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Nubble Lighthouse at sunrise in York, ME
Nubble Lighthouse at sunrise in York, Maine.

Eric Hurwitz, editor and publisher at VisitingNewEngland.Welcome to New England! 

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for the best of New England travel, vacation and food destinations. Stories on VisitingNewEngland include lighthouses, country stores, coastal Maine, quaint small towns, ocean and lake beaches, fresh local seafood, and of course, delicious New England clam chowder. On the main site and its blogs, VisitingNewEngland offers you more than 1,500 posts on New England to read. Stay awhile and enjoy the online journey! 

Let's get right into the heart and soul of the New England states -- Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont...

Making the apple cider doughnuts at The Common Man in Hooksett, New Hampshire.The New England Small Business Chronicles I am a huge proponent of small businesses in New England, recognizing the traditional, vital role they play in our society. I only write about businesses I feel a connection to as they offer a great experience for customers while showing strong pride of ownership.

Sweet Valentine's Day Destinations...

Len Libby Candies, Scarborough, Maine | Mystic Sweets, Mystic, Conn. | Winfrey's Fudge and Chocolates, Rowley, Mass. | Watson's Candies, Walpole, Mass.

Suggested for you...
Stocking up on homemade sweet and savory pies from a mom and pop pie shop in Norton, Mass. | Warming up to a nice bowl of lobster stew from Maine | Enjoying a gourmet five-course meal at Little Red Riding Hood's Grandmother's House | How to feel a sense of belonging in New England | For those who enjoy restaurants with fresh local seafood and ocean views | Finding beach town bliss in coastal Maine | Stopping at a highway service center unlike any other at The Common Man Roadside, Hooksett, N.H.  | Charming small towns and cities that look like something out of a Hallmark movie | Discovering the only place in the United States where you can dine at the top of a lighthouse | Recommendations on great outlet shopping centers in New England from someone who doesn't like outlet shopping | Top things to do in Boston

The New England States

Sunapee Harbor, N.H.
Sunapee Harbor, N.H.

Scroll past this section if you don't need a "101" on New England! Be sure, though, to browse the thousands of page at VisitingNewEngland for the best destinations, attractions and dining out places in each state!

New England is located in the northeast corner of the United States of America and comprises six one-of-a-kind states -- tailor-made for instant travel memories. Connecticut resides to the south, Rhode Island southeast and Massachusetts situated north of those two states and under Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. The region features beautiful mountains and hills, publicly-accessible coastline with sandy beaches, charming small towns, lively big cities, cultural and family attractions, country and general stores, sports teams (like the Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics, Patriots and Revolution) and plenty of historic towns greens and myriad other examples of remarkable historic preservation.

Although we could go on and on about each state (and we do on our web site!), here are some examples of what we love about Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont...

Connecticut."The Nutmeg State" offers the best of both worlds -- that is, the fun of New England travel well as its proximity to New York City (not in New England). When thinking of Connecticut, picturesque coastal towns (Mystic, Madison, Stonington Borough, Old Saybrook, Guilford), Yale University, thin-crust pizza in New Haven, historic town commons, 41-acre Bushnell Park in Hartford, lobster rolls (top-split hot-dog bun stuffed with warm lobster tossed with a little melted butter), antique shopping, Mystic Aquarium and Seaport, Gilmore Girls-type Stars Hollows towns (many in the Litchfield Hills region), ocean beaches, farms and rolling hills (towards the northeast and northwest) come to mind.

Maine. "The Pine Tree State" showcases rocky coast, memorable historic lighthouses, whoopie pies, salt water taffy, locally-caught lobster, wild blueberries, waterfront seafood restaurants, Acadia National Park where the ocean meets the mountains, postcard-perfect coastal towns with scenic harbors (Ogunquit, Kennebunkport, York Harbor, Northeast Harbor), refreshing mountain towns (Bethel, Rangeley), the thriving historic waterfront city of Portland, and the Stephen King House in Bangor.

