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FeaturedTurner Pond, Walpole MA, Features Winter Outdoor Ice Skating

After many years of neglect and abandonment, local volunteers have brought Turner Lodge in Walpole, Mass., back to life with ice skating at beautiful Turner Pond serving as the main activity this winter. The Walpole Ponds Management Committee and other dedicated citizens took on this challenge the past several...

Featured5 Meals/Desserts From Norwood, Mass. Restaurants That Would Look Great on the Food Network

For a mid-sized town, Norwood, Mass. sure offers an outstanding variety of restaurants. Located about 10 miles southwest of Boston, many locals opt to dine out in Norwood instead of the big city knowing they can get a great meal — often at a reasonable price — and easily...

FeaturedThe Goldenrod and Salt Water Taffy – York Beach, Maine

Summer in York Beach, Maine seems to truly arrive when The Goldenrod reopens for the season, making and selling all that wonderful salt water taffy. Granted that reopening returns in May  but our innate New England senses tell us otherwise that summer and The Goldenrod go together hand-in-hand. This...

FeaturedDaffodils at the Cliff Walk, Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I

Every April, locals and visitors can witness the one-million plus daffodils blooming in Newport, R.I. as part of the Daffodil Days Festival throughout the city. The million dollar views, however, take place alongside Newport’s Cliff Walk near and at Salve Regina University. It’s like a Rhode Island rite of...

FeaturedNubble Lighthouse, Up Close – York Beach, Maine

Nubble Lighthouse in York Beach, Maine ranks amongst the best known and most photographed lighthouses in the United States of America. It’s easy to see why. The exceptionally well-maintained lighthouse features a two-story keeper’s house, a 41-ft. tower rising 88 ft. above the high water mark and several outbuildings...

FeaturedThe 6 Best Independent Bookstores in Massachusetts

Editor’s note: Always call ahead to these independent bookstores, especially during the stay-at-home alert as business operations have temporarily changed. 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,...

FeaturedFree Admission at Yankee Candle Village in South Deerfield, Massachusetts

Major tourist attractions usually require a high admission charge, but the Yankee Candle Village flagship store in South Deerfield, Mass.,has common “scents” not to do that. Sure, you could spend a fortune on candles as there are 200,000 candles and 200 scents at the Candle Emporium department. Yankee Candle...

FeaturedJust 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 nearby areas that, in their own right, offer peaceful,...

FeaturedWhy 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 space and water views, however, I recommend visiting Castle...

FeaturedSwan Boat Rides in Boston Are Just Ducky

A 15-minute Swan Boats of 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 riding on a boat with plastic but rather charming-looking large...

Featured10 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 Everywhere you look, there’s a spectacular water view. The...

FeaturedThe Best Apple Cider Doughnuts in New England

Apples and apple cider are food and drink staples of the New England fall season (and beyond), but let’s not forget about apple cider doughnuts. They are incredibly tasty, filling and don’t cost too much dough. Sorry for that pun. A growing number of farm stands, bakeries, doughnut shops...

FeaturedHollis, 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 leaves amongst fall travel destinations. This small town located just west of Nashua, N.H., offers an instantly appealing rural New...

FeaturedFenway Park Tours is an All Star Boston Attraction

When it comes to Boston, Mass., travel attractions, Fenway Park Tours hits it out of the park. Going on a guided tour at America’s most beloved ballpark to learn about an important part of baseball history is almost as much fun as attending a game! This highly entertaining, affordable one-hour...

FeaturedVisiting Rockport, Mass., Just For The ‘Halibut’

Halibut Point State Park and Halibut Point Reservation in the North Shore town of Rockport, Mass., offer some of the finest ocean views in all of Massachusetts. This is simply the type of place you’d be dreaming of seeing when envisioning a New England coastal vacation. Made of 440...

FeaturedHotel 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? Constantly going through this dizzying challenge myself, I decided...

