The Massachusetts Seacoast
The Massachusetts seacoast remains a working waterfront, providing fish and shellfish for New England and much of the rest of the East. Thanks to its enduring usefulness, the coast has not become simply a vacation destination, and there are many spots of such rugged beauty that they take your breath away. The beating of the waves against Halibut Point on Cape Ann and the windswept dunes of outer Cape Cod vie with the sunset colors of Gay Head on Martha’s Vineyard and the mysterious marshes of Ipswich to lure the traveler’s heart and soul into the place. Get offshore for another view, whether from a sea kayak or a whale-watch ship or a small plane. And did we mention the surf yet? California has some competition after all!
In summer, plan trips carefully to avoid heavy traffic, and search out quiet inns and undiscovered coves (yes, there are plenty), or make the most of the exuberant nightlife of Providence or Hyannis. Or try the softer feel of Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard, the largest island off the coast. Watch out for bicyclists as well as for artists’ easels as you explore the back roads – the beauty of this part of Massachusetts is irresistible to painters and photographers, and you’ll have your own chance to figure out what they mean by “the incredible light” that so many painters strive to capture. Orientation Boston, the largest city in Massachusetts, is more or less at the center of the Seacoast Region, and you are likely to be traveling from there. Whether you go by car, bus, boat, or train will change your timing drastically.
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