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Yankee Magazine Names Local Massachusetts Establishments to 2014 “Editors’ Choice” List

Yankee Magazine Names Local Massachusetts Establishments to 2014 “Editors’ Choice” List
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Dublin, NH (April 22, 2014)—The May/June edition of Yankee Magazine’s Special Travel Guide, on newsstands April 29, has named local establishments in Massachusetts as “Best of New England — Editors’ Choice” winners for 2014. This designation is awarded by Yankee’s editors and contributors, who name select restaurants, lodgings, and attractions in New England to the exclusive list. This special issue also names 20 top events in Massachusetts, and a total of 120 events across New England. For 38 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. Yankee’s May/June issue also guides readers on summertime journeys with maritime-themed articles about our region’s seafaring history from Mystic to Maine, the lure of lobster shacks, and more.

“Reading our annual special Travel Guide section, ‘Best of New England,’ is as close to sitting down with Yankee’s editors and getting us to spill our favorite places as one can get,” says Mel Allen, editor of Yankee Magazine. “New England is where we live, and we all have our own personal ‘best’ places. We’re joined by our Massachusetts state experts (David Lyons and Patricia Harris) and Boston experts (Amy Traverso and Kara Baskin) whose sole task is to surprise us: to tell us about restaurants and attractions and local secrets that will make this issue one to keep on hand whenever you set off to explore New England. Whether your journeys take you inland or to the sea, we hope these pages come along. As always, let us know what you find.”

This year’s Travel Guide features more than 300 “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:

Editors’ Choice
Cape Cod and the Islands
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History—Best Natural History, Brewster
Menemsha Galley Restaurant—Best Casual Dining, Chilmark, Martha’s Vineyard
Green Briar Jam Kitchen—Best Jam, East Sandwich
Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust—Best Carousel, Edgartown
Eight Cousins—Best Children’s Bookstore, Falmouth
Naked Oyster Bistro & Bar—Best Raw Bar, Hyannis
The 1720 House—Best Historic B&B, Martha’s Vineyard
Artists Association of Nantucket—Best Art Gallery, Nantucket
The Roberts Collection—Best Courtyard, Nantucket
Tiny’s Local Food—Best Lobster Roll, Provincetown
Mill Creek Kayak Tour—Best Kayak Tour, Sandwich
Wellfleet Motel & Lodge—Best Lodging Near Bike Path, South Wellfleet
Ocean Science Exhibit Center—Best Ocean Exhibits, Woods Hole

Central Massachusetts
Tower Hill Botanic Garden—Best Botanical Garden, Boylston
Rose 32 Bread—Best Bakery for Lunch, Gilbertville
Hardwick Winery—Best Cranberry Wine, Hardwick
Tully Lake Campground—Best Lake Recreation, Royalston
Armsby Abbey—Best Gastropub, Worcester
George’s Coney Island—Best Hot Dogs, Worcester

Greater Boston
The Boxer—Best Makeover, Boston
Gene’s Chinese Flatbread Café—Best Downtown Lunch, Boston
Harpoon Brewery—Best Beer Hall, Boston
The InterContinental—Best Update, Boston
Neptune Oyster—Best Lobster Roll, Boston
Marriott Residence Inn Downtown/Seaport—Best Downtown Boutique Hotel, Boston
Old North Church The Clough House—Best Chocolate Fix, Boston
SoWa Vintage Market—Best Vintage Treasures, Boston
Taylor House—Best Hidden-Gem B&B, Boston
Ribelle—Best Pasta, Brookline
Armageddon Record Shop—Best Record Shop, Cambridge
Harvard University Student-Led Tours—Best Free Guided Tour, Cambridge
MIT Museum, Bldg N51—Best Art for Geniuses, Cambridge
Oberon—Best Nontraditional Theatre, Cambridge
Salts—Best Bistro, Cambridge
The Sinclair—Best Live Music, Cambridge
T. W. Food’s Prix Fixe—Best Romantic Night Out, Cambridge
Toscanini—Best Ice Cream, Cambridge
Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House—Best Literary Home, Concord
Row 34—Best Seafood, Fort Point
Sweet Basil—Best Italian Plates, Needham
Blue Hill to Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory—Best Short Family Hike, Readville
A4 Pizza Bar—Best Pizza, Somerville
Sacco’s Bowl Haven/ Flatbread Company—Best Bowling-Alley Pizzeria, Somerville
Union Square Donuts—Best Doughnuts, Somerville
Habit—Best Clothing & Accessories, South Boston

