Recent articles by Hilary Nangle

Recent articles by Hilary Nangle

Assignments and upcoming articles slated for AAA Northern New England Journey, Black Card Mag, Boston Globe, Consumer Traveler, Down East, Global Traveler, Private Clubs, SNOW, USA Today, Yankee.

Recent and upcoming travels, include: Maine (always), England (London, Yorkshire, gardens), Kenya, France (skiing, Paris), Norway (Oslo, Bergen, Hurtigruten cruise), Ireland, Switzerland, Upper Rhine Valley (Germany, France, Switzerland), Austria, South Africa, Montreal, New Hampshire (ski areas), Quebec City, Quebec’s Charlevoix region

A sampling of recent articles:

Altitude Adjustments: Need new reasons to return to your favorite classic alpine ski resort this winter? Private Clubs, winter, 2014

Here, a slew of them – from major terrain expansions to aprés-ski activities – here at home, up north in Canada, and across the pond on Europe’s most popular slopes. We also found a handful of growing areas awaiting discovery with juicy new enticements, plus a few traditional resorts with consider-worthy updates.

Snow high winter 2014The Story of Strolz: How the family Strolz turned Lech’s loveliest store into a work of art, Snow, high winter, 2014

At 4 pm, Lech’s main drag — to be truthful, Lech’s only drag and barely a block long at that — is hopping. Skiers and snowboarders descending from the mountains hugging this high-alpine valley click out of their gear just steps from the street. The music blaring from jam-packed terrace bars blends with choral gurgle from the river, the clip-clop of horse-drawn carriages, and the general cacophony of families and friends to-ing and fro-ing in the small downtown. At the hub of the hubbub, and yet a respite from the après-ski hoopla, is Strolz ski shop, a Lech institution for nearly a century.

Black Card Winter 2013Alpine Alternatives, Black Card, Winter 2013

Thanks to high-speed lifts, it’s a rare skier or snowboarder who can spend every hour of a multi-day vacation on the slopes and trails without the quads screaming for downtime. (Print only).



Snow_winter_2013Perfect Places: Lusting for Lech—Snow, Schnitzel, Schlagg, and Lech’s Lovely White Ring, Snow, Winter 13/14

My Arlberg Express driver greets me at the Zurich airport, but our conversation is minimal. He doesn’t understand my English, and I can’t translate his German. We settle into companionable silence for the 2.5-hour journey to Lech, a tony Austrian village cradled by soaring peaks blanketed in white down.


Northern New England Journey, Nov-Dec 2013Hut, Hut, Hike, AAA Northern New England Journey, November/December 2013

I stepped into the crisp chill of a Maine winter night and padded to the edge of darkness. Clouds dancing across the moonlit sky case eerie patterns on skeletal trees guarding the snow-blanketed expanse of Flagstaff Lake. I glanced back at the warm glow coming from the lodge and smiled. I’d found my happy place.


Find the magic of Christmas in Europe’s Upper Rhine Valley markets, Boston Globe Globetrotting, Nov. 27, 2013

Seeking an escape from the holiday season’s crass commercialism? Cross the pond and bridge the centuries with a visit to Europe’s Upper Rhine Valley, which hugs the Rhine River’s flow through Germany, France, and Switzerland. Renowned for it Gothic cathedrals, fairytale castles, half-timbered houses, and thermal baths, and treasured for its food and wine, the region shines in any season, but during the traditional Christmas markets, it glows.

Elephants at my doorstep: On safari in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park, Boston Globe Globetrotting, Nov. 13, 2013

I’m sitting on the deck of my tent (an understatement, canvas walls, yes, but also full bed, wood floor, and shower bath) gazing over the savannah grasslands at snow-capped Kilimanjaro, when I hear a rustling. Elephants!

Global Traveler October 2013Savor Montréal’s Autumnal Ambiance at its peak, Global Traveler, Oct. 2013

Jacques Cartier knew a good thing. On Oct. 2, 1535, the French explorer, impressed by a triple-peaked hill on an island sited at the confluence of the St. Lawrence and Ottawa rivers, named it Mont Royal.

