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by Eric Hurwitz. Page updated on Oct. 17, 2017.
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Welcome to New England! My name is Eric Hurwitz, editor and
publisher of VisitingNewEngland.com 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 with more than 3,000 area hotels, we offer you
virtually everything you need to plan your New England vacation.
Ultimately, we present to you New England vacation information
straight-from-the-heart, based on our travel experiences. We feel that
is the most powerful way to let prospective travelers and New
Englanders looking for New England travel 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. In addition to
VisitingNewEngland.com, I have also created a blog that focuses on how
you can travel cheaply in New England, and a comprehensive page on the 41 best family travel attractions in New England!
Want to get in a New England state-of-mind instantly? Then be sure to
sample some of the local cuisine. For starters, you can't go wrong with
New England clam chowder, fried clams, lobsters, lobster rolls, hot wieners and coffee milk (a Rhode Island specialty), Maine whoopie pies, apple dumpling with vanilla ice cream, salt water taffy, baked beans and blueberry muffins. General food destinations like lobster pounds, restaurants specializing in seafood, classic diners (New England is its birthplace), traditional and historic restaurants and unique places like the Ben and Jerry's Factory Ice Cream Tour in Waterbury, Vt.,
help give New England even more of a one-a-kind food culinary experience.
How about a travel foundation for your New England vacation? You can head "Down East," north east to Maine (this takes a little explaining but trust me, just go with it) and its spectacular ocean-meets-mountains Acadia National Park and lighthouses, out west to the scenic Berkshires of Western Massachusetts with all its beautiful quaint towns and plenty of culture, east to the great City of Boston neighborhoods, up north to the family-friendly wonderlands called the White Mountains of New Hampshire and Stowe, Vt., or down south to famous Cape Cod, America's hometown of Plymouth, Mass. (where the pilgrims landed), and Newport, R.I.,
with all its mansions, coastal scenery and a vibrant downtown. Just
don't stop at those destinations, though: New England offers so many
other great cities, towns, villages and regions, as well as grand hotels and memorable family resorts, that might provide an even better travel experience for you. And don't forget about historic, charming Concord, Massachusetts,
one of the most well preserved towns in New England, where along with
Lexington, the birthplace of our nation really all began. We also feature 40 reasons to visit Lexington and Concord. Check it all
out on my site, and then decide!
I personally love the hidden small towns like Pawtuxet Village and off-the-beaten-path travel attraction gems that many people have never
heard of. Please promise to just keep it a secret between you and me,
though! I think you will also love the rural, nostalgic country stores
with their pot-bellied stoves, antiques, regional foods, soaps, candles, toys,
books, pickle barrels, penny candy, homemade fudge and hard-to-find,
trip-back-in-time items. Also, don't forget the offbeat side of New England travel, including a castle in Connecticut, a wolf sanctuary in Ipswich, Massachusetts, and the Leaning Tower of Pizza in Saugus, Massachusetts.
And of course, it's never too early to start trip planning for your New England fall vacation
consider autumn in New England the best season of the year to travel,
given the spectacular fall leaf colors, the refreshing chill in the
air, apple picking farms, festivals and fairs, and scenic road trips. The same can be said for Christmas in New England with its unique, festive holiday celebrations sure to get you in the spirit.
And now that it's virtually summer vacation time in New England, you can choose so many great beaches like Horseneck Beach and beach towns for instant, amazing coastal memories. My personal favorite beach town: York Beach, Maine. There's really something to do for everyone in York Beach, and I don't
mean that as a tourism catch phrase -- nothing here is, as I write
straight from the heart instead of straight from the marketing
department. While on the Maine coast, Kennebunkport also please with its beautiful ocean views, beaches, seafood restaurants and shopping in quaint Dock Square.
Additionally, those who families that fall in love with the Boston area might want to read where to raise a family affordably in the Boston suburbs.
That's when travel translates to moving here! Also, here's something
you will almost never see on a New England travel site: a dedication to
writing about hard-working, outstanding local small businesses (see
below on this page, starting at the Snowdon Inn) and a passion
reminiscing about nostalgic Boston memories and New England restaurants that are no longer with us.
Additionally, I am a huge proponent of small businesses in New England,
recognizing the traditional, vital role they play in our society.
Although these pages are sponsored, 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 New England travel for hundreds of 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,
BusinessInsider.com, eHow.com and Wikipedia.com. I was recently
interviewed for a Massachusetts Town Greens segment on WCVB-TV Boston's
Chronicle. I am also the author of two books, Massachusetts
Town Greens and The Best Diners
in New England. Without a doubt, my greatest career highlight
continuously helping you travel New England.
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 guide serve as the next best
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!
Eric at VisitingNewEngland.com
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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, Mason, New Hampshire
Bull Run Restaurant, Shirley, Massachusetts
Snowdon Chalet, Londonderry, Vermont
Salem Cross Inn, West Brookfield, Massachusetts
Wicked Whoopies, Freeport, Maine
Steaming Tender Restaurant, Palmer,
Roundabout Diner, Portsmouth, New
Kihei Dynasty, Walpole, Massachusetts
Vanillia Bean Cafe, Pomfret,
Ridge Dairy Bar, Sharon, Massachusetts
Star Drive-In, Taunton, Massachusetts
Jimmy's Pizzeria, East Walpole,
Rico's Pizzeria, Walpole,
BBQ, Wrentham, Massachusetts
Bliss Restaurant, Attleboro, Massachusetts
Kravings Grille and Ice Cream in
Good Food Store & Deli, Walpole,
Park Street Books, Medfield, Massachusetts
Patriot Tavern, Walpole, Massachusetts
Juice Mill, Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Ever So Humble Pie Company, Walpole, Massachusetts
Planet Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram in Franklin, Massachusetts
Norwood Farmers Market, Norwood, Massachusetts (SEASONAL)
Winsmith MILL Market (antiques, shabby chic shopping) in Norwood, Massachusetts
Eagle Brook Saloon, Norfolk, Massachusetts
Al Mac's Diner Fall River, Massachusetts
Muffin House Cafe, Medway,
The Kayak Centre, Wickford Village Rhode Island
Little Falls Bakery and Cafe, Pawtuxet Village, R.I.
Walpole Farmers Market, Walpole, Massachusetts
Napper Tandy's, Millis, Massachusetts
Ye Olde Tavern, West Brookfield, Massachusetts
Abbott's Frozen Custard in Needham, Massachusetts
C&L Frosty in Sherborn, Massachusetts
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VisitingNewEngland.com Publisher Eric Hurwitz
Town Greens -- Discover New England's first travel attractions:
Best Diners in New England -- If you love
classic diners, New England has them! In my book, I write in detail on
50 top local diners.
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