By Elizabeth L. Dugger
Cape Cod, the Berkshires, the Litchfield Hills, Nantucket, Martha's winery, Boston, Quabbin Reservoir and alongside the Housatonic – those are only a number of the locations coated during this certain advisor, the one booklet that attracts jointly all of the actions within the sector. Take to the paths in kingdom forests, splash round in a rowboat on a quiet inland lake, or get critical with the superior whitewater rafting possibilities in the rustic. An extra measurement in those states is the feel of Colonial and progressive heritage, and Beth Dugger covers all of it. Maps, pictures, index.
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The Seacoast In summer, plan trips carefully to avoid heavy traffic, and search out quiet inns and undiscovered coves (yes, there are plenty), or make the most of the exuberant nightlife of Providence or Hyannis. Or try the softer feel of Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard, the largest island off the coast. Watch out for bicyclists as well as for artists’ easels as you explore the back roads – the beauty of this part of Massachusetts is irresistible to painters and photographers, and you’ll have your own chance to figure out what they mean by “the incredible light” that so many painters strive to capture.
Plum Island Less “civilized” (but also very popular for summer guests) is Plum Island, a narrow strip of land hanging off the northern corner of Massachusetts into the sea. It’s not quick to reach, as there are only narrow roads through small agricultural towns to get you there, but it’s worth the trip if you are a birdwatcher or a lover of untamed places. From Boston, you can get to Newburyport, the town at the edge of Plum Island, by taking Route 1 in a straight (but trafficky) line; from Cape Ann itself, meander on Route 133 to Route 1A, again staying off the roads at rush hour, and get a feeling for the underlying coastal quietness of the land.
Martha’s Vineyard is 23 miles by nine miles, and lies only seven miles off the coast. Yet it is a world apart from the mainland and, despite a heavy load of summer visitors, it never quite loses its loveliness and leisurely pace. There are three principal towns on the island: Vineyard Haven, where most of the ferries dock, with entertaining shops and a busy nightlife; Oak Bluffs, a family resort town with picturesque Victorian “gingerbread cottages” from its years as a Methodist camp meeting spot, and a classic carousel in the center of the village; and Edgartown, a serene ship-captains’ town, rich with art galleries, historic walks, and a peaceful lighthouse.
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