May/June 2013 Issue Names 317 “Best of New England — Editors’ Choice” Winners
DUBLIN, New Hampshire (April 17, 2013)—Yankee Magazine’s May/June 2013 Travel Guide, on newsstands April 23, features 317 “Best of New England — Editors’ Choice” winners, which include the region’s best attractions, food & dining, lodging, and bargains. This special issue also names 120 top events around New England and shares six island daytrips—from dawn to dark, plus recipes for delectable island fare.
“Every one of the 300-plus places we highlight contains an untold back story about someone striving for perfection, having a dream, and having the vision to make a difference, whether it’s a small artisan’s studio or a lobster-in-the-rough shack or a dressed-up steakhouse on a tree-lined Boston street,” says Yankee’s editor Mel Allen. “While it may be hard to create a business, the true challenge is in making it work, being good enough that it endures and brings people back. Those are the qualities we look for and reward when we say ‘Best of New England.’”
“Whether you take a trip to one of the islands we showcase in this issue, or just plan to explore New England this summer, take this issue along with you. We will guide you toward doing everything—or nothing at all—whichever you choose. That’s what makes travel the mysterious, welcoming escape we need. Thanks for coming along with us.”
Inside Yankee’s May/June Issue
“Across the Blue Water” — Yankee staff and contributors (page 54): Explore Block Island, Peaks and Star islands, Monhegan, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard on six perfect daytrips. A visit to these islands along with sand, surf, salt air, fresh flavors and views to savor, will create memories that last forever.
“Freshwater Pearls” — by Annie Graves (page 72): Tucked away in Vermont’s far northwest are the unspoiled islands of Lake Champlain, a land of vast water, peaceful farms, and bountiful fields.
“Drawn to Islands”— by Edgar Allen Beem (page 82): From Mount Desert and Monhegan to Appledore and Nantucket, New England’s spectacular offshore beauty captures the eye and inspires an enduring legacy of fine art, some 150 years in the making.
“Best of New England — Editors’ Choice” (page 93): Yankee’s editors and special travel contributors name 317 winners for 2013. Listings are sorted by state and category. Recipients range from the rustic to the refined, but all are noteworthy and memorable destinations. Yankee tells readers where to find the “Best Fried Seafood” in Maine, the “Best Small Town Walking Tours ” in Connecticut, the “Best Artisan Bread” in Rhode Island, the “Best Cape Cod Art” in Massachusetts, the “Best Nautical History” in Boston, the “Best Day Trip” in New Hampshire, the “Best Farm Stay” in Vermont, and many more.
In the Food section, Yankee visits Maine’s North Haven Island, home to Chellie Pingree, a congresswoman, chef, and owner of Nebo Lodge. She shares recipes for Heirloom Tomato & Halloumi Salad; Summer-Squash Salad with Parmesan & Pine Nuts; Maine Corn Pudding; and Grilled Scallop Skewers with Pancetta & Rosemary; and Almond Pound Cake with Fresh Strawberries & Whipped Cream (page 40). And in “Homegrown,” the L’Etoile family of Four Star Farms in Northfield, Massachusetts, grows two varieties of red winter wheat, the staple ingredient of America’s bread. Along with other dedicated farm families, they’ve reclaimed the region’s venerable agricultural heritage (page 48).
Enter through the gates of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, and you’ll see the beauty of the woodlands celebrated in a thousand ways: in a glossy collection of lady’s slippers, a cluster of fern-studded mosses, a Technicolor array of Asian rhododendrons and more. Here is a reminder that this landscape, a perplexing and often-overlooked venue for most home gardeners, can be more than a drive-by. In Yankee’s Home section, Horticulture guru Bill Cullina celebrates Maine’s wetlands and offers advice for woodland gardeners (page 26). In “New England’s Finest,” contributing editor Caroline Woodward assembles both useful and decorative New England-made outdoor products (page 37).
“An Island of One’s Own” — by Jim Collins (page 15): At some point, the feeling of being alone on an island shifts from separation to independence to something like power. Jim Collins writes about the island cabin he built over two years of weekends with the help of family and a few close friends.