Massachusetts. "The Bay State" features Boston, known as "The Hub of the Universe".  The 40-plus colleges and universities, several distinct neighborhoods, coastal presence, world-class museums, beloved sports teams that locals are endlessly loyal to and passionate about, and mix of modern and historical makes for a fascinating, highly cultural travel destination. Massachusetts does not end at Boston, however -- far from it. Cape Cod, Plymouth (where the pilgrims landed), the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts (home of the Tanglewood music venue in Lenox), the coastal bliss of the North and South Shores and cranberry bogs are just a few of the places that make "The Bay State" so special. New England clam chowder, baked cod, fried clams, Boston Cream Pie, and baked beans further add to the travel and food fun!

New Hampshire. The “Live Free or Die” state has just about everything you could ask for in New England travel. The White Mountains feature many family attractions, places to hike, spectacular foliage during autumn (be sure to drive the famous Kancamagus Highway for leaf peeping), several ski destination opportunities in the winter and Mount Washington, the highest peak in New England at 6,288 ft. Lake Winnipesaukee offers refreshing lake town appeal in places like Meredith and Wolfeboro with their cute downtowns offering plenty of shopping and dining options to go along with water views and recreational opportunities. The coastline might be brief but is beautiful including the beaches of Rye, the honky tonk environs of Hampton Beach, the traditional feel of Newcastle and the bustling, picturesque small city of Portsmouth. Manchester has regained its presence as one of New England's greatest cities -- especially with the revitalization of the mills, as well as the resurgence of locally-owned shops and restaurants on Elm Street. Going southwest will bring you to the Currier and Ives-type communities in the Monadnock Region including Keene, Peterborough, Dublin, Hancock and Harrisville. The sight of Mount Monadnock is simply beautiful -- a New England must-see. It is also a great destination for hikers.

Rhode Island It is the smallest state in the country but Rhode Island (known as "The Ocean State"  has more than 400 miles of coastline with a high concentration of publicly-accessible beaches -- some of the best in New England, actually. How to further get that special Rhode Island feeling: the elegant Newport mansions, the Newport Jazz Festival, Roger Williams Zoo, charming villages (like Wickford Village and Pawtuxet Village) local farms, great local diners and the ever-growing vibrant city of Providence (home of Brown University). Also, the Famrcoast towns like Tiverton and Little Compton shine with their mix of farmland and coastal scenery. On the food side of things, go for the stuffies (quahogs with a mix of breading and herbs), Rhode Island clam chowder (a clear soup with stewed tomatoes), coffee milk and johnnycakes!

Vermont. "The Green Mountain State" might veer toward the left with its politics and way of life but it is right for everyone in terms of visiting or perhaps laying down roots. This scenic, welcoming state brings about travel joy with classic New England small towns (Stowe, Dorset, Grafton, Woodstock, Newfane), the thriving college city of Burlington with its beautiful Lake Champlain presence and pedestrian-friendly Church Street Marketplace consisting of 100-plus stores, restaurants, entertainment and seasonal events. Also, coming to mind: the small-town-meets-state-capital city vibe of Montpelier, dairy farms, ski destinations and other recreational opportunities like hiking and swimming destinations within the Green Mountains. Some famous, iconic businesses in Vermont include the Ben and Jerry's Factory in Waterbury, Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe and the Vermont Country Store in Weston. Local yumminess: maple on snow, Creemies  (soft-serve ice cream), Vermont cheddar cheese, apple pie with cheddar cheese (it is surprisingly good!), apple cider donuts and maple baked beans.

Country Stores in New England 

A must- see New England travel attraction: Vermont Country Store, Weston, Vt.
The Vermont Country Store, Weston, Vt.

