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In this new episode, Anna heads to New Hampshire’s Mount Monadnock region, a wonderland of inspirational nature and quaint, historic towns. Her first stop is a visit with luxury interior designer Kathy Marshall, who takes us on a tour of her family’s lakeside summer home called “The Ledges.” Filled with vintage treasures and five generations’ worth of memories, it represents quintessential New England living. But that’s not all – Anna also tours the lake on the family’s wooden boat and visits some of Marshall’s favorite haunts, including a classic general store and one of the country’s oldest inns. Last but not least, the chef at nearby Mayfair Farm prepares a sumptuous farm-to-table feast back at The Ledges. Don’t miss this ode to the beauty of New Hampshire.
“Single-family homes have become a passion of mine, “ says Bill Caulder, principal at 6M Development and the force behind a newly built modern home in Wellesley. “I’ve been a developer for more than two years, doing lots of multi-family construction in and around Boston, but I’ve started doing single-family homes recently, putting my own ideas down on paper.”
Caulder initially conceived the idea for 10 Scotch Pine Circle; then brought on the architecture/build firm Acorn Deck House to design it. “I wanted to do something different – something out of the box – especially for the area,” he says.
Another 6M Development home, built in a more traditional style nearby, sold halfway through construction. Caulder knew that Scotch Pine Circle is in a highly sought-after area with larger-than-average lots for the town, but he also knew the 5,500-square-foot contemporary would be a one-of-a-kind structure in the neighborhood. “It’s not a home for everyone,” he says. “But someone with a refined taste for modern living will appreciate its nice balance between form and function.”
Constructed less than a year ago, the home features phenomenal floor-to-ceiling windows on the main floor, five-inch-wide white pine flooring, and a floating staircase. The interiors, designed by the Boston-based design studio ID8, complement the structure’s modernity. “The materials and finishes add warmth,” says Caulder. “We infused Scandinavian style into the look and feel, but we also have Italian-influenced cabinetry in all bathrooms and the kitchen.” With channels instead of handles or pulls, the drawers and doors contribute to the home’s overall clean, European aesthetic.
While the open-concept design includes a spacious first floor with connected kitchen, dining, and living spaces, the bedrooms are more traditional. There are master suites on the first and second floors, three additional guest bedrooms on the second floor, and five and a half baths. A lower level includes another bedroom, exercise room, and mudroom. The wide driveway, bordered by a stone embankment, leads to a three-car garage. Smart home automation and security are the finishing touches on this singular home.
Offered by Coldwell Banker Global Luxury, 10 Scotch Pine Circle is listed at $3,179,000. Melissa Dailey is the listing agent and this home is another example of her diverse and robust portfolio. “Melissa’s ability to market and sell some of the most exquisite properties throughout Greater Boston is one the many attributes that attract buyers and sellers to her,” says Susan Ausiello, branch manager and vice president of the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Wellesley sales office. “This luxury home is truly unique compared to other listings in the community.”
Season three’s inaugural episode highlights the allure of Newport, Rhode Island, where sailing, style, and all things “sea” delight visitors from around the world. Anna first takes us inside the home of fashion designer Camilla Bradley, founder of CK Bradley, known for its fun, colorful clothing and accessories. Dubbed “Birdsong,” this unique family home showcases Bradley’s distinctive style and love of all things coastal. Next, Anna tours Newport Harbor with Bradley and her husband; then the trio and some lucky guests enjoy a dinner party masterminded by both the head chef and lead bartender of Newport’s Fluke restaurant (spoiler alert: there’s lobster). Don’t miss this one – click to watch above!
It’s been a rainy spring here in New England, which may not yield a good hair day but is “berry” good news for fruits and vegetables. We checked in with some local experts to share their favorite berry dessert recipes.
“I really enjoy cooking with berries in the summer, and New England’s blueberries are especially great. This year, we offered a unique blueberry cheesecake at ArtScience that highlights a number of sensorial elements specific to summertime, including charring and pickling techniques with fruity and floral accents.” – Ryan Boya, Pastry Chef, ArtScience Culture Lab & Café
Graham Cracker Crust:
2 cups of crushed graham crackers (about 13 full sheets)
6 Tbsp of melted butter (Enough to make the graham cracker stick to form the dough – add more if needed)
Bake at 325 for 8 mins.
1 pound cream cheese
1 pound Mascarpone
1 1/3 cups sugar
Vanilla to taste
Salt to taste
3/4 cups blueberry purée
Cream the cream cheese and mascarpone until very smooth. Add sugar, salt, and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, and scrape in between each egg. Slowly add the purée while mixing. Scrape and strain through a strainer into a baking dish. Bake in a water bath until done. About 45 minutes.
