May/June 2009 Travel Guide Offers 270 Reasons to Visit New England
Best of New England — Editors’ Choice. Yankee’s editors and special travel contributors named 254 “Best of New England — Editors’ Choice” winners for 2009, which include the best restaurants, lodgings, attractions, and bargains in New England. Recipients range from the rustic to the refined, but all are noteworthy and memorable destinations. Yankee tells readers who’s the Best Seafood Place with a Water View, Best Trendy Eatery, Best Down-Home B&B, Best Summer Theatre, and many more. And for those who think Yankee is wrong, the staff is running a “Best of New England — Readers’ Choice” survey at , with results to be published in Yankee’s January/February 2010 issue.
The Home section’s main feature, “Retreat to the Island,” by Wayne Curtis, takes readers inside author and fisherman Linda Greenlaw’s Isle au Haut, Maine, home–a center chimney Cape she designed. In 1997, Greenlaw gained unsought fame as a central figure in the bestseller The Perfect Storm, which was adapted as a motion picture. Since then, she has written novels, nonfiction, and, with her mother, a cookbook (page 34). This issue’s “New England’s Finest” showcases necklaces and bracelets in the shapes and textures of organic objects–such as twigs and maple seeds–found in the great outdoors (page 44). “Inspired Ideas” shows readers how to add whimsy and color to terra-cotta pots and saucers using paint and varnish–the perfect gift for gardening friends (page 46). “Antiques & Collectibles” examines silverware designs by Arthur Stone, an icon of the American Arts & Crafts movement whose work dates from the turn of the 20th century (page 50).
In the Food section, “Around the World in 27 Meals” (page 52) includes favorite menu picks from New England’s best ethnic establishments, featuring authentic cuisine from Asia and Old Europe to our northern and southern New World neighbors. Also in this issue, Ruth Feeney, Yankee’s “Best Cook in Town,” makes her special blackberry jelly (page 60), and dandelion greens wake up salads and pestos in “Homegrown” (page 64).
“Here in New England,” by Mel Allen (page 16): For one soon-to-be-married couple, everything went wrong before the ceremony–except one thing.
“First Light,” by Jim Collins (page 20): Jim Collins examines “Champlain’s Lake Rediscovered,” a traveling exhibit featuring 39 works, most of them paintings, created by contemporary artists living and working in Vermont. The exhibit celebrates the quadricentennial anniversary of the discovery of Lake Champlain and showcases the talents of Vermont artists.
“5 Best Mountain-Bike Trails,” by Todd Balf (page 30): Longtime contributor Todd Balf, who has ridden mountain-bike trails from New Zealand to Venezuela, picks the five best in New England.
Online at YankeeMagazine.com/10Things (available April 20, 2009), follow 10 recommended weekends designed by Yankee’s editors.