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Massachusetts – timeless beauty, where history and the future come together …

From coastal Cape Cod, its beauty sculpted by the Atlantic, to the lively Berkshire arts scene in the west, Massachusetts weaves the story of New England. Contemporary style mixes with history in settings that move from endless beaches to rolling hills. Multicultural Boston, a waterfront mecca whose cobblestone streets are lined with sleek boutiques, is where Revolutionary War hero Paul Revere lived and President John F. Kennedy was born. The Pilgrims landed in Provincetown, where today’s mix of history and hipness is astounding. Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard islands entice visitors to shop, explore golden beaches, and learn about whaling history. Meanwhile, in the west, Great Barrington boasts culinary greatness; State of Massachusettsworld-class cultural institutions turn up everywhere; and places like the Pioneer Valley and Berkshire County offer interesting and eclectic college towns in Amherst, Northampton, and Williamstown—hotbeds of vibrant energy. Grounded in history, propelled by restless curiosity, Massachusetts rewards its visitors with fresh surprises.

Massachusetts Destinations

  • Spectacle Island | An Island Retreat Minutes from Boston

    Spectacle Island | An Island Retreat Minutes from Boston

    Boston's Spectacle Island is the ultimate story of urban revitalization. A former smallpox quarantine and garbage dump turned into a bucolic retreat for city dwellers...with the help of truckloads of dirt excavated from the Big Dig. And it's just a 20-minue boat ride from Boston.   The human tale of Spectacle Island...Read more

Massachusetts Articles

  • SLIDE SHOW: Cape Cod by Featured Photographer Jon Vaughan

    SLIDE SHOW: Cape Cod by Featured Photographer Jon Vaughan

    For Jon Vaughan, a landscape photographer and gallery owner on Cape Cod, honoring the unique beauty of the Cape is a never ending but always satisfying challenge. His subjects are coastal archetypes, documented out of appreciation and respect for their existence, whether fleeting or enduring. Graphic simplicity is his goal,...Read more

Jud's Journal

  • Massachusetts

    On this episode of Jud's Journal, Yankee Magazine Editor in Chief touches on Colonial history, the Puritans of Massachusetts, and the American work ethic.
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