Word of Mouth: Nantucket

Fall outdoor activities within the magical Massachusetts island

Those who have never been to Nantucket may be surprised to know that the word itself encompasses two locations: an entire enchanting island off the coast of Massachusetts and one of the towns therein. Known for pristine beaches, active marine life, cranberries, cobblestones, blankets of fog and boutiques, the isolated island casts a spell over visitors. Many do know of it as a tony summer …

Word of Mouth: Île d’Ouessant, Brittany

A remote, windswept island of utter majesty and shifting weather

The name of the westernmost part of France, Finistère translates to the “end of the earth;” so does the region’s Breton name, Penn ar Bed. To set foot in Finistère—the department that includes the port city of Brest, dozens of small villages dotting the rugged coastline and a series of islands in the Celtic Sea—is to understand the gravity of these translations. No place in …

Vibrant Blue Bioluminescence Photographed at Newport Beach

Thanks to a friend’s tip-off, photographer Patrick Coyne ventured to Newport Beach from his Orange County home to capture images of a bioluminescence show dancing atop the waves. The friend recognized a “red tide,” which sometimes washes a specific type of bioluminescent phytoplankton close to shore. When night arrived, Coyne walked toward the water, capturing video and taking photos that have since attracted the attention …