Everyone loves a good-old-fashioned country store. One step into these trip-back-in-time stores often leads to creaky wooden floors and hard-to-find items, aromas of locally-made soaps and candles, as well as maple syrup, cheeses, penny candy and homemade fudge. Vermont leads the pack when it comes to these local shopping treasures but Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island have some gems, too. Please be sure to make country stores an essential part of your New England vacation trip planning list! Read more

The Ultimate Oceanside Beach Town

Short Sands Beach in York Beach, Maine
Short Sands Beach, York Beach, Maine.

New England offers so many wonderful beach towns but York Beach comes out on top of my list. The combination of beaches, rocky coast, lighthouse, great seafood, waterfront places to stay and a fun amusement park and zoo... I just want to be there right now! Read more

Overflowing, Delicious Lobster Rolls

Lobster roll from Warren's Lobster House in Kittery, Maine
Lobster roll from Warren's Lobster House.

So many eateries and markets offer this regional favorite that it's difficult to know before that first visit who serves the bland and who serves the best. We have found some of the best and share those food destinations with you including The Beach Plum with various locations in New Hampshire, Warren's Lobster House in Kittery, Maine and Lobstah on a Roll in Boston, Mass. and Salem, Mass. For a list of many outstanding local destinations for lobster rolls, click here.

Local New England Seafood

A great New England vacation dining out destination: DiMillo's On the Water, Portland, Maine
DiMillo's On the Water, Portland, Maine.

No New England vacation would be complete without experiencing local seafood. Some coastal restaurants even source the majority of its fish within a mile of their businesses -- talk about fresh!  A few shining examples of outstanding seafood restaurants include the Coast Guard House in Narragansett, R.I., DiMillo's On the Water in Portland, Maine and Woodman's in Essex, Mass.

Also, be sure to check out my suggestions for must-visit local seafood restaurants.

Lighthouses in New England

Nubble Lighthouse at night in York, Maine

Let's cut right to the chase: Nubble Lighthouse is my favorite lighthouse in New England. Find out why right here. Also, did you know that lighthouses aren't just for tourists to gaze at and snap photos? This lighthouse in Newburyport, Mass. is the only one in the United States where you can dine at the top! Last but not least, check out this scene of a beautiful lighthouse and beach on old Cape Cod.

Quaint Small Towns and Cities

Downtown Newburyport, Mass.
Downtown Newburyport, Mass.

Who doesn't love quaint and charming when it comes to small towns? New England specializes in these special small towns that offer lots of fun things to do but, more importantly, a sense of community. For the record: Yes, I do love those Hallmark movies that portray small town life and thought it would be a good idea to write the story, Small New England Towns That Would Look Great in Hallmark Movies. Enjoy the story although you probably won't find pastry chefs, dog trainers, divorce attorneys, royalty, incompetent babysitters or supernatural elements there.

A few more small town suggestions that come to mind: Stonington Borough, Conn., Wolfeboro, N.H., Kennebunkport, Maine, Little Compton, R.I., Newport, R.I. (admittedly, a mix of big town and small city) and Newburyport, Mass. Also, be sure to check out the 40 Best Towns, Cities, Villages and Regions in New England article, as well at these beautiful scenes in the six state region.

Also, check out my stories on a charming Rhode Island village that's actually located in two cities...  a thriving Massachusetts town center that the Pilgrims would be proud of... this scenic, idyllic small town by the bay in Rhode Island with lots of things to see and do... an imperfectly perfect fishing town on the North Shore of Massachusetts... the Maine summer beach town that is just an hour from Boston and ideal for families... a humble but bustling little town in the Berkshires of Massachusetts that never bothered to go upscale... a truly special, must-visit country store in Vermont.

New England Clam Chowder

New England clam chowder from Steaming Tender in Palmer, Mass.
New England clam chowder from Steaming Tender in Palmer, Mass.

There's nothing like a thick, creamy, chock-full-of-clams cup of New England clam chowder. We've been to other parts of the country and, with all due respect, they just don't compare when it comes to this version of clam chowder. If I had to pick one place for yummy New England clam chowder, it would have to be CabbyShack in Plymouth, Mass. The clam chowder is so thick, you can stick a spoon straight up in the cup or bowl!

