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You're doing it wrong: International Travel

Ever thought about how awesome it would be to quit your job and backpack around the world with your buddies?
Don't worry. Our expert is here to help.
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  September 28, 2012

Here's the essence of Rhode Island

Long after you've left the state in search of greener pastures and cheaper taxes, there will come a time when you have to explain to a child, lover, friend, or therapist why you chose to attend school in Rhode Island.
The nifty fifty
By DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  January 27, 2012

Playing tourist

Last weekend, more than 2300 people stepped off cruise ships into the Old Port seeking all things Maine: lobster, anything blueberry, and a taste of the way life should be (some probably hoped to spot a moose on the corner of Fore and Exchange).
Experiencing Portland like a visitor — and liking it
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  August 19, 2011

It's a reasonable bet that gaming could once again gridlock Beacon Hill

Gaming bills have plagued the last two legislative sessions on Beacon Hill.
Slow play
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 01, 2011

Vote for casinos in Maine

If you're opposed to casinos in Maine, there's one way to make certain the state won't be overrun with noxious gambling emporiums sucking up every dollar of disposable income we have left: vote in favor of every single one of them.
Hit the jackpot
By AL DIAMON  |  October 22, 2010

Salem's spookiest tourist traps

When America's original Mean Girls started accusing all their Salem neighbors of being witches in 1692, who knew that the city would remember the community hysteria that sent 20 innocent folks to their deaths with the awesomest Halloween shindig anywhere
With Halloween fast approaching, we haunt as many spooky, scary attractions as possible
By GREG COOK  |  October 01, 2010


Just hold it

To Portlanders, they're a familiar sight: out-of-town victims potty-dancing around town, pained expressions on their faces, one sip away from having polished off an iced coffee the size of a small child.
Portland loves its tourists, so why won't we give them relief?
By ANGELIQUE CARSON  |  June 18, 2010

Rain check

We have just the thing to cure your summer-vacation blues: Maine, from the inside.
When bad weather strikes, just go indoors!
By ANDREW STEINBEISER  |  June 18, 2010

Maine women take to the gridiron

Saturday will be a different kind of ladies’ night at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.
Full Contact
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 09, 2010

Hands across New England

Providence may be the Creative Capital. But it is hardly the only community that has attempted to build a new economy on a foundation of laptops, paint brushes, and guitars.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 05, 2010

Glasses, bikes, and a better world

If you thought you saw more black-rimmed glasses and aluminum bikes around town this weekend, you weren't imagining it.
Design Dept.
By ELLEN CUSHING  |  October 09, 2009

Pawtucket calling

The long weekend starts THURSDAY (the 3rd) with a 7 pm set from local singer/songwriter GREG LATO at Hot Topic in Providence Place Mall. He's touring the region behind his recent full-length debut Monday Morning Breakdown .
Off the Couch
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 04, 2009

Sollilaquists of Sound | No More Heroes

I've heard that the occasional rose is known to grow from concrete, but from tourist-trap strip malls like Orlando?
Anti- (2009)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 10, 2009

A self-inflicted wound

Layoffs, salary reductions, and budget cuts have become distressingly commonplace.
Why massive cuts to cultural spending are counterproductive
By EDITORIAL  |  May 22, 2009

'Creative Providence' strives to rebrand the capital city

Perhaps you've seen the banners, with the big, stylized "P" and the tagline, "Providence: The Creative Capital."
Public image
By MARION DAVIS  |  March 04, 2009

Is RI making the most from its tourism appeal?

If you were going to promote Rhode Island's plate of idiosyncratic attractions to potential visitors in other states, what would be the best way to do it?
Critics call a variety of agencies a wasteful approach in this small state
By IAN DONNIS  |  July 23, 2008


Shifting sands

If you want to know what the future holds, take a ride up to the Desert of Maine in Freeport.
The real lesson of the Desert of Maine
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 18, 2008

Time out of mind

Luisa Rabbia created a slow-moving video work that offers a kind of travelogue of her own journey through Isabella Stewart Gardner's historic scrapbooks.
Luisa Rabbia at the Gardner, ‘Polar Attractions’ at the Peabody Essex, And ‘Meat After Meat Joy’ at Pierre Menard
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  June 17, 2008

Plum Creek plans to cut down 200-year-old trees

You would think the Plum Creek Timber Company would be doing all it could to avoid negative publicity right now.
North Woods logging
By BRIDGET HUBER  |  May 28, 2008

IG Report on State Senate Prez takes a convenient dive

After a full year investigating a Boston Phoenix article about State Senate President Therese Murray, the state’s Inspector General released a report today finding “no evidence of impropriety” in the legislature’s awarding of $11 million worth of contra
Fails to deal with tourism controversy
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 15, 2008

Who goes there?

In one of the most profound changes ever instituted by state government, officials in Augusta recently announced they’d redefined the word “tourist.”
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  February 06, 2008


Boston hits Detroit

There’s a dirty little secret about the J. Geils Band — one that diehard Boston fans don’t always appreciate hearing.
Peter Wolf joins forces with Kid Rock
By MATT ASHARE  |  January 29, 2008

Traveling music

I imagine many Bostonians have a woeful tale or two of a nighttime bus trip to New York for a show that’s gone wrong.
Boston techno hits the road with Zero G
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  January 07, 2008

She who controls the purse

The rumor mill has been buzzing with speculation that Massachusetts senate president Robert Travaglini might leave the legislature to take a position with the Massachusetts Hospital Association or the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council.
Terry Murray gave away $11 million of state money. Will anyone call her on it?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 09, 2007

Turning Japanese

On what will probably be a chilly day a little more than two months from now, Red Sox fans will be waiting for Daisuke Matsuzaka to bring the heat.
Boston markets itself to Far Eastern fans
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 31, 2007

Funny numbers

Maine spends more than two million dollars a year advertising our scenery to out-of-staters. Visit Maine: Tourism promotion’s cozy—and now hot—world. By Lance Tapley
It’s not Maine, it’s the ads about Maine that bring tourists here
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  September 20, 2006

Walk on by

MIT’s campus is dotted with art — 46 works are listed on its most recent “Public Art Collection Map,” a document that you can download if you want to know what that big thing in front of the Stata Center is, or who made the cube-like piece in front of th
Bill Arning tours art at MIT; Alexander Dumbadze examines sculptural form at Brandeis; books and dioramas at NESAD
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  July 11, 2006


A handful of this year’s travel books seem an odd, almost ghoulish enactment of Rene Descartes’s statement that “Traveling is almost like talking with men of other centuries.”
Travel guides that go beyond the practical
By DANA KLETTER  |  June 21, 2006

Watch what you say

I’m fond of tourists. For a while, I kept a pair in the basement as pets.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  May 10, 2006