Weekends with Yankee

Weekends with Yankee explores the best of New England: its spectacular natural landscapes, signature attractions and hidden gems known only to locals. The series celebrates the six-state region — from its coastal cities to the quaint countryside to the popular spots and under-the-radar locations.

Emmy-winning TV travel host, world-class explorer and author Richard Wiese (
Born to Explore with Richard Wiese
) and Yankee magazine senior food editor and award-winning cookbook author Amy Traverso, will share the local flavors, traditional tastes and recipes, and contemporary cuisine that make up New England's bustling food scene. Their journeys find them in Acadia National Park for an authentic Maine clambake, on the top of Mount Washington on the world's first mountain-climbing cog railway, on a food-lovers tour of Boston's historic South End, fly-fishing with a renowned angler in Connecticut, aboard an authentic pirate ship on Cape Cod, riverside at Providence's Waterfire festival and at the Head of the Charles Regatta.

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Adventure in the Wild

Episode #102H · Offering wild weather, stormy seas, and remote locations, New England is a land of adventure. This week on Weekends with Yankee, we travel to the Northeast's highest peak for some of the most extreme weather found anywhere in the world. Then we head out to sea, braving stiff winds and bracing cold, to capture the coveted Atlantic bay scallop. Finally, we take to the skies high above Maine's iconic Moosehead Lake in search of the majestic creatures that inspired its name.

Buried Treasure

Episode #103H · New England is full of treasures large and small. In this episode, we 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. Next, we set out along the coast of New Hampshire to celebrate local oysters with star chef Jeremy Sewall. And finally, we uncover the world's only authenticated pirate ship-and reveal treasures that have never before been seen in public.

Celebrating Tradition

Episode #104H · New England is a region steeped in tradition. In this episode of Weekends with Yankee, we board the massive schooner J&E Riggin for a windjammer cruise along the beautiful Maine coast. Then we travel down to Boston for the Head of the Charles, the largest two-day rowing event in the world. Lastly, up north in Vermont, we find the Shelburne Museum, one of the country's most unique museums, home to a land-bound lighthouse, a steamboat docked in a grassy meadow, period gardens, and four centuries of art and Americana.

Lost and Found

Episode #105H · This week on Weekends with Yankee, we're lost, and found. First stop: Block Island, off the coast of Rhode Island, where we're in search of the glass orbs that one local artist makes and tucks away like hidden treasures for locals and visitors to discover. Next stop: Dummerston, Vermont, where we find an incredible orchard paradise filled with heirloom apples that can be traced back to the earliest days of American history. Finally, we wrap up with a visit to the spectacular Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, home to a priceless art collection amassed by one of Boston's most unorthodox and remarkable patrons.

Icons of New England

Episode #106H · Think of New England icons, and you probably imagine covered bridges, stone walls, church steeples, and lighthouses. In today's episode, we visit three less typical but equally iconic treasures, beginning with the Elms in Newport, Rhode Island, where we get a behind-the-scenes tour from this mansion's caretaker of more than 30 years. Then we visit the Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut, Phillip Johnson's private residence that forever changed architecture in America. Last but not least is our trip to Olneyville New York System, a Providence, Rhode Island, restaurant where the Stevens family has been serving up their signature Coney Island-style wieners to four generations of customers. That's all coming up next on Weekends with Yankee.

Land and Water

Episode #107H · New England's earliest villages and towns rose up along its ancient waterways. On today's episode of Weekends with Yankee, we visit the region's rivers, lakes, and coastal vineyards. We start in Providence, Rhode Island, where the amazing Waterfire festival illuminates the city with a light show like you've never seen before. Then it's off to New Hampshire and the serenity of Squam Lake, where we're in search of the magnificent loon. Rounding things out is a visit to the Farm Coast for a taste of award-winning wines from Westport River Winery in Massachusetts.

