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Yankee Magazine Names Massachusetts Establishments to 2013 “Editors’ Choice” List

Yankee Magazine Names Massachusetts Establishments to 2013 “Editors’ Choice” List
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Dublin, NH (April 22, 2013)—Yankee Magazine’s Travel Guide to New England, on newsstands April 23, has announced this year’s “Best of New England — Editors’ Choice.” This designation is awarded by Yankee’s editors and contributors, who name select restaurants, lodgings, and attractions in New England to the exclusive list. 317 awards were given this year. This special issue also names 20 top events in Massachusetts, for a total of 120 events across New England. For 37 years, Yankee’s Travel Guide has been the most widely distributed and best-selling guide to the six-state region, providing readers with a comprehensive vacation-planning tool and daily reference.

“Every one of the 300-plus places we highlight contains an untold back story about someone striving for perfection, having a dream, and having the vision to make a difference, whether it’s a small artisan’s studio or a lobster-in-the-rough shack or a dressed-up steakhouse on a tree-lined Boston street,” says Yankee’s editor Mel Allen. “While it may be hard to create a business, the true challenge is in making it work, being good enough that it endures and brings people back. Those are the qualities we look for and reward when we say ‘Best of New England.’”

Editors’ Choice

This year’s Travel Guide features 317 “Best of New England — Editors’ Choice” selections. The listing for each establishment includes a description, address, phone number, and Web site, if available. The following “Editors’ Choice” establishments from Massachusetts include:

Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket Island
Black Cat Tavern—Best Giant Lobster Roll, Hyannis
Cape Cod Baseball League—Best Pure Baseball, West Yarmouth
Cape Cod Beach Chair Company—Best Modern Beach Chair, Harwich
Cape Playhouse—Best Vintage Summer Theatre, Dennis Village
Chapman House at the Veranda House—Best Boutique Lodging, Nantucket
CRU—Best Oyster Bar, Nantucket
Dockside Inn—Best Harborfront Hotel, Oak Bluffs
Inn on Onset Bay—Best Victorian Beachside Inn, Onset
Lamb & Lion Inn—Best Pet-Friendly Lodging, Barnstable
Marconi Beach BBQ & Seafood—Best Fried Chicken, South Wellfleet
Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Company—Best Clam Chowder, Oak Bluffs
Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge—Best Shoreline Birding, Chatham
Nantucket Whaling Museum—Best Early Whaling Museum, Nantucket
Nor’east Beer Garden—Best Outdoor Beer Bistro, Provincetown
Provincetown Art Association & Museum—Best Cape Cod Art, Provincetown
Sage Inn—Best Outer-Cape Oasis, Privincetown
Woods Hole Science Aquarium—Best Aquarium Touch Tank, Woods Hole

Central Massachusetts
Salem Cross Inn—Best Colonial Dining, West Brookfield
Sonoma—Best Farm-to-Table Restaurant, Princeton
Vienna Restaurant & Historic Inn—Best European-Style Inn, Southbridge
Worcester Art Museum—Best Ancient Mosaics, Worcester
Old Sturbridge Village—Best Rural-History Lesson, Sturbridge

Greater Boston
Area Four—Best Pizza, Cambridge
Boston Children’s Museum—Best Reduced Museum Admission, Boston
Boston National Historical Park—Best Free Tours, Boston
Boston Yacht Haven—Best Nautical Lodging, Boston
CK’Shanghai—Best Chinese Master Chef, Wellesley
Clear Flour Bread—Best Bakery, Brookline
Cutty’s—Best Sandwiches, Brookline
Danish Pastry House—Best Bakery/Café, Medford
Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kithchen—Best Jazz Dining, Boston
Empire Beauty School—Best Beauty School, Boston
Erbaluce—Best Italian, Boston
Grill 23—Best Steakhouse, Boston
Hotel 140—Best Bargain Hotel, Boston
Hubway—Best Bike-Sharing Program, Cambridge
Island Creek Oyster Bar—Best Seafood, Boston
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum—Best Memorial, Boston
John Jeffries House—Best Beacon Hill B&B, Boston
Lizzy’s—Best Bar with Food, Cambridge
Made in Fort Point—Best Artists’ Shop, Boston
New England Aquarium—Best Ocean Tank, Boston
Peddocks Island—Best Urban Camping, Boston
Puritan & Company—Best New England Cuisine, Cambridge
Revere Hotel Boston Common—Best Theatre-District Hotel, Boston
Sofra—Best Breakfast, Cambridge
Sophia’s Greekpantry—Best Greek Yogurt, Belmont
The Curious George Store—Best Kids’ Books & Toys, Cambridge
The Gallows—Best Burger, Boston
U.S. Lightship Museum—Best Nautical History, East Boston