Cruising Quebec, Boston Globe, Sept. 22, 2013

I never understood the allure of cruising until I sailed from Quebec’s Magdalen Islands through the Gulf of St. Lawrence and up the St. Lawrence River to Quebec City in the glory of autumn. Cruising Quebec’s waters not only delivers the requisite scenery — endless water-meets-sky views ceding to color-trimmed mountains dropping to towns and villages folded into scalloped shorelines — but also provides access to the province’s remote outdoor playgrounds, places otherwise inaccessible without hours of driving.

Top 10 Beaches in Maine, The Guardian, Sept. 20, 2013

For beautiful sandy beaches, great lobster and amazing seascapes, the Maine coastline is hard to beat – especially for families.

AAA Home & Away Sept-Oct 2013Into Africa: A safari sheds light on the Dark Continent’s abundant life, AAA Home & Away, Sept.-Oct. 2013

Some destinations tap dance in your memory, others tango with your spirit; South Africa waltzed with my soul. Even now, months after I’ve returned, the sights, aromas, sounds and safari experiences remain vivid. Not only are my senses heightened, but also life’s daily challenges seem far less daunting since coming within petting distance of a lion, spitting distance of a Mozambique spitting cobra and charging distance of an elephant.

SeptCover2013-169x196-1Literary Dublin: For a couple of writers in a literary city, there’s never enough time, Global Traveler, Sept. 2013

Nearly two hours into our visit to Dublin’s Chester Beatty Library, I glanced at my watch, consulted our must-see list and realized that, yet again, we were behind schedule. “Decision time,” I said to Jackie, my travel mate. “St. Patrick’s, the Marsh Library, and Christ Church are in the neighborhood. If we sacrifice the Storehouse, we might be able to still see the jail, have tea at The Winding Stair and hit the Writers Museum.” To call it an overambitious plan is an understatement; it was 2:30, and we’d yet to have lunch.

AAANNEJ St. J. USVI Sept. 13 copyTreasured Island: The U.S. Virgin Islands’ St. John reveals natural and cultural riches, AAA Northern New England Journey, Sept.-Oct. 2013

Mountains, dense with tropical forests, tumble to a palm-fringed shoreline scalloped with white sand beaches; coastal mangroves, salt pons, and coral reefs teem with sea life; and Pre-Columbian relics and Danish plantation-era ruins pepper the island.



Galley Master: How to Cook in Really Tight Spaces, According to Captain-Chef Annie Mahle,, Aug. 1, 2013

You think your kitchen’s small? Come aboard the schooner J. & E. Riggin, a traditional Maine windjammer, where chef-captain Annie Mahle prepares three from-scratch meals daily in a roughly six-by-eight-foot galley she shares not only with her assistant, Cassie, but with an intern, Nathan, as well.

DE August 2013Fantasyland: At Nervous Nellie’s on Deer Isle, Peter Beerits has created a playful world populated by cowboys, dragons, and checkers-playing fish, Down East, August, 2013

Decades ago, when a friend asked Peter Beerits what he wanted to do with his life, Beerits replied: “I want to create a natural history museum of the imagination.” He’s succeeding. He’s turning the Deer Isle property he owns with his wife, Anne, into a fantasyland that draws on history and literature and is rooted in his boyhood infatuation with the Wild West and King Arthur.


Bar Harbor scoops: lobster to bay of figs, Boston Globe, July 14, 2013

Finding ice cream in this town is easy; nearly every downtown store and restaurant sells it. To narrow the choices, I invited some friends for a tasting party. These are our favorites…

Retire NE8 Captivating Northeast Havens, Where to Retire, July/August, 2013

For such a compact region, the Northeast refuses to be typecast. The land ranges from sandy beaches to craggy peaks, picturesque farms to swampy marshes, fertile river valleys to dense woodlands. It’s peppered with rural villages, college towns and bustling suburbs. Living here puts the area’s attractions — including the City That Never Sleeps — all at your fingertips, or at least within a day’s drive.


