Weekends with Yankee

Richard Wiese explores the sights, sounds and tastes of all six New England states — from foraging for edible invasive plants in Connecticut to whitewater rafting on Maine's wild Kennebec River. Senior food editor Amy Traverso shares the recipes, local flavors and sense of community that make up the fabric of the region’s food and dining scene.

Heading North

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Killington Resort in Killington, VT, hosts the Women’s World Cup Skiing. In Walpole, NH, painter Eric Aho works on one of his famed Ice Cut paintings, where he saws then paints ice from a frozen lake. We see the monumental murals painted by José Clemente Orozco at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. And we visit Twin Farms, an exclusive resort in Barnard, VT steeped in romance and history.


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    Celebrating Tradition

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    Board the massive schooner, J&E Riggin, for a windjammer cruise along the beautiful Maine coast. Then, travel to Boston for the Head of the Charles, the largest two-day rowing event in the world. Lastly, up north in Vermont, visit the Shelburne Museum, one of the country’s most unique museums, home to a land-bound lighthouse, a steamboat docked in a grassy meadow and four centuries of art.

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    Buried Treasure

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    Meet lobsterman and photographer Joel Woods, who captures intimate portraits of a hidden world—dramatic, gritty, and often-poignant snapshots of life aboard a lobster boat. Set out along the coast of New Hampshire to celebrate local oysters with star chef Jeremy Sewall. Finally, uncover the world’s only authenticated pirate ship—and reveal treasures that have never before been seen in public.

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    Adventure in the Wild

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    Offering wild weather, stormy seas and remote locations, New England is a land of adventure. Travel to the Northeast’s highest peak for some of the most extreme weather found anywhere in the world. Then, head out to sea, braving stiff winds and bracing cold, to capture the coveted Atlantic bay scallop. Finally, take to the skies high above Maine’s iconic Moosehead Lake.

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    The Coast

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    From Connecticut’s soft sandy beaches to Maine’s rugged granite shores, our Atlantic coastline is a place of beauty and wonder, drawing visitors from around the world. Start in Ogunquit, Maine, named by Yankee magazine as the best beach town in New England. Then travel north to Acadia National Park. And then a lesson in traditional boatbuilding in Newport, Rhode Island.

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    Winter Scenes

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    Co-host Richard Wiese embarks on a brisk winter adventure. Then, co-host Amy Traverso meets food writer and media personality David Leite, founder of the James Beard Award-winning website Leite’s Culinaria, in his hometown of Fall River, Massachusetts. Then, head to Camden, Maine, which Yankee has ranked as one of New England’s “Best Winter Towns,” for the U.S. National Toboggan Championships.

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    Feeding the Soul

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    Co-host Amy Traverso is in New Hampshire to meet with the host of the longest-running cooking series in television history. Co-host Richard Wiese travels to York, Maine, to meet Sara Fitz, an artist who specializes in wares brightened with coastal New England images. Finally, in Middlebury, Vermont, meet Bethanie Farrell, who is thinking both globally and locally to address food insecurity issues.

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    The Enthusiasts

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    Co-host Richard Wiese is in Harrisville, New Hampshire, to see firsthand why border collies are known as the world’s smartest dogs. Co-host Amy Traverso is in her hometown of Brookline, Massachusetts, to explore the preservation and expansion of the Jewish deli tradition. Visit Somerville, Massachusetts, where the What the Fluff? Festival celebrates an icon of many childhoods: Marshmallow Fluff.

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    Preserving New England

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    Co-host Amy Traverso is in South Berwick, Maine, where growing heirloom beans is a treasured skill. Next, travel to Lyme, New Hampshire, to meet Ben Kilham, who rescues and rehabilitates orphaned bear cubs. Then, head to Freeport, Maine, where co-host Richard Wiese gets a behind-the-scenes peek at what it takes to become a Registered Maine Guide, a program with a long and storied history.

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    New England Style

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    Co-host Amy Traverso ventures into the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, where a young couple from Paris has opened their first restaurant. Next, co-host Richard Wiese explores the idyllic town of Essex, Connecticut. Finally, visit Manchester, New Hampshire to get an up-close tour of the only two Frank Lloyd Wright homes in New England that are open to the public.

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    Trails and Sails

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    Co-host Amy Traverso is in the White Mountains, embarking on the coziest and most delicious kind of adventure: an inn-to-inn cookie tour. Next, visit Montpelier, Vermont, where guest host and Yankee senior editor Ian Aldrich meets up with endurance athlete Mirna Valerio. Finally, co-host Richard Wiese is in Portland, Maine, to discover how Sea Bags is giving new life to old sails.

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    New England Makers

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    Co-host Richard Wiese is in Shaftsbury, Vermont, to meet Tammy White and her flock of sheep. Head north to Goshen, Vermont, where a young couple is keeping alive the tradition of making maple syrup the old-fashioned way. Finally, co-host Amy Traverso pays a visit to baker Ahmad Aissa, who brings the sweet flavors of his native Syria to Concord, New Hampshire.

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    Classic New England

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    Co-hosts Amy Traverso and Richard Wiese reunite for a road trip through the White Mountains of New Hampshire, just in time to see the spectacular fall foliage. Head south to Boston, Massachusetts, for launch day of the legendary Swan Boats. Finally, Amy travels to Charlestown, Rhode Island, to visit the original location of Dave’s Coffee, an artisan coffee roaster.


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