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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.

New England Celebrities

26m 46s

Cohost Amy Traverso visits with legendary chef Jacques Pépin at his Connecticut home for French-New England fusion dishes. Next, they travel to the most-climbed mountain in New England, Mount Monadnock. Then, cohost Richard Wiese gets a thrill from custom-built Ducati motorcycles. Finally, they meet a father-and-son team whose glassblowing and woodturning talents have built a brand.

Episodes

  • Winter Wonderland: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Winter Wonderland

    S3 E313 - 26m 46s

    Cohost Richard Wiese heads to Vermont to glide down the longest skating trail in the country. Then, cohost Amy Traverso cooks a classic New England winter meal at the Inn at Hastings Park in Lexington, Massachusetts. Finally, Richard puts on his cross-country skis to explore the top-notch trails at the Jackson, New Hampshire, Ski Touring Center.

  • Fall in New England: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Fall in New England

    S3 E312 - 26m 46s

    Richard and Amy celebrate fall at Poverty Lane Orchards and Farnum Hill Ciders, home to some of the best apples and ciders in the country. Next, they stop at Vermont’s Jenne Farm, one of New England’s most photographed fall foliage sites, before taking a fall foliage tour along New Hampshire’s Kancamagus Highway. Finally, Richard joins the annual cranberry harvest in South Carver, Massachusetts.

  • The Seacoast: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Seacoast

    S3 E311 - 26m 46s

    Cohost Amy Traverso learns about Maine’s prized wild blueberries before baking a classic blueberry pie. A short tour of New England’s most iconic lighthouses sets the stage for cohost Richard Wiese’s in-depth visit to the Rose Island Lighthouse off the coast of Newport, Rhode Island. Finally, Richard catches some waves in Narragansett Bay, home to some of New England’s best surfing.

  • Adventures in New England: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Adventures in New England

    S3 E310 - 26m 46s

    Cohost Richard Wiese catches a ride on the tall ship Lynx to experience, soars into the clouds aboard a hot air balloon above Quechee, Vermont and takes an unforgettable dune tour in Provincetown (Mass.). Next, cohost Amy Traverso heads into the middle of Maine to find one of the most talked-about restaurants in the country, the Lost Kitchen.

  • At the Shore: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    At the Shore

    S3 E309 - 26m 46s

    Cohost Richard Wiese takes an insider’s look at Nantucket with best-selling author Elin Hilderbrand. Then it’s over to Chatham (Mass.) to get up close and personal with its booming seal population. Next, Richard joins shark expert Greg Skomal as he tags great whites off the Massachusetts coast. Finally, cohost Amy Traverso visits Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod for one of its farm-to-table dinners.

  • Farms and Foraging: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Farms and Foraging

    S3 E308 - 26m 46s

    Cohost Amy Traverso travels to Vermont to visit Woodstock Inn & Resort’s Kelly Way Gardens and learns about cooking with heirloom squash. Then it’s on to Vermont’s Quechee Gorge, the deepest gorge in the state. Next, cohost Richard Wiese searches for glass orbs on the beaches of Block Island, off Rhode Island. Finally, Amy goes foraging for mushrooms with Portsmouth chef Evan Mallett.

  • Fun: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Fun

    S3 E307 - 26m 46s

    Cohosts Amy Traverso and Richard Wiese travel to Nantucket with Lisa Birnbach, author of The Official Preppy Handbook. Then it’s on to Tamworth Distilling in New Hampshire’s pristine White Mountains. They then visit Vermont's Little Fenway, a scaled down version of Boston’s iconic park—and they travel south to Connecticut to visit the first and only Whiffle Ball factory.

  • Land and Sea: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Land and Sea

    S3 E306 - 26m 46s

    Cohost Richard Wiese sets sail in the sailing capital of the world: Newport, Rhode Island. From there we travel to Westerly, Rhode Island, a coastal town of tranquil beauty. Then it’s north to the rugged Bold Coast of Maine to see the largest whirlpool in the Western Hemisphere. Finally, cohost Amy Traverso travels around New Hampshire to get a taste of the classic New England general store.

  • Old Things/New Hands: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Old Things/New Hands

    S3 E305 - 26m 46s

    Cohost Richard Wiese visits a sustainable fishery in Portland, Maine before following New England’s most beautiful coastal trail. Next, cohost Amy Traverso heads to Connecticut’s famous Litchfield Hills to visit Arethusa Farm. Finally, a trip to Vermont’s Trapp Family Lodge, founded by the family made famous by the movie The Sound of Music.

