Balderdash Cellars winery in Richmond offers a scenic spot to sip local wines and enjoy live music and food trucks on many weekends. Photo/Sandi Barrett

Berkshires offer a lot of attractions for a quick getaway trip

By Sandi Barrett Contributing Writer REGION - The Berkshires is an enclave for art appreciation, eclectic music, and fine food. Combined with stunning scenery, a laid-back...
A statue of Mercy Otis Warren stands outside the Barnstable County courthouse.

Cape Cod’s Mercy Otis Warren is the country’s almost-forgotten ‘first lady’

By David Wilkening, Contributing Writer BARNSTABLE - Everyone’s heard of George Washington, known to most as ”The Father of his Country.” But who knows his...
The Fruitlands Museum in Harvard offers a snapshot of the transcendentalist movement that focused on subsistence farming and individual self-reliance. Photo/Sandi Barrett

Exploring Harvard’s former transcendentalist community

By Sandi Barrett, Contributing Writer HARVARD - In this pastoral town sits the scenic Fruitlands Museum. The Fruitlands offers visitors a snapshot of the transcendentalist...
Hotels, cruise ships, airlines and more are setting guidelines to enable people to have their pet join them on a vacation.

Traveling with cats and dogs is a growing trend

By Nance Ebert, Contributing Writer REGION - In today’s day and age, it is not uncommon to check into your hotel and see a dog...
Hockomock Swamp in southeastern Massachusetts, the largest freshwater swamp in the state, has a long reputation as a place of mysterious sightings and events.

Hockomock Swamp’s mysterious reputation attracts visitors to Bridgewater area

By David Wilkening, Contributing Writer BRIDGEWATER - Physically, Hockomock Swamp is a vast wetland stretching across several towns in southeastern Massachusetts, with 16,950 acres in...
The number of older single travelers is on a steady growth curve.

Follow these tips for successful solo travel

By David Wilkening, Contributing Writer REGION - Don’t mistake older travelers as always similar to the average tourist. Solo senior travelers also have different requirements...
The remains of the Boston and Maine railroad bridge in Hudson.

Assabet River Rail Trail keeps pace with growing communities

By Maureen Sullivan, Contibuting Writer MARLBOROUGH – To walk, to run, to bike without dealing with traffic. To enjoy the seasons, a few moments to relax,...
Ice slides are another fun feature at New Hampshire Ice Castles in North Woodstock. Photo/Sandi Barrett

Ice Castles are an enchanting winter destination for the entire family

By Sandi Barrett, Contributing Writer REGION - Tucked away in North Woodstock, N.H., is a frozen fairytale castle perfect for a family gathering. From toddlers...
The Lizzie Borden House in Fall River is both a bed-and-breakfast and a museum. Photo/Frank C. Grace (Courtesy of Lizzie Borden Museum Facebook page)

Unusual museums make for some offbeat outings

By David Wilkening, Contributing Writer REGION - Massachusetts, in part because of its long-standing history, has long been a bastion of significant and important museums....
The Forest Hills Cemetery offers a mixture of history, art, and beautiful landscapes. Photo/Billie-Jo Gauley

Boston’s Forest Hills Cemetery a fascinating destination for history, landscape, and art

By Peg Lopata, Contributing Writer BOSTON - It certainly can’t be denied that the mountains might be the place to go on a fall day...