to Consider a
Vacation in the
Berkshires of Massachusetts.
one of the smaller states in New England, Massachusetts is packed with
things to do for the tourist, perfect for repeated vacations. The most
starting point is Boston. From the European leanings of Newbury Street
to the festive shops and restaurants at Fanueil Hall, Boston is truly
the "Hub of the Universe." With over 40 academic institutions, the
magnificent Boston Common with masterful flower gardens, fine harbor
views, world class restaurants, the Italian-flavored North End, some
fascinating museums, the historic Freedom Trail, and a compact layout
tailor made for walking, Boston deserves an extended visit.
is a famous tourist destination, now more built for year-round
enjoyment -- why
deny yourself to its charm just one or two seasons of the year? Cape
Cod has three distinct personalities -- the commercial-laden miniature
golf, motels, hotels, candle shop mania on sectors of Route 28 in and
around Hyannis; the salt-air, tree-lined Route 6A hugging the ocean
with its captain's homes, fine New England restaurants and charming bed
and breakfasts; and the barren, expansive beaches found at the Cape Cod
National Seashore Park in towns like Eastham, Truro and Welfleet. What
that means is there are so many things to do for everyone within this
famed 70 mile
stretch. For those who say Cape Cod isn't what it used to be,
trip-back-in-time towns like Yarmouthport, Chatham and Brewster give us
the vision of true Cape Cod. For those who say Cape Cod is too boring,
Hyannis, Falmouth and Yarmouth offer endless retail and nightlife
possibilities. The bottom line is that there are sandy, warm water (for
New England) beaches, enough so that you can find your own spot, enjoy
the glorious moment, and start your trip planning to this famed
Berkshire Hills make for another top-notch Massachusetts tourist
destination. With over 90 lakes and 90,000 acres of recreational land
(golf, skiing, parks, etc.) within 45 miles north to south, the
Berkshire Hills are a favorite amongst Bostonians and New Yorkers. Home
of the famed Tanglewood Music Festival in Lenox, Mass., the Berkshires
appeal to vacationers with its rolling hills, farmland, all-American,
Norman Rockwell-type Main Streets (Stockbridge, Great Barrington, North
Adams, West Stockbridge to name a few). North Adams, in particular, has
enjoyed a wonderful turnaround, going from dumpy factory town to a
charming tourist destination with interesting shops set to beautiful
views of the surrounding mountains. Mount Greylock serves as the
region's official mountain, actually being the highest point in
Massachusetts at 3,491 feet. At Mt. Greylock, the dramatic and rather
scary hairpin turn affords views of Massachusetts, Vermont, New York,
Connecticut and New Hampshire. The Berkshire may not have the
spectacular mountains of the nearby Green Mountains, of Vermont, but
what it does have is true vacation appeal, courtesy of the lovely,
gentle, unspoiled towns.
may have these major vacation destinations, but what really makes this
one of New England's best states are the small towns and villages that
give this compact state its true flavor. Towns like Petersham,
Templeton, Westminster, Rutland, Barre, and West Brookfield in the
middle and northern part of the state have no pretension or excessive
development, just a lot of nice old homes, village greens and farmland
that just goes to show that beyond the Boston suburbs begins the
predominant rural character of Massachusetts. Especially nice is
Quabbin Reservoir in the center of Massachusetts, where one can find a
truly natural setting and capture perfect solitude, save an occasional
eagle flying by.
more well known end, a stroll through historic Concord, including a
peaceful stroll around Walden Pond(Henry David Thoreau's former home),
or a day at a beach on the North Shore (Rockport, Gloucester, Ipswich,
Manchester-By-The-Sea, Newburyport) are a few more ideas to get your
Massachusetts vacation kicking into high gear.
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Destinations - Great Towns and Cities
Best Massachusetts travel
less-traveled Massachusetts destinations
Cape Cod vacation and travel fun in the
Travel photo essay of
coastal Fairhaven and Mattapoisett,
Your Boston Travel and
40 reasons to visit Lexington and
travel essay of Chatham, MA, a picturesque, traditional Cape Cod
Bedford, MA, an
underrated, classic New England small town.
Village, MA, Video Tour
and travel essay of historic North Easton Village.
