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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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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.

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.

On this episode of Weekends with Yankee, cohost Richard Wiese catches a ride on the tall ship Lynx to get a taste of what sailing was like in the early 1800s. Then we soar into the clouds aboard a hot air balloon above scenic Quechee, Vermont. Next, cohost Amy Traverso heads into the middle of Maine to find one of the most talked-about restaurants in the country, the Lost Kitchen. Finally, it's on to Provincetown, Massachusetts, for a dune tour Richard will never forget.

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Sun May 17th, 11:00am

Travel to New Hampshire where Chef David Vargas brings his Mexican heritage to his restaurant, Vida Cantina, with tortillas crafted from corn grown at Tuckaway Farms, Richard hops on an ATV to see why this New England pastime is so popular, and we take a sunset hang gliding lesson at Morningside Flight Park. And on Martha's Vineyard, it's Grand Illumination Night, featuring homes decorated with paper lanterns old and new.

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Sun Jun 7th, 11:00am

Visit the oldest acapella group in the United States, The Whiffenpoofs. In Salem, MA, experience an urban oasis, The Salem Punto Art Museum, where grand scale murals decorate the community. In Portland, ME, meet Barton Seaver, a chef who combines his passion for food and cooking with his commitment to sustainability and conservation. And co-host Richard Wiese takes us on a tour of the PEZ factory.

On this episode of Weekends with Yankee, we head to the shore. First, cohost Richard Wiese takes an insider's look at Nantucket with best-selling author Elin Hilderbrand. Then it's over to Chatham, Massachusetts, to get up close and personal with its booming seal population. Next, Richard rides along with shark expert Greg Skomal as he tags great whites off the Massachusetts coast. Finally, cohost Amy Traverso wraps things up with a visit to Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod for one of its fantastic farm-to-table dinners.

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