What Does Classic New England Look Like?
Article and photos by Eric Hurwitz.
updated on 10/22/2018.
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Classic New England is a phrase we hear a lot, but what
does it really mean?
Let's allow the pictures to do the talking along with a few unobtrusive
descriptions to better understand classic New England...
Destinations like the Cliff Walk in Newport, R.I.
afford beautiful strolls with sweeping views along the Atlantic Ocean. Read more about Newport
Acorn St. on Beacon Hill in Boston, Mass.,
represents the remarkable historical side of New England cities. Read
more about Boston
The General Store
Long before chains and big box
stores dominated the American
retail scene, general stores provided quaint neighborhood settings to
buy pretty much everything locals needed -- and then some. Today, many
general and country stores exist in New England -- most prominently in
Vermont. Some favorite tourist items to buy in a country or general
store: fudge, maple syrup, penny candy, local cheeses and pickles from
a barrel. Read more about country and general stores
New England's glorious coastal presence in
Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island offer many fishing
opportunities. Here, local fishing enthusiasts enjoy the moment
Colt State Park in Bristol, R.I. Read more about Colt State Park
Fall Foliage Season
New England and the fall foliage season go together hand-in-hand. Here
at Echo Lake at Franconia State Park, N.H., the scenery can often be
stunning around mid-October. Read more about fall foliage in New England
Attractions like the Lexington Minuteman Statue in Lexington, Mass.
showcase the incredible history in New England that led to the
birthplace to our nation. Read more about Lexington (and neighboring Concord)
Summer brings refreshing ocean beaches in New England with plenty of sand and endless
memories like here at Short Sands Beach in York Beach, Maine. Read
more about York Beach
Many examples of Colonial and Federal
architecture exist in
New England today. Coastal Wickford Village, R.I., has the largest
concentration in the nation! Read more about Wickford Village
All it takes to get in a New England state of mind are boats and a
slight mist in the salt sea air. Mystic, Conn., is one of those places!
Read more about Mystic
The Town Green
Once serving as the physical and spiritual
centers of a town
or city before the separation of church and state in the early 1830s,
town greens today have more of a park-like presence with many offering
places to relax and seasonal fairs, festivals, concerts and
more about Massachusetts town greens
Lake and Mountain Views
There's nothing quite like the sight of a lake and mountains in New
England. Sunsets often make the experience that much better. Here,
Waterfront Park in Burlington, Vt. provides stunning sunset views of
Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains of New York. Read more about Burlington, Vt.
The Seafood Shack
Lobster dinners, lobster rolls, fried seafood and local catches of the
day make one glad to live in New England. Seafood shacks like Abbott's
Lobster in the Rough in Noank, Conn. even offer water views! Read
more about New England seafood shacks and restaurants
Lighthouses have always been meant to serve as navigational aids for maritime
pilots, but they also offer some of the most famous, beautiful scenery
in New England. Read more about Nubble Lighthouse
Historic New England
If you want to feel like you're in New England
right away, go
to a historic restaurant that serves traditional Yankee fare. There are
plenty in the six-state region, but particularly in Massachusetts. The
Bull Run is Shirley, Mass., is a prime example of a historic New
Historical preservation combines with 21st
century shops, restaurants, cafes, boutiques, galleries and hotels in
destinations like Kennebunkport, Maine, to add up to something very
unique and special. Read more about Kennebunkport
Views from the Top
Acadia National Park, Maine, might just represent the peak of
one-of-a-kind New England scenery with views like this from Cadillac
Mountain. Read more about Acadia National Park
The Classic Diner
New England is the birthplace of diners, dating
back to 1872.
The simple tradition carries on today with old school diners thriving
in all states. Like many diners, Joe's Diner in Lee, Mass., brings in
all walks of life for delicious comfort foods, salt-of-the-earth
service and a small town vibe. Read
more about classic New England diners
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