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"I Vacationed With Obama" On Martha's Vineyard

Aug 12th, 2013 at 1:00PM: Steven Senne, AP President Obama is on a week-long vacation on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts -- a favorite vacation spot for the Obamas long before they became the presidential family. This marks the fourth time the family has visited Martha's Vineyard since Obama became Commander in Chief, and some locals are cashing in on the Obama tourism craze. Shops have created T-shirts, bumper stickers...

Cochon 555 Pork Competition Turns Five, Kicks Off February 17 In Atlanta

Cochon 555 Pork Competition Turns Five, Kicks Off February 17 In Atlanta Feb 8th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Much ado about pork products is made on Gadling, with good reason. Even if you're sick to death of pork-centric eateries, and lardo this and sausage that, it's hard to deny the allure of the other white meat (I can't tell you how many vegetarians and vegans I know who still have a jones for bacon). For those of you wanting to attend the ultimate porkapalooza, get your tickets for Cochon 555, a...

12 Offbeat Travel Ideas For 2013

12 Offbeat Travel Ideas For 2013 Jan 2nd, 2013 at 12:00PM: My annual New Year's Eve tradition is to reflect on all the places I visited during the year and plot out where I want to go in the New Year. 2012 was a banner travel year for my family because we put all of our things in storage for five months and traveled extensively in Europe and North America. We gorged ourselves on donuts and thought we got scammed in Western New York's Amish Country,...

Hangover Cures: A Global Primer

Hangover Cures: A Global Primer Dec 26th, 2012 at 3:00PM: New Year's Eve is fast approaching, so what better time to provide a list of hangover cures from around the world? Our friends at Alice Marshall Public Relations in New York asked some of their clients about local versions of hair-of-the-dog. Unsurprisingly, the preferred remedies all have a distinctly regional flavor. Here's to a headache-and-nausea-free January 1! St. Barts On this notorious...

Celebrating Italian Style In Boston's North End

Celebrating Italian Style In Boston's North End Sep 10th, 2012 at 12:00PM: In Italy, feast days tied to saints are the glue that binds communities together. Bands practice all year long so they sound just right when they lead processions through city streets. People get dressed up and buy cannoli and other treats for their neighbors. Young people use the social occasions to hook up, and, everyone, everyone eats and drinks well. Boston's North End still clings to the...

Learn About The Bloody Whaling Trade At The New Bedford Whaling Museum

Learn About The Bloody Whaling Trade At The New Bedford Whaling Museum Aug 29th, 2012 at 12:00PM: If you've always wanted to read "Moby Dick" but have never made time for it, grab your sleeping bag and head to the New Bedford Whaling Museum the first weekend after the New Year, for their annual Moby Dick Marathon. Each year, the museum, located an hour south of Boston, marks the date in 1841 when Herman Melville set sail from New Bedford on a whaling vessel bound for the South Pacific by...

What To Do In New England's Berkshires

What To Do In New England's Berkshires Aug 21st, 2012 at 10:00AM: One hundred sixty-two years ago, Herman Melville made an impetuous decision to move to the Berkshires after going on a picnic with Nathaniel Hawthorne and Oliver Wendell Holmes. He was taken with the region's beauty and believed it would be a quiet refuge that would be an ideal place to write. Melville penned Moby Dick at Arrowhead, the farm he bought in Pittsfield, but the book was a...

USS Constitution To Set Sail Again

USS Constitution To Set Sail Again Aug 19th, 2012 at 10:00AM: The USS Constitution will set sail once again to commemorate the battle that made it famous. The U.S. Navy says the famous warship will set sail Aug. 19, the 200th anniversary of her victory over the British frigate HMS Guerriere off the coast of Nova Scotia. This victory during the War of 1812 boosted the young nation's confidence as they fought an empire that had the largest navy in the...

Video: Great White Shark Drafts Sea Kayaker

Jul 11th, 2012 at 7:00AM: There have been a number of great white sightings in Cape Cod of late, but first-time sea kayaker Walter Szulc, Jr. got a closer look than most while paddling at Nauset Beach on Saturday. He safely made it to shore, and the beach was closed. On Sunday, three great whites were spotted in the region, the largest reaching up to 18 feet in length. [UPDATE: Scientists are now disputing the species...

Iconic Road Trips: New England's Coastal Drive

Iconic Road Trips: New England's Coastal Drive May 20th, 2012 at 2:00PM: I met up with a childhood best friend of mine a few years ago in Boston. From there we drove to an ocean-side, dog-friendly resort in Maine that we'd decided to vacation at for a few days. Before we began our drive back to Boston, we realized we had all day to kill, so we chose our route back accordingly. Highway 1 isn't just a West Coast thing – it's pretty great on the East Coast, too....

