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Readers' Choice for Best of New England: 2010 Favorites

Large Hotel
NH Omni Mount Washington Resort, Bretton Woods
RI Westin, Providence
RI Providence Biltmore, Providence

Luxury Hotel
NH Omni Mount Washington Resort, Bretton Woods
NH Balsams Grand Resort, Dixville Notch
NH Wentworth By the Sea, New Castle

Budget Lodging
ME Hampton Inn & Suites, Wells

Family Hotel
NH Gale River Motel, Franconia
VT Wildflower Inn, Lyndonville

MA Nickerson State Park, Brewster

Romantic Lodging
VT Rabbit Hill Inn, Lower Waterford
VT Wildflower Inn, Lyndonville
NH Adair Country Inn & Restaurant, Bethlehem


Clam Chowder
MA Legal Seafood, various locations
ME Saco Island Deli, Saco
MA Captain Parker’s Pub, West Yarmouth

Lobster Roll
ME Reds Eats, Wiscassett
MA Kelly’s Roast Beef, various locations

Fried Clams
MA Clam Box, Ipswich
MA Woodman’s, Essex
RI Flo’s Clam Shack, Middletown

ME Alex Pizza, Biddeford
VT Parker Pie, West Glover
VT Hoagie’s Pizza & Pasta, Newport

Baked Beans
MA Durgin Park, Boston

Micro-Brew (Microbrewery/Craft Brewery)
VT Long Trail Brewing Company, Bridgewater Corners
VT Trout River Brewing, Lyndonville
MA Samuel Adams (The Boston Beer Company), Boston

Family Restaurant
VT Killarney, Ludlow
MA Tabellas Restaurant, Amherst
VT Juniper’s Restaurant, Lyndonville

Seafood Restaurant
MA Legal Seafood, various locations
NH Weathervane, various locations
VT Anchor Restaurant, Wilmington

Ice Cream Stand
NH Sweet Kathy’s, Plymouth
CT We Lik It, Abington
VT Ben & Jerry, Burlington

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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