Yankee Ingenuity

Episode #108H · "Yankee ingenuity" evokes the best of the New England character-its practicality and know-how. On this episode of Weekends with Yankee, we visit Shelburne Farms, 1,400 acres of stunning farmland and historic buildings on the shores of Lake Champlain, to learn how they make award-winning cheeses with their herd of Brown Swiss cows. We also experience the world's first mountain-climbing cog railway in a hair-raising ride up Mount Washington, and we take a look around to Strawbery Banke, where history comes alive along the Piscataqua River in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

The Islands

Episode #109H · Off the coasts of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut are some of the most beautiful islands in the country-and this week on Weekends with Yankee, we visit two of them. First stop is Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, where we check out the historic gingerbread cottages in Oak Bluffs. Next, we're off to Maine's Acadia National Park, a 47,000-acre park on Mount Desert Island, where photographer Jerry Monkman shows us his favorite hidden spots. Then it's back to Massachusetts, where two ambitious young farmers are staking their future on growing the most delicious shiitake mushrooms outside Japan.

Back to the Land

Episode #110H · New England's landscape is vast and varied-from small farms to sprawling forests, green valleys to rocky mountaintops. Today on Weekends with Yankee, we visit the Well at Jordan's Farm, where one small farm gives new meaning to "farm to table" dining by serving its own produce at an alfresco restaurant just steps from the fields. Then we travel south to Connecticut's Grace Farms, where we meet some incredible birds of prey. And we conclude with a lesson in fly-fishing from angler, artist, and author James Prosek.

Quintessential Villages

Episode #111H · New England is known for its postcard-perfect villages. This week on Weekends with Yankee, we pay a visit to Stockbridge, Massachusetts, home of the Norman Rockwell Museum, which houses the famed painter's best-known works. Our second stop is Woodstock, Vermont, where the ultimate general store, Gillingham & Sons, has been serving customers for 130 years. Lastly, it's off to Biddeford, Maine, for a taste of the Palace Diner, a classic New England eatery reimagined by two ambitious young chefs.

Fall Color

Episode #112H · Yankee editor Mel Allen calls foliage season "New England's Mardi Gras." In this episode, we search out the most autumn vivid colors imaginable as we travel along New Hampshire's famed Kancamagus Highway, one of our region's most scenic drives. Then we head over to Vermont, where we visit with Allison Hooper, a successful and pioneering New England cheesemaker. We wrap things up with a look at Kent, Connecticut, which Yankee magazine has named the best foliage town in New England.

Winter In New England

Episode #113H · Winter in New England is a season of sparkling snow, deep-blue skies, sleigh rides, skiing, and vibrant cities where you can escape the cold for indoor delights. This week on Weekends with Yankee, we slide along the snow in a horse-drawn sleigh in beautiful Jackson, New Hampshire. Then we're off to Boston for a food lover's tour with one of the country's top chefs, Barbara Lynch. We round things out by escaping the crowds and taking to the pristine trails of northern New England for an adventure on cross-country skis.

The End of the Line

Episode #201 · This week on Weekends with Yankee, cohost Richard Wiese meets up with dune tour guide Rob Costa in Provincetown, Massachusetts, for an off-road ramble through Cape Cod National Seashore, taking in the magnificent views and stopping to visit one of the famous artists' cottages there. Next, we travel down to Rhode Island and out onto Narragansett Bay to hear the story of the Rose Island Lighthouse, which has been keeping watch over those waters for more than a century. For our last stop, we board a ferry to the Maine island of North Haven, a place so beautiful the locals call it "North Heaven." There, we discover a coastal farm like no other, and we bring some of its bounty back to the kitchen of Nebo Lodge, an inn and restaurant that draws guests from around the world. Back in the Test Kitchen, cohost and Yankee senior food editor Amy Traverso cooks up a cobbler made with real Maine blueberries.

