Making Custom Skis with New England’s Parlor

Ultra-personalized equipment born of craftsmanship and attentive design

Handmade skis—just like bespoke bike frames—came into favor over a decade ago. Respected brands all over began to make skis covered in striking graphics, one-off photography, typography and more. But Mark Wallace, who co-founded Parlor Custom Skis (located outside Boston) in 2014, says he and his partners, Pete Endres and Jason Epstein, had different priorities. They wanted to focus more on the skis’ guts than …

Behind the Whimsical Design of Winvian Farm

Founder Maggie Smith highlights the woodland hotel's 19 unique offerings

As soon as the front gates of Winvian Farm open, outside worries and anxieties disappear. Season depending, a toasty fire, along with a drink, greets you on the first floor of the main house, with an exquisite, five-star seed-to-table restaurant bustling through the night’s meal above. A 5,000-square-foot spa sits just across the property, flanked by Winvian’s organic gardens. But the cottages are what makes …

Road Trip: Coastal Maine

A state of splendid isolation known for lobsters, blueberries and the great outdoors

Where US Route 1 veers closer to the shoreline than any other major highway, it’s often referred to as the coastal road—or the scenic route. This most certainly applies to the iconic path’s position in Maine, as it travels from Portsmouth, New Hampshire to the first coastal town, Kittery and all the way up to Canada. It’s a charming, often winding, two lanes that pass …