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Weekends with Yankee

Weekends with Yankee

WEEKENDS WITH YANKEE is a 13-part travel and lifestyle series named for the long-running publication enjoyed by readers across America for more than 80 years. With New England among the nation's top tourist destinations, the magazine-style program takes viewers on an insider's exploration of the cities, countryside locales and far-flung places in the quaint and scenic region. The series is hosted by Richard Wiese, (Born to Explore) , an Emmy Award-winning TV personality, author and explorer who has traveled to all seven continents, participated in two expeditions to Antarctica, and cross-country skied to the North Pole. Amy Traverso, a senior food editor at Yankee magazine who has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show and the Food Network's Throwdown with Bobby Flay, joins Richard as co-host. She highlights recipes, local flavors and the sense of community that make up the regions' food and dining scene. WEEKENDS WITH YANKEE offers an "all-access" behind-the-scenes pass to the unique attractions that define the region, and the hidden New England that only locals know.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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