On the underrated side, Steaming Tender -- a beautifully restored H.H. Richardson train-station-turned restaurant in Palmer, Mass. -- makes an outstanding version.

Also if opting to make authentic New England clam chowder at home, check out this classic recipe from the former Durgin Park Restaurant in Boston, Mass. Durgin Park is, sadly, gone but the clam chowder recipe remains, forever.

Offbeat Fun

Lenny the Chocolate Moose at Len Libby Candies in Scarborough, Maine.
Lenny the Chocolate Moose.

For those that love their travel a little different, the six-state region features some offbeat but thoroughly accessible family attractions. How about enjoying a five course meal at Little Red Riding Hood's Grandmother's House in the middle of the New Hampshire woods? Then again, you could meet Lenny the 1,700 lb lifelike-size chocolate moose at a certain famous candy house in Maine. If you're in the mood for an ice cream cone and needing to improve your home at the same time, this Plainville, Mass. ice cream stand will more than suffice. Or, how about touring a spectacular castle in Connecticut, originally built for a famous playwright and actor?

Traditional Local Dining
Waterfall at the Old Mill Restaurant in Westminster, Mass.
The Old Mill in Westminster, Mass.

When on a New England vacation or day trip, why not dine New England-style? Many historic restaurants remain that offer traditional local ambiance and delicious Yankee fare. A few that come to mind that I highly recommend during your New England travel: The Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield, Mass., the Bull Run in Shirley, Mass. and the Old Mill in Westminster, Mass.

Nice Destinations That Aren't Vacation Towns

Sunrise at Turner Pond, Walpole, Mass.
Sunrise at Turner Pond in Walpole, Mass.

New England vacation towns don't always tell the whole story. Often, the unassuming, un-hyped residential towns impress with their community spirit and hidden scenery. Two cases-in-point: Warren, R.I. and Walpole, Mass. (article and photos). You won't be experiencing the once-in-a-lifetime vacation that the marketing companies promote but will quite possibly enjoy a most satisfying stroll down a tree-lined street with old homes, an uncrowded spot for a sunrise or sunset and great places to eat that that might not be known beyond the town limits.

Old School New England - Then and Now

Peterborough Diner, Peterborough, N.H.
Peterborough Diner, Peterborough N.H.

For those who love returning to another simpler place and time, here is a recollection of restaurants no longer with us in New England. Living in the present, here are some of the best classic diners in New England (the birthplace of diners) that I think you will absolutely love for their ample portions of food, welcoming no-frills atmosphere and great value for the money. Also when in Boston, you've got to check out the Pleasant Cafe in the Roslindale neighborhood. It's a classic old school Boston restaurant and bar that has seen only one ownership change since 1937! Last but not least, local ice cream stands bring a sense of yesteryear to our senses but also serve as a delightful, timeless tradition. Check out some of the best ice cream stands right here.

Autumn in the Six-State Region

Fall foliage in Wolfeboro, N.H.
Fall foliage by Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, N.H.

Many consider fall the best time to spend a New England vacation in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Makes perfect sense with the colorful leaves, apple picking, freshly-made apple cider, pumpkin patches, local harvest festivals and generally more comfortable temperatures. Check out some of our favorite fall foliage destinations, scenic drives and attractions right here.

But Wait, That's Not All

Boston Public Garden, Boston, Massachusetts.
Boston Public Garden, Boston, Mass.

We certainly did not forget about some of the greatest New England destinations -- it's just that we can only feature a certain amount of story links on this page. By using the navigation bar at the top of this page or any other on this site, you'll be able to find stories on your favorite places like Boston, Cape Cod, the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, Acadia National Park, the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Newport, R.I., Mystic Conn., Stowe and Burlington, Vt., and a whole lot more. Enjoy!

