The first work day of 2017 is conveniently the first Monday of the year. It’s the perfect time to share my latest writing news!
I am rewriting Day Trips New England (Globe Pequot) for publication in the early summer. I am so excited to have the opportunity to update and revise this book. Covering all six New England states, Day Trips New England is the most-comprehensive and wide-ranging of my travel books. It was last published in 2014- which means that I did most of the research in 2013- and a lot has changed in the region since then.
Boston is constantly evolving- and almost always for the better. Lucky me to live just 5 miles from the city. Over the past couple of years I have been able to gather a long list of the latest restaurants in Boston to include in this new edition: Little Donkey featuring international small plates in Cambridge, Back Bay’s Doretta Taverna for rustic-chic Greek and buzzy Tiger Mama next to Fenway for a remix of classic Asian street fare. Can you tell that I like ethnic cuisine? There a lots of new ways to have fun in town too. With the opening of the Boston Public Market in June 2015, the city finally has a proper indoor farmer’s market. And Mario Batali’s Italian food emporium Eataly Boston just opened at the Prudential this November.
In the past 2 years I have also written 2 more books; Discovering Vintage Boston and New England’s Colonial Inns & Taverns. Discovering Vintage Boston gave me the opportunity to delve deeper into places nearby, spots like Cambridge’s quirky Cheapo Records and the charming Grolier Poetry Bookshop. New England’s Colonial Inns & Taverns had me exploring further afield. For this book, I visited some of the region’s more obscure sites; places such as Mount Hope Farm in Bristol, Rhode Island, the ancestral tribal home of the Wampanoag Indians and the stuck-in-time Salem Cross Inn & Tavern in West Brookfield, Massachusetts. Both books had space requirements that forced me to leave out some places. Here is my chance to share with you some of these new-to-me discoveries.
However, the premise of the new edition of Day Trips New England remains the same: to offer you 50 mini -itineraries throughout the six-state region: a mix of the predictable- trips like a first-time visit to Boston and the Cape for families- along with unfamiliar, but remarkable, destinations like Block Island, Rhode Island and Bar Harbor, Maine. Of course, there are lots of suggestions for places to stop along the way. And in this edition, there will be some brand- new adventures as well- including more food /wine/beer itineraries and trips for classical music lovers and baseball fans.
As always, if you have any suggestions for places that you would like to include, let me know!