Into The Wild

Episode #202 · This week on Weekends with Yankee, we venture into the wild. First, cohost Richard Wiese boards a small boat off Chatham, Massachusetts, to accompany one of the leading researchers tracking the growing number of great white sharks along the Atlantic coast. From there we head to a remote corner of inland Maine to visit The Lost Kitchen, one of the most sought-after dinner reservations in the country. Finally, it's off to the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, where we go flying up and down the mountain biking trails of Burke Mountain, taking in stunning scenery at every turn. In the Test Kitchen, cohost and Yankee senior food editor Amy Traverso creates a delicious graham cracker pie using a recipe from The Lost Kitchen chef-owner Erin French.

Small Is Beautiful

Episode #203 · This week on Weekends with Yankee, we find proof that in New England, small is beautiful. We kick things off with an outing to a Connecticut Tigers baseball game, where co-host Richard Wiese meets fans who cheer on their minor-league heroes with big-league fervor. Next, we travel up the coast of Maine in search of the ultimate lobster roll, which leads us to an idyllic cove in South Thomaston and a classic little shack called McLoons. To round things out, we hike into the Ossipee Mountains to discover Castle in the Clouds, a hidden gem nestled high above New Hampshire's famed Lakes Region. Back in the Test Kitchen, cohost and Yankee senior food editor Amy Traverso shares a fresh take on lobster chowder featuring saffron, tomatoes, and bacon.


Episode #204 · This week on Weekends with Yankee, we travel to Massachusetts to experience the unique and incredibly colorful tradition of cranberry harvesting, which the Gilmore family of South Carver has been doing for generations. Then bring your appetites as we head to Portland, Maine, where we'll take you inside some of our favorite restaurants in this food lover's paradise. Last but not least, we go off the beaten path in Vermont to explore Greensboro, which Yankee magazine editors call "the best little food town in New England," and visit a cult brewer and a cheese maker that rank among America's best. Back in the Test Kitchen, cohost and Yankee senior food editor Amy Traverso spins out an ale and cheddar cheese dip that makes the most of these classic Vermont ingredients.

Hidden Gems

Episode #205 · New England is filled with hidden gems, and this week on Weekends with Yankee, we highlight a few of our favorites. First up is Boston's legendary Fenway Park and its Green Monster-both are well known, but behind the Green Monster we also find a tucked-away garden that provides fresh vegetables to food vendors throughout Fenway. Next, we journey to Chebeague Island, off the coast of southern Maine, to visit a decades-old, family-run inn and harvest oysters straight from the waters of Casco Bay. Finally, learn why glamping is all the rage with our look at the brand-new Sandy Pines Resort in Kennebunkport, Maine, where we feast on gourmet s'mores by the campfire. Back in the Test Kitchen, cohost and Yankee senior food editor Amy Traverso takes inspiration from those same decadent s'mores to create a uniquely delicious chocolate tart.

Labors of Love

Episode #206 · This week on Weekends with Yankee, cohost Richard Wiese hikes New Hampshire's White Mountains in the company of the "hut croos," young men and women who pack food and supplies up steep trails to the famed rustic lodges along the Appalachian Trail. From there it's over to Grafton, Vermont, a quintessential New England village of covered bridges, white picket fences, and maple trees. We're there to get to know the pride of the town-its cheeses-by learning how cheddar is made at the Grafton Village Cheese Company. Then we jog north to taste some of the most sought-after bread in New England, made from local wheat that's milled on-site at Elmore Mountain Bread in Wolcott, Vermont. Back in the Test Kitchen, co-host and Yankee senior food editor Amy Traverso whips up some Vermont cheese gougeres, an inspired starter for any meal.

