Visit three fun destinations: Plymouth, the Berkshires and Gloucester
By the Editorial Team
Summer is ending much too fast. Make the most of the warm weather with family and friends by enjoying a fun affordable vacation on Labor Day weekend. Whether it’s history at Plymouth, the heights of the Berkshires or beaches at Gloucester, the state of Massachusetts has something for everyone. If you’ve got too many weddings to attend during summer, be sure to visit these destinations in the fall!
Since 1620, Plymouth has been a great destination. Starting your tour at the Hedge House, wander up and down the tiny side streets. You will find homes and museums that celebrate Plymouth’s rich historic past.
Take a side trip from the center of town and stroll through the living history museum at Plimouth Plantation.
On your return to Plymouth, take in sites around Town Square. Wind up your tour aboard the Mayflower II ship, anchored near Plymouth rock where Plymouth’s past began.
Cape Ann’s gorgeous 25-mile coastline boasts 18 beaches, nine parks and half a dozen lighthouses, including the famous Twin Lights built in 1789. A great place for outdoor activity in Cape Ann is Gloucester, with other charming towns nearby.
Known as “the whale watching capital of the world,” the great whales put on a spectacular show just 15 miles off the shores. Miles of protected land grace the sandy to rocky coastline that is home to hundreds of species of birds and other wildlife.
The beauty of Cape Ann and the quality of its light have inspired countless artists from Winslow Homer to Fitz Hugh Lane.
Indulge in a bountiful New England breakfast, a fresh luncheon seafood platter and lobster for dinner. Don’t miss the fried clams in Essex, where fried clams were invented.
Western Massachusetts is a world away from Boston, with forested mountains as far as the eye can see. Just 135 miles away from the city, the green vistas and fresh air take your breath away.
The Berkshires is a paradise for people who like to take in the fresh air. The hiking is superb, golf courses abound, and kayaking or canoeing can be done on a lake or in a stream.
North Adams is home to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, which is the largest center for contemporary visual and performing arts. The “Xu Bing: Phoenix” exhibit, using reclaimed materials to build two phoenix sculptures, will be on display until Oct. 27.
The Norman Rockwell Museum is a collection of the artist’s work and life in Stockbridge, Mass.
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