Yankee Magazine's May/June 2012 Issue Names 287 "Best of New England Editors' Choice" Winners
Best of New England — Editors’ Choice.
Yankee’s editors and special travel contributors name 287 winners for 2012. 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 Lakeside Lobster Bake” in Maine, the “Best Farmers’ Market” in Connecticut, the “Best Beach House” in Rhode Island, the “Best Wine Tasting” in Massachusetts, the “Best Bakery” in Boston, the “Best Performing-Arts Center” in New Hampshire, the “Best Free Tour” in Vermont, and many more.
In the Food section, Yankee features summer’s first fruit in “Strawberry Fields Forever” (page 38). Locally grown from early June into July, enjoy this short-lived crop in the following recipes: Strawberry-Rhubarb Shortcake with Whipped-Cream Biscuits; Butter-Lettuce Salad with Strawberries, Avocado, Walnuts, and Chévre; Fresh Tomato & Strawberry Salsa; Pavlova with Fresh Strawberries & Whipped Cream. And, in “Best Cook in Town,” Esther Foskett of Woodstock, Connecticut, sweetens her family’s celebrations with delicious made-from-scratch cakes (page 46).
The Home section escapes to photographer Lynn Karlin’s tiny lakefront getaway in Belfast, Maine. It’s a place that celebrates her truly minimalist approach to R&R with no television, no computer, no frills, and no running water (page 28). In “New England’s Finest,” contributing editor Christie Matheson showcases leisure-time equipment and accessories handcrafted by regional artisans (page 36).
“Among the High Huts” — by Jim Collins (page 17): Walkers in the White Mountains find beds, food, expert advice, and new friends at eight inviting shelters spaced a day’s hike apart.
“Local Treasure” — by Justin Shatwell (page 24): At Johnson & Wales’ Culinary Arts Museum in Providence, Rhode Island, visitors feast on food history, curiosities, and some 60,000 cookbooks.
“The Best 12: Lobster Shacks” — by Mike Urban (page 26): As summer approaches, New England’s lobster shacks open for the short-yet-busy season. Connecticut-based travel writer Mike Urban, author of Lobster Shacks: A Road-Trip Guide to New England’s Best Lobster Joints (Countryman Press, 2012) names his 12 favorites.
“How to Build a Compost Bin” — by Ian Aldrich (page 23): Fred Davis, former owner and operator of Hill Gardens of Maine, a nursery in Palermo, gives step-by-step instructions to make a compost container using wood pallets and a plastic drain pipe.