New Englanders certainly have a lot to be proud of. It’s not just the snow and the crazy Boston traffic that New England is known for; there are many famous people, places and things from this corner of the country that garner national respect. Whether you are just visiting New England or are a long-time resident, make sure not to miss any of the special sights and experiences it offers.
It’s no secret that lobster is one of the most indulgent and popular seafood items on any menu, and it’s certainly no secret that the best lobsters come from Maine. Cracking into a steamed lobster that has just been shipped down the coast is quite the experience in fresh cuisine, and making the pilgrimage up to Maine to get them at their source is even better. If you want to get even closer to the source than that, try heading out on an actual lobster boat to see the whole process in action. To find information on the boats that offer these scenic and educational trips, head to www.lobsterfrommaine.com/lobster-boat-tours-maine.aspx.
Clam chowder is another food that is synonymous with New England. You can find this specialty at eateries all over the region, but if you want to check two quintessential Boston experiences off your must-do list at the same time, you can head to Faneuil Hall
, first built in 1742, for your chowder adventure. There are several sit-down restaurants in the area that can accommodate your clam cravings, or you can stroll through the Quincy Market Colonnade for some chowder to go. To see a complete list of restaurants, check out www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com/?q=restaurants.
The experience of many Bostonians with the Freedom Trail is limited to circumnavigating the large groups of tourists embarking upon the historic journey or slyly taking pictures of tour guides dressed up as Ben Franklin. Don’t let the crowds deter you; this is one of the best ways to see Boston’s most famous historic buildings all in one shot. You don’t even need to pay a tour guide to get the full experience, as self-guided tour brochures are available at the start of the trail. The Freedom Trail website, www.thefreedomtrail.org, has directions and all the information you need for planning your trip.
Literary aficionados and novices alike will be impressed with the long list of famous authors that have once lived in Concord, Massachusetts. Little Women author Louisa May Alcott, Walden Pond author Henry David Thoreau, essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson and Scarlet Letter author Nathanial Hawthorne have all called this picturesque town home at some point in their lives. Give yourself a whole day to experience this area and hike around Walden Pond, tour the Louisa May Alcott House (www.louisamayalcott.org) and visit the Ralph Waldo Emerson House (www.rwe.org/emersonhouse).
New Hampshire residents can also boast a very famous past resident: The poet Robert Frost. You can visit his one-time home, the Frost Farm in Derry, New Hampshire, and gaze upon the same scenery that inspired many of his works. You may even want to bring a picnic and a notebook with you to spend some time on the grounds and see if you, too, can find some inspiration in the landscape. Visit www.robertfrostfarm.org for more information.
Spend this month discovering some of New England’s special places.