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Mel Allen

Biography:

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.

2013 Boston Marathon | The Memories We Choose

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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!

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

In the Shadow of Mount Washington | A Photographic Journey

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  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

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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

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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

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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 »

VIDEO: Brimfield Antique Show

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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. YankeeFoliage.com Read More »

The 5 Best, Surefire Ways to Break into Yankee

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“How do I break into Yankee?” I hear that question over and over from hopeful writers. Through the... Read More »

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

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

Spooky View Farm Fire | Here in New England

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Let’s start just before the fire. Just before flames tore through the hayloft stacked with 5,000 bales. Just... Read More »