Beacons for generations at sea show their heritage, Boston Globe, June 30, 2013

The romanticism of lighthouse life has motivated many a traveler to seek out Maine’s 64 beacons. Some of the lighthouses can be viewed from land, others only from the water. While lighthouse-themed excursion boats depart from many coastal communities, here are five special ways to experience Maine’s lightkeeping heritage.

More to Campobello Island than FDR, Boston Globe, June, 23, 2013

When I crossed the bridge spanning Maine’s Lubec Narrows I felt the last kinks of stress deflate. If Down East is remote, than Franklin D. Roosevelt’s beloved Canadian island is one step farther removed. This sparsely populated, nine-mile-long spot seduces with its soaring cliffs plummeting to churning seas, calming vistas of lobster and fishing boats chugging around nearby isles, and a gentle network of hiking trails and carriage roads.

EV BethelDestination: A Maine Drive, From the Mountains to the Sea: Based in Bethel? Take a day trip through some of Maine’s heritage landmarks to visit Freeport, on the coast, Endless Vacation, Summer 2013

Bethel is a sleeper. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. This quiet New England village charms romantics with an ivy-covered prep school, rambling 18th- and 19th-century houses, a grassy common complete with bandstand, white-steepled churches and a covered bridge coveted by artists.

Yank BestYankee Best of New England: Maine, Yankee, May/June, 2013

Once again, I made the Maine picks for Yankee’s annual Best of New England issue.



Six new reasons to visit Maine, Boston Globe, April 27, 2013

Looking for a new experience in Maine? Here are six, ranging from world-class art to world-inspired music, new visitor centers to new sporting events.

Vienna’s art history museum reopens its Habsburg prize, Boston Globe, April 13, 2013

VIENNA — Many families accumulate treasures over generations, later relegating the exotica and artworks to the attic or a tag sale. Not so the Habsburgs, the imperial family that ruled the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Their wealth, power, and 640-year duration provided them with unparalleled opportunities and access to acquire extraordinary works.

Perfect Places: Rails to Trails
Jasper’s Historic Lodge Links Train and Terrain for the Quintessential Winter Vacation, Snow. High Winter 2013

The last time I rode the train to Jasper, I was 11 years old, bouncing in my seat in anticipation of a summer family vacation. Decades later, with a lifetime of far-flung travel under my belt, I find that I’m once again that little girl… Rails to Trails PDF

Experience Wildlife Up Close in South Africa: Go off road for an up-close wildlife encounter in South Africa’s private preserves, Global Traveler, March 2013

From the window of the seven-passenger charter plane, I see only a ribbon of tarmac surrounded by wilderness. There is no terminal, not even a shelter.

Best-Kept Secrets, Private Clubs, Winter 2013

North America’s glitziest alpine resorts get most of the attention — and the crowds. We slipped off the radar to find resorts where terrain trumps bling, snow falls deep, lift lines run short, and it’s often possible to score fresh tracks even days after a storm.

Northern Exposure: Baby it’s cold out there, but the Arctic winter can warm your heart, Global Traveler, January 2013

Just before opening the plane’s cabin door, the flight attendant of my reassuringly named Calm Air flight suggests bundling up. Seconds later, a blast of wind-driven 44-below zero air gusts through the cabin.

The Ultimate Confection: A connoisseur’s guide to the world’s best chocolate, Black Card Mag, winter 2012/13

Fine, artisan-made chocolate is an object of passion and adoration, a sensuous, sublime treat that lifts the mind and resurrects the body. No wonder 18th-century Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus designate the cocoa tree Theobromoa cocoa, or “Food of the Gods.”

10 Best Mountains You’ve Never Skied (And Probably Haven’t Even Heard Of): Saddleback, Maine, SKI, Nov. 2012

More steak than sizzle, more substance than flash, beautiful, remote Saddleback woos skiers with old-style New England trails, take-no-prisoners glades, stunning views, and an unpretentious Yankee disposition that embraces locals and visitors alike.