MA Road Trip Video
Salem's "lifestyles of the
witch and famous."
of the New Bedford Whaling District.
Spending a perfect day
in historic, unspoiled West Brookfield, MA
and travel essay of the West Brookfield, MA, Town Common.
Downtown Plymouth, MA
living in Massachusetts.
small town charm with city amenities.
Is Franklin, MA,
of the best places to live?
Concord, MA, offer
a remarkable preservation and respect of Colonial America while keeping
a foot in the 21st century.
Farm, fence, blanket of snow in Walpole, Mass.
charm in the southwest suburbs of Boston
summer like walk through Bird Park in Walpole MA
choice adjectives for Salem MA
Views of Boston from Memorial Drive Cambridge and Robbins Farm Arlington
Fairhaven, Mass., in the fall
the Grafton, Mass., hilltop village downtown district
Millis, Mass., is a beautiful
New England small town
traditional Foxboro MA
How to vacation in
during a recession.
Boston: a virtual guided tour,
from a local's perspective
Boston, MA, neighborhoods.
Taking in coastal nirvana at
Horseneck Beach in Westport
Fall photos of Concord
the Quabbin Reservoir and quaint New Salem MA
Small town charm in
Photos of Newbury St., Boston
Boston's unique ways.
Boston's urban greatness
MA: A New England fisherman's community worth visiting.
Falls, MA, has small-town charm for all walks of life
downtown Shelburne Falls, MA
Marion, Mass., is
one of Massachusetts' true hidden gems, a charming harbor town with an
: A nice town to visit and a place you might want to live.
On the road in New
England: Downtown Norwood, Mass.
Newburyport, a classic seaside North Shore destination.
Mass., is an underrated community by the sea.
Rockport and the scenic North Shore make for a
great seaside alternative to Cape Cod.
Wakefield is one lucky
suburban Boston town to have Lake Quannapowwit (photo special).
Stockbridge, Mass., is a pure New
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Attractions (includes shopping)
our New England tourist attractions page for the best things to do in
Commons downtown shopping district, Mashpee MA
What it's like to be at the Topsfield
Fair, Topsfield, Mass.
Rock State Park in Berkley, Mass., offers more than just forested land
Visiting the landmark Kane's Donuts in Saugus, Mass.
at Legacy Place in Dedham, Mass.
Taking in a New England Revolution
soccer game at Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass.
Traditional New England
Lawtons Farm Stand in Foxboro, Mass.
Farm's Ice Cream Stand, East Mansfield, MA.
Charm of the Dedham
Community Movie Theater in Dedham, MA
Brook Reservation in Norfolk, MA
Lakeville, MA, farm
stunning Clydesdale horses.
in Easton and Sharon, MA.
Trail and Ocean Spray Cranberry Bog at Patriot Place, Foxboro, MA.
a "field day" at The Hall at Patriot Place, honoring the New
Patriots and football, in general, in New England in Foxboro, MA.
a jewel of a beach in Wrentham, MA
The Big E Fair,
West Springfield, MA (September event
The Historic Franklin Public
Library in Franklin, MA
and Tour E-Tickets Information.
is a Merry-Go-Round at
Nantasket Beach in Hull, MA.
Concord 5 and 10 Brings
Shoppers Back to a Simpler Time.
A Scenic Hike by the Neponset
River, Suburban Boston.
Having a whale of a
good time at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.
The old-fashioned Wayside Country Store
in Marlborough, MA, brings back special memories.
Review and Photos of Patriot Place and Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA
offer a fun baseball game experience at Campanelli Stadium
in Brockton, MA.
Shire Book Shop
lovers dream located in a historic mill building complex.
in Brookfield, Mass. goes beyond apple picking with a year-round
country store and bakery (including delicious homemade apple dumplings)
The top 30
Boston, MA, tourist attractions
Pro Shops serves as a great outdoor store and major tourist attraction
in Foxborough, MA (Patriot Place at Gillette Stadium).
The amazing Automile in
Fenway Park tours --
from a baseball and comic's perspective
Street Farm, in Millis, offers a rural respite from bustling
suburbia with beautiful farmland, an ice cream stand, flowers and
plants for sale, wonderful produce, a gift shop, pick your own fruit
and vegetables, a hiking trail and more.
