Denise Dowling

Ruffin' Wranglers Takes Dogs Off Road

Aunt B and her wranglers provide adventures for dogs.

You may have seen the fleet of seven Honda Elements and wondered at the SNIFF vanity plates or witnessed a dog bounding toward its ride. The vehicles are “taxis” for Ruffin’ Wranglers Dog Excursions, which will fetch your pup for an hour-plus off-leash romp at a ten-acre fenced wonderland in Rehoboth, Massachusetts. “Our dogs need a social life separate from…

PVD Pups Calm Travelers at T.F. Green Airport

Therapy dogs help people navigate the pitfalls of travel.

We’ve all been there. Your luggage is MIA or you’re en route to see an ailing grandmother. Enter mascot Teddy —or Dakota or Atticus or any member of PVD Pups: an elite squad of therapy dogs that roam Warwick’s T.F. Green airport wearing “pet me” vests. Teddy — full name, Theodore Francis Green — idled at the Smithfield shelter until…

The Master Builder

Set Designer Eugene Lee Is Not Slowing Down

Eugene Lee designs brain-bending theatrical sets for Trinity Rep, Wicked and Jimmy Fallon, and is one of the few original SNL staffers still working on that iconic late-night show. After forty years, his restless talent shows no signs of slowing down.   If a play were written about legendary set designer Eugene Lee, it might take place on a sailboat….

Fall Getaways: Cook's Country

Delicious weekend getaways where you’ll eat well and maybe get inspired in the kitchen.

Early autumn farm markets are the inspiration for this year’s getaway: crates of tangy apples, rotund squash and baskets of kale. Fall leads to highways of molting leaves and inns serving fresh-pressed cider by the fire. Our mission? Find the best cooking programs in the most idyllic settings.   Salt Water Farm Cooking School Lincolnville, Maine The Details: Salt Water…

Adopt-a-Hive Q and A

Peter Lutz's business helps pollinate plants and gardens in Providence.

One taste of straight-from-the-hive honey and Peter Lutz wanted more. After he and a friend purchased two hives, they would compare and contrast to learn about the process of beekeeping. “Like a parent, I always wanted my hive to do better,” says Lutz. “Both were installed at the same time, involved the same bees and the same location, but they…

Fall Getaways!

5 easy weekend getaways that remind us why autumn is our favorite time of year.

Colebrook, Connecticut  Known as part of the Southern Berkshires or Litchfield Hills, the Colebrook/Norfolk region marries urban artistic culture with bucolic landscape — which equals some of the best farm-to-fork restaurants. Norfolk is among the best-preserved villages in the Northeast. Formerly a summer enclave for wealthy industrialists, the architecture of the town’s grand mansions remains intact and worth the drive….

Fall Getaways!

5 easy weekend getaways that remind us why autumn is our favorite time of year.

Colebrook, Connecticut  Known as part of the Southern Berkshires or Litchfield Hills, the Colebrook/Norfolk region marries urban artistic culture with bucolic landscape — which equals some of the best farm-to-fork restaurants. Norfolk is among the best-preserved villages in the Northeast. Formerly a summer enclave for wealthy industrialists, the architecture of the town’s grand mansions remains intact and worth the drive….

11 Great Fall Getaways

When summer temperatures and crowds dwindle, it’s time for a road trip. Whatever your type — foodie, adrenaline junkie, relaxation expert — we’ve found perfect places for a weekend autumn getaway. So grab a map and plot your escape before winter arrives.

The Food Lover’s Getaway    Blueberry Hill Inn  Goshen, Vermont Drive time:  four hours, thirty minutes As Route 73 meanders through mountain gaps and meadows, the road offers postcard views of the Champlain Valley and the Green Mountain National Forest. You might not expect that six miles off a mountain pass dirt road is what Saveur called “the coolest inn…

New England Getaways

A culinary road trip with inns that date to the eighteenth century, woodsy spas, fine tucked-away eateries and shops, and New England vistas unfolding around every bend: the perfect recipe for relaxation and gourmand romance.

Fall is for hitting the road. Highways yawn; trees are painted russet; a beach picnic becomes a secluded table for two. Our map started with the idea of butternut soup by the fireplace of a historic hotel. After diligent research, we unearthed several New England inns where dining is worth every calorie. We also found nearby restaurants, cooking schools and…

Boy Wonder

He’s a tech whiz, the anti-CEO and, at thirty-two, a self-made millionaire many times over. Now, Angus Davis aims to use his golden touch to revolutionize the way we shop, make Providence the Silicon Valley of the east and — in his spare time — fix the mess that is Rhode Island’s public school system.

In the early nineties, Angus Davis was one of the lucky kids with an Internet connection. “I was at his house with Jonathan DiOrio,” says Seth Fandetti, who attended Providence’s Moses Brown School with Davis. “Being two fourteen-year-old boys in a room with a computer, we tried to look up some questionable material. Angus walked in, saw us and said,…