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Massachusetts Best Attractions 2012

Massachusetts Best Attractions 2012
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by in May 2012

BEST KITCHENWARE SHOPPING
Different Drummer’s Kitchen, Lenox & Northampton
Different Drummer really is different, thanks to very careful editing of small appliances, dishware, pots and pans, and high-end cutlery. Equip your kitchen for your own Iron Chef. 374 Pittsfield Road, Lenox; 413-637-0606. 34 Bridge St., Northampton; 413-586-7978. differentdrummerskitchen.com

BEST WINE TASTING
Westport Rivers Vineyard & Winery, Westport
A fortunate vineyard microclimate combines with winemaking expertise and a quarter century of experience to make world-class products. Purchase a glass with the logo and the staff will pour you samples of several vintages. 417 Hixbridge Road. 508-636-3423; westportrivers.com

BEST SUMMER TUNES
Lowell Summer Music Series, Lowell
This eclectic series of more than 20 concerts might include legends of rock and soul music, alt-rockers, a reggae rapper, or a Newfoundland folk-rock trio. Shows go on, rain or shine. Boarding House Park, 40 French St. 978-970-5200; lowellsummermusic.org

BEST WITCH SUPPLIES
Crow Haven Corner, Salem
It’s hard to get your mojo on without a mojo bag to hold your spells, and you could have a devil of a time finding some of the more esoteric ingredients for those incantations–unless you patronize this grandmother of Salem witch supply shops. Staff witches also do psychic palm and tarot readings. 125 Essex St. 978-745-8763; crowhavencorner.net

BEST CELEBRITY KNITWEAR
Karen Allen Fiber Arts, Great Barrington
While serving as the enduring love interest for Indiana Jones doesn’t necessarily qualify an actress as a fashion designer, Karen Allen has a rich way with cashmere sweaters, hats, gloves, scarves, and neck gaiters based on tribal geometric patterns. She sells her machine-knitted creations at this small shop, which also carries works by a few other fiber artists. 8 Railroad St. 413-528-8555; karenallen-fiberarts.com

BEST WHOPPER OF A TALE
New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford
Before the discovery of petroleum, New Bedford once ruled the seas as the world’s top whaling port. Like its quarry, the whaling enterprise seems larger than life. This museum cuts the story down to size with telling details as modest as the scrimshaw pie crimper a whaler might have carved for his mother on his multiyear absence from home. 18 Johnny Cake Hill. 508-997-0046; whalingmuseum.org

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.

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