Visit the hidden New England that only the locals know in Weekends with Yankee. This series is named for the long-running publication enjoyed by readers across America for more than 80 years. With New England among the nation’s top tourist destinations, the magazine-style program takes viewers on an insider’s exploration of the cities, countryside locales, and far-flung places in the quaint and scenic region.
The series is hosted by Richard Wiese (Born to Explore) , an Emmy Award-winning TV personality, author, and explorer who has traveled to all seven continents, participated in two expeditions to Antarctica, and cross-country skied to the North Pole. Amy Traverso, a senior food editor at Yankee magazine who has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show and the Food Network’s Throwdown with Bobby Flay, joins Richard as co-host. She highlights recipes, local flavors, and the sense of community that make up the regions’ food and dining scene.
Season 4 Premieres May 2020
New episodes of Weekends with Yankee air Saturdays at 7 p.m. on CPTV beginning May 2.
Episodes encore on CPTV Spirit the following Mondays at 8 p.m., Wednesdays at 7 a.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m.
Season 4 episodes include:
Amy Traverso heads to Boston’s Chinatown for a tour of this vibrant community and to make dumplings. At the Weekapaug Inn in Westerly, Rhode Island, co-hosts Richard Wiese and Amy Traverso explore the attractions of the four-star destination while enjoying both its natural beauty and its culinary delicacies. And in Tiverton, Rhode Island, we visit a special breed of farmers determined to preserve their way of life.
“Arts and the Sea”*
Visit the oldest acapella group in the United States, The Whiffenpoofs. In Salem, Massachusetts, experience an urban oasis, The Salem Punto Art Museum, where grand scale murals decorate the community. In Portland, Maine, meet Barton Seaver, a chef who combines his passion for food and cooking with his commitment to sustainability and conservation. And co-host Richard Wiese takes us on a tour of the PEZ factory in Orange, Connecticut.
“Walk on the Wild Side”*
Richard Wiese takes us on a tour of Connecticut’s Mystic Aquarium where he gets to be trainer for a day. Up in Grey, Maine, visit a sanctuary for injured and orphaned wildlife, the Maine Wildlife Park. In New Hampshire, Amy Traverso goes crabbing with a fisheries specialist. Amy cooks her catch into a mouthwatering seafood stew with Brendan Vesey, chef of Botanica Restaurant and Gin Bar in Portsmouth.
“Treasures from the Earth”
Amy gets to build a table by hand, using sustainably sourced wood from a nearby forest, at Shackleton Thomas Furniture and Pottery. In Maine, Richard Wiese takes us on an adventure to unearth the state gemstone–tourmaline. In Cape Neddick, Maine, chef Justin Walker and his restaurateur wife, Danielle Johnson Walker, put a modern spin on a traditional Maine bean hole supper at their farmhouse.
“To the Top”*
In Connecticut, Dorie Greenspan whips up a delicious triple-layer parsnip and cranberry cake. Up in Rumney, New Hampshire, Richard goes rock climbing at a popular destination for climbers from all over the world. And in Martha’s Vineyard, renowned architect Patrick Ahearn takes us on a tour of a few of his favorite preservation projects that also highlight the unique beauty of the island.
Travel to New Hampshire where Chef David Vargas brings his Mexican heritage to his restaurant, Vida Cantina, with tortillas crafted from corn grown at Tuckaway Farms. Richard hops on an ATV to see why this New England pastime is so popular, and we take a sunset hanggliding lesson at Morningside Flight Park. And on Martha’s Vineyard, it’s Grand Illumination Night, featuring homes decorated with paper lanterns old and new.
“Handmade in New England”*
Amy Traverso visits an acclaimed vineyard in an unlikely place — Barnard, Vermont. At Swans Island Company in Northport, Maine, sheeps’ wool is hand dyed and handwoven to create one-of-a-kind blankets and scarves. In Mystic, Connecticut, Richard Wiese hops aboard the newly restored Mayflower II, a full-scale reproduction, just in time for the 400th anniversary.
In Provincetown, Massachusetts, see what makes this Cape Cod town a beloved destination. At the Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, we find a calendar packed with musical, literary and cultural events. At Luke’s Lobsters in Maine, see how a lobster roll company grew into a sustainable seafood company and get a peek into the factory where they prepare about 32,000 pounds of lobster every day.
“Delicacies from New England”
Richard Wiese is on Potter Pond in Kingstown, Rhode Island, with Perry Raso, owner of Matunuck Oyster Farm and Bar. At The Thompson House Eatery in historic Jackson, New Hampshire, husband-and-wife team Jeff and Kate Fournier are continuing the restaurant’s legacy as a landmark in the community. Then visit Wiggly Bridge Distillery in York, Maine, where small batch spirits are distilled in handmade copper stills.
“Touring with the Locals”
Richard Wiese meets with maritime treasure hunter in Provincetown, Massachusetts, who made a surprising discovery on a pirate ship. Up in Portland, Maine, tour the iconic B&M Factory, where they make canned brown bread—a uniquely New England treat. Then in Providence, Rhode Island, see some local eats and learn why this tiny state has so many unique dishes that you can’t find anywhere else.
“A Breath of Fresh Air”
Comedian and author John Hodgman visits his hometown of Brookline, Massachusetts, including historic Coolidge Corner Theater for some nostalgia and popcorn. Then in Bartlett, New Hampshire, Richard Wiese ice climbs Cathedral Ledge. Finally, we head to New England’s largest outdoor sculpture park: The Andres Institute of Art in Brookline, New Hampshire, where the more than 80 pieces are designed to withstand the elements.
“Join the Club”
Richard Wiese is in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, where he visits the Myopia Polo Club. Amy Traverso goes to Freedom, New Hampshire, and finds out what to carry in your survival pack and how to build a fire and shelter. Then out on Martha’s Vineyard, we hop on the African American Heritage Trail and take a dip in the ocean for a water workout with the Inkwell Beach Polar Bears.
Killington Resort in Killington, Vermont, hosts the Women’s World Cup Skiing. In Walpole, New Hampshire, painter Eric Aho works on one of his famed Ice Cut paintings, where he saws and paints ice from a frozen lake. We see the monumental murals painted by José Clemente Orozco at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. And we visit Twin Farms, an exclusive resort in Barnard, Vermont, steeped in romance and history.
*Episode features a Connecticut location