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Harwood Hill - Where Arts Meet Hospitality in Bennington, Vermont

I've wandered up to the wonderful town of Bennington, Vermont several times over the years but had never stayed for an extended amount of time until a recent trip with my friend Paula, one of my distracted sidekicks who likes to travel almost as much as I do. Even though there were a couple chain motels in town, we wanted to try to find a local 'mom and pop' sort of operation as it not only helps support the local folks but generally also gives one a place to stay outside of the cookie cutter mold of major lodging chains. To that end I began a web search for a decent place in Bennington where we could hang our hats for a couple nights that would be clean, comfortable and wasn't going to break the bank in the process.

After raising my eyebrows at several other possibilities that were reasonably priced but had mixed reviews on TripAdvisor, I came across the website for The Harwood Hill which boasted a "million dollar view" just a bit north of downtown Benningt…

Quincy Quarries Reservation - A Multi-Colored, Open-Air Museum of Sorts!

While working on a feature for Norwich Magazine recently, I spent some time wandering around Quincy, Massachusetts, Boston's immediate southern suburb on the opposite side of the Neponset River. Now known as the "City of Presidents" being that John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and John Hancock - a President of the Continental Congress and the first signer of the Declaration of Independence - were all born there, once upon a time Quincy had a different nickname.  Home to a thriving granite industry and also the site of the Granite Railway, the United States' first commercial railroad, for many years Quincy was known as "The Granite City" from more than a century.

The use of granite in Quincy began when English colonists utilized granite from the gray stone ledges in town for the building of foundations, wharves, doorsteps, stone walls, and even King's Chapel in Boston which was constructed in 1754 from granite boulders that had been dug up in Quincy then s…