Tag: Mass.

Old Sturbridge Village for Grownups

Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts provides the younger set with a glimpse of life in the 1800s, but will grownups be interested in what this living museum offers? Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Takeaways May Vary from When You Were 10 My memories of Old Sturbridge Village from a school field trip a number of years ago trend toward the role of women, how much time they spent in the kitchen back in…

There Really Is a House of the Seven Gables

Author Nathaniel Hawthorne's cousin owned a house in Salem, Mass. that once had seven gables.

Surprises at the Salem, Mass. Building that Hawthorne Made Famous It has been a long time since I have read Nathaniel Hawthorne’s House of the Seven Gables, but I am still excited to learn that he based his book on…

Hyannis Holiday Convenience

Murals, art, water, Hyannis. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

A Road Trip to Cape Cod On a road trip to Hyannis, Mass., we almost pass our motel by —despite admonitions from our global positioning system—because it looks just a bit like a car dealership. We know we are in…

Is a Cape Cod Whale Watch Worthwhile?

How long before we see the whales? Cape Cod, Mass. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

The first time I sign up for whale watching, on a trip to San Diego, I somehow manage to book myself on a pretty small boat on what I consider to be a pretty choppy ocean, or maybe it only…

Born on the Fourth of July . . .

Statue of Nathaniel Hawthorne in Salem, Mass. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of The Scarlet Letter and The House of the Seven Gables, was born on July 4, 1804, in Salem, Mass. —Lori Tripoli ~Advertisement~   ~Advertisement~ Planning a trip to Salem, Mass.? You might like these posts: Bonus History…

An Armchair Adventurer Goes to Concord, Mass.

Read up on the places you want to visit. Photo credit: L. Tripoli

Via Sarah Payne Stuart’s Perfectly Miserable   If much of the joy of traveling is the anticipation simply about going somewhere, so, too, is reading up on the place to which you are about to go, not just to figure…

Salem, Where Were You during the Revolution?

One of the great joys of traveling to places that we visit to see other things is learning about their other histories, those that we are not necessarily there to see. I am in Salem, Mass. to learn about witches…

Logging Some Romance

I’m not sure why rooms with a fireplace are so attractive to me since I have a fireplace at home, but I’m quick to click “buy now” whenever a hotel features a bit of flame. Fireplaces are so romantic that…

Are Witch Hunts Good for Tourism?

Fresh from a visit to Salem, Mass., and recalling a more distant one to Rouen, France, I can’t help but think about the similarities between these two places and how they’ve treated an especially dark period in their past. As…