Editor's note: Always research desired New England vacation and travel destinations ahead of time as the stay-at-home Coronavirus alert has affected current state travel, including attractions, dining and places to stay.

Online Storyteller: The Local Small Business Chronicles

Supporting the great mom and pop businesses of New England

Making the apple cider doughnuts at The Common Man in Hooksett, New Hampshire.
Judi Hermanson creates apple cider doughnuts at The Common Man Roadside in Hooksett, N.H.

Here's something you will never see on a New England travel blog: a dedicated section with stories on small businesses in New England! I love these small businesses and greatly believe in what they do. That is why I wrote about them.  Now is more important than ever to tell the story on small businesses in America, and, specifically here, on New England small businesses.

If you feel that your local, small business would be of interest to travelers in New England, please write to us. While we have a very selective process (only businesses I feel a connection to so I can write authentically and truthfully for our readers), I would love to hear your story and why your business is special!  It's a win-win: I get to write about great small businesses and share it amongst our significant social media audience, while you help support my small business.

Sunnyside Gardens floral shop in Hopkinton,, Mass..
Sunnyside Gardens Floral Shop, Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Common Man Roadside Millyard in Manchester, NH.
The Common Man Roadside Millyard, Manchester, New Hampshire

Pickity Place in Mason NH features a five-course lunch, gift shop, gardens and a cozy red cottage that is the inspiration for the 1948 version of Little Red Riding Hood.
Pickity Place, Mason, New Hampshire

Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley, Mass.
Bull Run Restaurant, Shirley, Massachusetts

Alamo BBQ in Brookline, NH.
Alamo BBQ and Tequila Bar, Brookline, New Hampshire

Fresh juice pouring at The Juice Bar Norwood in Norwood, Mass.
The Juice Bar, Norwood, Mass.

Lenny, at Len Libby Candies in Scarborough, Maine, is the world's only life-size chocolate moose.
Len Libby Candies, Scarborough, Maine

Sandy's Chill Spot Ice Cream and Seafood Restaurant in Bellingham, Mass.
Sandy's Chill Spot, Bellingham, Massachusetts

Jo's American Bistro in Newport, R.I.
Jo's American Bistro, Newport, Rhode Island

Jonathan's Restaurant in Ogunquit, Maine is a local dining out landmark dating back to 1976 and specializing in locally-sourced food.
Jonathan's Restaurant, Ogunquit, Maine

Classic bar pizza from CRISP in Walpole, MA
CRISP, Walpole, Massachusetts (South Shore Bar Pizza)

DiMillo's restaurant, Portland, Maine
DiMillo's on The Water, Portland, Maine

Red Apple Farm is a fourth generation family farm in Phillipston, MA
Red Apple Farm, Phillipston, Massachusetts

Dining room at the Newburyport Lighthouse in Newburyport, Mass.
Dining Room at the Newburyport Lighthouse, Newburyport, Massachusetts

Huge breakfast sandwich from CRACK'D Kitchen and Coffee in Andover, MA
CRACK'D Kitchen & Coffee, Andover, Massachusetts

The Common Man Roadside at the New Hampshire Welcome Center in Hooksett, N.H/
The Common Man Roadside, Hooksett, New Hampshire

Watson's Candies in Walpole, Mass., features homemade chocolates and fudge from old family recipes
Watson's Candies, Walpole, Massachusetts

Beyond Full restaurant is located in Hopedale Town Hall in Hopedale, Mass.
Beyond Full at Hopedale Town Hall, Hopedale, Massachusetts

Dining in a snug at Father's Kitchen and Taphouse in East Sandwich, Mass.
Father's Kitchen and Taphouse, East Sandwich, Massachusetts

The Coast Guard House in Narragansett, R.I., features locally harvested seafood and incredible water views.
Coast Guard House, Narragansett, Rhode Island

CJ's Great West Grill in Manchester, N.H., serves made-from-scratch food inspired by diverse American cuisines,
CJ's Great West Grill, Manchester, New Hampshire

