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Mel Allen


Mel is the fifth editor of Yankee Magazine since its beginning in 1935. His career at Yankee spans more than three decades, during which he has edited and written for every section of the magazine, including home, food, and travel. In his pursuit of stories, he has raced a sled dog team, crawled into the dens of black bears, fished with the legendary Ted Williams, picked potatoes in Aroostook County, and stood beneath a battleship before it was launched. Mel teaches magazine writing at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and is author of A Coach’s Letter to His Son. His column, “Here in New England,” is a 2012 National City and Regional Magazine Awards Finalist for the category Column.

Thoreau’s Maine | A Photo Story of Adventure

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In mid-May 2014, they came together on Indian Island, the heart of the Penobscot Nation. They were Thoreau... Read More »

A Tour of the March/April 2015 Issue

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Yankee’s March/April issue is on newsstands now. Subscribe today! Read More »

Wil Smith’s Fast Break | Yankee Classic

7 votes, 4.71 avg. rating (92% score)

Remembering Wil Smith (1968-Feb.22, 2015) In my over 35 years writing stories for Yankee about the people who... Read More »

Baxter State Park

Baxter State Park

4 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (95% score)

Having Park Director Buzz Caverly show you around Baxter State Park is like having Emeril teach you how... Read More »

Off-Season on Maine’s Southern Coast

6 votes, 4.50 avg. rating (88% score)

Off-season travelers to Maine’s Southern Coast leave with memories for a lifetime. I know of few things more... Read More »

Here in New England: Hank, a Well-Traveled Dog

3 votes, 4.33 avg. rating (84% score)

There are stories that belong to a place as much as landscape or houses or the people who... Read More »

Maine Windjammer | Sailing the Penobscot Bay

Maine Windjammer | Sailing the Penobscot Bay

3 votes, 4.67 avg. rating (89% score)

We board the schooner American Eagle in the late-summer darkness, the last of the 26 passengers to arrive... Read More »

2013 Boston Marathon | The Memories We Choose

4 votes, 4.25 avg. rating (83% score)

Yes, terror and chaos came to the finish line of the Boston Marathon. But what came after can... Read More »

Winter Olympics | A New England Perspective

Winter Olympics | A New England Perspective

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Until February 23 when the 22nd Winter Olympics end in Sochi, Russia, the Olympics competitions will hold many... Read More »

Red Sox Win 2013 World Series!

3 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (94% score)

There were generations of Boston Red Sox fans for whom October meant falling dreams and spirits along with... Read More »

Muhammad Ali Vs. Sonny Liston | The Night Lewiston, Maine, Can Never Forget

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

Excerpt from “The Night Lewiston, Maine, Can Never Forget,” Yankee Magazine, May, 1979. The rematch for the heavyweight... Read More »

In the Shadow of Mount Washington | A Photographic Journey

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

  The artists came to Mount Washington and its valley first, in the middle of the 19th century,... Read More »

Winter Day Trip to Portsmouth, New Hampshire

On a blue sky Sunday we drove south to one of the most walkable, inviting small cities in... Read More »

Tough Mudder New England at Mount Snow

A team endurance challenge like no other, Tough Mudder has been called “probably the toughest event on the... Read More »

The World of Winter Squared

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The calendar on the day these words will first appear will read January 27, 2012.  But in our... Read More »

Finding Christmas Spirit in Vermont

We all want snow right now, even if only for a few days. When snow falls in mid... Read More »

Getting to Know Provincetown

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There is no better way to know a famous tourist town than arriving off season, when the tourists ... Read More »

Choosing the Best Yankee Stories of the Year

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Each November the City and Regional Magazine Association asks editors of its nearly 70 member publications to choose... Read More »

Yankee Editor Mel Allen’s First Byline

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The other day I was cleaning out a closet, where I have stacked too many boxes of papers... Read More »

Bruins Fever is like Moose Mania

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I’m writing this on a sun-splashed (finally!) afternoon, after so many days of cold rain it seemed as... Read More »

Tough Mudder Competition New England

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As I trekked around the sprawling snow free, mud streaked landscape of Vermont’s Mount Snow last Sunday, I... Read More »

Newport, RI: Touro Synagogue

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I once brought my mother, Adele, to Newport on a small cruise ship. We visited the mansions and... Read More »

VIDEO: Brimfield Antique Show

2 votes, 4.00 avg. rating (79% score)

Route 20 in Brimfield, Massachusetts, is best known for the annual three-part fairs, Brimfield Antique and Flea Market... Read More »

VIDEO: Mel’s Foliage

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Mel Allen, Yankee Magazine’s editor, reveals tips for viewing the best fall foliage. Read More »

Photographer Peter Ralston on Betsy and Andy Wyeth

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Yankee classic from February 2000 Peter Ralston is telling me about a boy he once knew. In 1957,... Read More »

Making the Final Choice on Katahdin

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

In the frozen grips of a fierce storm on Mt. Katahdin, each man’s choice was his own. On... Read More »

Classic: Seasons of Ice

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

Yankee classic from January 1981 People who live along inland waters in northern New England know there are... Read More »

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