Oak Bluffs in 1981 and fell in love with the light. It reminded me of the light in the south of France, near St.-Paul-de-Vence, which for me was a déjà vu experience—it evoked the summer of 1973, when I spent a wonderful time in...
If you’ve never encountered great New England-style fried clams—the ones that make the short trip from the sandy Massachusetts mud of the estuaries and bays near Essex and Ipswich into the deep fryers of the best local clam shacks—it might be hard...
DESTINATIONS Norwich, Cambridge, Oxford, Bath TRAVEL TIME Five days START/END London TOTAL DISTANCE 487 miles RESOURCES Buy a detailed map ($8.50) at www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk. For additional information—including links to university towns' tourism...
Boston Book: The anecdote-filled Boston Foot Notes: A Walking Guide (Saben Books), by Jane Grossman and Felice Yager, follows five popular beats, from Back Bay to Charlestown. (www.bostonfootnotes.com) Audio: The free Boston Freedom Trail Aud...
On a crisp New England day—when it seems that every tumble of stone wall and abandoned barn is one giant regional cliché—I slow my car to look at the former Shaker settlement where my family's house once stood. Before being transplanted a mile or ...
It sounds like a setup for a joke—landmark Boston jailhouse converted into luxury hotel. While the new Liberty Hotel (215 Charles St., Boston, Mass.; 617/224-4000; libertyhotel.com; doubles from $425) does make all the requisite big-house puns—roo...