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.



Spotlight on Stonington

Maine can't celebrate its bicentennial this year like it wanted to, but we can still celebrate some of the state's best spots.


Sorry Maine, but your COVID-19 rules will not ruin my summer traditions this year

My parents needed a morale boost, and I was determined to make it happen.


5 beautiful and responsible places to stay in Maine, if you can make it there

The state is, by nature, perfect for isolation and contemplation.


Travel restrictions for Maine this summer

Here are the rules if you plan to visit.


Aeronaut Brewing Co. is taking over the former Down the Road Beer Co. space in Everett

Despite the notable presence of the brand in and around Somerville and Greater Boston, Aeronaut is relatively small. This could change that.

Boston Poetry Marathon offers 16 hours of virtual readings

Tune in for poetry, live online from 150 poets, including a 10-hour marathon on Saturday

College students founded HomeBuddies to mentor kids during the pandemic

Through their virtual mentoring service, college students want to serve as friendly older siblings to isolating kids

The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel is celebrating its 108th birthday with a $108 flash sale

The historic hotel and its attached restaurant, OAK Long Bar + Kitchen, will start to welcome guests again on Aug. 7 after being closed for four months.


Did Vueling change my itinerary, or did my travel agent make a mistake?

Howard Tharp and his companions missed their flight to London. Did Vueling change their itinerary, or did his travel agent make a mistake? And who should pay for the new tickets?

Mr. Bartley’s Burger Cottage is for sale

The restaurant has been in the same family since 1960.

Future husband sings a ‘me’ tune

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.


Burrito giant Chipotle launches a clothing line

The clothes are dyed using upcycled avocado pits, giving new meaning to the phrase “extra guacamole.”


In Lexington, this independent moviehouse is open for business

Yes, the bathrooms are open. No, you can't buy the popcorn.


An occasion picnic? At Chickadee, anything’s possible

The Seaport restaurant is figuring out how to stay in business and stay true to itself, one pivot at a time.

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