The plump bacon cheeseburger, weighing in at one-third pound, was a blend of ground chuck, brisket and short ribs. The cheese: a medium cheddar. The bacon: pecan-smoked. You could trace the source of those key ingredients to farms within 60 miles of my plate. And that beef? You could track it back to the specific cow, if necessary, to see what it ate and when. The restaurant owner was enthusiastic and earthy. It seemed like one-half of our dining group in spring 2017 was his children, their
KAUAI, Hawaii — As I hurtled through the sky above a sprawling valley, in view of sapphire waves and verdant mountain slopes, the wind was whipping past me and my eyes were streaming tears. My lips were peeled back, I was yelling incomprehensibly and my brain was blaring, “This could be the end.” But let me begin at the beginning, before I zoomed down a three-quarter-mile zip line on Kauai, the westernmost of the well-populated Hawaiian Islands. I had never been to the so-
Typically, it’s the biggest cruise ships that grab the headlines, the ones that could carry the entire population of a small city, have numerous restaurants and claim the most thrilling recreational amenities at sea. But a smaller class of ships is becoming popular, vessels that have a more intimate feel, can get into smaller harbors than the big ships can and offer neither Broadway stage shows nor giant water slides. It’s only a sliver of the cruise market, but the segment is
Hibernating through winter is a good thing unless too much coziness feels like confinement. Thin is the line between peaceful solitude and bleak isolation. One remedy for cabin fever is the sunshine of southward travel, but it may be easier on the budget to break away to Manhattan or Chicago. Deep discounts, easier access and shorter waits at attractions are likely at these mega cities. • • • I was lukewarm about visiting New York for travel trade shows in January but began
Because there are no city-sized theme parks in Southern Connecticut, you must find your thrills there in real life. I had just come from helping to herd a crew of second-graders through the Visitor Center at the PEZ factory in the town of Orange — a fragrant, colorful diversion for the nation’s devoted army of “Pez Heads” and for civilians like us, who just like popping dispenser heads and downing twelve-packs of chewy PEZ bricks. I was now rolling in an
The last time I talked to Charlie Vallier, he was hoping for a snowstorm. The longtime snowmobile collector knows it’s good for his hobby and the economy where he lives, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Vallier is chairman of the nonprofit Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum in Naubinway. No Lake Michigan shoreline community is farther north. It’s at the edge of Sault Ste. Marie State Forest, on U.S. 2 between Escanaba (100 miles west) and Saint Ignace (40 miles east).
Tallahassee is a city that reveres its history, keeps property in families and doesn’t throw anything away. The result is that visitors can explore the histories of both the city and the state in homes and museums that re-create life as it was decades, centuries and millennia ago. My husband and I began our exploration at the Museum of Florida History, where the skeleton of a mastodon discovered in nearby Wakulla Springs greeted us. From there we headed off through a
Quilts cocoon us during winter’s harshest nights, but warmth is only one way to define their value. Homespun quilts cloak us with deep memories of people who matter. Maybe snippets of fabric come from your dad’s well-worn shirts. Maybe your favorite aunt handstitched for a gazillion hours. Maybe the design is the creative work of a beloved friend. Quilting is popular: At least 80 guilds in Wisconsin are listed at quiltguilds.com. Nationwide, it’s a $3.76 billion industry.
According to advocacy group Project: Time Off, more than half of American workers leave unused vacation days on their company’s boardroom table. Meanwhile, the research shows that by planning ahead, more families will actually take much-needed vacations and thus reap a multitude of personal and professional benefits. Here are five ideas to consider: 1. Make planning a priority. Whether you begin by tossing up a tent in the backyard or strategizing to experience a safari in
You’ve seen the German gingerbread hearts hanging from ribbons, frosted with the words “Ich liebe dich” (I love you) and “Frohe Weihnachten” (Merry Christmas). Nuremberg’s bakers wish you hadn’t. “We don’t make them here,” says Ingrid Neef, a sixth-generation Nuremberg baker, with polite but palpable disdain. “Those hearts look pretty, but they’re hard,” she said. “You can’t eat them. We make real