Yankee Magazine's July/August Issue Names the "25 Best Beach Towns"
DUBLIN, New Hampshire (June 20, 2012)— Yankee Magazine’s July/August 2012 issue, on newsstands June 26, embraces summer—the season when we flock to the beach and spend as much time as possible outside. From the “25 Best Beach Towns,” to “The Incredible, Edible Garden,” and “The Man Who Watches Bears” to “The Hardest Working Dog in New England,” and everything in between, this issue explores the wonders of the outdoors and nature in the summertime.
“In the feature travel story, we name the 25 best beach towns in New England. We asked which beachfront communities offer the quintessential summer joys of unfurling a blanket on sand, listening to the waves and jumping them—and then, sun-kissed and eager for sundown, strolling the streets, and poking into shops,” says Yankee‘s editor Mel Allen. “Which places give you the wonderful experience of a blissful summer day stretching slowly into the next, and the next? We’ve ranked towns according to 14 criteria, ranging from the availability of essential ‘beach food’ (like ice cream and fried clams) to how close the beach is to town to the accessibility of lodging for all budgets.”
Inside Yankee‘s July/August Issue
“A Table for a Lifetime”— by Ian Aldrich (page 76): In a weekend workshop led by master furniture maker Charles Shackleton, families turn native Vermont wood into handcrafted pieces for their home.
“Short Time, Long Love”— by Carl Casselman (page 82): When two abandoned dogs came with the house, these new homeowners found the loves of their lives.
“The Last Trap Fisherman of Rhode Island”— photographs by Markham Starr, text by Mel Allen (page 86): Once hundreds of trap-fishing companies plied the Rhode Island Coast, but today only four remain. Markham Starr has captured images that document the working lives of trap fishermen.
“The Big Question”— interviewed by Ian Aldrich (page 96): Champion swimmer Jenny Thompson, M.D., is discovering that a life in medicine may be even more challenging—and rewarding—than winning 12 Olympic medals.
“The Uninvited”— by Ben Hewitt (page 98): Invasive plants are a complex issue, and there are no easy answers when it comes to dealing with them.
“War of the Roses”— by Howard Mansfield (page 104): A New Hampshire writer battles an unwanted backyard bush “with the strongest will to live ever seen.”
In the Travel section’s “25 Best Beach Towns,”Yankee combed the sands from Long Island Sound to the Gulf of Maine to rank the best communities on their Oceanside charms: beach and surf, lodging and snacking, rainy-day fun, kid stuff, accessibility, and more (page 36).
In Food, Sterling College chef Anne Obelnicki leads one of the country’s most innovative farm-to-table educational programs, creating not just delicious meals for faculty and students but a small-scale food economy that helps support local farmers (page 64). In “Best Cook in Town,”Mary Blenk of Cumberland, Maine, shares her tips to win cooking contests and her recipe for blueberry pie (page 72). Plus, chef Jason Bond forages for wild beach plums then turns them into Beach-Plum Jam for this issue’s “Homegrown”column (page 74).
In the Home section’s “The Incredible, Edible Garden,”Tovah Martin writes about a garden oasis in the Berkshires, a smorgasbord of food and flowers, from asparagus to zinnias (page 54). In “New England’s Finest,”contributing editor Christie Matheson features Nantucket- and Martha’s Vineyard-inspired fine arts and home goods (page 60).