Photo:The Bridge of Flowers,
Shelburne Falls, MA.
Photo:A long view of the Bridge
of Flowers in Shelburne Falls, MA.
Favorite miniature golf
courses in the Boston area.
the pumpkin patch,
The Big Red Barn at Adams
Farm, Walpole, MA
Route One North in
Saugus and Lynnfield is a strange
slice of Americana.
The Discovery Museums, of
Acton, Mass., encourages the wonderment of educational discovery
The Berkshires in
Massachusetts Make A Perfect Destination for an Antiques Road Trip.
Natural Gourmet in West Concord,
Mass., offers a healthy,
community-oriented approach to health foods and products.
Bay in Quincy, Mass., offers the best of both worlds, as it
is rich in New England history and tourist appeal (dining, shopping and
The special story behind the Ever So Humble Pie Company in East Walpole
it feels like to be on a Public
Garden swan boat ride,
and at the Prudential Skywalk
Observatory and Faneuil
A "revolutionary" place
to visit: The Old North Bridge in Concord, MA
How to take a Boston movie and TV sites tour
Park, Boston, MA
Premium Outlets in Wrentham, Mass., offers a shopper's
and hiking through
for an ideal nature-oriented New England
The Big Apple Farm,
Wrentham, Mass., makes apple picking fun
Park, in Walpole, Mass.,
is a true hidden New England gem.
Maynard Outdoor Store
the good old days of locally-owned shopping.
Belkin Lookout Farm
creates a unique apple picking
Plum Island is a hidden
Massachusetts gem on the northern Massachusetts coastline.
The Welfleet Drive In is
alternative to the 20 cinema mult-plex monsters.
Concord's Orchard House, Louisa May
Alcott's formr home.
Family vacations abound in
Southwick's Zoo is
than a barrel of monkeys.
the best New England downtowns in our "Centers of attention," series.
This month's debut article features Foxborough,
House Museum, Concord, MA - An American treasure.
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Top Picks: Massachusetts
Dining from the New
England Restaurant Guide
in the North End of Boston
1761 Old Mill restaurant, Westminster
Prince Pizzeria, Saugus
Assonet Inn, Assonet
Aunt Aleda's, Mansfield
Longfellow's Wayside Inn, Sudbury
Salem Cross Inn, West Brookfield
The Raven's Nest, Walpole
Kelly's Roast Beef,
Massachusetts restaurants thought to be out of business but aren't
George's Surf and Turf,
The Lobster Pot, Wareham
Chatham Fish Pier Market,
Wood's Seafood, Plymouth
Seafood, Nantasket Beach, Hull
Dave's Diner, Middleboro
Napper Tandy's Walpole
Kimball Farm, Westford
Howard's Drive-in, West
and I, Bridgewater
Best fried clams in the Boston area
Best Irish pubs from Boston to
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at the lowest guaranteed rates in our New england Hotels Guide.
Find Metro Boston, MA, Hotels for
Your Business Trips -- includes lodging in Boston
and surrounding suburbs near office and industrial parks.
Wachusett Village Inn in
Westminster, Mass., is perfect any time of the year.
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Massachusetts on a Budget at The Thrifty New England Traveler
How to vacation at Nantucket on a budget
World's End in Hingham defines scenic beauty near
Park Street Books in Medfield is the largest
childrens' bookstore in New England
12 budget travel ideas in Concord
How to visit Nantasket Beach in Hull without breaking
Enjoying the day at Long Beach in Plymouth
Nuns make and sell homemade chocolates at Wrentham
Cape Cod summer travel alternative: Onset Village and
Taking in a Cape Cod Baseball League game
Arcades, park, beach at Salem Willows, Salem
canoeing at Quaboag River, Brookfield, Mass.
walk around Walden Pond, Concord, Mass.
legendary Enchanted Village Christmas display at Jordan's Furniture in
La Salette Christmas lights display in Attleboro
Planning an affordable pilgrimage to Plymouth
the magnificent Millicent Public Library, Fairhaven, Mass.
and inexpensive museums in the Boston area
free Cape Cod Canal Bike Trail
of affordable fun at Richardson's Ice Cream Stand, Middleton, Mass.