Viewing: Massachusetts

Boston MA: A Terrific Girlfriend Shopping Getaway

Every year, for 18 years, Sara and I have been meeting for a girlfriend “Shop Newbury St. in Boston” getaway. She drives up from Philly, I tool up from Connecticut, and we spend three days popping into shops and stopping for meals from one end of Newbury to another. Eighteen years brings change to commercial […] Read more

Boston Park Plaza, Boston MA: Back Bay Beauty Once Again

Built in 1927 as the Statler Hotel, the newly renovated Boston Park Plaza stands on Arlington Ave. a block from Boston Common and the Public Gardens, and two blocks from the top of famous Newbury St. Over the years, the Park Plaza has welcomed US Presidents, foreign dignitaries, and Hollywood celebrities. But, as with any […] Read more

New Bedford, MA: A Working Port With Literary, Culinary, And Historic Appeal

WHY GO: Called “The City That Lit the World,” New Bedford MA, once the planet’s premier whaling town, claimed more millionaires than any other city in America. From the 1820’s until whaling’s demise in 1925, when the last whaling ship sailed out of New Bedford Harbor, this city dominated the industry. More pure, smokeless spermaceti […] Read more

Fairhaven, MA: Ambrosial Scallops and Astonishing Architecture

WHY GO.  Fairhaven MA wasn’t a company town; it was a lucky town.  Henry Huttleston Rogers, President of six (out of 13) Standard Oil Trust Companies (who happened, also, to be a major benefactor of Mark Twain), was overly magnanimous when it came to his hometown, endowing it with public buildings that rival those in […] Read more

Lowell MA: America’s Industrial Revolution Began Here

WHY GO: A monument to American Industry and Ingenuity, Lowell National Historical Park, in Lowell MA, 30 miles from Boston, is unlike any other U.S. National Park in that it takes up sections of a still thriving (or, as the case may be, reviving) city. This unconventional National Park was established in 1978 to tell […] Read more

Groton Inn and Forge & Vine Restaurant, Groton MA

If you had to be holed up somewhere, you’d be lucky to find yourself at the charming Groton Inn in the small pastoral boarding school burg of Groton MA. A Colonial-style roadside lodging, this brand new iteration stands on the footprint of what had been one of the oldest inns in America with the same […] Read more

Lexington MA: America’s Revolution Began Here

WHY GO: Lexington MA is the best place in the USA to learn about the origins of our country and to celebrate Patriot’s Day. So, tell the truth: if you’re not from The State of Massachusetts, did you even know about Patriot’s Day before the movie about the Boston Marathon bombing came out? You’re not […] Read more

Inn At Hastings Park, Lexington MA: Patriotic Luxury

The Patriot’s Day Parade, commemorating the first armed conflict of America’s Revolutionary War, ends right outside the door of the stellar Inn At Hastings Park, and guests have a front row seat to the proceedings from its wraparound porch. Lexington’s Town Green – where the fighting began, is a five-minute walk away. There are only […] Read more

Concord MA: Of Walden Pond, Little Women, and The Shot Heard Around the World

WHY GO: By the rude bridge that arched the flood/ their flag to April’s breeze unfurled/here once the embattled farmers stood/and fired the Shot Heard Round the World. – Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1837 Patriot’s Day, April 19th, commemorates the first act of rebellion in what became America’s Revolutionary War. And though it began a few […] Read more

Concord’s Colonial Inn, Concord MA: A Most Patriotic Stay

For travelers seeking an authentic American History overnight, there’s no better place to bed down in Concord Massachusetts than Concord’s Colonial Inn and Tavern, which was a “Witness Building” on the first day of America’s Revolutionary War. The oldest of the inn’s original three structures, now the front desk and gift shop, dates back to […] Read more

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