  • The Arts: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Arts

    S3 E304 - 26m 46s

    Cohost Amy Traverso makes the perfect picnic for the Tanglewood music festival. They experience the Williamstown Theatre Festival and catch a performance by Matthew Broderick in a new play. Then, a tour of the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in New Hampshire. Finally, cohost Richard Wiese visits the MacDowell Colony, an artists’ colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

  • New England Celebrities: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    New England Celebrities

    S3 E303 - 26m 46s

    Cohost Amy Traverso visits with legendary chef Jacques Pépin at his Connecticut home for French-New England fusion dishes. Next, they travel to the most-climbed mountain in New England, Mount Monadnock. Then, cohost Richard Wiese gets a thrill from custom-built Ducati motorcycles. Finally, they meet a father-and-son team whose glassblowing and woodturning talents have built a brand.

  • The Next Generation: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Next Generation

    S3 E302 - 26m 46s

    Cohosts Richard Wiese and Amy Traverso visit Mayfair Farm, a sustainable New Hampshire farm. Next, it’s a trip to the Isles of Shoals off the coast of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Then, Richard visits the bee colonies at Red Bee Honey in Weston, Connecticut. Amy makes some delicious desserts with actress Sandra Bullock’s sister, Gesine Bullock Prado, at her baking school in Vermont.

Schedule

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    Winter Wonderland

    Tuesday
    Dec 7

    30 Minutes

    The longest skating trail in the U.S.; chef Stacy Cogswell cooks a classic New England meal at the Inn at Hastings Park in Lexington, Mass.; cross-country skiing at the Ski Touring Center in Jackson, N.H.
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    Deep Roots

    Wednesday
    Dec 8

    30 Minutes

    Making pan-fried dumplings in Boston's Chinatown; attractions at the Weekapaug Inn in Westerly, R.I.; farmers in Tiverton, R.I., work to preserve their way of life.
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    Arts and the Sea

    Thursday
    Dec 9

    30 Minutes

    The Whiffenpoofs, the oldest a capella group in the U.S.; the Punto Art Museum in Salem, Mass.; chef Barton Seaver combines his passion for food and cooking in Portland, Maine; a tour of the PEZ factory.
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    Walk on the Wild Side

    Friday
    Dec 10

    30 Minutes

    A tour of Mystic Aquarium; the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray, Maine, serves as a sanctuary for injured and orphaned wildlife; crabbing in New Hampshire; chef Brendan Vesey makes seafood stew.
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    Treasures From the Earth

    Monday
    Dec 13

    30 Minutes

    Naked Table celebration at Shackleton Thomas furniture and pottery in Woodstock, Vt.; in search of tourmaline at Havey Quarry in Maine; a modern spin on a traditional Maine bean hole supper with chef Justin Walker.
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    To the Top

    Tuesday
    Dec 14

    30 Minutes

    Cookbook author Dorie Greenspan makes a triple-layer parsnip and cranberry cake; rock climbing in Rumney, N.H.; architect Patrick Ahearn showcases his favorite preservation projects on Martha's Vineyard.
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    Adventurous Spirit

    Wednesday
    Dec 15

    30 Minutes

    The restaurant Vida Cantina features tortillas crafted from corn grown at Tuckaway Farm; ATV riding; a sunset hang gliding lesson; Grand Illumination Night on Martha's Vineyard.
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    Handmade in New England

    Thursday
    Dec 16

    30 Minutes

    A vineyard in Barnard, Vt.; Swans Island Co. in Northport, Maine, makes sheeps' wool blankets and scarves; the newly restored Mayflower II in Mystic, Conn.
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    Ocean Treasures

    Friday
    Dec 17

    30 Minutes

    Exploring Provincetown, Mass., on Cape Cod; The Music Hall in Portsmouth, N.H.; Luke's Lobsters in Maine.
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    Delicacies From New England

    Monday
    Dec 20

    30 Minutes

    Matunuck Oyster Bar and farm in Rhode Island; the Thompson House Eatery in Jackson, N.H.; Wiggly Bridge Distillery in York, Maine.
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    Touring With the Locals

    Tuesday
    Dec 21

    30 Minutes

    A maritime treasure hunter; touring B&M factory in Portland, Maine; dishes unique to Providence, R.I.
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    A Breath of Fresh Air

    Wednesday
    Dec 22

    30 Minutes

    The historic Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, Mass.; ice climbing Cathedral Ledge in Bartlett, N.H.; New England's largest outdoor sculpture park; the Andres Institute of Art in Brookline, N.H.
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    Join the Club

    Thursday
    Dec 23

    30 Minutes

    The Myopia Polo Club in South Hamilton, Mass.; building a fire and shelter in Freedom, N.H.; the African-American Heritage Trail on Martha's Vineyard; the Inkwell Beach Polar Bears.

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