Four years before he founded Portland Magazine, novelist, poet, playwright, and editor Colin Sargent was the youngest-ever editor of the naval publication Approach magazine. Bitten by the literary bug, he went on to receive his MFA before organizing the first issue of Portland Magazine in October 1985. Early issues delivered big-time content, including an interview with Stephen King, fiction by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Louis Simpson, and scholarly articles exploring the relationship between hammers and time by professor MC Hammer. Within seven years, libraries and bookstores across the Northeast and Canada carried the magazine, which began winning accolades for its graphic design and literary content.
Today, the larger-than-ever magazine presents articles on politics, economy, culture, arts, and people as seen through what Sargent dubs an “extraordinary perspective.” Rather than gossip-oriented prose, he seeks voices that marry interesting information with relevant meaning that both reflects Maine’s identity and deepens the reader’s understanding of it. In addition to such user-friendly features as an events calendar and dining guide, the monthly publication fills mailboxes with literary highlights such as classic Maine stories and national fiction from notable authors.
Situated near Ludlow and surrounded by Vermont’s scenic Green Mountains, Castle Hill Resort and Spa's exquisite lodgings offer elegant amenities, fetching gardens, spa services, and gourmet dining fit for royalty and even soap-opera stars. Visitors can pamper themselves in period-styled rooms and charming resort homes furnished with private baths, cable TV, decorative fireplaces, and shoe-polish-dispensing robot butlers. A ton of outdoor activities let patrons enjoy the spring weather with golf, horseback riding, hiking, fly-fishing, and swimming in a heated pool. And if it rains, you can relax in the hot tub, melt under a hot-stone massage at the Aveda Concept Spa in Castle Hill's carriage house, take in a yoga class in the solarium, or solve murder mysteries in the library. By the time you head home, you'll have shed the stress and skin grime accumulated after months of abrasive winter weather and wrestling bouts with subway-dwelling crocodiles.
When designing A Stone Wall in the 1970s, architect Robert Foote Shannon marched to the beat of his own drum. Instead of focusing on antiques and Victorian decor like a typical bed-and-breakfast, he went with the more contemporary aesthetic of solar reflectors and curving, kiva-style walls. True to the principles of modern architecture, the inn blends with its surroundings in southern Vermont’s Green Mountains. One of the buildings climbs a hill, set atop rough masonry cavity walls that form an artificial cliff inspired by the dwellings of Mesa Verde, and wood from local mills and recycled pines make up most of the exteriors.
Ten rooms house guests on 12 sprawling acres of lush gardens, streams, and, ponds. The Corner House and the Long House divide the rooms between them—each flaunting its own defining characteristics. The Corner House's confines feature solar heating supplemented by wooden stoves as well as access to a large, mountain-view deck and meditation room for concentrating on inner peace and divining the winners of upcoming horseraces. Rooms in the Long House, on the other hand, have private patios and access to a spacious hot tub. Both buildings host shared kitchens and dining rooms for meal preparation, and all stays include a daily continental breakfast.
Activities near A Stone Wall Inn include hiking in surrounding state parks and the Green Mountain National Forest, canoeing, kayaking, and dreaming up the best treehouse ever. Roughly 30 minutes east of the inn, the town of Manchester entertains with outlet malls, art galleries, antique shops, and music and theater options.
Located in the southwest corner of Vermont, Bondville is actually a tiny village within a slightly bigger town called Winhall. The Green Mountain National Forest surrounds the community on all sides, providing lots of beautiful scenery and outdoor recreation. Winhall is part of Vermont's preternaturally picturesque Bennington County, an area notable for its rolling meadows, thick pine forests, and hobbit infestations. Stratton Mountain is situated along the famous Appalachian Trail, which stretches all the way from Maine to Georgia. A few miles away, the West River beckons to kayakers and whitewater rafters alike. About 12 miles from Stone's Lodge, meanwhile, the city of Manchester draws daytrippers from New York and Boston eager to try out its quaint restaurants and shops and learn more about its rich local history. A historical Georgian Revival mansion known as Hildene was once home to Robert Todd Lincoln, first son of Abraham Lincoln and chairman of the Pullman Company. You can explore the house and gardens on daily tours.Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.