Comfort Zone

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During the coronavirus pandemic, Comfort Zone is a place to find ideas and tips for keeping ourselves, our kids, our minds entertained, or at least distracted.



Travel + Leisure names Vermont resort one of the best in the world

Rabbit Hill Inn won accolades regionally, nationally, and internationally in the travel magazine's reader poll.


David Dower of ArtsEmerson on diversity in theater, fresh mango salsa, and making himself vulnerable everywhere he goes

We caught up with the Weekapaug, R.I., native to talk about all things travel.

Mother worries about daughter’s rage

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

The future of travel, according to ‘Amazing Race’ host Phil Keoghan

He isn’t used to sitting around at home, and he's missing his family in New Zealand.


How teenage Boston sisters are getting friendly notes to senior citizens nationwide

They wanted to write letters to nursing home residents during the pandemic — their organization has sent 20,000 all over the US.

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Jacob’s Pillow’s virtual festival will stream performances and get you dancing, too

It will host eight weeks of streamed performances, virtual artist discussions, and master classes this summer.


Confessions of a reluctant camper

Even now, 47 years after my parents dropped me and a trunkful of T-shirts and shorts at a YMCA camp on Lake Champlain, I shudder. Why were they leaving me here?! I don’t know how to swim!

Long-married wife faces extreme surprise

Advice from Amy Dickinson.


Martha’s Vineyard Film Center kicks off indoor and outdoor screenings

For indoor screenings, up to 25 patrons will be accommodated; outdoor events will allow up to 80 patrons, with each household confined to their own eight-foot circle painted on the lawn.


At Boston Public Library, borrowers can load up on books thanks to expanded program

The library's To Go service will expand to six more branches next week.

Want to support your favorite restaurant? Make a contribution

A round-up of restaurants accepting online donations.

Endangered Species Chocolate now comes in chips

The company donates 10 percent of profits to save wildlife.


In a pandemic, Diana Gualdron of La Taqueria in Dedham and Roslindale still serves tacos with a smile

She opened her Dedham location just a few weeks ago, and she's confident that the Boston restaurant scene will make a comeback.

Pomegranate syrup, for dressings, marinades, and even cocktails

Pomegranate juice is reduced to a concentrate; Medjool dates add some sweetness.


Take me away, New England clam chowder

Most of us are cooking from home. We can darn well vacation from home, too.

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