Sunday, July 17, 2011

MASSACHUSETTS

(does not include Boston and Cape Cod)

GENERAL
Black Heritage Trail – blackheritagetrail.org; sites include African Meeting House and Abiel Smith School.



ESSEX COUNTY
Essex
Restaurants
Woodman’s of Essex – 121 Main Street; 978-768-6057; woodmans.com; open year-round; notable for lobster; be prepared: serves 600 people daily in peak season.

Ipswich
Restaurants
Stone Soup Cafe – 141 High Street; 978-356-4222; ipswichstonesoup.com; casual, locavore restaurant with central bar; lobster.

Newbury
Restaurants
Bob Lobster – 49 Plum Island Turnpike (Newburyport); 978-465-7100; boblobster.com; very casual; open year-round, with varying hours so check website or call.
Sights & Sites
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge – 6 Plum Island Turnpike (Newburyport); 978-465-5753; fws.gov/northeast/parkerriver; established in 1942 primarily to provide habitats for migratory birds; located along Atlantic Flyway; observation stations and trails scattered throughout; included in refuge is Plum Island Sound and all smaller islands within it, as well as Plum Island River mouth (on Plum Island Sound side only).

Salem
Sights & Sites
Nathaniel Hawthorne Birthplace – 27 Hardy Street (but accessible through 54 Turner Street); 978-744-0991; 7gables.org; originally located on Union Street, but moved to this location in 1958; on July 4, 1804, Nathaniel Hawthorne born here to Elizabeth Clark Manning and Nathaniel Hathorne.
House of Seven Gables – 115 Derby Street; 978-744-0991; 7gables.org; also known as Turner House or Turner-Ingersoll Mansion; 1668 colonial mansion, now non-profit museum and active settlement house with programs for children; built for Captain John Turner and stayed with family for 3 generations, descending from John Turner II to John Turner III; oldest surviving mansion house in continental North America, with 17 rooms and over 8K' square; after John Turner III lost family fortune, Ingersolls acquired and remodeled; their relative, Nathaniel Hawthorne, while growing up, often visited; by his time, house had only 3 gables remaining, but his cousin told him history; Horace Ingersoll told Hawthorne story of Acadian lovers that later inspired Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 1847 poem Evangeline; in 1908, Caroline O. Emmerton purchased and founded House of Seven Gables Settlement Association; she restored, reconstructing missing gables.
Peabody Essex Museum – 161 Essex Street; 978-745-9500; pem.org; among oldest continuously operating US museums; combines collections of former Peabody Museum of Salem and Essex Institute; major collection Asian art (1.3M pieces, as well as 22 historic buildings), more than 840K artworks, featuring maritime art & history, American art, Asian, Oceanic & African art, Asian export art, and 2 large libraries (400K books, manuscripts, etc.).
Salem Witch Museum – 19½ North Washington Square; 978-744-1692; salemwitchmuseum.com; memorable attraction, both interesting and scary; main draw is 3-dimensional A-V presentation with life-size figures in huge room lined with displays lighted in sequence, describing witchcraft trials and accompanying hysteria; also small exhibit that traces history of witches, witchcraft, and witch hunts.

Saugus
Restaurants
Kane’s Donuts – 120 Lincoln Avenue; 781-233-8499; kanesdonuts.com; no-frills; try honey-dipped and powdered sugar varieties.



HAMPDEN COUNTY
Brimfield
Sights & Sites
Brimfield Antiques & Collectibles Shows – Route 20; 413-283-2418; brimfieldshow.org; world’s largest outdoor antiques show; 3 times yearly.

Springfield
Restaurants
Student Prince – 8 Fort Street; 413-788-6628; studentprince.com; German food made from scratch in retro atmosphere; excellent Hungarian goulash.



