On this episode of Weekends with Yankee, cohost Amy Traverso visits with legendary chef Jacques Pépin at his Connecticut home and helps cook up a couple of his favorite French–New England fusion dishes. Next, we travel to the most climbed mountain in New England, Mount Monadnock, to learn what makes it so special. Then cohost Richard Wiese gets a thrill from custom-built Ducati motorcycles, made in New England and shipped to some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Finally, it’s off to Vermont to meet two world-famous craftsmen, Simon and Andrew Pearce, a father-and-son team whose glassblowing and woodturning talents have built an international brand.
The former mill town of Harrisville is a historic and tranquil spot that—surprise!—happens to be the headquarters of custom motorcycle designer Walt Siegl. Working out of a restored mill building, he builds high-end Ducatis for clients including Hollywood A-listers.
Many former New England mill towns have been forced to reinvent themselves — sometimes with wonderful results. Here's a look at six special mill towns, including Harrisville, New Hampshire, where custom-built Ducati motorcycles make an appearance in the third season of Weekends with Yankee.