Close to Heaven: For winter enthusiasts, the Alps are simply divine, Global Traveler, Nov. 2012

Heidi is haunting me. Outside my train window, traditional wooden chalets with red shutters and slate roofs dot the snow-blanketed countryside, nimble-footed mountain goats and sheep graze on hillsides, and snow glistens on the mountain summits. I expect to see the beloved storybook character around each bend.

Destination: Portland, ME: Coasting: Sierra HD Denali visits Maine, GMC The Magazine, Fall 2012

Portland lures visitors to Maine’s craggy coastline with promises of lobster and lighthouses, surprises them with the range and quality of dining choices,a nd then delights them with many vibrant arts and recreational opportunities.

Treasured Island: The U.S. Virgin Islands’ St. John reveals natural and cultural riches, AAA Westways Oct. 2012

Mountains, dense with tropical forests, tumble to a palm-fringed shoreline scalloped with white sand beaches; coastal mangroves, salt pons, and coral reefs teem with sea life; and Pre-Columbian relics and Danish plantation-era ruins pepper the island.

Autumn Journey: Relish Quebec’s Vibrant Fall Foliage from the Tracks,Private Clubs, Fall 2012

Nose pressed to glass, I gaze over the 21-mile-wide expanse of the St. Lawrence River, secretly hoping to spy a whale’s spray but settling instead for seabirds and ships. I shift my view, absorbing the ebb and flow of the scalloped shoreline, marveling at the cliffs and headlands that plunge to the sea-salted waters, and eyeing the railway tracks threading the narrow shelf between them

10 tips to add more value to bargain train travel in Europe, Consumer Traveler, Sept. 1, 2012
One of the fastest, easiest, and least stressful ways to get around Europe is by train. On three recent trips over the pond, I usedBritRail as well as SwissRail passes and individual tickets, both purchased through Rail Europe.

Have a five-star British experience on a pauper’s budget, Boston Globe Globetrotting,Aug. 24, 2012
While gadding about on a BritRail pass, I used afternoon tea as a way to immerse in the United Kingdom’s rich heritage and indulge in five-star experiences, without coughing up $500 or more for a hotel room.

Five British five-star hotels where you can sample the good life without spending a mint, Consumer Traveler, Aug.18, 2012
Not everyone can splurge on UK£300 or more for a night’s rest at a five-star historic hotel, but anyone willing to ante up 15 quid can immerse themselves in Great Britain’s rich heritage.

Two for the Road: Take a romantic ramble through the countryside of Québec, Global Traveler, August 2012
When I mention Canada’s Eastern Townships to friends, I receive either a cocked eyebrow, indicating they’ve never heard of the place, or a sublime smile radiating jealousy.

Before arriving in New Brunswick last summer, I knew even less about the Miramichi River than I knew about salmon, which wasn’t much. During my one previous fly-fishing attempt, I’d landed branches, hats, even a nearby canoe, everything but a fish. That’s not something one brags about over scrambled eggs and sausage while sharing a table with the sport’s disciples.

Maine Attractions: New England gem sparkles, especially with so many new reasons to escape there, Private Clubs, June 2012

Lobster and lighthouses, craggy shores and dense forests, pristine lakes and free-flowing rivers: Maine’s landscape is as renowned as its Yankee disposition, and yet Maine isn’t so much a place as a state of mind.

Boom Town, Private Clubs, June 2012

Development frenzy has gripped this Mormon stronghold, giving the reinvented downtown a stylish vibe. Here, six new additions you don’t want to miss.

Meandering Maine’s Mid-Coast: Iconic New England sights wait at every turn off U.S. Route 1, AAA Home & Away, May/June, 2012

From the summit of Ducktrap Mountain, island-salted Penobscot Bay shimmers invitingly. The mid-Maine coast, from the tip of the St. George Peninsula to the mouth of the Penobscot River, is blessed with everything that defines Maine.

Best of Maine 2012, Yankee Magazine, May/June 2012

Once again, I made the Maine picks for Yankee’s annual Best of New England issue (restaurants, lodging, attractions, bargains, local secrets, and outdoor activities).