“Nothing says summertime in New England like cooking with fresh seasonal ingredients. One of my favorite desserts to make in the warm weather months is Blackberry Cobbler with local blackberries. The blackberries are an upgrade to your classic cobbler, giving this dessert a rich flavor that is perfect for a New England summer night. Serve this with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and it’s a guaranteed hit at your next barbecue.” – Sean Dutson, Executive Chef, Rebel’s Guild
2 pints fresh blackberries
1 cup granulated sugar
Juice from 1/2 lemon
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Add blackberries, sugar, and lemon juice to a medium mixing bowl and toss until berries are well coated with sugar. Set aside.
Combine ingredients above (flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, milk, melted butter, fresh thyme, and lemon zest) in mixing bowl to make a smooth batter. Coat the inside of six 5-inch cast iron pans with melted butter. Fill pans about halfway with batter. Divide blackberries between pans in a single layer. Bake in 350-degree oven for 45 min. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Yields six small Blackberry Cobblers.
Today marks the first day of spring in New England. Along with earlier sunrises, later sunsets, and increasing sunlight during the day, this year we also celebrate a super moon. The last time the full moon and the spring equinox arrived on the same date was 38 years ago on March 20, 1981! Looking for ways to celebrate spring in New England? We cherry-picked six events blooming nearby. Enjoy!
Spring will be in the air during Daffodil Days. The festivities begin on April 13 and include a Daffy Dog Paw-rade and a Post Paw-rade Paw-ty, Daffy Trolley Tours, Garden Parties, Daffy Dancing, a Driving Miss Daffodil Car Parade, and much more!
What better way to usher in spring than spending an afternoon with more than a dozen heirloom breeds of barnyard baby animals (and their moms)? Learn about livestock on coastal New England farms from the 17th century to modern times from expert area breeders.
The annual three-day food and arts event celebrates maple syrup with exhibits, demonstrations, entertainment, and a crafts and antiques show. Grab the whole family for this sweet spring event and enjoy Sugarhouse Tours, a Sap Run, Grand Parade, face painting, and contests.
Spring officially arrives with the return of Art in Bloom, the MFA’s annual celebration of fine art and flowers. The museum’s spectacular collection is paired with lovely floral interpretations curated by New England-area garden clubs. Be sure to visit the Art in Bloom Market brimming with specialty gifts.
In 1973, the New Haven Historic Commission in cooperation with the New Haven park Department planted 72 cherry blossom trees. Join over 10,000 people to celebrate the beautiful buds with live musical entertainment, a children’s area, food, and fun.
Text by Stacey Marcus | Image courtesy Newport Daffodil Days Festival
Irish eyes will be smiling in and around Boston this weekend to honor St. Patrick’s Day. Whether you want to run a race, partake in a parade, or toast to good times at home, we curated a list of eight great ways to celebrate St. Patty’s Day!
1) Run the Saint Patrick’s Day 5K Road Race
Dash through streets of Southie before the St. Patty’s Parade at the St. Patrick’s Day Road Race to benefit South Boston’s Boys and Girls Club’s Keystone Teen Leadership Program. Sunday, March 17 at 11 a.m. 230 West Street, South Boston.
2) Visit the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum
March is the ideal time to pop by the JFK Library to honor the 35th President of the United States, our most famous Irish American President. Walk down memory lane and enjoy JFK milestones and mementos. Columbia Point, Boston
4) Hop in the Happenings in Holyoke Weekend festivities include a road race, JFK Memorial wreath laying, annual Bishop’s mass, JFK dinner, and parade. Saturday, March 16 through Sunday, March 17. Parade route.
5) Enjoy a St. Patrick’s Day Live Irish Music Cruise
Toast to good times inside a floating pub and enjoy a Live Irish Music Cruise through Boston Harbor. The Boston skyline may pop a rainbow for visiting Irish band Curragh. Northern Lights will be fully stocked with traditional Irish libations: beer and whiskey! 60 Rowes Wharf, Boston. March 16 at 4 p.m., 6 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. and March 17 at 4 p.m. & 6 p.m.
6) Pop by a Block Party Irish Breakfast Brick & Ash in Newburyport will be hosting a festive indoor/outdoor, family-friendly “Block Party” on Sunday, beginning at 9 a.m. with a traditional Irish Breakfast. The $14/person buffet is all-you-can eat and available until 2 p.m. Full menu will be available starting at 12 p.m. The parking lot will have fun and games and live music; bag pipers and step dancers are also expected to perform. Along with Guinness, Brick & Ash will have two special beers. The restaurant will be tapping Maine Brewing Co.’s “Lunch” IPA at noon and then later will also have a keg of the limited release “Dinner” Double IPA. 10 Center Street, Newburyport. Sunday, March 17 at 9 a.m.
