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Massachusetts Local Secrets 2010

Massachusetts Local Secrets 2010
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by in May 2010

Best Ocean Stroll
‘SCONSET BLUFF WALK, Siasconset
This public path provides a front-row view of the Atlantic’s ceaseless undermining of the island’s sandy foundations. Dawn to dusk, you’ll stroll like an accidental gate crasher through the hedgerows and wind-sculpted arboreal bowers of neighboring seaside mansions. Begins at north end of Front St. 508-228-3643; nantucketchamber.org

Best Pressed Panini
ZONIN’S GOURMET MARKET, Springfield
Tucked off a side street, this small shop might elude the casual passerby, but almost any local can provide directions in a heartbeat. Pressed tuna panini ($6.50), made from oil-packed fish and fresh ciabatta baked next door, are so good they deserve their own aria. 18 Winthrop St. 413-732-1055; zonins.com

Best Slice of Tranquility
NEW ENGLAND PEACE PAGODA, Leverett
The serenity on this hilltop is inspired by Japanese landscaping, complete with koi pond, a fitting complement to the surrounding pastoral beauty. 100 Cave Hill Road. 413-367-2202

Best Trappist Preserves
ST. JOSEPH’S ABBEY, Spencer
For 50-plus years, the monks here have been creating jams, jellies, marmalades, and conserves. The gift shop carries all 30-some varieties. 167 North Spencer Road. 508-885-8720; spencerabbey.org

Best Panoramic Ocean View
RAFE’S CHASM PARK, Magnolia
A 10-acre public park protects a sharp cleft in the granite bluff, rising some 40 feet above Massachusetts Bay. Trail begins at the small fenced roadside parking area, 400 feet east of Old Salem Path. Grounds open dawn to dusk. Free. Hesperus Ave. 978-283-1601, capeannvacations.com; 978-281-8865, gloucesterma.com

Best Ice Cream
MELETHARB ICE CREAM, Wakefield

Dozens of flavors, made on the premises in small batches, attract a steady stream of ice-cream lovers, in weather both fair and foul. The shop’s creativity is best displayed in the honey-accented flavor with chunks of baked baklava blended in. Delicious! 393 Lowell St. 781-245-4946; meletharb.com

Best Hot Dogs
CASEY’S DINER, Natick
Among historic diners, few have the pedigree of this 10-stool 1922 Worcester model, with its stained glass, oak interior, and original hot-dog steamer. That copper vat never rests: Order a couple of dogs “all around” (mustard, onions, relish), and you, too, will appreciate why there’s rarely an empty seat. 36 South Ave. 508-655-3761

Best Excuse to Go Local
HINGHAM FARMERS’ MARKET, Hingham
Gathering weekly at the bathing beach parking lot, locals appreciate regional foods, including smoked fish, organic granola, artisanal cheeses, and live shellfish. Open late May to mid-November, Wed. and Sat. 10-2. Jct. Otis St. & Route 3A; hinghamfarmersmarket.org

Please Note: This article 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.

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One Response to Massachusetts Local Secrets 2010

  1. Eric Schatzlein June 1, 2010 at 10:13 am #

    IMHO you missed the best Ice Cream in New Englan by mile. Head on over to England’s Microcreamery at 109 washington St in Haverhill MA to find the best Ice Cream in New England. As well as the normal flavors of vanila, chocolate and straweberry they also have flavors like Mango, Cantalope, Guinness, Sweet Cream and others, all make from 100% fresh ingredients.

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