By The Shore

Episode #207 · This week on Weekends with Yankee, we spend an idyllic summer day on the shores of Cape Cod and stop in at the Chatham Bars Inn, named a 2017 Yankee Editors' Pick as "Best Family Lodging" in the state. There, we experience the ultimate farm-to-table dinner, featuring local seafood and an array of vegetables just picked from the hotel's own farm. Then co-host Richard Wiese heads to Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay for a surfing lesson, and learns why there's such surprisingly good wave action in New England. Lastly, it's into the woods to forage mushrooms with chef Evan Mallett, multiple James Beard Award semifinalist for Best Chef in the Northeast and co-owner of the Black Trumpet in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Back in the Test Kitchen, co-host and Yankee senior food editor Amy Traverso cooks up the ideal brunch dish: mushroom toasts with fried eggs and herbs.

Past and Present

Episode #208 · This week on Weekends with Yankee, we explore how New England's past continues to shape its present. First, we take a tasty trip back in time at Scott Farm Orchard in Dummerston, Vermont, which grows more than 100 apple varieties, some of which date back to the 1600s. Next, we swing through New Hampshire and find that old-school farming techniques are very much alive at Coppal House Farm, where much of the equipment is still powered by draft horses. For the finale, we hop aboard the historic windjammer J&E Riggin, a two-masted schooner built in 1927 that still sails along the Maine coast. Back in the Test Kitchen, cohost and Yankee senior food editor Amy Traverso takes inspiration from our orchard visit to make some delectable apple cider doughnut muffins.

Best of New England

Episode #209 · This week on Weekends with Yankee, we see the very best of New England. Our journey begins in Hanover, New Hampshire, which Yankee magazine editors say "might just be the best college town of all." Then it's south to Rhode Island, where cohost Richard Wiese strolls through The Elms, one of the most breathtaking of Newport's Gilded Age mansions. Finally, we head to Martha's Vineyard, off the coast of Massachusetts, for some of the most succulent sea scallops in the world. Back in the Test Kitchen, co-host and Yankee senior food editor Amy Traverso shows us how to pull off a terrific, easy-to-make baked scallop dish.

Flora and Fauna

Episode #210 · This week on Weekends with Yankee, we spotlight the flora and fauna of New England. Starting things off is a visit to Vermont's Shelburne Farms, a historic property on the shores of Lake Champlain where teams of farmers and food artisans raise Brown Swiss cows and make delicious cheeses from their milk. Next, we travel to New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee to connect with top Boston chef Brendan Pelley, who shares the story of how growing up at his family's cabin there shaped his cooking style-which he demonstrates with some delicious lake trout prepared over a campfire. Then it's off to Connecticut, where co-host Richard Wiese casts for trout with James Prosek, a fisherman, artist, and author who celebrates the beauty of this revered fish in his work. Back in the Test Kitchen, cohost and Yankee senior food editor Amy Traverso makes a simple but elegant orzo salad with smoked trout.

Shores and Shellfish

Episode #211 · This week on Weekends with Yankee, co-host Richard Wiese cruises around New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee aboard the Sophie C, the oldest floating post office in the United States. From there, we make tracks to Rockport, Maine, where lobsterman and photographer Joel Woods gives us a view of deep-sea fishing that few people ever get to see. Closing things out is our jaunt to the rocky coast just outside Acadia National Park to experience a genuine Maine clambake with three of Portland, Maine's hottest chefs. Back in the Test Kitchen, co-host and Yankee senior food editor Amy Traverso brings the clambake home as she creates a stovetop version of this classic New England meal.

Fall Foliage F

Episode #212 · This week on Weekends with Yankee, we celebrate the ultimate New England season, autumn, in all its multicolored glory. First, we hike up to Holt's Ledge in Hanover, New Hampshire, and get a fall color tutorial from photographer Jim Salge, the resident foliage expert for NewEngland.com. Next, we head to Vermont for an autumn visit with goat farmer and cheese maker Allison Hooper, whose Vermont Creamery has helped put New England cheeses in the national spotlight. Finally, the editor of Yankee magazine, Mel Allen, takes us on a tour of New Hampshire's Kancamagus Highway and shares some of his favorite out-of-the-way vistas on one of America's most scenic highways. Back in the Test Kitchen, co-host and Yankee senior food editor Amy Traverso makes a beautiful summer salad with goat cheese and cherries.

