Fishing for Striper | Block Island, Rhode Island A trip to Block Island is a little like going back in time: Miles of old stone walls, vast expanses of land trust-preserved green space, and what locals endearingly call “island Wi-Fi” (hopefully your e-mail can wait). While the majority of lodgings have stayed true to the island’s Victorian-era roots — heavy on the four-poster beds and floral wallpaper — this year’s renovation of the former Surf Hotel brings the Block a more retro-modern alternative. Redone by New England-based boutique hotel group Lark Hotels, the new Block Island Beach House (blockislandbeachhouse.com, 401-466-5500) has 31 minimalist-chic rooms featuring original artwork, vintage surfboards, and Polaroid cameras to rent. September and October offer some of the island’s best saltwater fishing, and Captain Chris Willi at Block Island Fishworks (sandypointco.com, 401-466-5392) will drag you out of bed at … [Read more...] about New England vacations: 9 ways to enjoy the water this fall
Sail on when the water gets high
By the time they made it to land, the injured young man was in severe shock and had no radial pulse. Bystanders on the beach strapped him to a makeshift stretcher and then whisked him away. It was too late. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. A pall descended over Massachusetts. The next day the beaches were deserted, and up and down the coast people shook their heads and predicted that nothing would ever be the same. They were right — to a point. That incident took place 83 years ago, in Buzzards Bay. Claiming the life of a 16-year-old Dorchester kid by the name of Joseph Troy, the attack became a touchstone for coastal New England. In the decades since, in those rare instances when someone spotted a shark — or, rarer still, when someone was attacked by one — public officials dipped into history to use the death as psychological comfort for panicked beachgoers. Their reassuring refrain went like this: Don’t be alarmed. We haven’t had a fatal … [Read more...] about Sharks on the Cape: Just how scared should we be?
The best time to cruise and the cheapest time to cruise are not always the same. The best time to be on the water is often when the weather is nicest or when you have time off. These sailings are often the most popular, but “best” can quickly turn to “worst” when you face high prices and large crowds. The cheapest time to cruise is often when most travelers don’t want to go. You may find less ideal weather or some seasonal closures, but the lure of cheap fares and uncrowded ports might make you change your mind about what you consider the best time to cruise. As you plan your next cruise, you’ll want to take into consideration the best and cheapest times to cruise and see what jibes with your vacation schedule. Here’s a when-to-cruise guide for some popular destinations. Alaska Alaska has a very short cruising season; ships traverse its chilly waters only between late April and September. The months of June through August offer the warmest … [Read more...] about The Best and Cheapest Times to Cruise
‘THE Lakes’ first come into view on the driver’s side from Dumfriesshire as we head south from Cairnryan, having disembarked from Stena 90 minutes earlier. It’s not strictly speaking ‘The Lakes’ but across the glistening sandbanks of the Solway Firth are the northern peaks of Cumbria’s Lake District. Within the hour we’re on the banks of Ullswater checking in to Another Place, a quirkily named hotel that promises a “relaxed, active and social ethos” – an approach that perfectly encapsulates a visit to this beautiful part of northern England. The Lakes have a human history dating back to the ancient Celts, while the Romans were also very active in the region, building a road – the so-called High Street – over several peaks in order to service the western end of Hadrian’s Wall. The area first became popular as a tourist destination in the early 19th century, its deep lakes and high mountains – known … [Read more...] about ‘Relaxed, active and social’ sums up the lure of England’s lovely Lake District
CHECKING the time on my phone, I see it’s 5.30am. My family are asleep, so I creep out of our cabin, push open the door, step out on to the balcony and gasp. Snow-capped mountains as high as the Empire State Building surround the fjord we’re cruising down. The emerald-green water is pristine and still, and the mountainside is dotted with log cabins and trees. We might be about to dock in the small village of Olden, but to my mind, we are in Moominland.Cabin capers We boarded the Azura P&O cruise liner three days earlier at Southampton. When my four-year-old son Elliott first caught sight of it, he screamed with delight. It is colossal – 14 passenger decks, an open-air cinema, six pools, a sports court, gym, spa, theatre and art gallery. After a day at sea, we’ve fully settled into our four-bed cabin. Nine-month-old Molly is in a travel cot, my husband Mark and I are in single beds and Elliott is in one of two bunks that pull down from the ceiling. A bed … [Read more...] about Discover Viking tales, snow-capped mountains and the beautiful city of Stavanger on Norwegian cruise