Salem Massachusetts

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Salem Massachusetts One can love Salem Massachusetts for the simple beauty of its historic, 17th-century, clapboard, pitched-roof houses, its 18th- and 19th-century brick ship captain and merchant mansions and its initiative of turning the disadvantages of poor agricultural land and rugged, deep, rocky shoreline into a seafaring powerhouse that was the fifth largest, and of [Read more …]

Return to Nantucket Massachusetts

Pacific National Bank

Since we were already on Cape Cod, we took a fast, hour-long fast ferry (you could also take a 15 minute flight) to traverse the 30 mile stretch from Hyannis to Nantucket. The island, first settled in 1659, became the world’s largest whaling port and one of its most wealthy and progressive towns in the [Read more …]

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Hyannis Artist shanties

When we lived in Boston, MA, we spent a fair amount of time on Cape Cod (“the Cape”). Now that we live on the west coast, we don’t get to the area as often. This summer we decided to go back—our first time in more than 10 years. Our motivation for the trip was to [Read more …]

Catching Up with the New Boston


We finished up the trip to Nova Scotia via Boston. Although we have many friends and memories of the time we lived here, this time we had only a day and a half to catch up with the city. Our initial exposure to the city, from driving into and a brief walk through downtown and [Read more …]

A One Day Boston-to-Portland Detour

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  Joyce had two and a half days of meetings in Waltham, before our trip to Maine. I flew in the night of her second day, arriving in time for dinner at Boston’s Trade Restaurant, drinks with Joyce and few other colleagues at Waltham’s Naked Fish restaurant, and a night’s sleep. The next morning, before [Read more …]

Boston Restaurant Update--2013

We flew into Boston for meetings and a short trip to Maine, and then drove back to Boston for a flight to Chicago. Although we were unfortunately unable to spend time in the city, we did manage to make it to two restaurants; one in Boston and one in Cambridge.   Trade I had time [Read more …]

1720 House Bed & Breakfast in Martha’s Vineyard


When we travel, we try to stay in interesting inns and bed and breakfasts when possible. I admit that lately I have defaulted to hotels in many cities. But when we want to really explore an area like a native, we seek out small inns and bed and breakfasts (B&Bs). Why? In our younger years, [Read more …]

The Primary Towns of Martha’s Vineyard

Vineyard Haven-Art Cliff Diner

Although we typically stay in Edgartown, this trip, we did something different: we stayed in Vineyard Haven’s 1720 House inn, which became our base of operations for this visit. Vineyard Haven Vineyard Haven is a cute town, with a scenic harbor. While Main Street is filled with interesting shops [Read more …]

Return to Martha's Vineyard: East Island Towns

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Although we have never really frequented The Vineyard, we have been the at least half a dozen times and we still love the character of the towns (especially Edgartown and Oak Bluffs) and the opportunity to bike scenic, lightly travelled, rural roads and bike paths. Unfortunately, now that we lie on the West Coast, our [Read more …]

Our Continuing Boston Culinary Odyssey

We lived in Boston for more than 20 years. Although we moved to San Francisco about ten years ago, we return frequently and closely follow restaurant openings. This has been no easy task. Boston’s restaurant scene has been exploding for the last twenty years (although the last few years have, understandably, seen more [Read more …]