Massachusetts: The Bucket List

Looking down Mill Creek at Sandwich Boardwalk, Cape Cod. Photo credit: H. Nijkamp

Playing at Sandwich’s Town Neck Beach and Boardwalk on Cape Cod

As you round the last bend on Boardwalk Road, the lush green of the salt marsh comes into view, further out the dunes rise up and the boardwalk appears in front of you. At extreme high tides the marshes may be entirely under water, giving the Read More

An Old Time Fourth of July Parade in Old Sturbridge Village

Celebrating Independence Day at Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts

The picnic basket listed heavily to one side as the two little girls of different ages tried to carry it between them. They set it down frequently on the gravel path that leads to the grassy common in the center of Old Sturbridge Village. I could Read More

Elements and criss-cross each other at different heights, depend on the level of the course.

Sky-Walking and Ziplining in the Berkshires: Catamount’s Aerial Adventure Park

As a travel writer, I frequently roam across the globe, but this time, my destination is walking distance from my house: a quarter mile, as the crow flies. I live on the side of the Catamount Ski Area on the border of Massachusetts and New York. A Read More

The Boston Pops warm up in the Tanglewood Shed.

Picnicking and Concert-Going at Tanglewood in the Massachusetts Berkshires

In some ways, it's a perfectly ordinary night at Tanglewood: We've got a picnic and a blanket and a bottle of wine, and so does everyone around us. The sky is a flawless summer blue, the lawn is a deep, well-tended summer green. But the 250-acre Read More

Autumn in the Berkshires

Driving Route 7 through the Massachusetts Berkshires: A Fall Foliage Road Trip

I am a travel writer, but today, I'm not going anywhere. I'm going to tell you about what I see, "dooh, dooh, dooh, looking' out my back door." In a phrase, one of the prettiest places in the world. Millions of tourists agree: The Massachusetts Read More

Whalewatching off Cape Cod

Whale Watching by Boat From Cape Cod, Massachusetts

The massive head of a humpback whale appeared right next to us, coming up from underneath the boat. The smaller (but still massive) head of her calf then cleared the surface and the two moved off. Someone shouted. A group of whales was bubble-net Read More