7) Make a Luck of the Irish Bloody Mary
Our friends at Artisan Bistro at The Ritz-Carlton, Boston will be offering a Green Bloody Mary (or a “Luck of the Irish Bloody Mary” as their bartenders are calling it) along with a Guinness Float. The Guinness Float is made with house-made vanilla bean ice cream and Guinness, of course. And the “Luck of the Irish Bloody Mary” contains a house-made Bloody Mary Mix with tomatillos, Worcestershire sauce, blue cheese, horseradish, jalapeño, arugula, and spinach. Here’s the recipe if you want to make these Bloodys on your own (for 10-12 Marys, served on the rocks.)
House-made Bloody Mary Mix:
2 oz Worcestershire sauce
1 oz blue cheese
2 tsp horseradish
½ jalapeño, seeded and diced
2 cups arugula
1 cup spinach
Blend all ingredients in a blender
Luck of the Irish Bloody Mary:
2 oz vodka
Mixed with 5-6 oz of the house Bloody Mary Mix (above)
Serve over ice
Garnish with a celery stalk and a carrot-wrapped pickle
8) Sip an Inspired Irish Coffee
Beverage pro Michael Ray is mixing up an inspired cocktail available at Chopps American Bar & Grill all weekend to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. A Proper Cold Brew, a fresh twist on a traditional Irish coffee, is made with Proper 12 Irish Whiskey, Three Olives triple espresso vodka, and fresh whipped cream.
This Sunday marks the 91st Oscars ceremony. The excitement is mounting as we count down the moments and cast our personal ballots. Who will be wearing what on the red carpet? Will it be Bradley or Rami? Olivia or Glenn? Bohemian Rhapsody or The Favourite? And more importantly, will you sip white or red? Martini or Manhattan? If you haven’t planned your cocktail menu yet, we tapped a few Boston beverage directors for Oscar-worthy libations. Bless their hearts, they gave us the recipes too. Cheers!
Amanda McBride, general manager of Bambara Kitchen & Bar, who also oversees the cocktail menu at the Lobby Bar at Kimpton Marlowe, says “our Golden Old-Fashioned is the perfect sip to enjoy while watching the Oscars. It’s a nod to classic Hollywood given that we use Marie Duffau 1979 Bas Armagnac, but it also has a touch of modern, sexy glamour since we top it with a speck of gold leaf, which pays tribute to the Oscar statuette itself. This is a drink you can easily see nominees sipping as they anxiously await those famous words, ‘And the Oscar goes to….’ ”
2 oz Marie Duffau Bas Armagnac
1/2 oz Demerara Syrup
1 dash Angostura Bitters
1 dash Regan’s Orange Bitters
How-to: Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass. Stir and strain over a big cube in a rocks glass. Garnish with gold leaf.
Image by Peter Holmgren
The Great White Cape, inspired by Bohemian Rhapsody
Lead bartender Sterling Jackson at Avery Bar, The Ritz-Carlton, Boston, says, “I remember reading that Freddie Mercury once called his concerts a fashion show. And that further enhanced his image as a style icon. One of his outfits, designed by Zandra Rhodes, the mastermind behind Queen’s outfits in the ’70s, was a white Bat Wing-style pleated cape that he could move in easily while he was performing. That iconic piece reminds me of our Avery Bar cocktail, “The Great White Cape.”
2 oz Jalapeño-Infused Vodka
2 oz White Cranberry Juice
1/2 oz Lime Juice
Equal parts cranberry juice and water along with whole cranberries (2 cranberries per ice cube) and freeze.
How-to: Combine all ingredients in a shaker, then pour over cranberry ice in a rocks glass.
Image courtesy The Ritz-Carlton, Boston
A Gold Star Is Born
Athanasios Sioras, Food and Beverage Manager of Rebel’s Guild at Revere Hotel Boston Common, has created the ultimate cocktail for Oscars watching. A Gold Star Is Born (a play on A Star Is Born) is a fan favorite – it begins with Grand Marnier Quintessence, made with cognacs that are over 100 years old. Glenlivet Archive 21 is then added and the drink is finished off with quince paste. He explains, “The quince offers you a balanced flavor between sweet and tart while waking up your pallet with the unknown as it is not a commonly used fruit.” The cocktail is garnished with three Luxardo cherries, individually covered with an edible 24k gold leaf.
