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Yankee’s May/June 2014 Issue Names More Than 300 “Best of New England — Editors’ Choice” Winners

For 38 years, this Travel Guide to New England: Special Issue has been the most widely distributed and best-selling guide to the six-state region.

DUBLIN, New Hampshire (April 15, 2014)—Yankee Magazine’s May/June 2014 Travel Guide, on newsstands April 29, features more than 300 “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. The issue’s maritime theme takes readers on a summertime journey from Mystic to Maine with articles about our region’s seafaring history, the lure of lobster shacks, and more.

“Reading our annual special Travel Guide section, ‘Best of New England,’ is as close to sitting down with Yankee’s editors and getting us to spill our favorite places as one can get,” says Mel Allen, editor of Yankee Magazine. “New England is where we live, and we all have our own personal ‘best’ places. We’re joined by our state experts (William and Kay Scheller, Vermont; David Lyons and Patricia Harris, Massachusetts, with Amy Traverso and Kara Baskin, Boston; Hilary Nangle, Maine; Barbara Wysocki, Connecticut; Kate Grip, New Hampshire; and Lisa Speidel, Rhode Island), whose sole task is to surprise us: to tell us about restaurants and attractions and local secrets that will make this issue one to keep on hand whenever you set off to explore New England. Whether your journeys take you inland or to the sea, we hope these pages come along. As always, let us know what you find.”

   Inside Yankee’s May/June Issue

Feature stories:

“A Journey to New England’s Seventh State”— by Justin Shatwell (p. 60): If New England’s mighty rivers are the heart of our region, then the vast and powerful Atlantic is its soul. From whaling and fishing to warfare, trade, and shipbuilding, come aboard as Yankee traces the shifting fortunes of our maritime heritage at four historic seaports.

“400 Years of Seafaring History”— compiled by Zinnia Smith & Eileen Terrill (p. 74): A sampling of 40-plus additional destinations along New England’s “Maritime Trail.”

“The Lure of the Lobster Shack”— by Rowan Jacobsen (p. 80): After a glorious day in the sun and salt air, nothing’s sweeter than Maine lobster served dockside, fresh from the sea.

 “Master of the Thimbles”— by Wayne Curtis (p. 84): Tour guide Captain Bob Milne shares the legends (but not all the secrets) of Connecticut’s Thimble Islands, a vacation retreat for the wealthy—and the eccentric—for more than 150 years.

 “Best of New England— Editors’ Choice” (page 99): Yankee’s editors and special travel contributors name more than 300 winners for 2014. 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 Antiques Shop” in Connecticut, the “Best Old-School Water Park” in Rhode Island, the “Best Contemporary Art Museum” in Massachusetts, the “Best Seaside Campground” in Maine, the “Best Desserts” in New Hampshire, the “Best Legendary Emporium” in Vermont, and many more.

To view press releases for 2014 Editors’ Choice winners for each of New England’s six states, click on one of the links below:
Connecticut 2014 “Editors’ Choice” List
Maine 2014 “Editors’ Choice” List
Massachusetts 2014 “Editors’ Choice” List
New Hampshire Establishments 2014 “Editors’ Choice” List
Rhode Island 2014 “Editors’ Choice” List
Vermont 2014 “Editors’ Choice” List

The Guide:

The Home section’s “Ship Shape,” written by Christie Matheson, features a small, abandoned old house that Providence designer Kevin O’Brien transformed into a comfortable and efficient haven with nautical décor and a fresh coastal palette (page 36).