Museum Month: The Museum Of Bad Art In Boston, Massachusetts

Museum Month: The Museum Of Bad Art In Boston, Massachusetts May 10th, 2012 at 4:00PM: Everywhere you travel, you'll find countless art museums dedicated to contemporary art, modern art, fine art and period-focused art; however, when do you ever get to visit a museum devoted to bad art? The Museum Of Bad Art (MOBA), a community-based, private institution, is "dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition and celebration of bad art in all its form and in all its glory." At...

Five Places To Anchor Yourself In Titanic History

Five Places To Anchor Yourself In Titanic History Apr 6th, 2012 at 4:00PM: "Titanic" 3D hit cinemas this week just in time to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the ship's fateful voyage. But the box office isn't the only place you can pay tribute to the ship. Two new Titanic museums are opening up just in time to celebrate the ship's anniversary, and there are many other places that are keeping the ship and its passengers' legacy afloat. Below are some places...

Marblehead, Massachusetts: America's best preserved historic town?

Marblehead, Massachusetts: America's best preserved historic town? Mar 23rd, 2012 at 10:00AM: Tourism boards across the country have long struggled to find innovative ways to market destinations large and small, inviting and mundane. We have "historic districts" that have been turned into vast parking lots; towns that play up tenuous connections to living and deceased celebrities; states that promote Amish tourism even though the Amish simply want to be left alone; hokey festivals; and any...

Sexy goddess bares all in Boston

Sexy goddess bares all in Boston Dec 29th, 2011 at 12:00PM: The ancient goddess of love, sex, and beauty is making an appearance at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Aphrodite and the Gods of Love is a new exhibition examining one of the most popular ancient goddesses and her place in the Classical world. More than 150 ancient works of art are on display, including famous pieces such as the Knidia, a life-size sculpture of Aphrodite made by the...

Gawker's Worst 50 States

Gawker's Worst 50 States Aug 25th, 2011 at 11:30AM: I've been following Gawker's newest series, The Worst 50 States. I've been enjoying following this series. In an effort to pin down not only the best states in the US of A, but, more importantly, the worst states, Gawker compiled a Gawker-invented rating system in order to rank our fair fifty. Granted, this rating system consists solely of the viewpoints of those on staff for Gawker, so the...

Why Plymouth Rock Is New England's Biggest Tourist Trap

Why Plymouth Rock Is New England's Biggest Tourist Trap Jun 29th, 2011 at 10:30AM: Have you ever been to a tourist trap? A scam of a site, something over-hyped and talked about until it can't possibly be worth it? The sort of thing you walk up to, snap a photo of and curse as you walk back to your car? I saw one just the other day. It was Plymouth Rock, the lump of granite that supposedly marks the spot where a ragged band of English religious refugees washed up on...

Spend Independence Day in a national park

Spend Independence Day in a national park Jun 27th, 2011 at 8:00AM: The Fourth of July holiday has always been a popular one in the U.S. This coming weekend, millions of people across the country will gather with friends and family to celebrate the day our country won its independence with food, music, and fireworks. It is a tradition like no other, and one that is made all the better when combined with another great American tradition – the national parks....

Best ice cream in America not just from a shop

Best ice cream in America not just from a shop May 30th, 2011 at 4:30PM: Since Memorial Day is past, I think it's safe to say we've officially entered ice cream season (National Ice Cream Day is July 17) Unless you live in Seattle, in which case, it's still winter, but never mind. We still have great ice cream. What makes for acclaim-worthy ice cream? Food writers like me tend to look for an emphasis on local/seasonal ingredients, including dairy. I love high...

Pop-up restaurants: dining for a new decade

Pop-up restaurants: dining for a new decade Apr 28th, 2011 at 1:30PM: First, it was underground supper clubs. Now, everything's coming up pop-ups. As with food trucks, this form of guerrilla cheffing borne of economic need has become a global phenomenon. Equal parts dinner party and dinner theater, a pop-up refers to a dining establishment that is open anywhere from one to several nights, usually in an existing restaurant or other commercial food establishment. ...

A travel guide to the 2011 Oscar movies

A travel guide to the 2011 Oscar movies Feb 2nd, 2011 at 4:00PM: The 83rd annual Academy Awards are coming up in a few weeks and the Oscars race is on. This year's nominations contained few surprises, with many nods for Brit period piece The King's Speech, Facebook biopic The Social Network, and headtrip Inception. While 2010's ultimate travel blockbuster Eat, Pray, Love failed to made the cut, there's still plenty to inspire wanderlust among the Best Picture...

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