Lovely Seaside Inns Sprinkled Throughout New England

If you’re looking for a relaxing and romantic getaway for a special occasion, or simply a little tranquility to re-charge your batteries alone or with a loved one, you won’t be disappointed by any one of the following beautiful seaside inns. Enjoy!

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The Red Inn, Provincetown, MA
http://theredinn.com/
Built in 1805 on beautiful Provincetown Harbor, The Red Inn has welcomed guests since 1915, including President and Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt, celebrities, dignitaries, and — most importantly — everyday guests. Today The Red Inn is known around the world for offering premiere accommodations in a spectacular setting.
The Beach Plum Inn and Restaurant, Menemsha, MA
http://www.beachpluminn.com/
Perched atop the Vineyard Sound, since 1950, the 13-room inn’s simple accommodations provide a quiet respite and the stillness of up-island living. A path winding past chickens leads down to the beach in the 350-year old fishing village of Menemsha. Lodging options include rooms, private cottages and homes.
Dockside Inn – Oak Bluffs – Martha’s Vineyard, MA
http://www.vineyardinns.com/
The Dockside Inn, located along the famously picturesque Oak Bluffs Harbor, is a boutique-style hotel which perfectly blends handsome, award-winning contemporary design with whimsical nautical decor and modern convenience. The Dockside Inn’s 22 tastefully decorated rooms are perfect for couples, families, and wedding groups alike, and their in-town, harbor-side location makes them the perfect place from which to explore and enjoy all of the fabled historic sites and beautiful vistas that make a stay on Martha’s Vineyard such a memorable experience.
Bass Rocks Ocean Inn, Gloucester, MA
http://www.bassrocksoceaninn.com/
Anchoring the rocky coastline of Gloucester, The Bass Rocks Ocean Inn is a historic oceanfront hotel on Massachusetts’ north shore that has enchanted visitors for well over half a century. This serene, beloved inn delights with breathtaking ocean views and services and amenities that encourage guests to explore and embrace the charm of coastal New England.
Black Point Inn, Scarborough, ME
http://www.blackpointinn.com/
Black Point Inn is an historic, grand hotel on Prouts Neck, minutes from bustling Portland and with easy access from the Portland Jetport. Presiding over one of the most spectacular settings along Maine’s ruggedly beautiful coastline, Black Point Inn is nestled on lushly landscaped property located at the tip of Prouts Neck. Here, surrounded by water on three sides, you’ll be captivated by the Inn’s majestic cliffs and ever changing seascape.
The Claremont Hotel, Southwest Harbor, ME
http://www.theclaremonthotel.com/
The historic Claremont Hotel in Southwest Harbor, Maine, has provided classic refuge for visitors to Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, and Mount Desert Island (MDI) each summer since 1884. Situated at the mouth of Somes Sound, the east coast’s only fjord, their six-acre shorefront resort includes the historic hotel with 24 guest rooms, the Phillips House with 6 private inn-style rooms, and 14 housekeeping cottages. On-site facilities include Xanthus restaurant and bar, dock, moorings, boat house restaurant, rowboats, bicycles, clay tennis court and two tournament-class croquet courts. Their housekeeping cottages, some with ocean views, all with fireplaces, decks and kitchenettes, are ideal for family vacations, or romantic weekend getaways. Xanthus, their acclaimed dining room, offers gourmet cuisine to hotel and outside guests, and water views from every table. Bed and breakfast meal plans are available to hotel guests.
Shelter Harbor inn – Westerly, RI
http://www.shelterharborinn.com/
Originally a farmhouse built in the early 1800’s, the Shelter Harbor Inn is now a charming, unpretentious country inn where the emphasis is on relaxation, good food and a warm, comfortable, and friendly atmosphere. The inn is located near one of the most beautiful sections of the Rhode Island Shoreline. Guests of the inn have access to a private beach in Weekapaug, a beautiful natural barrier beach stretching for two miles along the shores of Quonochontaug Pond and the Atlantic Ocean.
Pleasant View Inn – Westerly, RI
http://www.pvinn.com/
Situated on seven miles of sandy beach just steps away from the Atlantic Ocean a charming beachside family resort welcomes the season with new guestrooms and friendly service. An outdoor heated pool and onsite restaurant are yours to enjoy during your stay. Pleasant View Inn is within easy reach of the beach and convenient to shops, restaurants, and popular attractions such as: Watch Hill, Block Island Ferry Service and Mystic, Connecticut. As always, beachfront accommodations, a warm and inviting atmosphere, and thoughtful amenities are just a few reasons why Pleasant View Inn has been the go-to vacation spot for generations.
Inn at Stonington, Stonington Borough, CT
http://www.theinnatstonington.com/
The Inn at Stonington is a beautifully appointed 18-room inn located in Stonington Borough, Connecticut, a village rich in New England history. Set along the waterfront, The Inn is a short stroll from a host of award-winning restaurants, shops and galleries —an ideal setting for a romantic get-away or business retreat.
Madison Beach Hotel, Madison, CT
http://madisonbeachhotel.com/
A world of tranquility and comfortable elegance awaits you at Madison Beach Hotel. With 32 spacious beachfront rooms in Madison, Connecticut, each featuring all the comforts you could want, including complimentary Internet access, flat screen TVs with cable channels, and private balconies that overlook the water. Whether you are planning a romantic getaway or a spa weekend with your girlfriends, you’re sure to enjoy plush bedding, luxury linens, and upgraded amenities that come standard at Madison Beach resort.

