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Why You Should Visit Castle Island in South Boston, Mass.

Why You Should Visit Castle Island in South Boston, Mass.

Boston, Mass., tourists are drawn to the bustle of the city, given all its well-preserved history, modern amenities, dining scene, arts and culture and about a million other things.  For those that need a temporary escape with lots of green…

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Swan Boats in Boston Are Just Ducky

Swan Boats in Boston Are Just Ducky

Booking.com A 15-minute Swan Boats in Boston ride through the Public Gardens area in Boston, Mass., is a wonderful low-cost spring and summer travel attraction that has taken on a legendary and beloved status for residents and visitors. The timeless joy of…

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10 Reasons to Love Marginal Way in Ogunquit Maine

10 Reasons to Love Marginal Way in Ogunquit Maine

Booking.com Marginal Way in Oqunquit, Maine is often considered one of New England’s greatest seaside cliff walks. It is definitely one of those “bucket list” New England travel destinations, and here are some of the reasons why… 1. The views…

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Hollis, N.H., Offers a Timeless New England Fall Travel Experience

Hollis, N.H., Offers a Timeless New England Fall Travel Experience

There are many ways to get into the New England autumn spirit, but, for me, Hollis, N.H., in southern New Hampshire has always been one of the most colorful leafs amongst fall travel destinations. This small town located just west…

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Fenway Park Tours is an All Star Boston Attraction

Fenway Park Tours is an All Star Boston Attraction

When it comes to Boston, Mass., travel attractions, the Boston Red Sox Fenway Park Tours hits it out of the park. Going on a Tour is almost as much fun as attending a game! This highly entertaining, affordable one-hour tour,…

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46 Awesome Spring New England Travel Ideas for 2019

46 Awesome Spring New England Travel Ideas for 2019

Many of us are anticipating the last legs of winter to go away and see spring arrive with its warmer weather, blossoming flowers, greener grass, gardening projects, outdoor events and festivals, and, quite simply, the chance to walk outside and…

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Hotel Discounts Offered Right Now for Your New England Vacation

Hotel Discounts Offered Right Now for Your New England Vacation

Booking.com Now is a great time to book a room for your New England summer, fall, winter and spring vacations, but with so many online choices which is the best route to choose when looking for great local hotel discounts?…

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New Book Reveals Remarkable Town Commons in Massachusetts

New Book Reveals Remarkable Town Commons in Massachusetts

Read the Only Book on Town Commons in Massachusetts My first book, Massachusetts Town Greens, takes you on a journey to the best town commons in Massachusetts, and I can hardly wait for you to read it. I created this…

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Boston Public Garden: Spectacular Flower Gardens, Swan Boats

Boston Public Garden: Spectacular Flower Gardens, Swan Boats

If you feel wilted from trying to find the right Boston travel attractions, then the solution to blossoming your “Hub of the Universe” vacation is by visiting the Boston Public Garden in the heart of the city. It’s really the…

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Affordable Vermont Destinations: Londonderry and Weston in the Green Mountains

Affordable Vermont Destinations: Londonderry and Weston in the Green Mountains

Looking for affordable Vermont destinations, but not sure they exist?  No worries, I have found you some solutions. Sure, the the most popular Vermont destinations can get rather pricey, especially during peak vacation seasons. Fall and summer seem most notorious for…

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Exploring the Bridge of Flowers, Glacial Potholes in Shelburne Falls, Mass.

Exploring the Bridge of Flowers, Glacial Potholes in Shelburne Falls, Mass.

The one-of-a-kind Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls, Mass., is a must-see New England travel attraction as this former trolley bridge features 400 ft. of more than 500 varieties of flowers, shrubs and vines! The best times to see the…

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9 Amazing Apple Picking Farms in New England for the Fall Season

9 Amazing Apple Picking Farms in New England for the Fall Season

The 2018 apple picking season is almost upon us in New England, and what better way to experience this fall treasure than to visit a local farm? Here are nine amazing apple picking farms in New England that are at the…

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The 6 Best Independent Bookstores in Massachusetts

The 6 Best Independent Bookstores in Massachusetts

Sometimes, it’s hard to get a good read on modern bookstores. Now don’t get me wrong, these bookstores generally offer a tremendous selection of books, a clean logical layout, good customer service and some excellent deals. What’s not to like?…

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Spectacular Scenery at Maine’s Acadia National Park Loop Road

Spectacular Scenery at Maine’s Acadia National Park Loop Road

Booking.com Seeing some of the most spectacular scenery on the eastern seaboard costs about the price of drive-in movie theater admission, thus making it the “must-see, feel-good New England travel destination” of the spring, summer and fall.” What a tremendous…

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Step Back in Time at Historic Deerfield Village, Mass.

Step Back in Time at Historic Deerfield Village, Mass.

  Historic Deerfield Village, Mass., possesses historic authenticity, preservation and an overall appeal that most other New England historical towns cannot match. That’s quite an accomplishment, given the incredible history that resides in the six-state New England region. Incredibly, all…

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The Cliff Walk, Newport, R.I.

The Cliff Walk, Newport, R.I.

Is it just me, or is the The Cliff Walk in Newport, R.I., the best coastal walk in New England? Other than Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine and Coast Guard Beach on Cape Cod, you’d be hard-pressed to find a…

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Monastery in Wrentham, Mass., Sells Handmade Chocolates

Monastery in Wrentham, Mass., Sells Handmade Chocolates

Chocolate lovers, your prayers for the most delicious chocolates can be answered by visiting a Cistercian monastery in Wrentham, Mass., that has its own on-site candy making facility. Mt. Saint Mary’s Abbey is not only home to approximately 50 nuns, but…

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The World’s Only Curious George Store is Located in Cambridge, Mass.

