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Readers' Choice for Best of New England: 2010 Favorites

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Readers’ Choice for Best of New England: 2010 Favorites
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READERS! You told us about your favorite New England B&B, amusement park, museum, pizza place, ski resort, diner, and so much more in an online survey. Thanks for your participation. Here are the top three results in each category. (NOTE: A few categories didn’t have three nominations.)


State Park
NH Franconia Notch
ME Acadia

ME Baxter

VT Lake Champlain
NH Lake Winnipesaukee
VT Lake Willoughby

NH Hampton
ME Ogunquit
NH Rye

Amusement Park
MA Six Flags, Agawam
NH Canobie Lake Park, Salem
CT Lake Compounce, Bristol

Ski Resort
VT Jay Peak, Jay
VT Okemo, Ludlow
VT Burke, East Burke

Museum (History)
VT Shelburne Museum, Shelburne
VT Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury
CT Peabody Museum, New Haven

Museum (Art)
MA Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
NH Currier Museum of Art, Manchester
ME Portland Art Museum, Portland

Art Gallery
CT Celebrations Gallery, Pomfret
VT Memphremagog Arts Collaborative, Newport
NH Currier Museum of Art, Manchester

Music (Indoor)
MA Symphony Hall, Boston
CT Chevrolet Theatre (Oakdale) Wallingford
VT Higher Ground, South Burlington

Music (Outdoor)
MA Tanglewood, Lenox
NH Meadowbrook, Gilford
VT Shelburne Farms, Shelburne


VT Wildflower Inn, Lyndonville
ME Beachmere, Ogunquit
MA Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge

B & B
VT Wildflower Inn, Lyndonville
VT Golden Stage, Proctorsville
VT Phineas Swann Bed and Breakfast, Montgomery Center

Small Hotel
NH Gale River Motel, Franconia
MA Hawthorne Hotel, Salem

Updated Thursday, January 14th, 2010

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16 Responses to Readers’ Choice for Best of New England: 2010 Favorites

  1. Mark Becker January 26, 2010 at 2:42 pm #

    Dunkin Donuts?

  2. Klump Jeanne January 26, 2010 at 2:50 pm #

    Absolutely Dunkin Donuts! This is truer for those forced to face winter away from New England. Happiness is the medium roast!

  3. Kay Landreth January 26, 2010 at 5:14 pm #

    And, where is Jasper White’s Summer Shack, MA, on your list for Seafood Restaurants?

  4. marie mcgarrell January 26, 2010 at 7:24 pm #

    We always enjoy a hearty breakfast at the Maine Diner in Wells. Great choice!

  5. Houston Taylor January 26, 2010 at 9:12 pm #

    Great choice,s I would like to try most of them.

  6. Kathy Bugay January 27, 2010 at 3:49 pm #

    Anyone for Pizzeria Regina’s pizza from Boston’s North End? ( And while we’re in the North End, let’s add Mike’s Pastry for best bakery. )

  7. Peter & Ann Connors January 27, 2010 at 6:02 pm #

    Great pick of Killarney in Ludlow, VT for a family restaurant.

    I can’t believe there are three ice cream stands in the world much less New England that are better than Kimball Farm in Jaffrey, NH.

  8. Margaret Hoffman January 28, 2010 at 11:12 am #

    How about adding a category for gardens next time? Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Tower Hill Botanical Gardens (MA), McLaughlin (ME), and so many more!

  9. susan orr January 30, 2010 at 2:53 am #

    I could easily eat all my meals at the Maine Diner, but the commute from Bufalo NY is just toooooo much!!

  10. Don Goodrich January 30, 2010 at 4:11 pm #

    Are you kidding, Dunkinn Donuts, what about the Chocolate Sparrow in Orleans on the Cape, And Dr. Mike’s ice cream in Bethel CT for ice cream parlor. Come try it.

  11. Herbert Jensen February 3, 2010 at 12:34 am #

    The Brockton Cafe or George’s Pizza in Brockton, MA, are the best in the world. We often have our friends in the area ship one or two pies by mail.

  12. James Pye February 3, 2010 at 7:10 pm #

    In Duxbury, Massachusetts, we have the following bests:
    Ice cream: FarFars,
    Family restaurant: The Milepost Restaurant and Tavern,
    Seafood: Island Creek Oysters,
    Seafood takeout: Snug Harbor Fish Market,
    Bakery: French Memories,
    Coffee shop: Uncommon Grounds,
    Public beach: Duxbury Beach Park.
    I may be a homer, but these places are great!

  13. John robichaud February 22, 2010 at 11:45 am #

    Polls like this are very misleading. I would like to know how many people actually replied to these surveys.. people that actually travel throughout New England would never pick Dunkin Donuts as their favorite spot, we have so many inns and hotels, and you only had two nominations in some categories? It’s unfortunate that you single out certain businesses based on a “certain” number of readers who have the time to fill out these surveys, and meanwhile you missed the truly great places to vist, shop and dine through out New England.

  14. jean jordan February 24, 2010 at 11:30 am #

    Lake Seymour is very clean and with the mountain and fresh streams a great place to be. It has a public beach that is free with a great parking lot, a nice store on the lake and a great inn ,Seymour Lake Lodge that allows pets and free use of kayates , canoes to travel on the lake . It is the largest lake entirely in Vermont and great fishing and rates are so low 59.$ and up. I also think the rt 114 is the best in Vermont for scenery. I have to be careful driving at night because of moose and deer. Thank you for such a great article

  15. Dick Gullicksen January 20, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    I would say P.J.S in Wellfleet has the best clams and the Fairway Restaurant has best breakfast.

  16. Lauren Pleveich June 27, 2011 at 5:10 am #

    I can never say no to a trip to Champney’s in Deerfield with my family! The menu and ambiance is great

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