The dazzling view along Newport's Cliff Walk The little seaside town of Newport, Rhode Island, known as the"Queen of Summer Resorts" is also a wonderful weekend destination in the off-season. During the late 1800's Newport was THE place for America's high society to vacation for the summer to escape the heat of New York, Philadelphia … Continue reading A Late Fall Weekend in Newport, Rhode Island
Yes, we are all living through a historic pandemic. But after 3 months of staying-at-home/working-from-home, my husband and I were in need of a break. We were sick of our house. So I planned a "safe-cation", a two-night socially distanced get-away. But where to go? Some place close- ideally, within Massachusetts. Our state's Covid-19 cases … Continue reading Vacationing During Coronavirus: Should You? Can You?
The Hub of the Universe or Tinsletown ? Which is the better city to visit? It can be a hard choice! Both Boston and Los Angeles have a tremendous number of ways of having very different travel experiences. I am a near-native Bostonian but I visit Los Angeles frequently- at least annually for the … Continue reading Face-Off: Boston versus Los Angeles
This week, No Name, has shuttered, ending a more than 100 year-old run as one of Boston's classic, old-timey seafood restaurants . My first visit to No Name was as a college freshmen at Northeastern- a dormitory floor outing to get to know the city. Boston was a mystery to me and I had never … Continue reading So Long “No Name”. A look at Boston’s Vintage Restaurants
True fact. I write about New England to travel elsewhere. And my favorite place to travel? Most definitely Europe. I first visited Spain and Italy with my family at the age of 14. As soon as I returned from that trip, I planned my next- to visit my German pen pal Sabine. And the pattern … Continue reading This Year’s Family Summer Holiday: England
After nearly 9 months I can finally say that “No Access Boston” is finished. Not that I don’t have some things to do- like get a few more photographs, track down a couple of photo permission forms and proof the editor’s corrections. But in terms of actual writing- I’m done ! Some thoughts on the … Continue reading “No Access Boston” Submitted !
I just returned from my August vacation, a 6-night family trip to California to visit my oldest son Bijan and a 6-night trip to Scotland to drop off my daughter Leda for her 4th year at the University of Edinburgh. The trips were nearly back to back but both went off without a hitch. Both … Continue reading Family Vacation With Adult Children: Travel Itinerary Tips
Not only do I write guidebooks, but I buy them. And whenever I book a trip, I always purchase a couple of up-to-date travel guide books to help me with the travel planning process. But I also always choose a pre- vacation read based on where I'm traveling. A good novel, biography, or work of … Continue reading Reading, Traveling,Writing New England
Whether you identify as left or right or somewhere in-between, the Trump presidency has created a tumultuous political climate that is difficult to ignore. As a New England travel book writer, part of my job is to be an ambassador to the region. Writing about politics is a tricky business. But just as I need to … Continue reading New England Travel Writing and Politics
I just finished rewriting Day Trips New England. Of all my books, Day Trips New England is my most comprehensive and most wide ranging. Originally published in 2011 , it is now in its 3rd edition. It has been 3 years since the last revision and boy, have there been lots of changes ! Here are … Continue reading Day Trips New England: Lots of Changes Over the Past Three Years