Jake's in Northampton, Mass., and Jake's at the Mill in North Amherst, Mass. features locally sourced foods for breakfast and lunch.
Jake's in Northampton, Jake's at the Mill in North Amherst, Massachusetts

Thwaites Market, Methuen, Mass.
Thwaites Market, Methuen, Massachusetts

Cheesy Street Grill, located on the Massachusetts Turnpike at the Westborough and Natick Service Plazas, specializes in gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and hearty tomato bisque.
Cheesy Street Grill, Westborough, Natick Service Plazas -- Massachusetts Turnpike

Oliva's Market, Milford, Mass.
Oliva's Market, Deli, Catering & Gourmet Gifts, Milford, Massachusetts

Four Seas Ice Cream, Cape Cod, MA (Centerville)
Four Seas Ice Cream, Centerville, Massachusetts

Lobstah On A Roll, Salem and Boston, Mass.
Lobstah On A Roll, Boston and Salem, Massachusetts

Fudge display from Winfrey's Fudge and Chocolates in Rowley, Mass.
Winfrey's Fudge and Chocolates, Rowley, Massachusetts

Lobster tank at Jasper White's Summer Shack in Cambridge, Mass.
Jasper White's Summer Shack, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Trevor Stevens brings out fresh doughnuts from Country Kitchen Donuts in Millis, Mass.
Country Kitchen Donuts, Millis, Massachusetts
and Walpole, Massachusetts

Mike's Restaurant, Fairhaven, MA
Mike's Restaurant, Fairhaven, Massachusetts

Thornes Marketplace in Northampton MA.
Thornes Marketplace in Northampton, Massachusetts

Tessie's Bar & Kitchen, Walpole, Mass.
Tessie's Bar & Kitchen, Walpole, Massachusetts

Homemade whoopie pie from The Whoo(pie) Wagon in Topsfield, Mass.
The Whoo(pie) Wagon, Topsfield, Massachusetts

When Pigs Fly Bakery and Pizzeria, Kittery, Maine
When Pigs Fly Bakery and Pizzeria, Kittery, Maine

.Carmella's Pizzeria in Middletown, Rhode Island
Carmella's Pizzeria, Middletown, Rhode Island

Parker's Pub, Wrentham, Mass.
Parker's Pub, Wrentham, Massachusetts

PZA Gourmet Pizza, Salem, Mass.
PZA Gourmet Pizza, Salem, Massachusetts

Sample plate from PJ's Smoke "N" Grill in Medway, Massachusetts.
PJ's Smoke "N" Grill, Medway, Massachusetts

Flaky Crust Pies, Norton, Mass.
Flaky Crust Pies, Norton, Massachusetts

Rosetta's Italian Restaurant, Canton, MA.
Rosetta's Italian Restaurant, Canton, Massachusetts

Reasons To Be Cheerful ice cream shop in West Concord, Mass.
Reasons To Be Cheerful ice cream parlor, West Concord, Massachusetts

Central House restaurant, Westborough, Mass.
Central House, Westborough, Massachusetts

Copper Door Restaurant, Bedford, N.H.
Copper Door restaurant, Bedford, New Hampshire

Charred Oak Tavern, Middleborough, Massachusetts
The Charred Oak Tavern, Middleborough, Massachusetts

Summer Scoops ice cream stand at Osborne Materials in Plainville, MA.
Summer Scoops at Osborne Nursery, Plainville, Massachusetts

Coastal Roasters coffee shop in Tiverton, R.I.
Coastal Roasters in Tiverton, Rhode Island

Classic Rebuben sandwich from Ken's NY Style Deli and Restaurant in Bedford, Mass.
Ken's NY Style Deli & Brick Oven Pizzeria, Bedford, Massachusetts

Schoolhouse Ice Cream, Burlington, Mass.
Schoolhouse Ice Cream, Burlington, Massachusetts

