Ride the train: rail vacations for 2013

Morning reflections on Lake Louise in Canadian Rockies

Train trips offer no driving, no airport hassles—just great scenery on your vacation.


What to do on a rainy day in Boston

Art of the Americas wing at the Museum of Fine Arts

You are visiting Boston and it rains. Not to worry. You are in one of the country’s foremost cities for wonderful museums. Purchase a museum CityPass either from the Visitors Center on the Boston Common – or from any of the participating museums. The pass includes the Museum of Fine Arts, Skywalk at the Prudential Center, Museum of Science, New England Aquarium and the Museum of Natural History at Harvard or the Old State House Museum.


Titanic centennial is commemorated in U.S. museums

Titanic frenzy is picking up steam. One hundred years ago on April 12 the Titanic sailed and sank, but people are still fascinated by the fateful journey and stories of people who sailed on its maiden voyage.
To commemorate the importance of this historic event, the private Titanic Foundation Ltd. in Belfast, Northern Ireland, will open a museum on March 31, 2012, in the city where the ship was built and launched.


The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston – A new addition for an old classic

Front entrance of the Renzo Piano wing, view of Ailanthus artwork by Stefani Arienti

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, popularly known as The Gardner, houses the art collection of Isabella Stewart Gardner. Throughout her life she collected and carefully displayed a collection comprised of more than 2,500 objects from paintings to rare books from ancient Rome, Medieval Europe, Renaissance Italy, Asia, the Islamic world and 19th-century France and America.


Pies on Parade Tour in Rockland Maine

Pie Moms - Rockland Maine

I think that National Pie Day (January 23rd) should be declared a holiday like Thanksgiving or New Year’s… no work, stores closed, and we all get to stay home and eat pie. Because that hasn’t happened yet, on the third weekend in January I head to Rockland Maine for the Pies on Parade Tour. For the past several years the tour has been put on by the four beautiful inns that make up the Historic Inns of Rockland.


Mount Washington Valley New Hampshire Inn to Inn Holiday Cookie Tour

Holiday Dining Room

Each December I give myself a break and do something that has become over the years a tradition for me, the Mount Washington Valley New Hampshire Inn to Inn Candy and Cookie Tour. It’s my way to kick back for a weekend and leave the word “diet” out of my vocabulary.