A HOLIDAY CHOICE AS SIMPLE AS A, B, C.
Where in the world might you find soft sand beaches, rugged rocky coastlines and quaint fishing villages sitting alongside rolling green hills, grape laden vineyards, and an energetic city? Where can you tour a battleship in the morning, walk in the steps of the early pilgrims in the afternoon and catch the excitement of a ball game in the evening? Find yourself watching whales breach in the gentle waters one moment and admiring spectacular pieces of priceless art the next? If this combination of attractions beckons you to visit, why not spend your holiday in Massachusetts Ė itís all here!
Known as The Bay State, Massachusetts sits on the eastern seaboard of the USA, sandwiched by the New England states of New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont to the north and Connecticut and Rhode Island to the south. To the east the land rolls down to the sea, embracing the state capital of Boston, the rocky North Shore and the beaches of Cape Cod. To the west and past the broad Connecticut River are the rolling Berkshire Hills which cut across the states western corner.
A is forÖ Attitude
If there is a city with attitude itís Boston! And why not when it has so much to be proud of? Bostonís great attitude for life is evident in its outdoor lifestyle. It is a walking city, filled with green areas and parks, its most iconic being Boston Common in the heart of downtown. It is a welcoming city, with a friendly attitude towards all who visit this modern metropolis. Rich in history and culture and home to some of the best restaurants, hotels, nightlife and attractions in New England itís no surprise that Boston is one of the most loved cities in the USA.
Downtown, youíll find historic sites around almost every corner, many linked by The Freedom Trail. Explore the thriving harbour; discover the wealthy Beacon Hill area and walk in the footsteps of famous scholars at Harvard University. Sports are a major part of Bostonís culture, with famous teams like the Boston Red Sox (baseball); Boston Celtics (basketball); Boston Bruins (ice hockey) and the New England Patriots (American football) all calling it home.
Shopping is a fun and varied experience in Boston, with locally-owned treasures and nationally recognized retailers trading side-by-side across the city. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, The Prudential Center and Copley Place Mall are everyday favourites whilst Newbury Street provides a more chic experience, teeming with arts and craft galleries, jewellery outlets and designer boutiques.
B is forÖ Beauty
Nestled within the rolling Appalachian Mountains is an area of unimaginable elegance and beauty. The Berkshires breathe a calm yet vibrant energy amid an illuminated landscape steeped in culture, history and outdoor adventure. Whether your idea of paradise is sipping fresh cider at a romantic New England Inn or travelling scenic country roads through the Berkshire Mountains, Berkshire County is a perfect year round destination.
The stars come out in summer, and not just those in the sky. Tanglewood hosts stirring Boston Symphony Orchestra performances; the Williamstown Theatre Festival presents inspiring plays and local museums unveil captivating exhibits. A visit to MASS MoCA, Clark Art Institute or the Norman Rockwell Museum offers the best in classic and modern art. Autumn is the perfect time to take a picturesque foliage tour along the historic Mohawk Trail or visit fascinating Hancock Shaker Village. During winter and early spring, enjoy the best of New England skiing followed by lazy afternoons exploring the charming small towns of Williamstown, Lee and Lenox filled with quaint New England antique shops and one-of-a-kind Berkshires art galleries. Whether you choose a cosy inn or bed and breakfast or a larger ski or spa hotel resort with additional recreational amenities, your trip to this beautiful part of the state is sure to leave a lasting impression.
C is for Ö Captivating
What is it about Cape Cod that keeps visitors coming back? Thatís not a tricky question once youíve visited for yourself. Cape Cod is captivating. The big draw, of course, are the beaches, some of the best in the world. Choose from the northern waters of Cape Cod Bay or the majestic Atlantic where surfing, fishing, swimming and boating are just a few of the summer pastimes. Visit the Cape Cod National Seashore for dramatic sand dunes, towering cliffs and almost infinite stretches of beaches. If your preference is for fresh water, you are also in luck. Harwich, for example, has some of the nicest fresh water ponds which are safe for swimming and fishing. This Eastern Seaboard state has been named by the WWF as one of the worldís top 10 whale-watching spots, with a variety of species found within 25 miles of its coast. Whale-watching cruises operate from April to October and are unsurprisingly the top attraction on the Cape.
Another reason for Cape Codís popularity may be attributed to the unique character of each town. Quilted together to make this special peninsula, each town has something different to offer and the ability to appeal to people of many interests. To get a feel for Cape Cod's geography, drive along Route 6A to the tip of Provincetown and see for yourself the distinct differences in the Upper, Mid, Lower and Outer Cape. When visiting the Cape, whether for a day or a month, it is important to get beyond the main roads and do a little digging. Discover the nooks and crannies that you can call your own, whether it's a pond, beach, bike trail, gallery or restaurant, there are plenty to choose from.