Fabulous Fathom: Fathom, Bar Harbor’s newest fine dining spot, elevates classic Maine fare to fancy food status with sublime flavor combinations, Down East, May 2012

Like many Maine chefs, Josh Heikkinen seeks to elevate classic Maine fare to world-class cuisine. Where Heikkinen, chef-partner at Fathom in Bar Harbor, differs is that he’s not content to simply prepare native ingredients in inspiring ways. No, Heikkinen wants to raise Maine comfort foods, such as the lowly red hot dog, to culinary fame. “The red hot dog is Maine’s attempt at charcuterie. You only find it here,” he says. “I want to get it out of the convenience store and help it find its place in the culinary world.”

GT Tested: Grand America, Salt Lake City, Utah, Global Traveler, February 2012

Arrival/Check-in: Upon our arrival, a doorman came out to welcome and usher us inside for a speedy registration. Salt Lake City’s only 5-star hotel earns the “grand” in its name. Built for Utah’s 2002 Olympic Games, it was designed and furnished with artwork and antiques personally selected by owners Earl and Carol Holding, who traveled the world not only to select specific pieces but also to oversee artisans’ crafting of custom furnishings and architectural details.

Refresh Body and Spirit with Nontraditional Arizona Spa Treatments, Consumer Traveler, Jan. 27, 2012

Looking for a spa service different than the usual massage, facial, or wrap? These three treatments, available in the Phoenix-Scottsdale area in Arizona, are just that. Each appeals to those willing to consider that the universe offers truths and powers that can be enlisted and drawn upon, if we’re open to it. With me so far? Okay, cue the New Age music, and I’ll tell you more.

Maine’s Western Mountains: For outdoor adventure or indoor comfort, get ready to lose yourself in the beautiful towns and mountains of western Maine, Yankee, Jan.-Feb. 2012

More than anywhere I know, the soul of a New England winter exists amid the frozen waterways, snow-drifted woods, and frosted peaks of western Maine. Raw, remote, and wild, this slice of the state, cornered by New Hampshire and Quebec, draws skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers, and snowmobilers, who revel in the deep cover and rarely crowded trails, surrounded by miles of natural beauty. Looking out from the summit of Sugarloaf or Saddleback Mountain on a brittle blue-sky day, with the snow all around blindingly white, I feel that the frozen confection below will crack and crumble if I expel a warm breath.

Charmed by Bermuda: Walks along the Railway Trail reveal the island’s lesser-known gems, AAA Northern New England Journey, Jan.-Feb. 2012

The wooden boardwalk threading Bermuda’s Paget Marsh slices through tangles of red mangroves and edges a sawgrass savannah before it ends in a stand of centuries-old cedars. As I padded along, the buzz of scooters diminished and white-roofed buildings disappeared from view.

Ski versus Snowboard: Skiing has timeless appeal but the upstart snowboard grows more popular every year. Two winter sports fans let the snowflakes fly, Via, Jan.-Feb. 2012

Alas, snowboarders don’t actually know what they’re missing: the joy of carving big honking S turns on Deer Valley Resort’s corduroy cruisers, or ping-ponging Alta’s mogul-laced powder bowls, or challenging one of Mad River Glen’s sinewy, muscle-bound trails.

Schnitzel and Sauerkraut, Down East, Dec. 2011

Amid the rolling hills, woodlands, and fields of rural North Waldoboro, David Swetnam and his wife, Jacqueline Sawyer, have turned a popular local fresh sauerkraut operation into a culinary destination for German food aficionados.

Ride the rails, see the lights, and go extreme: Seven reasons to get out and enjoy winter’s wonder, Boston Globe, Nov. 6, 2011

This winter, experience the chills, thrills, snow, and ice from a different perspective. Savor the possibilities of a culinary snowsports tour in Italy. Conquer any fear of steep and deep with a specialty ski or snowboard program. View the frozen winterscape from the warmth of an excursion train. Be dazzled by the brilliance of the Northern Lights. Splurge on handmade ski boots. Careen down a snow-packed track or a sled, bobsled, or skeleton or glide across Olympic ice.

