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Holidays In Massachusetts

Massachusetts – The Bay State, is an ideal base or starting point for a New England holiday. 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 – it’s all here!

Top Tips

"Catch the Boston Red Sox in a game of baseball at their famous Fenway Park, which celebrated its millennium in 2012. Soak up the friendly but electric atmosphere as you try to work out the rules of the game!"

"Shopaholics should head to Boston’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace for big-name as well as eclectic stores or to Newbury Street, the most exclusive shopping street in New England. Here you’ll find unique art and craft galleries, jewellery outlets and boutiques."

"Cape Cod is one of the best places for a whale-watching boat trip (the season is from May to October). You may see dolphins as well as Humpback, Minke and Finback whales."

"Escape the crowds on the more remote beaches of the Cape Cod National Seashore coastline. Or, take the foot passenger ferry from Hyannis to Oak Bluffs on the boutique island of Martha's Vineyard. Hire bicycles and ride to the south shore for the beautiful beaches."

"Visit the Berkshires, Massachusetts in summer time and catch one of the many summer festivals. It’s the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the theatre festival in Stockbridge and the music festival in Tanglewood."

"Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts is a living history museum which recreates an 1830’s New England rural village. Costumed staff perform the routines of everyday life of the 19th century."

"So much of New England is about food! Try clam chowder in the famous Quincy Market Food Hall."

A Is For… Attitude

If there is a city with attitude it’s Boston! And why not when it has so much to be proud of? Boston’s 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 it’s no surprise that Boston is one of the most loved cities in the USA.

Downtown, you’ll 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 Boston’s 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 For… 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 … Captivating

What is it about Cape Cod that keeps visitors coming back? That’s not a tricky question once you’ve 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 world’s 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 Cod’s 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.

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