0.5 oz Grand Marnier Quintessence
2 oz Glenlivet Archive 21
1 tablespoon Quince Paste
24k Plated Luxardo Cherries
How to: Stir ingredients together and strain into coupe. Garnish with 3 gold cherries.
The Set-Up, inspired by the 1949 noir film
“The Four Roses Bourbon gives this drink a nice floral and fruity flavor, but it’s still smooth. The tartness of the lime juice, sweetness of the simple syrup, and orange flavor of the dry curaçao perfectly walk the line between sweet and tart. Yet you do not lose any of the bourbon flavor.” – Andreas Rahn, General Manager, Noir Bar and Lounge at The Charles Hotel
1.5 oz Four Roses Bourbon
0.5 oz Lime Juice
0.5 oz Simple Syrup
0.5 oz Amaro Montenegro
0.5 oz Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao
How to: Stir ingredients and garnish with orange peel and a maraschino cherry.
It’s wintertime in New England, the perfect time to get cozy. We reached out to our friends in the know to curate a short list of blankets and throws to brighten your day. So make a fort. Take a nap. Grab a book. Snuggle up. We’ve got you covered (ha!).
“Winter throws are a necessity in New England! I love thick and fuzzy mohair throws or cashmere throws with fringes. In this home [top image], a mohair throw is draped on the sofa, kept within reach for cold winter nights. I would suggest two or three at least in the family TV room: one used as a decorative element on sofas or chairs and two tucked away in a pretty basket.” (Top image by Michael J. Lee Photography) – Barbara Elza Hirsch, Elza B. Design
Lush + Lovely
“The Gold Cashmere Blend Throw by the Italian company, Somma, available through Aiko Luxury Linens, has the great advantage of being light yet extremely soft and cozy. The colors offered range from elegant neutrals to magenta and burnt orange. The magenta throw is particularly striking and would add a touch of cheer to post-holiday greyness. They are also well-priced!” – Susan Reddick, Susan Reddick Design
Soft + Snuggly
“Our favorite winter warm-up is this wonderful, ultra-soft sheepskin pelt, the perfect snuggle on a cold day. They’re available in a range of beautiful colors and sizes and are a great addition to any space in your home. You’ll find you can’t seem to stop petting it. But be careful, your pets may take it over.” – Peggy Burns, Circle Furniture
“While a beautiful silk or cashmere throw is a nice luxury, that “Dry Clean Only” label is not practical for most families. If you value ease of use and simplicity, look for blankets and throws that are low maintenance and easy to clean in all-natural, breathable fibers like cotton or linen. Blankets and throws that can be tossed into the washer and dryer on a weekly basis are more in-line with today’s lifestyle. Our lives are busy enough – no need to stress about a blanket when children and pets bring us so much joy! I love the accessible luxury of the Alber’s Throw from Matouk with its interesting waffle pattern. Available in four beautifully named colors: Amber, Anchor, Champagne, and Pool.” – Dane Austin, Dane Austin Design
Art transports us, toting us off to faraway lands, distant times both future and past, and the vibrant and exciting worlds of artists’ minds. We could all use a little vacation from the endless grey of late winter, once the magic of snow has worn off and even the thought of another bitter day seems downright sadistic. Lucky for us, New England art museums keep it fresh all year with new exhibitions, providing us with sanctuaries of beauty, warmth, color, inquiry, and adventure. For a burst of inspiration this winter, check out these current and upcoming exhibits:
Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment is a ground-breaking exhibition: the first ever to examine environmental understanding in American art from the colonial period to now. Explore more than 120 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, videos, and works of decorative art, from iconic masterpieces to rarely seen pieces by such artists as John James Audubon, Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Cole, Valerie Hegarty, Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Salish-Kootenai). The expansive exhibit begs exciting questions about how art both reflects and influences a culture’s interpretation of the environment and has the power to shape a modern ecological consciousness.
The name Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986) connotes images of giant petals; milky white cow skulls contrasted against a backdrop of brilliant blue desert sky; and the reds, oranges, and warm browns of New Mexico. Celebrate the “mother of American Modernism” at The Beyond, an exhibit that brings together three dozen iconic masterpieces spanning both O’Keeffe’s long career and her subject matter and media. The exhibition pairs her paintings and sculptures with works by 20 contemporary artists in order to engage in an illuminating conversation about her legacy.
For a substance that literally surrounds us in our everyday life, it’s not often that we think about plastic. Decipher our plastic world at this thought-provoking exhibit. Plastic Entanglements presents 60 works by 30 contemporary artists “to explore the environmental, aesthetic, and technological entanglements of our ongoing love affair with this paradoxical, infinitely malleable substance.” The exhibit showcases art from artists both emerging and mid-career, and works include everything from “meticulous drawings, photographs, and video installations to 3D-printed objects and sculptures fabricated from found plastic.”
