Since living in Massachusetts for 37 years, I have an opinion or two on where to take visitors to see Massachusetts. I did include a few tourist spots that would be easy to get to and not so crowded most of the time. Massachusetts has some real gems to offer travelers. I tend to focus on shopping, sights and restaurants when I travel. What does this have to do with my jewelry company? I love to visit boutiques when I am in a quaint little New England town and I hope my boutique is a spot for travelers in the near future.
Here is my list:
WWI Memorial Park
If you have kids this is worth a stop. Located in North Attleboro. A suburb closer to Rhode Island than Boston. This state park is a hill that starts with a free zoo at the bottom (bring quarters to buy feed), then a really large tube slide, smaller kiddie playground, splash table, multiple playgrounds and picnic areas as you reach the top. At the top there is a beautiful area to take selfies of the land below you. It has a very large sandbox near the top and plenty of grills/ picnic areas. The top of the park is pictured above. Best part is-it’s totally free. To learn more, click the link below:
Although touristy and more mall-like than it used to be, it is still a fun place to look around. Church Street has a great ice cream store, there are restaurants everywhere, vegan cafes, dumpling houses, Mexican food, pretty much anything you want. Mr. Bartley’s Burger cottage is an older burger pub I visit sometimes to bring me back. The Galleria mall always has some sort of interesting store. I used to work near LA Burducks chocolate shop. Dangerous and delicious. Worth a stop!
Concord is a fun historical town with quaint New England shops. The Colonial Inn is a great place to stay and the restaurant is superb. My nephew thinks it’s haunted. Walden Pond is only a few miles from town and is a gorgeous place to swim and ponder the writings of Thoreau. Get there early though as it fills up fast.
Kelly Square, Worcester
Worcester is a city about an hour from Boston. It’s having a renaissance as we speak. You can see some of its former glory days in the architecture and people are bringing that back. I especially love to go to Crompton Collective, a massive antique store in an old mill. They sell
refurbished furniture as well as antiques and new handcrafted items as well. Saturdays are their farmer's market. Inside the mill are other places to go such as Birch Tree Bread Company which has great bread, sandwiches and beer. Stem to Seed, an interesting place to see various plants, dish gardens and taxidermist. Yep I said taxidermy. There is a bookstore coming soon to the building as well. There is a BBQ restaurant and the Table Talk Pie company coffee shop across the street.
Boston’s North End
If we have to go all the way to the north End for pastries that tells you our bakery situation in Massachusetts as compared to New York and a few other states. Mike's Pastry and Modern Pastry are the two favorites around. There is always a line so factor in time. Anything with whipped cream like a lobster tail or Napoleon is going to be amazing. Watch out for pre-filled cannolis unless the inside of it is coated with chocolate it will get soggy. Bova’s Bakery is just as good as the two mentioned above but is in a tiny corner behind the main drag so the lines aren’t so bad. It’s also open 24 hours.
Situated in between Boston and Worcester this town boasts New England charm for sure. From our newly renovated rail trail to the little arch bridge. It’s a lovely road for pedestrians and cyclists only. We have gift shops (including my little shop pictured on route 16), coffee shops and more.
So I hope my little guide has inspired you to go out there and see something new!
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