Irish Fling, Global Traveler, Oct. 2011

Northern Ireland’s Antrim Coast can steal a gal’s heart. It wooed me with promises of giant-sized steps, soaring headlands, Neolithic sites and castle ruins, then seduced me with forested glens, craggy cliffs, walled gardens and birdsong. I came armed with a laundry list of must-sees and must-dos, which included soaking up the Irish craic and sipping pints of Smitty’s, but as soon as I departed Belfast, heading north on the A2, I tossed my plans aside and let serendipity rule.

Ireland. A Rock and a Hard Place: Ramble through Irish history in the unforgiving landscape of The Burren, Global Traveler, Sept. 2011

“Where are we?” asked Shane Connolly. I glanced around the small parking pull-out, with ledges descending to Galway Bay on one side and a hill rising on the other. There was no “You are here” marker in sight.

GT Tested: Sofitel London St. James, Global Traveler, May 2011

Arrival/Check-in: The doorman spotted me approaching on foot, luggage in tow, and immediately came over, took my bags and escorted me into the hotel. Even better…

Where Now: Saddleback Maine, SKI, March 2011

My friends would prefer I not dish about Saddleback. They don’t want to share the big-mountain skiing with little mountain attitude, the inviting glades, staggering views and down-home charm.

Neon Nights, Private Clubs, Jan. 2011

It’s midnight, and it’s 44 degrees below – yes, below – zero. Celsius, Fahrenheit, it doesn’t matter; the scales meet at 40 below.

A Toast to Belfast, Global Traveler, Nov. 2010

Belfast’s historic claims range from being the birthplace of C. S. Lewis and Van Morrison to being the site of the Titanic’s construction and The Troubles, the euphemistic name given the political terror that marred the late 20th century.

Catch a Rising Star , U.S. Airways Magazine, June 2010 (PDF)

Where the South Coast’s famed beaches yield to Maine’s rockbound peninsulas, that’s where you’ll find Portland. It’s a contemporary seaport dressed in Victorian brick and cobblestone, skirted by a petticoat of islands.

Welcome to Portland; now let’s eat, U.S. Airways Magazine, June 2010 (PDF)

Before Bon Appetit named Portland “America’s Foodiest Small Town” last year, culinary tourists had already discovered the city’s seemingly insatiable appetite for all things food-related.

• How to Live on Isle au Haut, Islands, May/June 2010

Interview with Kate Shaffer about living on a remote island and operating a successful artisan chocolate company.

• Destination: Midcoast Maine A guide to the best Down East: What to see, do, buy and eat, Endless Vacation, Summer 2010

When you stand on the summit of Ducktrap Mountain, you can scan midcoast Maine’s craggy coastline from Monhegan Island in Muscongus Bay to the south all the way to Mount Desert Island, rising out of Blue Hill Bay to the north.

• Where long memory tolerates modernity, Boston Globe, March 14, 2010

TUBA CITY — Few places move the spirit the way the Navajo lands do. I keep returning to this landscape of red sandstone, deep canyons, and grassy mesas, and each time I visit, I’m awed by its beauty and humbled by its simplicity.

• Olympic Playground, Via, Jan. 2009

What is it about the Olympics that turns perfectly rational folks into sportcrazed fools? For me, it’s the theme music. I hear those opening drums and I’m ready to take on anything. Even the Dave Murray Downhill.

Sidetracks: Howl About It, SKI, Oct. 2009

Dogsledding across the shores of Maine’s pristine Lake Umbagog offers a glimpse of backcountry New England not easily seen

• Destination: Maine’s Big Apple Feast on history, art and seafood in Maine’s largest city, Endless Vacation, July/August 2009

Portland delivers on the Maine icons but good. Lobster boats bob in the harbor. An L.L. Bean outlet can be found downtown. You might even spot the occasional stray moose. But Maine’s largest city (pop. 65,000) is more than postcard fodder.

• Sidetracks: Ice Climbing in Alberta, SKI, Nov. 2008

Trade skis for crampons and hike into an ice spire cathedral near the slopes of Alberta’s Lake Louise.

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