HAMPSHIRE COUNTY
Amherst (includes Montague)
Restaurants
Montague Bookmill – 440 Greenfield Road (Montague); 413-367-9206; montaguebookmill.com; cafe in 19th Century riverbank grain mill.
Shopping
Montague Bookmill – 440 Greenfield Road (Montague); 413-367-9206; montaguebookmill.com; used bookshop in 19th Century riverbank grain mill.
Sights & Sites
Emily Dickinson Museum – 280 Main Street; 413-542-8161; emilydickinsonmuseum.org; historic house museum consisting of 2 houses, (1) Dickinson Homestead (also known as Emily Dickinson Home or Emily Dickinson House), and (2) Evergreens; Dickinson Homestead is her birthplace and home from 1855-1886; house next door, Evergreens, built by her father, Edward Dickinson, in 1856 as wedding present for her brother William Austin Dickinson.



MIDDLESEX COUNTY
Somerville
Restaurants
R.F. O’Sullivan & Son – 282 Beacon Street; 617-492-7773; rf-osullivan.com; hamburgers.
Spoke – 89 Holland Street; 617-718-9463; spokewinebar.com; where off-duty chefs go.



NORFOLK COUNTY
Quincy
Sights & Sites
Adams National Historical Park – 135 Adams Street; 617-770-1175; nps.gov/adam; preserves home of 2 U.S. Presidents (John & John Quincy Adams), as well as of U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain, Charles Francis Adams, and of historian-writers Henry & Brooks Adams; 11 buildings tell story of 5 Adams family generations (1720-1927), including Presidents, First Ladies, U.S. Ministers, historians, writers & family members who supported and contributed to their success; in addition to Peacefield, home to 4 generations, historic features include John Adams Birthplace, John Quincy Adams Birthplace, and Stone Library (built in 1870 to house books of John Quincy Adams and believed to be 1st presidential library), containing more than 14K historic volumes in 12 languages; off-site Visitors Center less than 1 mile away.



PLYMOUTH COUNTY
Plymouth
Hotels
Mirbeau Inn & Spa at Pinehills – 33 Summerhouse Drive; 508-209-2000 or 877-647-2328; mirbeau.com/pinehills; 16 rooms in Manor House, including 2 romantic Turret Suites & 2 elegant 1-bedroom suites; all guest rooms feature fireplace, over-sized bathrooms equipped with walk-in showers, soaking tubs, and double sinks, and views over either Monet pond garden or Village Green.
Services
Mirbeau Inn & Spa at Pinehills – 33 Summerhouse Drive; 508-209-2000; mirbeau.com/pinehills.
Sights & Sites
Plimoth Plantation – 137 Warren Avenue; 508-746-1622; plimoth.org.



WORCESTER COUNTY
Sterling
Bakeries, Coffee, Ice Cream, Juice & Tea
Bakery at Meadowbrook Orchards – 209 Chace Hill Road; 978-365-7617; meadowbrookorchards.com; pies.
Restaurants
Meadowbrook Orchards – 209 Chace Hill Road; 978-365-7617; meadowbrookorchards.com; all meals served but notable, in particular, for breakfast.
Shopping
Farmstore at Meadowbrook Orchards – 209 Chace Hill Road; 978-365-7617; meadowbrookorchards.com; 100 acres rolling farmland that 5 generations of Chandler family have worked (since 1912); wide variety apples, blueberries, pumpkins, nectarines, and raspberries.

Sturbridge
Sights & Sites
Old Sturbridge Village – 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road; 508-347-3362 or 800-733-1830; osv.org.

Worcester
Restaurants
Bocado – 82 Winter Street; 508-797-1011; bocadotapasbar.com; tapas.
Boulevard Diner – 155 Shrewsbury Street; 508-791-4535; nrhp.focus.nps.gov/natreghome.do?searchtype=natreghome; historic diner built by Worcester Lunch Car Company in 1936 as #730; well-preserved instance of barrel-roof diner; 8 bays wide & 4 deep, with entrances at sides; eastern entrance is enclosed in 1950s steel-&-glass enclosure; western entrance is accessed by enclosed stair; both still have original wooden doors; on National Register of Historic Places.

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