Thursday, March 29, 2012

Royal Male and The Black Pearl, Newport, Rhode Island

Chuck Ramsay, in a guest post last year, put forth a list of great pairs of places to shop and then places to eat afterwards.   This is a Newport addition.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

New England Boatworks, Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Spring unofficially arrives when boats are prepped for launch.  And there are few better places to see this than New England Boatworks in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.  There was a busy and focused hum yesterday.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

York, Maine

Here at York Harbor Beach, low tide is spectacular and the view provides a straight shot to the Gulf of Maine.

Just before The Piscataqua Bridge to New Hampshire is York, Maine.  And it is always nice to have an excuse to go to York (the Yorks to be specific), especially off season. 

Friday, March 23, 2012

...From 'Guaranteed to Last'

Reading My Review Copy



“Before any product or material wears the L.L. Bean label, it first must withstand a heap of abusive treatment in the laboratory and field.  Only the strong survive.”

- Jim Gorman, Guaranteed to Last - L.L. Bean's Century of Outfitting America, page 104



Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Replenishing Some Men's Classic Wardrobe Essentials

Every season has some replenishing of wardrobe essentials.  Here are a few somewhat random items.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Concord, Massachusetts

Concord was originally settled (somewhat) in 1635 by Simon Willard, ancestor of the clock maker, but it is best known for its role in the much later Revolutionary War, and afterwards for its literary luminaries.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Vermont Welcome Center, Guilford, Vermont


Great rest stops and welcome centers are gifts to visitors and invoke sighs of relief from people returning home.   They are destinations in themselves. The best examples are not interchangeable - they capture some aspect of the spirit of the place.  

One great example is the Vermont Welcome Center on Interstate 91 North.  Rather than a numbing food court, the building is spacious, bright, even inspirational.    It appropriately showcases Vermont goods and destinations and each time we visit, we do not want to leave.



The most striking feature is the building itself.  According to its designer, Vermont Timber Works, the frame is hand hewn native white pine and oak, joined with traditional wooden pegs. 



Even the outbuildings are invigorating.

 
Whether beautiful, crass, or ignored, welcome centers are significant statements made by the communities.  One can simply compare this structure to its New Hampshire doppelgänger, the giant state-run discount liquor outlet, to understand the Judson Hale observation (from Inside New England):
A New Hampshire person will say he or she is "from New England."  A Vermont resident will say "from Vermont."

Friday, March 9, 2012

Yankee Magazine and Dublin, New Hampshire


Long timeYankee Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Judson Hale, has written the definitive book on the soul of New England, the delightful Inside New England.

And the magazine is now in good hands with the new editor, Yankee Magazine veteran,  Mel Allen.  In an era of declining standards on many fronts, Yankee Magazine is still in top form. (Although it did take many a while to get used to the larger format.)

One has to be charmed at an office that uses rocking chairs as guest seating. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Barbour Ground Zero (US), Milford, New Hampshire


There is a ground zero for Barbour in the United States, and it is their U.S. headquarters in Milford, New Hampshire.

Maple Syrup

New England roads now are dotted with pails, this year put out earlier because of the warm winter.
Farmers who produce hundreds or thousands of gallons of maple syrup have necessarily adopted ever more elaborate equipment.  But the process to make just enough syrup for a family (and maybe a few friends) is simple, satisfying, and does not require reverse osmosis.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Nantucket Reds from Murray's Toggery Shop


It was time for me to buy another pair of Nantucket Reds. While the Men’s pants seem fairly straight forward to buy, I have found the Women’s fit to be a bit trickier.