North of Boston
AKA Bistro—Best French-Japanese Bistro, Lincoln
Concord Museum—Best Local -History Museum, Concord
Emerson Inn by the Sea—Best Seaside Grand Hotel, Rockport
Franklin Cape Ann—Best Casual Bistro Fare, Gloucester
Lowell National Historic Park—Best Mill History, Lowell
Russell Orchards—Best Kid-Friendly Farm Stand, Ipswich
Ryan & Wood Distilleries—Best Distillery Tours, Gloucester
Schooner Fame—Best Day Sail, Boxford
Shalin Liu Performance Center—Best Concert Hall, Rockport
Surfari Sup & Surf—Best Stand-Up Paddle Shop, Manchester-by-the-Sea

South of Boston
Alma Nove—Best Waterfront Dining, Hingham
French Memories—Best French Pastries, Duxbury
Marshfield Hills General Store—Best Celebrity-Owned Store, Marshfield
Paragon Carousel—Best Historic Merry-Go-Round, Hull
Plimoth Plantation—Best Bicultural Interpretation, Plymouth

Western Massachusetts
Beneski Museum of Natural History—Best Dinosaur Tracks, Amherst
Bousquet Mountain—Best Disc Golf, Pittsfield
Briarcliff Motel—Best Modernized Motel, Great Barrington
Crab Apple Whitewater Rafting—Best Inflatable Kayaking, Charlemont
Firefly New American Bistro—Best Porch Dining, Lenox
Garden Gables Inn—Best Village Retreat, Lenox
Guthrie Center at the Old Trinity Church—Best Acoustic Music, Great Barrington
Hancock Shaker Village—Best Stone Barn, Pittsfield
Jack’s Hot Dogs—Best Retro Hot Dogs, North Adams
Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History—Best Car & Motorcycle Collection, Springfield
Martha Flood Design Studio & Fabric Gallery—Best Fabric Design, North Adams
Mezze Bistro & Bar—Best Garden Setting, Williamstown
Quabbin Reservoir—Best Freshwater Fishing, Belchertown
Savoy Mountain State Forest Campground—Best Hiker’s Campground, Florida
Six Flags New England—Best Thrill Rides, Agawan
The Black Sheep—Best Overstuffed Sandwiches, Amherst
UMass Hotel & Conference Center—Best College Hotel, Amherst

Top Events

The “Top 20 Events” in Massachusetts, according to Yankee Magazine, include:

MAY 4: LEXINGTON, Fife & Drum Muster. Experience the sights and sounds of New England history at Minute Man National Historical Park. Enjoy the patriotic music offered by 30 uniformed fife-and-drum corps as they parade through the park. Plus, take in an outdoor concert, and visit with craftsmen, fine-food vendors, and reenactors.

MAY 8–JUNE 14: BOSTON, Boston Pops. Catch a performance in the elegant environs of Symphony Hall as the season kicks off with opening-night vocalist Vince Gill, followed by performances that give a nod to Disney’s Fantasia, pay tribute to Marvin Hamlisch, and ultimately conclude with a “Country Salute to Our Troops.” 888-266-1200;

Heather Atwell


Heather Atwell


Communications manager Heather Atwell manages the magazine’s public relations efforts. She also writes the blog Outdoor Adventures for
Updated Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

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