North of Boston
Harbor Tours of Cape Ann—Best Lighthouse Cruise, Gloucester
Element—Best Green Hotel, Lexington
Lowell Spinners—Best Small-Town Baseball, Lowell
Richardson’s Ice Cream—Best Ice Cream, Middleton
Ceia Kitchen & Bar—Best Charcuterie, Newburyport
Essex National Heritage Commission—Best Witch History, Salem
Scratch Kitchen—Best French Fries, Salem
Salisbury Beach State Reservation—Best State-Reservation Camping, Salisbury

South of Boston
Water Wizz of Cape Cod—Best Family Water Park, East Wareham
Battleship Cove—Best Naval Ship Collection, Fall River
Blount Clam Shack & Soup Store—Best Soups, Fall River
John Carver Inn & Spa—Best Indoor Pool, Plymouth
Plymouth Rock Foundation—Best Historical Re-enactment, Plymouth
Jacob Hill Inn—Best Rural Retreat, Seekonk

Western Massachusetts
High Horse Brewing—Best Hamburger, Amherst
Deerfield Inn—Best 19th-Century Inn, Deerfield
Allium Restaurant & Bar—Best Seasonal Cooking, Great Barrington
Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort—Best Mountain Coaster, Hancock
Gateways Inn—Best Mansion, Lenox
Haven Café & Bakery—Best Berkshires Breakfast, Lenox
Nejaime’s Wine Cellars—Best Picnic Food, Lenox
Shakespeare & Company—Best Theatre, Lenox
Mt. Washington State Forests—Best Waterfall, Mt. Washington
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art —Best Contemporary Art Museum, North Adams
Bistro Les Gras—Best French Bistro, Northampton
Hotel Northampton—Best College-Town Hotel, Northampton
Hungry Ghost Bread—Best Pizza, Northampton
Iron Horse Music Hall—Best Music Club, Northampton
Norman Rockwell Museum—Best Illustration, Stockbridge
Nejaime’s Wine Cellars—Best Picnic Food, Stockbridge
Guest House at Field Farm—Best Retro Lodging, Williamstown
Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute—Best Small-Town Art Museum, Williamstown
Williams College Museum of Art—Best College Museum, Williamstown

Top Events

Call ahead to confirm dates, times, and admission prices. The “Top 20 Events” in Massachusetts, according to Yankee Magazine, include:

MAY 3: ROCKPORT, Historic Art Auction. It’s the Rockport Art Association’s major annual fundraiser—a live auction at 12 Main St. featuring the works of many preeminent Cape Ann artists. More than 100 paintings, sure to tempt both experienced and beginner collectors. 978-546-6604;

MAY 11: BOSTON, Duckling Day. Throngs of kids dressed as characters from the wonderful children’s classic Make Way for Ducklings descend on the Common for a day of face painting, music making, clowns, a dramatic reading of the charming Robert McCloskey book, and more, before marching parade-style through Beacon Hill. Registration required and fee charged per family.

MAY 13–18, JULY 8–13, SEPTEMBER 2–7: BRIMFIELD, Brimfield Antique & Collectibles Show. You’re sure to find a varied selection of everything—kitsch, furniture, jewelry, garden and home décor, and so much more—among the 6,000 dealers who set up shop amid the 20 fields and half-mile strip on Route 20.

Heather Atwell


Heather Atwell


Communications manager Heather Atwell manages the magazine’s public relations efforts. She also writes the blog Outdoor Adventures for
Updated Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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2 Responses to Yankee Magazine Names Local Massachusetts Establishments to 2014 “Editors’ Choice” List

  1. Shirley Blanchard January 10, 2015 at 11:37 am #

    PB Restaurant and Patisserie in S. Wellfleet would be high on my list.

  2. eilen January 11, 2015 at 7:14 pm #

    Lenox patisserie…best croissant and pastry shop

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