Red Heat Tavern, Bedford, Mass.
Red Heat Tavern, Bedford, Massachusetts

Arturo's Ristorante, Westborough, Mass.
Arturo's Ristorante, Westborough, Massachusetts

Simple Man Saloon, downtown Clinton MA
Simple Man Saloon, Clinton, Massachusetts

Garlic Knot New York Pizza from Granfanallys in Sale, N.H.
Granfanallys, Salem, New Hampshire

CabbyShack New England clam chowder
CabbyShack, Plymouth, Massachusetts

Providence GPub, Providence, R.I.
Providence GPub, Providence, Rhode Island

Homemade ice cream from Hayward's Ice Cream in Nashua, N.H.
Hayward's Ice Cream Stand, Nashua, New Hampshire

Pleasant Cafe, Roslindale, Mass. (Boston neighborhood)
Pleasant Cafe, Roslindale, Massachusetts

Shopping for antiques and shabby chic merchandise at Winsmith Mill Market in Norwood, mass.
Winsmith MILL Market (antiques, shabby chic shopping) in Norwood, Massachusetts

Sausage and hot dog from Fred's Franks in Wakefield, Mass.
Fred's Franks, Wakefield, Massachusetts

Cipcake Charlie's in Falmouth, Massachusetts (Cape Cod)
Cupcake Charlie's, Falmouth, Mashpee, Plymouth, Foxborough, Newport

Fried clam platter from Woodman's of Essex, Massachusetts
Woodman's, Essex, Massachusetts

Knead Doughnuts, Providence, R.I.
KNEAD Doughnuts, Providence, R.I.

B.T.'s Smokehouse BBQ restaurant in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
B.T.'s Smokehouse, Sturbridge, Massachusetts

Centerville Pie Company, Centerville, Massachusetts (Cape Cod)
Centerville Pie Company, Centerville, Massachusetts (Cape Cod)

Normandy Farms Campground elevated safari tent in Foxborough, Massachusetts
Normandy Farms Campground, Foxborough, Massachusetts (near Boston)

Suzanne Foley, owner of Port City Pretzels in Portsmouth, N.H.
Port City Pretzels, Portsmouth, N.H.

Cushman Market and Cafe, North Amherst, Massachusetts
Cushman Market and Cafe, North Amherst, Massachusetts

Kelly's Roast Beef, Revere Beach, in Revere, Massachusetts
Kelly's Roast Beef, Revere Beach, Revere, Massachusetts

Hager's Farm Market in Shelburne, Massachusetts
Hager's Farm Market, Shelburne, Massachusetts

Homemade vanilla chocolate chip fudge from Mystic Sweets and Ice Cream Shoppe in Mystic Conn.
Mystic Sweets and Ice Cream Shoppe, Mystic, Connecticut

The Drawing Room at Anthi Associates in Marion, Massachusetts
The Drawing Room at Anthi Associates, Marion Massachusetts.

Depot Street Tavern in Milford, Massachusetts
Depot Street Tavern, Milford, Massachusetts

Kindles Wood Fired Pizzeria, Marlborough, Massachusetts
Kindles Wood Fired Pizzeria, Marlborough, Massachusetts

Lobster roll from the Beach Plum in North Hampton, N.H.
The Beach Plum in North Hampton, Portsmouth and Epping, N.H.

Beantown Pastrami Co. in the Boston Public Market in Boston, Mass.
Beantown Pastrami Co, Boston, Mass.

