Comfort Zone

In this together

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.



These 8 New England breweries won medals at the Great American Beer Festival

The region produces some of the most celebrated beers in the world, but several states were snubbed.


From its design elements to its history, Shelter Harbor Inn is full of surprises

Yep, there’s free candy in an inn owned by a dentist.


Travel destinations start strategizing how to get consumers to come back

They’re are doing everything from offering deep discounts to calling on celebrities to “emotionally convince” visitors to return.


For these roadside attractions, big things are happening

Muffler men were erected across the nation decades ago to call attention to the businesses they towered over. Now they’re the ones getting all the attention.


Someone stole my American Airlines miles!

When someone steals 50,000 American Airlines miles from Gail Louis, she finds herself caught in the middle of a paperwork squabble. Can she ever get her points back?

Doing the ’dacks — minus the hikes: With trails full, we gave this trip a reboot

After five hours of driving, we weren’t heading home despite the mass of hikers. Instead, we’d immerse ourselves in all the fun stuff that happens off trail.


Deval Patrick on food, wine, the Berkshires, and that trip he’s still hoping to take

We caught up with the former governor to talk about all things travel.

These office mates cannot be friends

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent sightings as reported to Mass Audubon.


‘Schitt’s Creek’ star Annie Murphy steps in front of the cameras in Brockton

The Emmy-winning actress plays the lead in a new dark comedy for AMC about the secret life of a sitcom wife.

6 local pop-ups worth seeking out

Track them down and try them for yourself.


The pandemic’s pop-up explosion

On the dining scene, novelty now comes in the form of happenings rather than openings.


Earnest Drinks makes an earnest go of it in Kendall Square

Cheese dogs, Kool-Aid pickles, and idiosyncratic humor are on the menu.

The industry that helped make Made In a success is now in dire straits. So they’re cooking up ways to help.

Boston natives look inward and ahead, while also reflecting on the progress of the past three years.

Peter Singer, a foremost philosopher on animal rights, is featured speaker at annual Boston Veg Food Fest

He says veganism has "got to become the mainstream, not only to reduce the suffering of animals and slow climate change, but to reduce the risk of future pandemics."