Jun 162014
 
Is It Worth It to Travel During the Low Season?

Stores and attractions are closed. Scraggly brown, dead-looking plants sprawl hither and yon. Streets are deserted… spooky. Hotels are run by bare-bones staff, if they’re open at all. Eek! Do YOU dare to brave the “Low Season” in a place like Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts?

I was tempted to ask the question, “Is It Worth it to Travel in the Off Season?” in the title of this article, then scrawl the word “YES,” and leave it at that. [...Read More!]

Jun 092014
 
My Favorite Exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

For the first time in my life, I found an art exhibit so enthralling that I returned TWICE to see it. In fact, I have plans to go back a third time. Ooh, the “Quilts and Color” exhibit at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts makes me happy! Its rainbow blasts are a perfect match for baby, too, as wee ones adore patterns.

What I find particularly moving about these quilts is not just their beauty, however: it’s the history [...Read More!]

Jun 012014
 
Surprises in India at Keoladeo National Bird Sanctuary

Let me be blunt about the first surprise of Keoladeo National Park and Bird Sanctuary in India: On the day we went, the air was so cloudy that we could have seen further by sticking our heads into bowls of oatmeal. Look how ghostly the birds appear in the next photo…

We had to squint and crane our fog-fluffy heads forward, asking: “Is that a bird, or a tree?” and, “Is that [...Read More!]

May 262014
 
Don't Miss Boston's Arboretum in Spring: Flower Heaven!

No visit to Boston in our glorious springtime is complete without strolling through the Arnold Arboretum. This sprawling, lush park was established in 1872, and is owned by Harvard University. Just hop off the Orange Line train at the Forest Hills “T” stop, and you’re there!

Skip along with me, now, as we ogle the rainbow colors of May in the Arboretum.

Gorgeous, eh? So which of these blooms would you most yearn to take [...Read More!]

May 182014
 
Watch Out! Too-Seductive Food on Martha's Vineyard...

Did you catch the weirdness in that first photo? Yup… there is the mark of a tiny claw right in the middle of the luxurious mascarpone cream. But how did that get there???

Back up to when Colin, baby Devi, and I walked into Water Street restaurant at The Harbor View Hotel in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. “Brioche French Toast: Mascarpone, Wild Blueberry Jam, Ginger Chantilly!” sang the alluring description on the breakfast menu. We practically lassoed [...Read More!]

May 112014
 
The Most Fun Thing on Martha's Vineyard: Alpaca Farm!

The most hilarious and fun activity we did during our Martha’s Vineyard vacation had nothing to do with a beach, or a seafood stall, nor anything you would even remotely associate with a New England island. No… the best activity of all was visiting an ALPACA FARM!

When a friend told me to track down “Island Alpaca” on the Vineyard, I thought she was pulling my leg. One associates alpacas with South America, not [...Read More!]

May 042014
 
A Great Travel Crib for Baby to Sleep Safely on the Move

As a solo traveler, I prided myself on never checking a bag when flying. But then came baby, and– oof!– he magically made bags and bags of STUFF appear, which his loving parents must now schlepp to all travel destinations. Thankfully, I’ve finally found a way to cut down on baby luggage bulk: we now own the lightest travel crib on the market!

The “phil&teds traveller crib“ (yes, that is the correct spelling and punctuation, much as it [...Read More!]

Apr 282014
 
Martha's Vineyard's Gingerbread Cottages Are So Cool!

“Lillie, do NOT leave Martha’s Vineyard without tracking down the Gingerbread Houses!” typed one of my readers on my Facebook wall.

“Gingerbread Houses?” I muttered to myself. “What the heck is this woman talking about?”

A few minutes of Internet sleuthing later (during which time my baby spit up all over my husband’s shirt) revealed that a major tourist attraction of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts is a cluster of fairy-like wooden houses in the [...Read More!]

Apr 242014
 
The Best Place to Stay on Martha's Vineyard?

Ahhh, what a difference a good vacation makes! In the five months since our baby was born, my husband and I had not left Boston together, and so it was high time. Scanning the map, we decided on Martha’s Vineyard: the famed island where New England relaxes, yet I (naughty Bostonian that I am) had never visited. But where to stay?

Some sleuthing revealed that one hotel’s name comes up again and again [...Read More!]

Apr 132014
 
How to Decide the Best Amount of Time to Travel

There’s a magic sweet spot with travel that’s dangerous to miss. You know you’ve hit that sweet spot correctly when you return home and sigh, “That was a great trip, but it’s good to be home.”

Missing the travel timing mark, however, means crashing into one of two painful extremes.

At one extreme, the trip is too few days. You know this is the case when you wail at the end of your [...Read More!]