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A view of a historic church located along Benefit Street in Providence, RI.

19 Free Things to Do in Providence, RI

Providence, RI is full of great shopping, dining and entertainment, but maybe you’re broke or bored and you need something to do that won’t cost a lot. These great free things to do in Providence, RI offer a fun way to fill any trip to the city without touching your wallet. [Read More...]

Breakheart Reservation in Saugus is a great place to go hiking in MA. It features lakes and views of the city.

Great Spots for Hiking in Massachusetts

Looking for hiking trails to explore the scenic views of Massachusetts?  You’re in luck because there is so much great hiking in Massachusetts to choose from. Some of these trails offer relaxing hikes, while others offer more rigorous trails for advance hikers; there is something for everyone to enjoy. Embrace all Massachusetts has to offer by visiting some of these popular hiking trails: [Read More...]

The Glen Ellis Falls in Jackson, NH is a beautiful waterfall that is one of the best things to do in New Hampshire.

Best Things to Do in New Hampshire

With so many amazing historical sites, engaging attractions and natural wonders, it’s hard narrowing down a list for the best things to do in New Hampshire. Whether you’re looking for an adventure through nature, a vacation on the sand or to travel back in time, New Hampshire has it (and so much more). [Read More...]

The Boston Athenaeum is a famous place in Boston

5 Famous Places in Boston (that You May Never Have Heard of)

Those that are living in Boston often do not think of visiting some of the historically famous places that are rich in history and tradition. These places can hold a myriad of treasures, from artwork to artifacts, textiles, flora and fauna or even monuments. Often, these famous places in Boston are visited by tourists rather than the local residents, who really do not know what they are missing.
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Summer Activities across New England

Busy boardwalk

Hampton Beach Boardwalk in Hampton, NH

Hampton Beach, NH is a popular vacation spot for a lot of New Englanders. During July and August the boardwalk is packed with people and cars. Hampton Beach is a peninsula surrounded by marshland, which means the tourist area is very densely populated. Subsequently, this is the major perk of vacationing here: all of the cottages are within walking distance to the beach and the boardwalk – you’ll never have to get in your car.

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The Chatham Lighthouse

Exploring Chatham, MA

Chatham is one of the most beautiful parts of Cape Cod, there’s a lot to do in such a small area. Unlike most of the other parts of Cape Cod, Chatham has maintained a walkable Main Street comprised of mostly small businesses and restaurants; which makes it perfect for a day trip. There’s also a lighthouse, many beaches and even a pier where you can watch fisherman unload their catch of the day. [Read More...]

Entrance to the Museum

Cape Cod – A Museum & Conservation

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster is a fantastic place to visit during a stay on Cape Cod. Not only does it have a museum full of the local aquatic and avian life on the cape, but it also has a 320 acre conservation land behind it to explore called Wing’s Island Conservation Area.

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The Ocean at Mayflower Beach

Cape Cod’s Mayflower Beach – Dennis, MA

If you’ve ever been to Cape Cod you know just how beautiful the beaches are…and just how very expensive the parking can be. Choose  a beach carefully, it’s an expensive mistake to make if you end up hating the place.

The town of Dennis in particular has pricey parking. $20 on weekdays and $25 on weekends and holidays. This is universal throughout all parts of Dennis. Dennis also has a reputation for being very strict about their parking, if you park in a lot designated for something else and use it as beach parking, they will tow you. [Read More...]

Goosewing Beach

Goosewing Beach in Little Compton, RI

I discovered this little gem called Goosewing Beach in Little Compton, RI by word-of-mouth from a friend. It is one of the most rewarding treks I’ve made in a long time. For me, it’s a little bit of a hike from where I live and off the beaten path but because of this, it tends to be less crowded (and more enjoyable). Goosewing Beach has rapidly become my favorite beach spot and, for a bonus trip, go there at night with a blanket and some snacks for an amazing, romantic date that is sure to make anyone swoon. We always make a pit stop at The Provender in Tiverton and grab dinner after at Evelyn’s Drive-In Restaurant on our way down. [Read More...]

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Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House in Gloucester, MA

Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House in Gloucester, MA

Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House in Gloucester, MA is an historic house built in 1907. It was home to the famous interior designer, Henry Davis Sleeper and his family until 1942 when it was donated to Historic New England. It has been preserved and restored to look as it did in its heyday. [Read more...]

Smith Farm Reserve and Knowles Beach in Dartmouth, MA

Entrance sign for Smith Farm Reserve

Getting to Smith Farm Reserve

Smith Farm Reserve in Dartmouth, MA is 140 acres of reservation land that overlooks Nonquitt Salt Marsh. Smith Farm Reserve is located on Smith Neck Road between Gentry Lane and Plains Field Drive. Parking is on the road only, there is no lot; there is a small pull off that could fit about 5 cars but that’s it. It’s very easy to miss, there is a small sign that marks the entrance to the reserve.

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The City Lights up at WaterFire

WaterFire Rhode Island State House

WaterFire is an annual celebration that takes place in downtown Providence.  Many small bonefires are lit all along the rivers that run through the city.  Roads are shut down and a lot of local businesses set up tents to sell food, products or just to promote their business.  WaterFire is one of many events (see Providence Art Festival) put forth to help revitalize the city and foster a sense of community.

I was able to attend during the very last night of WaterFire 2011, which was sponsored by Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  In support, much of the event was illuminated with pink lights including the Rhode Island State House. [Read more...]

A Day Trip to Southwick’s Zoo

Deer in Deer Forest at Southwick's Zoo

Taking a day trip to Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon, MA is a fun, family-friendly outing that has activities even for adults. From the Deer Forest to the Aviary Landing, they have a ton of interesting exhibits that get you up close and personal with the wildlife. [Read more...]

Quabbin Reservoir Hiking: Exploring an Abandoned Town

Hiking up the Quabbin Reservoir trail at Gate 40 will bring you to Dana Common

One of the Quabbin Reservoir hiking trails leads to Dana, MA. Dana is a former city in central Massachusetts that was disincorporated in 1938 to make way for the Quabbin Reservoir.  Parts of the city still remain even after the area was flooded to create the reservoir. The trail begins at Gate 40 and is open to the public.

The towns around the trails are also full of great things to do before or after Quabbin Reservoir hiking.  [Read more...]

Providence Art Festival in Rhode Island

The Vendor Booths at the Providence Art Festival

The Providence Art Festival is an entertaining bazaar showcasing many talented and up-and-coming artists in Rhode Island.  Westminster Street is closed down to all but foot traffic, where you can peruse the booths of art for sale.

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Ocean Lava Lanzarote Triathlon

Don’t miss the sun rise in Lanzarote

If you really love a unique sporting event and are looking for somewhere special to visit this November, why not come on over to Lanzarote for the Ocean Lava Triathlon? You will bear witness to a truly incredible event that takes place on this stunning island with a volcanic backdrop and some of the clearest waters you can imagine.

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A Weekend on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard

A sunset from Gay Head Cliff in Aquinnah

There is so much to do on Martha’s Vineyard that even a long weekend wouldn’t suffice to see it all. Whether you’re looking for beaches, fine dining, historic lighthouses, fishing, exciting nightlife or just a relaxing time to recharge, Martha’s Vineyard has what you need. [Read more...]