In the Food section, writer Jane Walsh shares recipes for sweet and tangy rhubarb including: All-Purpose Rhubarb Purée; Rhubarb Float; Savory Rhubarb Compote; Rhubarb Squares; Rhubarb Salad with Fennel & Goat Cheese; Rhubarb-Cherry Crumble; and Rhubarb-Pecan Upside-Down Cake (p. 44). In the “Local Flavor” column, Wilton, New Hampshire’s Hilltop Café serves croissants, pastries, crepes, omelets, plus breakfast and lunch offerings, soup du jour, coffee and espresso, using fresh, local, and organic ingredients (page 50).  In “Best Cook in Town,” Elsie Maxwell of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, has followed in her mother’s footsteps in the kitchen and become a master. A sixth-generation berry farmer, Elise shares her recipe for Strawberry-Lemon Sorbet (page 52). And this issue’s “Recipe with a History” is Shirred Eggs and Bacon with Peppers and Onions (p. 55).

 And More:

“Mary’s Farm” — by Edie Clark (p. 14): In a lifetime of change, a cast-iron cookstove and a porch with a view remain constants.

“Here in New England: Jenny’s Day” — by Michael Sanders (p. 16): Shearing the sheep and counting the lambs on an isolated Maine island honors both the legendary matriarch Jenny Cirone and a tradition of caring for the land and its four legged inhabitants.

“First Light: The Most Unusual Room in New England” — by Todd Balf (p. 23): On the top floor of the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, Massachusetts, is a once-secret room soaked in the legacy of the sea and the ships’ captains who sailed into history. It’s the meeting place of the Salem Marine Society, founded as a charitable and scholarly organization in 1766.

“The Best 5 Town Greens” — by Bruce Irving (p. 32): We asked expert Bruce Irving to name his favorite village greens in New England. He produced television’s This Old House for 17 years before launching a career in the Cambridge, Massachusetts, area as a real-estate agent and home-renovation consultant. His book New England Icons reveals the hidden histories of the region’s familiar sights.

“The Joy of New England Cuisine”— by Ken Sheldon (p. 30): New England is the home of culinary creativity and more than a few oddities.

“We Asked the Expert: How to Eat a Lobster” — by Ian Aldrich (p. 29): Terri Nunan and her family own Nunan’s Lobster Hut in Kennebunkport, Maine. From what tools to use to how to tackle the tail, Terri shares her tips to eat a lobster.

“Local Treasure: Fruitlands Museum” — by Aimee Seavey (p. 34): Thanks to the efforts of Clara Endicott Sears, a wealthy and independent Boston socialite and writer, both history and beauty have been preserved at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Massachusetts, which houses collections spanning Native American culture, Transcendentalism, the Shakers, and 19th-century art.

“Could You Live Here: Wickford, Rhode Island” — by Annie Graves (p. 186): Water is at the heart of Wickford, where you’ll shop to the tune of gulls, take your morning coffee within the sight of swans, and find the harbor a constant companion.

“House for Sale: The Mystic River Gem” — by Yankee’s Moseyer (p. 191): Built on the banks of the Mystic River in 1791, the historic Captain Eldredge House is finally available.

“Up Close: Ticonderoga—Lake Champlain’s Steamboat” — compiled by Deb Despres (p. 200): Launched in 1906, the Ticonderoga was a state-of-the-art side-wheel steamer.

“Top 20 Events”: State-by-state listings present the region’s best summer events.  Mark your calendar with such must-do activities as the Strawberry Festival in Monroe, Connecticut; Taste of Bar Harbor in Bar Harbor, Maine; Duckling Day in Boston, Massachusetts; 38th Sheep & Wool Festival in Deerfield, New Hampshire; Newport Flower Show in Newport, Rhode Island; or the Cheese and Dairy Celebration in Woodstock, Vermont, to name a few.

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One Response to Yankee’s May/June 2014 Issue Names More Than 300 “Best of New England — Editors’ Choice” Winners

  1. P. Kalil August 5, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

    I like the Travel Guide to New England very much. My only suggestion would be to include a map for each state with locations of places cited so one could see on a road trip from Boston to Burlington, for example, what places are close to the route. It takes a while to look up online or on a road map where, within each state, all the places are. Some places are definitely off the beaten track, in towns not readily recognizable, even to a native New Englander! (Lots of times, that’s part of what makes them great.) Thank you.

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