FeaturedFamily Fun: Go Ice Skating at the Boston Common Frog Pond

In the winter, a section of the Boston Common in Boston, Mass., transforms into a beautiful frog — the Frog Pond for ice skating, that is. This is truly a “ribbeting” family-friendly Boston attraction. Sorry for the bad pun, but remember I “toad” you so about this great family...

FeaturedNew 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 one-of-a-kind book as a great traveling companion for US...

FeaturedAffordable 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 that, as many inns and resorts have gone “upscale”...

FeaturedExploring 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 Bridge of Flowers: the spring when flowers bloom, summer...

FeaturedYou Know You Are in Vermont When At The Putney General Store

  While traveling Vermont to reflect, connect and discover, the need to also temporarily put the journey on hold proved necessary as finding a lunch place with a bathroom stop took the forefront. Taking a pause during the Vermont travel experience actually created a deeper pause when entering the Putney General Store...

Featured9 Amazing Apple Picking Farms in New England for the Fall Season

Editor’s note: Always call ahead to your desired apple picking destination for the latest PYO status including restrictions due to COVID-19. The 2021 apple picking season is upon us in New England, and what better way to experience this fall treasure than to visit a local farm? Here are...

Featured6 Walpole Mass. Restaurants with Delicious Food, Inspiring Stories

Like in any other developed town or city in the United States, restaurant owners and managers in quaint, small-town Walpole, Mass., — just 18 miles southwest of Boston — don’t have it easy, often working 60-80 hours or more every week to keep their small, locally-owned businesses surviving in a...

Featured2020 Travel: 6 Amazing Under The Radar New England Destinations

If you are looking to discover amazing New England hidden gem family-friendly destinations for your 2020 travel, I highly recommend the following gems… Pawtuxet Village, R.I. Warwick and Cranston, Rhode Island — the second and third largest cities in Rhode Island, respectively — share one of the most charming,...

FeaturedSpectacular 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 feature attraction! The U.S. National Park Service charges only...

FeaturedStep 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 the generations seem to love this village. Think about...

Featured6 Easy Day Trips from Boston to Quaint Country, General Stores

If you have just about had it with trendy, overpriced, sterile, pretentious, overcrowded retail and food stores in the Boston area, take a respite from this 21st century overload and travel to quieter New England regions that feature good old-fashioned, traditional country and general stores. Proving that there’s no...

FeaturedMy 5 Favorite York Maine Scenes

Booking.com Every step of the way in York, Maine, brings special New England travel memories. Ocean beaches, seafood, amusements, salt water taffy, old-fashioned gift shops, a lighthouse, and coastal scenery have that effect. What’s more, visitors always like that you don’t have to drive too far up the Maine...

FeaturedBird Park, Walpole, Mass., Offers Idyllic Scenery, Four Season Fun

It doesn’t get much nicer than Francis William Bird Park in Walpole, Mass., no matter what time of the year. The 89 acres of rolling parkland features developed large stone pathways as well as clearly marked dirt paths, open fields, three ponds, bubbling brooks, stone bridges, beautiful tree groves,...

FeaturedThe 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 more scenic ocean side stroll at a New England...

FeaturedFree Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory Tour in Hyannis Mass.

If you feel it’s crunch time in figuring out how to travel more cheaply in 2016, then the free, self-guided Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory Tour in Hyannis, Mass., should help chip away at figuring out how to travel more cheaply. Bad puns aside, this is a fun way to see...

FeaturedMonastery 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 also Trappistine Quality Candy. Because monks and nuns strive...

FeaturedSteaming 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 located just a few minutes off Massachusetts Turnpike (Route...

Featured5 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...

FeaturedTraveling on a Budget to Plymouth, Mass.

Want to take a pilgrimage to Plymouth, Mass., without making a “pil-grimace” face in regards to the expense of the trip? Well, there’s no need to cry fowl on spending too much money (sorry for the turkey pun). Known as the destination where pilgrims settled in 1621, Plymouth offers...

FeaturedEnjoy 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 prices and museum hours subject to change, always call...

