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With the forced downturn in travel and a public yearning for more regional exploration, I took advantage of this unintended sabbatical to author a new book, New England in a Nutshell. It distills the 700 or so stories I’ve penned on the region this past quarter-century for The Boston Globe, Yankee Magazine, Men’s Journal, and many other publications down to a readable round-up format. The more than 50 categories and 300 entries includes 10 Classic New England Hikes, 8 Summer Drives That Will Keep You Smiling, 6 Hidden Art Historical Gems, Top 12 Country Inns to Get Pampered, 6 Favorite Lobster/Clam Shacks, and a whole lot more. It’s ideally suited for exploring the region this summer and fall. The book/ebook is slated to published on July 2nd and you can now pre-order at Amazon.
Half the proceeds from sales of the book will be spent on gift cards to support the many businesses I’ve highlighted. They’re all in dire straits right now due to the pandemic and could use the much-needed financial support. All readers have to do is send me an email at email@example.com and say they purchased an ebook or book and I’ll put them into the many raffles for free giveaways. Depending on the number of books sold, this could translate into dinner for two at the restaurant that supposedly invented the fried clam, Woodman’s, biking on the outskirts of Portland to 5 lighthouses with Summer Feet Cycling, a membership to the Peabody Essex Museum, or a weekend getaway at one of my recommended B&Bs, the Saltair Inn in Bar Harbor, Maine.