Summer Along the Androscoggin


Halfway between Bangor and Montreal , on the eastern edge of the White Mountains and well away from the craziness of city life, you may be lucky enough to find Bethel Maine.    For a time, the town was a haven to the well-heeled and well educated escaping from the frenzy of city life, but over […]

The Wallet, Deconstructed

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  Look at your wallet. Now ask yourself, what does a wallet need to do? It needs to hold your cash and cards securely, in an easy-to-access and organized manner. Now ask yourself what it doesn’t need. What if you can take all that extra stuff away and have a wallet that includes only what […]

A Lot of Rhode Island in One Spot


Visitors to Rhode Island sometimes struggle to discover the very best part of the state.  For some, the Providence’s bustling downtown and collegiate artsy-ness defines Rhode Island, for others it’s the party atmosphere of Newport, and for others it’s the laid-back countryside of Rhode Island’s South County.  But if you have a broad range of […]

A Taste of Opulance


We may do our best year around to treat Mom the way she deserves, but most of us take a special effort on Mother’s Day.  This year, consider making Mom feel like a million dollars by taking her to Mother’s Day buffet at the historic Vanderbilt Grace hotel.     A Newport landmark, the Vanderbilt Grace […]

Into the Vermont Countryside


Our weekend getaways sometimes take us well away from civilization, to where the air is clear and the sounds of the cities are left far behind. When our romantic weekend getaway took us to Central Vermont, we discovered the village of Bernard and the warm welcome of the Fan House bed and breakfast. Bernard is […]

What So Proudly We Hailed

On Saturday, September 29 from 10 to 4., seven sites along Lincoln’s historic Great Road will host special tours, exhibits, and presentations with a War of 1812 focus; all sites are open free to the public. Take tours, explore the area, and discover the impact that the War of 1812 had on Great Road and […]

A Village for Skiing


  A weekend getaway to New Hampshire could include any number of beautiful towns that have up around the state’s travel and tourism industry, particularly the towns near the many ski mountains, but Waterville Valley stands out as a premier getaway destination since it was designed and planned specifically as a self-contained four-season resort town. […]

I Want a Hess Truck!


  I never got a Hess truck under my tree.  Oh, I was still a kid when the first Hess truck premiered in 1965, in fact I was the perfect age for a toy truck that would let me fill the big tank with water, then dispense it from a little hose to the Hot […]

It’s not Christmas until you see the play!


Every year we go to see Trinity’s production of A Christmas Carol. We all know the story of the old miserly moneylender who has lost his way given a chance on Christmas Eve to rediscover it.  It’s a classic.  And it’s such a tradition for Rhode Islanders that they refuse to declare it the Christmas […]

Luxury, Seclusion, and Golf


  The uber-wealthy industrialists who summered in Newport during the Guilded Age may have passed on their fortunes to less ostentacious heirs and donated their their mansions to historical societies, but Narrangasett Bay’s magestic views and the seculsion of Adquidneck Island that attracted them to Newport remains. For the last 10 years, Carnegie Abbey Club […]

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