Latest from Zofia Smardz

The inspiration for Maisie Dobbs? Jacqueline Winspear’s memoir offers charming clues

In “This Time Next Year We’ll Be Laughing,” Jacqueline Winspear recalls her upbringing in the British countryside.
  • Nov 10, 2020

Goodbye, old flames! A last look at a matchbook collection that rekindles fond travel memories.

Letting go of decades-old souvenirs can be bittersweet — or not.
  • Jul 26, 2019

Isles of Shoals: Gulls and gardens in New England

This cluster of islands off the Maine/New Hampshire coast offers history and nature, up close.
  • Jul 25, 2013

Jane Austen’s Britain: A traveler haunts her haunts

On the 200th anniversary of “Pride and Prejudice,” seeking out Jane Austen’s many English haunts
  • May 23, 2013

My love affair with the B&B

An ode to the bed-and-breakfast, a most lovable lodging form.
  • Apr 11, 2013

A museum tour of Western Maryland

Most people go to Western Maryland for the mountains, but be sure not to miss the many intriguing museums.
  • Feb 7, 2013

Bed Check: Inn BoonsBoro, writing the book on romance

A review of romance novelist Nora Roberts’s Boonsboro, Md., B&B, Inn BoonsBoro.
  • Jan 31, 2013

Bed Check: A labyrinthine, low-key New England hotel

A review of the Hotel Northampton in Northampton, Mass.
  • Jan 17, 2013

Essay: Golabki in the oven, the scent of childhood in the air

Testing recipes from a new Polish cookbook, the author is sent back to her mother’s kitchen.
  • Jan 8, 2013

Bed Check: A just-so West Virginia inn

Country Inn at High View is oh-so-prettily put together, but not in a fussy way.
  • Nov 9, 2012