How We Choose Products To Review


Let’s talk about the product reviews we feature in this magazine.  How are the products chosen?  What makes us say positive and negative things about a product?  Who does the reviews?  All of these are important to know if you want to consider what we have to say. First, we rarely seek out products to […]

Heading East


There are times that a weekend getway is just what you need. So, road trip style, with a minimum of planning, head East on I-195 until the freeway runs out and you find yourself in the very eastern tip of our neighboring state Massachussetts in the artsy destination Provincetown.               […]

Flying Over Rhode Island


Last weekend, I flew. I climbed into a small plane, settled into the pilot’s seat, taxied to the runway, took off, and in no time was sailing 2000 feet above the Rhode Island coastline at over 100 miles an hour. Of course it wasn’t that simple, I didn’t actually do the take-off and landing, and […]

Memorial Day


With my home in Rhode Island, I can’t drive all the way to San Antonio where my Dad was laid to rest with a three volleys of gunfire and the distant sound of a bugle playing taps when I want to remember him. My mother has the neatly folded flag that once draped his coffin […]

A Country Inn with a Rustic Farmhouse Atmosphere


From time to time, we visit an old country inn – a quaint little hotel built back when it wasn’t unusual to see a horse-drawn buggy – usually nestled in the downtown of some village that has grown up, or perhaps resisted the urge to grow up.  Even during the days of the Grand Hotels […]

Putnam’s Place for Art


  Carly Martin, longtime resident of Northeast CT, envisioned a fresh and inspiring space where local and regional artists and artisans could exhibit their work, sell one-of-a-kind handmade gifts and boutique items, and individuals of all ages could improve their quality of life by taking art classes. With the support of many passionate and dedicated […]

Ten Years of Fine Dining


  How do you celebrate ten years of excellent food? The folks at four-diamond Mills Tavern celebrated by searching their archives and memories for the very best of the best — the dishes that were so good that they still stand out after a decade of creating and serving memorable fine food. Last year, my […]

A Special Meal in a Special Place


Gracie’s is a place to create memories.  Fine food and wine, attentive service, and a warming atmosphere make it the place to bring someone special for… a proposal?  … an anniversary?  But during the Star Chef Series dinners, the food is the reason for the evening, and that someone special you bring becomes a fellow […]

Providence, RI


Providence has lots of big excitement in a small, easily manageable area – perfect for traveling with kids! Families visiting the capital city will find an endless array of activities to keep them on their toes and having a blast. A popular retreat is the Skating Center in the heart of downtown Providence. Three times […]

Getting Away to the Inn by the Sea


We love traveling in the off season, when we have the place to ourselves, time is spent getting to know places and people, and the only restaurants open are the ones that the locals eat at. We recently had a weekend getaway to Cape Elizabeth Maine in the dead of winter as the guests of […]

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