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Quiz: How New England Are You?

14. Take a Whirl Down Maine’s Snow Bowl
The toboggan run at the Camden Snow Bowl is not your neighborhood sledding hill. The piercing squeals, the throaty primal whelps, are an involuntary (and universal) response to New England’s longest toboggan chute, a 440-foot straightaway that’s 30-mph fast. It’s over before you know it; with your heart still in your throat, you may just want to come back for seconds.

15. Save Your Pennies
Since its founding in 1946, the original Vermont Country Store in Weston has been serving up the expected (maple syrup and wheels of cheddar) and the unexpected (pants stretchers, anyone?). But it’s at the shop’s sprawling penny-candy counter where nostalgia is sold by the scoop. From Mary Janes to Bit-O-Honeys to Root Beer Barrels, there are hundreds of options. It’s all self-serve–open a paper bag and get to work.

16. Find Yourself on Sugar Hill in June
Acres of purple, pink, and blue lupine blossoms … the Presidential Range all around … and the inns of this old New Hampshire resort open for teas and tours. What possible reason could there be not to see this at least once?

17. Drink Your Coffee Milk
Hey, it’s Rhode Island’s official state drink. You don’t think a million people could be wrong, do you?

18. Ride the Scenic Railroad
Unless you’ve ridden the Conway Scenic Railroad through Crawford Notch in New Hampshire’s White Mountains in autumn–chugging through the color, across a trestle so narrow that it seems to have no visible means of support, spanning a rushing stream 94 feet below–you’ve never seen the region like this before.

19. Get the Best Seat at the Finest Sculling Race in the World
The site: Boston’s Charles River. The competition: 8,500 rowers. The fans: 300,000 of them, lining the banks to watch the three-mile-long Head of the Charles Regatta. But only the most knowledgeable will be perched at the absolute best lookout during this two-day autumn competition: Off Memorial Drive, in the shadow of Mount Auburn Hospital, there’s a turn in the river just before it gets to the Cambridge Boat Club. From there, you can see the racers stroking furiously as they jockey for position heading under the Eliot Bridge arch. These are the most dramatic moments of the competition. Arrive early, put down blankets, and if you stroll, have friends hold your spot. There’s competition on land, too.

20. Brown-Egg It
The health benefits may be debatable, but New Englanders know that when it comes to the almighty egg, those bigger, tastier brown-shelled varieties (thank you, Rhode Island Red!) put the whites to shame.

Bring Your Appetite to These Iconic New England Restaurants

21. Locke-Ober
Since the 1800s, Boston’s Locke-Ober restaurant has been serving New England cuisine to well-heeled Bostonians in search of elegance. For years it was a men-only establishment, so the steak au poivre and lobster dishes became a rite of passage for the male graduates of our local colleges and the place where many a business deal was transacted. It’s still a celebratory spot, and we’re happy to report that women are now not only welcome, but the joint’s co-owner is chef Lydia Shire.

22. J. T. Farnham’s or Woodman’s
It’s not strictly necessary, but a slight sunburn and some post-Crane Beach sand in your suit add to the ambience of a fried-clam roll at J. T. Farnham’s or Woodman’s in Essex, Massachusetts. Both offer briny, fresh, local clams battered and fried to perfection.

23. Moody’s
About halfway up the Maine shoreline on Route 1 in Waldoboro, you’ll find Moody’s Diner, a seemingly run-of-the-mill roadside eatery–that is, until you try the Grape-Nut pudding. No frills, no bells or whistles–just good, honest Yankee seacoast cooking.

24. Pepe’s, Sally’s, or Modern
There’s pizza, and then there’s apizza (pronounced ah-beetz)–and in New Haven, Connecticut, there’s a lot to go around. These crazy-good, thin-crusted Neapolitan-style pies got going at Pepe’s many decades ago, but Sally’s and Modern are doing their fair bit of work to keep the dough rolling.

25. Autumn Rendezvous at Dead Creek
In late October, about 12 miles northwest of Middlebury, Vermont, in a wildlife sanctuary at Dead Creek, nearly 15,000 wild snow geese rise out of classic fields for their morning and afternoon fly-abouts, filling the sky with the scintillating light of their wings and the echoes of their calls. Autumn in New England has arrived.

26. This Land Is Tuttle Land
Talk corn, or summer squash, or blueberries with Will Tuttle, an 11th-generation farmer whose family has been working the same patch of earth (120 acres and counting) in Dover, New Hampshire, since 1632, making it America’s oldest family farm in continuous operation.

27. Lace Up Your Limmers
In Intervale, New Hampshire, in a large green barn that sits in the shadow of the White Mountains, Peter Limmer and Sons build their famous custom hiking boots, just the way they did when they first opened their doors in 1950: They use handcrafted, fine-grain leather, with single-seam uppers. The backlog means you have to wait a good 18 months for your boots, but there’s a reason why hikers come here from as far away as Tanzania for their footwear.

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

Updated Monday, August 16th, 2010

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4 Responses to Quiz: How New England Are You?

  1. Patrick Lien September 1, 2010 at 1:56 pm #

    No one orders that way at Louis’ Lunch, and they don’t offer lettuce. You can get your choice of 3 toppings: onion (grilled with the meat), a slice of tomato, or a smear of cheese whiz. Burgers with both the tomato and onion are called “works.” Order a burger with all 3, and you’ll call it a “cheese works.”

  2. Lily Taylor September 17, 2010 at 4:16 pm #

    Or, you don’t do half of this stuff and still be a New Englander.

  3. Ernest Phelps September 27, 2010 at 11:30 am #



  4. Robert Wordell October 17, 2010 at 7:16 pm #

    Boy where do I start? How about with chowder it’s clear, not red or white but clear. The Vermont Country Store is a treasure, love it. Coffee Milk, you get a pick-me-up from the caffeine and vitamin D all in one. You can’t beat that. I grew up on brown eggs. I’m 6’3.5″. I grew up in Adamsville on a chicken farm; guess what breed of chickens we had. Boston baked beans, Brown Bread in a coffee can, New England Boiled Dinners, Yankee Pot Roast, Toll House Cookies, all home cooked. Having grown up in Adamsville I am very fimular with the monument to a chicken. How could anybody think of eating apple pie without a slice of cheddar cheese? Across the road from the chicken monument in Adamsville their used to be a general store called Manchester?s. They would buy Cheddar cheese by the wheel that had been aged a few years and then age it a couple of more years, boy was that stuff good. During WW II when my dad was in the Army, my mother and I lived with her parents in Bristol. The parade went right by the front door, what a treat. I’ve been to the Constitution And I was born in Fall River not too far from Lizzys’ house, IT IS JONNYCAKES AND THEY ARE MADE WITH COLD MILK AND FLINT CORN AND ANYONE WHO PUTS SYRUP OR GRAVY ON THEM IS UNAMERICAN ;>)

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