Front Cover of the 4th edition of "Day Trips New England " to be published in June 2021 For me, writing is never particularly easy; it's always work. But these months in isolation working on the 4th edition of Day Trips New England have been a welcome distraction from pandemic constraints. Day Trips New England … Continue reading Revising, Rewriting, Updating “Day Trips New England”
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
In December, Boston is at its festive best. With its cobblestone streets and trees strung with twinkling lights, the city takes on a fairy-tale quality that evokes images of both Christmas past and Christmas present. There is a real timeless appeal to Boston at this time of year. Among Boston's holiday traditions are ice skating … Continue reading “No Access Boston”- The Holiday Edition!
Every book I write is a journey with lots of research -and loads of alone time. It wasn't until I had written my fourth book (Discovering Vintage Boston) that it occurred to me to have a book launch party to celebrate the end of months of self-imposed exile. I'm food and wine obsessed anyway- so hosting … Continue reading Recap: “No Access Boston’s” Book Launch Party at the Waterworks Museum
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 am excited to share the news that I am writing No Access Boston: Beantown's Hidden Treasures, Haunts and Forgotten Places (Globe Pequot) for publication in December 2018. No Access Boston is all about places in the city that are unknown and or/have a hidden history. Did you know that Boston has a Puppet Library? Sara … Continue reading Writing a New Travel Book!
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