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For some it's Block or Nantucket, for others its BVI or St. Thomas, but for the last ten years Mount Desert Island in Maine has been my go-to place for a complete island headrest.

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The usual tourist shops line Watch Hill's main drag, packed to the rafters with tee shirts and sunglasses. But here's a few worth seeking out when you've had enough sun.....
Before the holidays, I had a chance to spend a few days in Boston. While I’ve now lived elsewhere longer, I grew up in Cambridge and will always consider myself a Boston girl.....

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For some it's Block or Nantucket, for others its BVI or St. Thomas, but for the last ten years Mount Desert Island in Maine has been my go-to place for a complete island headrest.....
It’s not only Lily Pulitzer, Vineyard Vines and tee shirt shops in Watch Hill anymore.......
We have a rule in our family that you can’t eat anything bigger than your head, but we made an exception in this case.....
After the most lovely evening in the minimal and gorgeous dining room over a cozy family dinner, we wanted nothing more than to curl up and stay the night.....
Before the holidays, I had a chance to spend a few days in Boston. While I’ve now lived elsewhere longer, I grew up in Cambridge and will always consider myself a Boston girl.....
Every year we wrangle the extended family together to watch some vintage car racing. Nestled in the picturesque Litchfield Hills, Lime Rock Park has a deep and rich history.....
Like its fancy big sister, The Ocean House, the design is in the details at the restored Weekapaug Inn. Inexplicably untouched by Sandy, I headed here for respite, power and internet. ....
Nothing like the sight of a waterfall of silken chocolate to soothe the tensions of a trip down I95. The Chocolate Lab is a cheerful spot off the lobby, in a grown-up, Willy Wonka sort of way. ....
The masterminds behind The J House Hotel have obliterated every shred of its previous incarnation as a decaying Ho Jo's and there's not a whiff of clam strip to be found.....
Take a short stroll up Elm Street to theSmith College Museum of Art, where even the bathrooms are artful. Expanded and renovated in 2003, the museum houses a world-class collection, an atrium cafe and curated gift shop. ....
One can eat only so many meals and hang around so many cafes in 48 hours, but I did my best. A favorite spot, The Dirty Truth, is more bar than restaurant but it's got a hip vibe, nice wine by the glass, over 40 craft beers, good people watching and better yet....
For a small town, Northampton has a ridiculous number of options for music, art, theater and recreation. Here's my list. ....
I spent my twenties in Northampton, MA and returned to the Happy Valley for a 48 hour whirlwind visit. Here's my shopping list.....
One can eat only so many meals and hang around so many cafes in 48 hours, but I did my best.....
The usual tourist shops line Watch Hill's main drag, packed to the rafters with tee shirts and sunglasses. But here's a few worth seeking out when you've had enough sun.....
Our first night found us enjoying a leisurely dinner (our waitress was delightful, if slightly baffled) in the hushed dining room with that incredible ocean view. ....
That's what sets the Ocean House apart: a dogged devotion to detail; from the free iPads for guests' use to the vintage yacht available for charter. I played Eloise for two giddy days at the Ocean House. ....
Legendary Beantown Chef Barbara Lynch’s new Sportello (literally lunch counter in Italian) has everything going for it: white, chic, modern and her inventive and meticulous fare. ....
The reimagination of the Boston Waterfront area is remarkable. The ICA is at the center of the action (with the new Louis set to open next door). ....
My room at the spanking new Ames was drop dead stylish but the view of the Old Statehouse was the WOW factor for me. ....
In my day, it was wise to avoid the stretch of Shawmut Avenue from Milford Street to Union Park. Now it's cheek by jowl with hip boutiques. ....
The mood isn't serious, but the food is with Chinese, Taiwanese, Vietnamese and Thai influences. ....
No potpourri, no calico, no cheese spread--this is not your grandmother’s quaint country inn. ....
Frette linens, fireplaces, jacuzzis and water views?! Yup. The Inn at Stonington does it right. ....
Get yourself to the new and glamorous RISD Museum before July 19th to see an exhibition of Marcel Breuer's ever current furniture and architecture.....
Providence is a haven for foodies, and Bacaro is a top destination. ....
You simply don't find shops like this in the U.S. Mignonette is packed to the gills with all manner of perfume, body lotion, soaps and sprays and a fetching collection of underpinnings. ....
Whatever you do, DON'T miss this gem of a shop. Supreme retail talent reigns here, and it's all just too enticing.....

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