Massachusetts | The Bay State
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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; world-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.
In the beautiful Berkshires of western Massachusetts, the soundtrack to summer is provided by Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and New England's premier "concert with a picnic" destination since 1937. I wrote about Tanglewood as a "Local Treasure" in the May/June 2015 issue (See: "Music with a View"), so I was delighted...Read more
Editor's Note: Don Featherstone, inventor of the pink plastic flamingo, passed away on June 22, 2015. In a quiet corner of a bustling flea market in Leominster, Massachusetts, the last of a dying breed are stacked neatly along a chain-link fence. Once a vibrant species, this modest inventory is all that's...Read more