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New England travel at its best: Nubble Lighthouse at Sohier Park, Cape Neddick, Maine.
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Welcome to New England! My name is Eric Hurwitz, editor and publisher of and my mission is to share with you information -- just like you were family -- from real people like us who have come to live in, or visit, New England. Through original articles, reviews and photo essays, as well as social media resources, and hotel reservations resources, we offer you virtually everything you need to plan your New England vacation.

Ultimately, we present to you New England travel information straight-from-the-heart, based on our experiences. We feel that is the most powerful way to let prospective travelers and New Englanders looking for New England vacation ideas to learn about this beautiful six-state region. Here, you can tour Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, en route to planning your New England vacation or day trips.

Additionally, 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.

I have written about the joys of family-friendly New England travel for millions of visitors on VisitingNewEngland through the years, as well as having
been referenced by major sites like USA Today, Woman's World, the Maine Office of Tourism,, and

I am the author of Massachusetts Town Greens -- a book that celebrates the history of locals town commons-- and was interviewed for a segment on town greens on WCVB-TV Boston's Chronicle. Without a doubt, my greatest career highlight is continuously helping you with discovering New England.

Eric Hurwitz, editor and publisher at VisitingNewEngland.The typical New England travel guide often misses the nuances, the under-the-radar places, and the underrated destinations that locals know make New England so special. Not here, I love digging deep to share stories that are both informative and entertaining!

So relax, take in the breathtaking imagery of the New England vacation and travel essays, and ultimately picture yourself in the wonderful environs of New England.  May this online New England travel guide serve as the next best thing to being in New England, and inspire you to visit a truly spectacular region. Thank-you so much for coming to my small, locally-based business with a big heart, and enjoy visiting New England!

Happy New England travel!
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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.

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

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

Millis Clicquot Coffee offers a touch of New York City ambiance in one of the smallest suburban Boston towns.
Clicquot Millis Coffee, Millis Massachusetts

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

Maddi's Cookery & TapHouse, Worcester, Mass.
Maddi's Cookery & Taphouse, Canal District, Worcester, 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

Lobster roll on a buttered roll from Quahog Republic Captain's Den in Plymouth, mass.
Quahog Republic Captain's Den, Plymouth, 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

Carlins, Ayer, Massachusetts
Carlins, Ayer, Massachusetts

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

Kihei Dynasty pu pu platter, Walpole MA
Kihei Dynasty, Walpole, Massachusetts

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

Patriot Tavern, Walpole MA
Patriot Tavern, Walpole, 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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