Thousands of flowering bulbs are one of the signs of spring at Tower Hill Botanic Garden. Photo/Courtesy of Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Tower Hill Botanic Garden a year-round destination

By David Wilkening, Contributing Writer BOYLSTON - There are many ways to escape colder weather but here’s one that is probably unexpected: A visit to...
This year’s Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum is celebrating 150 years of the garden’s existence and 112 Lilac Sundays. Photo/Courtesy Jon Hetman, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Celebrations welcome spring across Massachusetts

By Sandi Barrett, Contributing Writer REGION - It is time to shake off your heavy coat and the overwhelming feeling of cabin fever for warm...
The weathered-looking red fishing shack in Rockport known as “Motif No. 1” has captured the imagination of countless artists. Photo/Richard Correale

There’s more to Rockport than its most famous building

By David Wilkening, Contributing Writer ROCKPORT - Artists paint it. Photographers shoot a picture. Everyone else just enjoys a look at it. It’s “Motif No. 1,”...
The statue of legendary politician James Michael Curley, the four-term mayor of Boston, is located right across the street from Boston City Hall. Photo/

Irish Heritage Trail pays tribute to Boston’s largest ethnic group

By David Wilkening, Contributing Writer BOSTON - You don’t have to wait for St. Patrick’s Day in Boston to celebrate it. You can go any...
The Worcester Art Museum (WAM), with its 38,000 art objects, is a prime reason for the city’s high rating for visitors. Photo/Submitted

Worcester growing as an arts and culture destination

By David Wilkening, Contributing Writer WORCESTER  - This city is sometimes derisively known as “Wormtown” and at times with a possibly more dignified designation: “Heart...
New Bedford was once the wealthiest city on the planet, per capita, during its whaling heyday. Now scallops are the catch that its fishing industry focuses on. Photo/Courtesy of New Bedford Whaling Museum

New Bedford tells a whale of a tale

By David Wilkening, Contributing Writer NEW BEDFORD - Soon after his latest book was published in 1851, former mariner Herman Melville must have felt like...
Plymouth Rock is where it all began, leading to the first Thanksgiving. Photo/Sandi Barrett

The best places to visit in Massachusetts around Thanksgiving

By Sandi Barrett, Contributing Writer REGION - Thanksgiving Day is all about the amazing food, but before you sit down to the hefty holiday dinner...
The Mount, author Edith Wharton’s Lenox estate, was completed in 1902. Photo/Sarah Kenyon

Stepping into the past at the homes of two famous writers

By David Wilkening, Contributing Writer Many of the 50,000 visitors a year to what has been termed the “glorious, Gilded Age estate” of famed writer...
From late September to late October, Massachusetts and the other New England states offer beautiful fall foliage for visitors to enjoy.

Beautiful Spots for Fall Foliage Viewing in New England

By Sandi Barrett, Contributing Writer REGION - It's time for a perfect fall getaway. With gorgeous foliage just a short road trip away, New England...
A sweeping view of Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge on Chappaquiddick Island. Photo/Richard Cheek

Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge showcases Chappaquiddick Island’s natural beauty

By Colin McCandless, Contributing writer  Chappaquiddick Island – Nestled on Chappaquiddick Island lies a hidden gem called Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge, featuring 516 pristine acres...