The Best “Chowdah” in Massachusetts

(Includes Boston, North Shore, South Shore, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket)

It was a tough job, but someone had to do it! Deciding the best “New England Clam Chowdah” in and around Boston. Let’s be clear, the “Chowdah” I’m speaking of is not Manhattan Clam Chowder, nor is it Rhode Island Clam Chowder, both of these have a distinct “R” at the end!

What’s the difference you ask? Manhattan Style Clam Chowder is a tomato-based broth chowder; Rhode Island Clam Chowder is traditionally a clear chowder that contains quahogs, potatoes, onions and bacon, and the best New England Clam Chowdah has a scrumptious thick white cream base, with generous portions of potatoes and clams accompanied by at least two bags of crunchy oyster crackers and is always delicious to the last drop. Some of our favorites are:

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(Boston, North Shore, South Shore)
Union Oyster House – Boston MA
http://www.unionoysterhouse.com/
Ipswich Clambake – Ipswich MA
http://www.ipswichclambake.com/
Causeway Restaurant – Gloucester MA
http://thecausewayrestaurant.com/
The Lobster Pool – Rockport MA
http://www.thelobsterpool.com/
Schooners Restaurant – Hull MA
http://www.schoonersdining.com/
Haddad’s Ocean Café – Marshfield MA
http://www.haddadsoceancafe.com/
Lobster Hut – Plymouth MA
http://m.mainstreethub.com/lobsterhutplymouth

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(Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket)
The Barnstable Restaurant and Tavern – Barnstable MA
http://www.barnstablerestaurant.com/
Captain Parker’s Pub – Yarmouth MA
http://www.captainparkers.com/
Wild Goose Tavern – Chatham MA
http://www.wildgoosetavern.com/
The Lobster Pot Restaurant – Provincetown MA
http://www.ptownlobsterpot.com/
Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Company – Oaks Bluff MA
http://www.mvchowder.com/ordereze/default.aspx
Met on Main – Nantucket MA
http://metonmain.com/

New England In All Its Glory Celebrating Independence Day

There are so many festivals and firework displays throughout New England celebrating the Fourth of July. In order to make it easier to decide which one to go to, we’ve tried to compile the most popular festivals and displays in one location.