The World’s Only Curious George Store is Located in Cambridge, Mass.

If you are going bananas trying to find new, interesting family travel attractions in New England, may we suggest The Curious George Store in Cambridge, Mass.? This delightful Harvard Square store is the world’s only brick-and-mortar retail store that sells…

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Steaming Tender in Palmer, Mass., Right on Track as a Great Railroad Station Restaurant

Steaming Tender in Palmer, Mass., Right on Track as a Great Railroad Station Restaurant

Our past few restaurant experiences have been real train wrecks but not Steaming Tender in Palmer, Mass. We are all aboard with its incredible railroad station restaurant theme, friendly service and excellent food, all based on a first visit. Ideally…

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5 Underrated, Beautiful New England Fall Foliage Destinations

5 Underrated, Beautiful New England Fall Foliage Destinations

If you love the New England fall foliage season but would rather “leaf” behind the overwhelming tourist crowds, have no worries. New England offers many less traveled, beautiful autumn destinations that will allow you to focus better on what you…

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Enjoy Free, Inexpensive Museum Admission in the Boston Area

Enjoy Free, Inexpensive Museum Admission in the Boston Area

We have found that expensive admission prices have been on prominent display at many museums recently, so thank goodness there are several in the Boston area that charge very little, if anything at all to enjoy some fine culture (admission…

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World’s End in Hingham, Mass., Defines Scenic Beauty Near Boston

World’s End in Hingham, Mass., Defines Scenic Beauty Near Boston

The views at World’s End in Hingham, Mass., promise instant memories every step of the way. Everywhere you look, the scenery acts like a greatest hits collection of the best of rural, coastal New England travel. The 251-acres feature tree-lined,…

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Brookfield Orchards Branches Out Beyond Just Apple Picking

Brookfield Orchards Branches Out Beyond Just Apple Picking

Many New England apple orchard destinations have a short seasonal life, often closing to the public soon after apple picking ends. Brookfield Orchards in North Brookfield, Mass., has a different business “core,” staying open year-round. While the fall experience here…

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Park Street Books, Medfield, Mass., is the Largest Kids Bookstore in New England

Park Street Books, Medfield, Mass., is the Largest Kids Bookstore in New England

Park Street Books in Medfield, Mass., is certainly on the best sellers list when it comes to offering children’s books. As the largest children’s book store in New England, Park Street Books experienced an exciting new chapter in its business…

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Visiting Nantucket on a Budget

Visiting Nantucket on a Budget

Some people feel that the Cape Cod island of Nantucket, although an amazing place, is a bit too pricey for the simple traveler or the family who is bit more cost conscious. Today I am here to tell you how…

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Falling in Love With the FarmCoast of Rhode Island, Massachusetts

Falling in Love With the FarmCoast of Rhode Island, Massachusetts

  Recently, I experienced a day trip I’ll never forget. A one hour drive to the FarmCoast of Rhode Island and Massachusetts revealed a one-of-a-kind combination of farms, villages, beaches and harbors — far removed from the fast-paced environment that…

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Walpole Town Forest in Walpole, Mass., Offers Scenic Serenity in Suburbia

Walpole Town Forest in Walpole, Mass., Offers Scenic Serenity in Suburbia

The Walpole Town Forest in Walpole, Mass., proves that the wise, old phrase, “seeing beyond the trees” is not always necessary to gain valuable perspectives on life. Outside the trees in this grand old forest, many Walpole residents experience  increasing…

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Hot Chocolate Destinations to Love in New England

Hot Chocolate Destinations to Love in New England

There’s something about hot chocolate and winter that go together. You think of roaring fireplaces, dimly-lit rooms with Christmas decorations, and coming in from the frozen New England tundra for something warming. To validate this winter-was-made-for-hot-chocolate theory, just think of…

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Why You Should Rent a Vacation Home on Cape Cod

Why You Should Rent a Vacation Home on Cape Cod

Cape Cod, Massachusetts, is one of the ultimate New England travel destinations to rent a vacation home. A 70-mile stretch of vacation bliss, Cape Cod features beautiful, expansive sandy ocean beaches and scenic winding roads through charming, tree-lined small towns…

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2018 Enchanted Village: Christmas Magic at Jordan’s Furniture in Avon, Mass.

2018 Enchanted Village: Christmas Magic at Jordan’s Furniture in Avon, Mass.

One of the greatest Christmas gifts anyone could give to us New Englanders is the return of the legendary Enchanted Village Christmas Display at Jordan’s Furniture in Avon MA. The 2018 Enchanted Village starts on Nov. 17 and runs through…

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Just Got Back From: the Hidden Side of Western Massachusetts

Just Got Back From: the Hidden Side of Western Massachusetts

The Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts receive a lot of travel attention and rightfully so — the mountains, rolling hills, lakes, picture-perfect towns and plenty of culture make for appealing destinations. The Berkshires’ popularity, however, takes away from some other…

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Why Waterfront Park in Burlington, Vt. is a Must-Visit Destination

Why Waterfront Park in Burlington, Vt. is a Must-Visit Destination

Burlington, Vt., is a lively city, given its prominent college town genes and  Church Street Marketplace, a four-block outdoor pedestrian shopping and dining mall with so many good restaurants, independent shops and great historical character in its diverse architecture. What…

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