Thursday, March 29, 2012

Royal Male and The Black Pearl, Newport, Rhode Island

Chuck Ramsay, in a guest post last year, put forth a list of great pairs of places to shop and then places to eat afterwards.   This is a Newport addition.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

York, Maine

Here at York Harbor Beach, low tide is spectacular and the view provides a straight shot to the Gulf of Maine.

Just before The Piscataqua Bridge to New Hampshire is York, Maine.  And it is always nice to have an excuse to go to York (the Yorks to be specific), especially off season. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Replenishing Some Men's Classic Wardrobe Essentials

Every season has some replenishing of wardrobe essentials.  Here are a few somewhat random items.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Vermont Welcome Center, Guilford, Vermont

Great rest stops and welcome centers are gifts to visitors and invoke sighs of relief from people returning home.   They are destinations in themselves. The best examples are not interchangeable - they capture some aspect of the spirit of the place.  

One great example is the Vermont Welcome Center on Interstate 91 North.  Rather than a numbing food court, the building is spacious, bright, even inspirational.    It appropriately showcases Vermont goods and destinations and each time, one does not want to leave.

The most striking feature is the building itself.  According to its designer, Vermont Timber Works, the frame is hand hewn native white pine and oak, joined with traditional wooden pegs. 

Even the outbuildings are invigorating.

Whether beautiful, crass, or ignored, welcome centers are significant statements made by the communities.  One can simply compare this structure to its New Hampshire doppelgänger, the giant state-run discount liquor outlet, to understand the Judson Hale observation (from Inside New England):
A New Hampshire person will say he or she is "from New England."  A Vermont resident will say "from Vermont."

Friday, March 9, 2012

Yankee Magazine and Dublin, New Hampshire

Long timeYankee Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Judson Hale, has written the definitive book on the soul of New England, the delightful Inside New England.

And the magazine is now in good hands with the new editor, Yankee Magazine veteran,  Mel Allen.  In an era of declining standards on many fronts, Yankee Magazine is still in top form. (Although it did take many a while to get used to the larger format.)

One has to be charmed at an office that uses rocking chairs as guest seating. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Maple Syrup

New England roads now are dotted with pails, this year put out earlier because of the warm winter.
Farmers who produce hundreds or thousands of gallons of maple syrup have necessarily adopted ever more elaborate equipment.  But the process to make just enough syrup for a family (and maybe a few friends) is simple, satisfying, and does not require reverse osmosis.