Nashoba Restaurant, Ayer, Massachusetts
Nashoba Club Pizza Restaurant, Ayer, Massachusetts

Main Streets Market and Cafe, Concord, Mass.
Main Streets Market & Cafe, downtown Concord, Massachusetts

The Raven's Nest, Walpole, Mass.
The Raven's Nest, Walpole, Massachusetts

The quaint UxLocale restaurant in Uxbridge, Mass.
The UXLocale Restaurant, Uxbridge, Massachusetts

Pizza restaurant stories from New England...
Pizza restaurant stories from New England

Warrens's Lobster House on the waterfront in Kittery, Maine, serves Maine lobster, as well as featuring one of the biggest restaurant salad bars in New England.
Warren's Lobster House, Kittery, Maine

The Crafty Yankee Gift Shop, Leington, Mass.
Crafty Yankee, Lexington, Massachusetts

A mouthwatering burger from The Abbey in Providence, Rhode Island.
The Abbey, Providence, Rhode Island

Barretts Alehouse in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts.
Barrett's Alehouse, West Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Snowdon Chalet, Londonderry, Vermont 
Snowdon Chalet, Londonderry, Vermont 

Salem Cross Inn, West Brookfield, Massachusetts
Salem Cross Inn, West Brookfield, Massachusetts

Wicked Whoopies, Freeport, Maine
Wicked Whoopies, Freeport, Maine

Clyde's, Walpole, Massachusetts
Clyde's, Walpole, Massachusetts

Steaming Tender Restaurant, Palmer MA
Steaming Tender Restaurant, Palmer, Massachusetts

Nesting Gift Shop in downtown Concord, Mass.
Nesting Gift Shop, downtown Concord, Massachusetts

Roundabout Diner, Portsmouth NH
Roundabout Diner, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Vanilla Bean Cafe, Pomfret CT
Vanilla Bean Cafe, Pomfret, Connecticut

Crescent Ridge Dairy Bar, Sharon MA
Crescent Ridge Dairy Bar, Sharon, Massachusetts

Star Drive In, Taunton, Massachusetts
Star Drive-In, Taunton, Massachusetts

Jimmy's Pizzeria, East Walpole MA
Jimmy's Pizzeria, East Walpole, Massachusetts

Rico's BJ Wrap  from Rico's Pizzeria in Walpole MA
Rico's Pizzeria, Walpole, Massachusetts

Commonwealth BBQ drive-in restaurant, Wrentham MA
Commonwealth BBQ, Wrentham, Massachusetts

Bliss Restaurant, Attleboro, Massachusetts
Bliss Restaurant, Attleboro, Massachusetts

Putnam, Connecticut
Putnam, Connecticut

Club sandwich from Kravings in Millis MA
Kravings Grille and Ice Cream in Millis, Massachusetts

Good Food Store, Walpole MA
Good Food Store & Deli, Walpole, Massachusetts

Route 109 Travel Guide for Westwood, Medfield, Millis, and Medway
Park Street Books, Medfield, Massachusetts

Juice Mill, Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Juice Mill, Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Cherry pie from Ever So Humble Pie Company, Walpole MA
Ever So Humble Pie Company, Walpole, Massachusetts

Planet Chrysler Jepp Dodge Ram in Franklin MA
Planet Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram in Franklin, Massachusetts

Norwood Farmers Market, Norwood MA
Norwood Farmers Market, Norwood, Massachusetts (SEASONAL)

Eagle Brook Saloon, Norfolk, Mass.
Eagle Brook Saloon, Norfolk, Massachusetts

Al Mac's Diner, Fall River, Massachusetts
Al Mac's Diner Fall River, Massachusetts

Bluberry Muffin from the Muffin House Cafe in MEdway MA
Muffin House Cafe, Medway, Massachusetts

The Kayak Centre in Wickford Village, Rhode Island
The Kayak Centre, Wickford Village Rhode Island

Walpole Farmers Market, Walpole, Massachusetts
Walpole Farmers Market, Walpole, Massachusetts

Napper Tandy's in Millis, Massachusetts
Napper Tandy's, Millis, Massachusetts

Ye Olde Tavern, West Brookfield, Massachusetts
Ye Olde Tavern, West Brookfield, Massachusetts

Abbott's Frozen Custard in Needham, Mass.
Abbott's Frozen Custard in Needham, Massachusetts

C&L Frosty in Sherborn, Massachusetts
C&L Frosty in Sherborn, Massachusetts

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