If an escape to the Caribbean sounds just like what the doctor ordered, pay a visit to Relational Undercurrents. This important exhibit “calls attention to a region of the Americas that is difficult to categorize and often overlooked: the island nations of the Caribbean.” Far beyond providing a dose of the alluring Caribbean blue sea, this exhibit studies issues around race, history, the legacy of colonialism, and the environment. Visitors will examine a wide variety of artworks from the Caribbean Archipelago and explore their thematic continuities, which “challenge the conventional geographic and conceptual boundaries of Latin America.” The exhibit will investigate and bring to light “issues arising from the colonial legacy that are relevant to Latin America as a whole, but which emerge as central to the work of 21st-century Caribbean artists.”
Fall into the compelling stories of the Renaissance through the art of legendary painter Sandro Botticelli. In 1894, Isabella Stewart Gardner brought the first ever Botticelli to America when she bought Story of Lucretia. The upcoming exhibition Heroes + Heroines “reunites her iconic Lucretia with its companion Virginia from the Accademia Carrara, Bergamo, a pair of paintings conceived for the Vespucci family palace in Florence.” Beyond those, visitors can explore the captivating narratives depicted in Botticelli’s works, including additional loans from Europe and the U.S. Additionally, the exhibit features contemporary interpretations by award-winning graphic novelist Karl Stevens in order to examine the legacy of these parables and inspire connections between past and present.
Text by Emily Marcus | Image courtesy Peabody Essex Museum: Sanford Robinson Gifford, American, 1823–1880, Hunter Mountain, Twilight, 1866. Oil on canvas. Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.57. Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago/Art Resource, NY.
In case you forgot to check the calendar, your partner requested that we remind you that Valentine’s Day is just days away. Maybe you got swept away with the Super Bowl or buried in work, but February 14 is fast approaching. Not to worry! We curated a list of great gifts that will make your partner’s heart go thump…
Score Brownie Points
If your partner is madly in love with chocolate, check out this special Valentine’s gourmet brownie sampler from Vermont Brownie Company. It comes in two choices of packaging and is filled with six decadent brownies: walnut chunk, peanut butter, triple chocolate chunk blondie, espresso, maple toffee crunch, and the company’s signature original.
Sing (and Sip) Brandy, You’re a Fine Girl
This Valentine’s package at the Kimpton Marlowe Hotel in Cambridge includes an overnight stay for two; warmed Remy Martin 1738 brandy served fireside in the Lobby Bar; in-room amenity featuring brandy chocolate truffles along with Vieux Carré cocktails; and breakfast the next day in Bambara Kitchen & Bar, where Chef David Bazirgan is serving up yummy ricotta pancakes with brandied bananas foster.
Harbor Cruise with Live Jazz
Enjoy Valentine’s Day weekend aboard a Classic Harbor Lines’ Aphrodisiacs Tasting Cruise with Live Jazz. As the yacht Northern Lights cruises through the harbor, you and your Valentine will enjoy stunning views of Boston, an intimate three-course meal (paired with bubbles or beer) that includes local oysters, and live jazz music.
Paint the Town Red
Paint the Town Red celebrations welcome sweethearts every weekend in February with a full lineup of romantic culinary experiences scheduled at various properties and restaurants in the Kennebunkport Resort Collection (KRC). The roster includes an oyster shucking class with local bivalves and wine pairings, sushi making demonstration with sake tasting, and a tap takeover with Biddeford’s Banded Brewing Co.
Raise the bar on your Valentine’s Day gift-giving game this year with help from Hampton Water and Winston Flowers. They’re pleased to offer a luxurious gift box that includes Jon Bon Jovi’s rosé, Hampton Water, alongside a cluster of fresh pink roses. What to call this collaboration made in romance heaven? The Bed of Roses gift box, of course!
Put a Ring on It
For those Romeos looking for the ultimate engagement experience, the Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island, has an “Ultimate Engagement Package” that includes a two-night stay in the four-level Ocean House Tower Suite, a 2.5-carat diamond engagement ring, a professional photographer to record the proposal and engagement, a three-hour “Couples Experience” at the Five-Star OH! Spa, two dozen red roses, and a daily in-suite breakfast with endless mimosas made with Veuve Clicquot.
Text by Stacey Marcus | Images 1-2 courtesy Kimpton Marlowe Hotel; Image 3 courtesy Winston Flowers