November / December 2014:
In homes early November, on newsstands mid-November.
- Matters of Life & Beth: Beth’s Bucket List
- Style File: Putting on the Glitz
- Travel Advisory: The Common Man Inn & Spa
- Wine Notes: Stress Free Holiday Shopping
- From the Kitchen: Channeling Mr. Rogers
- Annual Holiday Entertainment Guide
Plus our regular local features, Happenings. Dining Guide, Arts and Community Calendars.
Check out the print issue for additional articles including:
- Area Restaurateurs Share Traditional Family Recipes
- Great Local Beers to Make Your Gatherings Special
- Exploring Museum Gift Shops
- Lowell’s Prince Spaghetti Factory
Fall Home 2014:
In homes early October, on newsstands mid-October.
Our semi-annual home issue takes you to Kitchen Disneyland, a private Eden in Methuen, a southern inspired home in Andvover, the High Point Market in North Carolina, and the Newburyport Holiday House Tour. Plus unique items for your home, town profiles, real estate stats and more.
- Decorating Trends: Linda Holt highlights the return to tradition.
- Gardening Essentials: Susan Mitchell provides pointers for perfectly pruned plants.
- IntEARior Design: Alexander Prezzano discusses custom home audio systems.
- Kitchen Essentials: Dean Johnson spices things up with some exotic seasonings.
- Entertainment Essentials: Kim Gobbi mixes up tips for the perfect DIY cocktail party.
Holiday Arts Guide: ’Tis the season for music, art and merriment. We’re fortunate to live in one of the most vibrant arts communities in New England, and with that comes the annual return of familiar and beloved music and theater that makes the holiday season so special. Click here for highlights of the best holiday performances and events the season has to offer.
Travel Advisory – The Common Man Inn & Spa: The inn’s decor adds to the fun. It’s “Adirondack chic” throughout, including rustic knotty pine furniture, cozy handmade quilts, and chandeliers made from deer antlers, and antique wooden snowshoes that double as wall hangings. My room, a romantic suite named “Camp,” featured a 1922 wooden canoe Continue...
Give a Gift to Your Skin: One day you’re enjoying the warm glow of dewy, sun-kissed skin, and the next you’re battling to restore it from dry winter winds. Learn how how to prepare your skin for what’s ahead in the cold winter months.
Stress-Free Holiday Shopping: Fine wine makes a great gift for people who really don’t need anything, and for those who leave you baffled over what to get. Of course, wine lovers also like to receive wine (hint, hint) as a gift. Relieve your seasonal stress with by checking out Steven Goddu’s holiday how-to-guide
Big Friends Little Friends: Big Friends Little Friends (formerly Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Lawrence) became a program at Family Services of the Merrimack Valley six years ago. Leah Feroce, mentoring programs supervisor at FSMV, says, “Anybody can be a mentor. We’re looking for people who want to be a friend and make a difference in a child’s life through their guidance and encouragement.” Read about Sam and Samyr’s story.
Drink Local: The holidays are a time for entertaining, of Yuletide celebrations, of family and friends being reunited from near and far. Of course, the holidays are about food and drink, too. The Merrimack Valley is home to nine craft breweries. Here are six beers to enjoy with your family and friends as the season’s soirees get into full swing.
The readers have spoken! We’re happy to present the recipients of our third annual Merrimack Valley Magazine Awards. The top picks in each and every category were chosen by you, our readers. Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote, and congratulations to the winners: See the results here.