Massachusetts

Tips and Articles in Massachusetts

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For ages, Boston's hotel scene called to mind that old restaurant joke: not only were the properties outdated and uninspired, there weren't enough of them.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...
THE PLACE Flor de Michoacán 4344 W. Indian School Ave., Suite 1, Phoenix; 623/848-8616 THE DISH: Paletes, irresistible Mexican popsicles made with agua or crema, in a rainbow of exotic flavors. THE VIBE: A riot of tropicalia tucked away in a ...
August 1995, Squibnocket Beach, Martha's Vineyard: the moment we fell in love with the clambake. Above the high-tide line was a band of smooth, flat rocks that made building a hearth less a matter of shoveling than rearranging. We started with lo...
Legend has it that George Ives, the eccentric Civil War—era bandleader and father of the modern composer Charles Ives, used to have groups of musicians march toward each other while playing in the middle of the park in Danbury, Connecticut. The r...
New England college towns are the templates for what we imagine American university life should be. These small academic communities are ideal places for a weekend visit, especially at peak leaf-viewing season. To stroll across a busy common, have...
If your idea of a perfect summer day involves an adrenaline-infused rush from a truly frightening ride, skip the kiddie parks this year. The Matterhorn at Disneyland and Space Mountain at Disney World are both great when you’re 12, but they won’t ...