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Fairhaven, Mass., in the Fall
Article and photos by Eric H.
first road trip had me driving through
some tough New Bedford neighborhoods and traffic and then virtually
turning a corner and ending up in this New England piece of nirvana
called Fairhaven. I couldn't believe what I saw: the tree-lined
streets with beautiful old homes leading to the ocean and the
spectacular old municipal buildings and churches revealed one of the
great travel hidden gems in New England. This wasn't just a few houses
and buildings, more like a greatest hits collection of historic New
England going on for at least five blocks. The feeling of peace, quiet
and solitude in the streets was astounding, given its proximity to New
The second time had fall adding
brilliant fall foliage color and the chance to rustle through leaves on
placid streets while taking in the crisp fall air through the proud old main
and side streets of this wonderful, historic district.
Why don't more people know about
Fairhaven? The major
travel guides missed out on this one! For that matter, why don't more people
know about New Bedford? Sure, New Bedford has its rough spots -- just
like any other urban area -- but the 11-block New Bedford Whaling
District is about the nicest area I've seen in any city with its cobblestone
streets, gas lamps, 19th century Federal and Greek style buildings,
historical sites, restaurants and shops, an emerging waterfront and
cultural attractions like the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Fairhaven, on
the other hand, is quite sleepy but this idyllic New England town will
surely awaken your senses. Don't worry, though, it's not too sleepy. I counted a few full service restaurants,
a pizza place and several mom and pop shops that complement the visit,
but never overwhelm or dominate the innate beauty of this attractive
Both communities deserve a stay for very
different reasons. Here are some of those glorious fall moments in
fall colors juxtaposed against the stunning Unitarian Memorial Church makes for
a memorable autumn scene.
starting to fall on the grounds of the beautiful Fairhaven Town Hall.
A walk down a placid side street in Fairhaven.
Rustling through the leaves on a brick sidewalk.
So close but yet so far away from New Bedford across the water (above and below pictures).
For more information on this area, I recommend logging onto our Fairhaven and Mattapoisett, New Bedford Whaling District and New Bedford Whaling Museum pages. I would also recommend calling the Fairhaven Office of Tourism at (508) 979-4085 to learn more about this wonderful town. Hope you get to visit this very underrated area!
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