FeaturedHow to Visit Bristol, RI, Without Spending a Dime

Bristol, RI, often gets lost in the New England travel shuffle. Located halfway between Providence, R.I. and Newport, R.I., travelers tend to either stay in those two cities or drive directly from one to another. While there’s no doubt that Providence and Newport are fabulous travel destinations, it’s a...

Featured35 Ways to Enjoy the Great Outdoors in New England

Wonderful opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors abound in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. In no particular order, I came up with some amazing, free  or low-cost outdoor New England travel and vacation destinations for scenic walks, hikes and places to ride a bike that...

Featured11 Great Spots to Have a Picnic in New England

There’s nothing like getting outside on a good New England weather day to enjoy a picnic. It’s even better when the chosen location is full of scenery, peace and quiet. Here are 11 ideal free or low-cost picnic destinations in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont:...

FeaturedWorld’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, well-manicured carriage paths leading to rocky shores, wide hillsides,...

FeaturedBrookfield 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 really embodies the traditional New England autumn spirit with...

FeaturedOnset Beach Village $60 Day Trip for a Family of Four

Many travelers are so hell-bent on getting to Cape Cod that they often miss the slices of coastal heaven along the way. Case-in-point: Onset, Mass. Having lived in New England my whole life, I am one of those guilty people that, until recently, missed out on this vastly underrated...

FeaturedShort Sands Beach, York Beach, Maine: A Perfect Summer Companion

Booking.com New England has so many great beaches, but my favorite is Short Sands Beach in York Beach, Maine. Framed by rocky coast, magnificent old oceanfront homes, arcades, and a lively, small downtown, Short Sands Beach best captures the essence of summer in New England for us with its...

FeaturedPark 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 about five years ago by moving from its long-time...

FeaturedVisiting 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 to enjoy Nantucket, Mass., a bit more cost-effectively. Let...

FeaturedFalling 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 we ironically call civilization. Consisting of the small Rhode...

FeaturedChutters in Littleton, N.H., Features the Longest Candy Counter in the World

If you have a sweet tooth, be sure to check out Chutters in Littleton, N.H. The Guinness World Records reports Chutters has the longest candy counter in the world at 111 ft., 11 inches! Here’s a “sample”: The variety of sours and gummies, jellybeans, candy bars and bits, chocolates...

FeaturedWalpole 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 stresses — including but not limited to more traffic...

FeaturedWalden Pond in Concord, Mass. Shines During the Fall Foliage Season

Walden Pond State Reservation in Concord, Mass., is nice any time of the year, but it’s easier to “fall” in love with this idyllic spot during the New England fall foliage season. Henry David Thoreau’s former home provides a wonderfully peaceful experience, most notable by taking a 45-minute walk...

FeaturedWrentham Outlets: One of The Best Outlets in Massachusetts

Shopping tourism is a growing travel trend, offering travelers the chance to include shopping as a major part of their vacations. Some shopping travel destinations can be quite pricey but on the budget travel end, places like the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets in Wrentham, Mass., offer the tourist a...

FeaturedNew Bedford Whaling Museum Offers a “Sea” of Educational, Entertaining Fun

The New Bedford Whaling Museum in New Bedford, Mass., makes for a terrific, affordable family cultural travel destination with adult admission $14 and children only $6 (kids five and under free), at this writing. I absolutely loved the visit here, taking in the rich history of the New Bedford...

FeaturedHot 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 drinking hot chocolate during the summer. It just doesn’t...

FeaturedWhy 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 and villages with fine examples of stately captain’s homes....

“Museum Day Live!” Offers Free Admission to Participating Museums, Sept. 24, 2016

The Smithsonian Magazine’s “Museum Day Live!” will take place Sept. 24, 2016, offering free admission to more than 1,400 participating museums and cultural venues nationwide. This free admission allows one person, plus a guest, to access a participating museum. You can download a ticket at the Smithsonian Magazine Web Site....