Known for its seafood, Ivy League universities and harsh but scenic winters, few would probably realize Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts have a couple of geographical sweet spots when it comes to grape-growing along the Coastal Wine Trail. The consortium includes 14 locally owned vineyards great for a two- or three-day weekend. A $99 pass entitles the owner to two tastings at each. In Rhode Island, Newport Vineyards and Carolyn’s Sakkonet Vineyard are just a few minutes’ drive from downtown Newport, where there’s plenty in terms of nautical charm along a scenic waterfront. Newport Vineyards is New England’s largest grower of wine grapes, and produces more than a dozen varieties a year at a gorgeous facility that includes tours and tastings, restaurant, boutique and live music. Don’t miss the regional specialty: small-batch ice wine.
United Airlines officially became the only major U.S. airline to own a flight training school with the opening of United Aviate Academy on Jan. 27. The moment was made even more historic with its inaugural class, which is 80 percent women and people of color.
Wine country weekends and family road trips are typically not part of the same vacation-planning conversation. However, Fairfield is intent on breaking some of those stuffy foodie destination rules. When people think of Napa, they’ll think of 4- and 5-star resorts, ultra-exclusive restaurants like The French Laundry, and wineries where it can cost more than $50 just to walk into a tasting room. These tropes alone can make it hard to believe that Fairfield, located just a few miles to the east of Napa, can give parents a taste of wine country sophistication (at more reasonable prices) while delivering food and nature-focused fun appealing to an all-ages crowd.
When you hear fresh seafood and shellfish festivals, it’s easy to think of summertime in New England and the famous, lobster-teeming shores of Maine. While summer on the East Coast may be awhile away, crabbing season on the West Coast is right around the corner.
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