Winter In New England

Episode #213 · This week on Weekends with Yankee, we explore New England in wintertime, a season of snowy adventures and breathtaking beauty. We start off with a visit to historic Lexington, Massachusetts, the town where the first shots of the Revolutionary War forever changed the course of this country. While there, we cook up a New England artisan dinner with chef Stacy Cogswell at the Inn at Hastings Park, and put spotlight on some of the regional designers and food makers who represent New England craftsmanship and entrepreneurial spirit. Next, it's up north we go, to Nestlenook Farm in Jackson, New Hampshire, for a journey back to the winters of yesteryear on a horse-drawn sleigh. And with the holiday season in mind, we wrap up with some suggestions for great New England food gifts that can be made quickly and easily in the kitchen.


Episode #301 · On this episode of Weekends with Yankee, cohost Richard Wiese experiences the thrill of the Kennebec River, New England's top whitewater rafting destination. Then we rise with the sun in Bremen, Maine, and head out with the "puffin man," National Audubon researcher Stephen Kress, who almost single-handedly returned puffin pairs, and their pufflings, back to Maine. Finally, cohost Amy Traverso joins Connecticut chef and foraging expert Bun Lai to learn how to find delicious food in unexpected places.

The Next Generation

Episode #302 · On this episode of Weekends with Yankee, cohosts Richard Wiese and Amy Traverso visit Mayfair Farm, a sustainable New Hampshire farm that's cooking up incredible dinners and raising healthy, and happy, livestock. Next, it's all aboard for a trip to the Isles of Shoals off the coast of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on a perfect New England day. Then Richard suits up and gets up close and personal with the bee colonies at Red Bee Honey in Weston, Connecticut. Finally, Amy makes some delicious desserts with actress Sandra Bullock's sister, Gesine Bullock Prado, at her baking school in Vermont.

New England Celebrities

Episode #303 · On this episode of Weekends with Yankee, cohost Amy Traverso visits with legendary chef Jacques Pepin at his Connecticut home and helps cook up a couple of his favorite French-New England fusion dishes. Next, we travel to the most climbed mountain in New England, Mount Monadnock, to learn what makes it so special. Then cohost Richard Wiese gets a thrill from custom-built Ducati motorcycles, made in New England and shipped to some of Hollywood's biggest stars. Finally, it's off to Vermont to meet two world-famous craftsmen, Simon and Andrew Pearce, a father-and-son team whose glassblowing and woodturning talents have built an international brand.

The Arts

Episode #304 · On this episode of Weekends with Yankee, we discover why nothing says summer in New England like Tanglewood, as cohost Amy Traverso heads out to the Berkshires to see what it takes to make the perfect picnic for this famous music festival. Next, we travel to Williamstown, Massachusetts, to experience the Williamstown Theatre Festival and catch a performance by Matthew Broderick in a new play called The Closet. Then it's over to New Hampshire to tour the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, the former home of one of America's greatest sculptors. Finally, cohost Richard Wiese visits the MacDowell Colony, an artists' colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, that has hosted such legends as composers Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein and Our Town playwright Thornton Wilder.

Old Things/New Hands

Episode #305 · On this episode of Weekends with Yankee, cohost Richard Wiese jumps into the world of Bangs Island Mussels, a pioneering fishery in Portland, Maine, that's producing more than 250,000 pounds of sustainable shellfish a year. Then it's up to the Bold Coast of Maine, home to New England's most beautiful coastal trail. Next, cohost Amy Traverso heads to Connecticut's famous Litchfield Hills to visit Arethusa Farm, where the cows get shampooed every day and their milk is turned into award-winning cheese and ice cream. Finally, it's all about the mountains and the great outdoors at Vermont's Trapp Family Lodge, founded by the family made famous by the movie The Sound of Music.

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