BOSTON HARBORFEST
July 2 – 7, 2015

http://www.bostonusa.com/harborfest/
Boston Harborfest is a six-day long Fourth of July Festival that showcases the colonial and maritime heritage of the cradle of the American Revolution: the historic City of Boston. The award-winning festival strives to honor and remember the past, celebrate the present, and educate the future with reenactments, concerts, historical tours and much, much more. More than 200 daily events during the festival are concentrated in Boston’s historic downtown and waterfront districts, with sponsored main events on Boston’s City Hall Plaza. Visitors to the Annual Chowderfest will vote for “Boston’s Best Chowder” after sampling traditional New England-style clam chowder from some of the Boston area’s top restaurants.

BOSTON POPS FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR
July 3 – 4, 2015

Boston, MA
http://www.july4th.org/
America’s premier Independence Day celebration, this annual event is a Boston holiday tradition which is televised across the U.S. Hundreds of thousands of visitors come from around the world to celebrate America’s birthday on the banks of the Charles River. The Boston Pops Orchestra leads the celebration, including a famous rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” which features real cannons and the live ringing of area church bells. The entire event ends with a spectacular fireworks show in the skies above Boston. Take public transportation, bring some picnic food and drink, and arrive before noon to find a good seat!

AN 1830’s INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION AT OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE
July 4 2015

Sturbridge, MA
https://www.osv.org/event/july-4th-fireworks-0
Old Sturbridge Village is the largest outdoor history museum in the northeast and portrays life in a New England village in the 1830s. Step back to a time when America was new, and veterans of the fight for freedom still lived. Join in the fun as the martial band leads the citizen’s procession as they march through the streets. Cheer and huzzah during a rousing patriotic reading of the Declaration of Independence and sign a giant reproduction of the document. Make your own tri-cornered hat to wear as you learn to drill with the Sturbridge Militia. Learn dances done by 19th-century Americans and play a game of “base ball.”

STRAWBERY BANKE: AN AMERICAN CELEBRATION
July 4, 2015

Portsmouth, NH
http://www.strawberybanke.org/
A real old-fashioned fabulous 4th of July! Complete with a children’s bike & wagon parade, giant kite fly, potato sack races, kids liberty treasure hunt, garden crafts, live music, historic garden tours, costumed role players, colonial hearth cooking, basket weaving, hand-thrown pottery, food and fun for all. Tour a Gundalow River Boat and meet Abe Lincoln.

AMERICA’S OLDEST INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE
July 4, 2015

Bristol, RI
http://www.july4thbristolri.com/
Come to the town of Bristol, Rhode Island, for the oldest continuous Independence Day celebration in the USA. Overlooking Narragansett Bay, this town has a classic American main street feel with beautiful stately homes decorated for the occasion. There’s also a Fourth of July ball, a Drum Corp show, a visiting ship and fireworks over Bristol Harbor.

FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION
July 4, 2014

Eastport, ME
http://www.eastport4th.com
The largest July 4th celebration in Maine, with dozens of scheduled events over several days, including a Grand Independence Parade, fireworks, entertainment, games, antique car show, and contests. Also free tours from a visiting U.S. Navy ship.

HOMETOWN CELEBRATION
Freeport, ME

http://www.llbean.com/shop/retailStores/100thcelebration
Freeport and L.L. Bean team up to deliver three days of patriotic entertainment and lots of outdoor fun. Everything from road races and parades to terrific live musical performances and even opportunities to see the Red Sox World Series trophies are scheduled, plus a grand finale fireworks show.

FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION
Gorham, NH

http://www.gorhamnh.org
Often spanning multiple days leading up to the 4th, this event features live music nightly, plus a carnival, road race, chili and chowder cookoff, horse drawn wagon rides, classic car parade, fireworks and more!

INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
July 4, 2014

Stowe, VT
http://www.gostowe.com
A day-long extravaganza of food, music, entertainers, and events. Face painting, politicians dunking booth, pet parade, magicians, clowns, balloons, and a Main Street sidewalk sale. Mayo Farm hosts a field carnival and everyone turns out for the incredible annual fireworks display.

The War of the Fried Clams. Who has the best in New England?

Summer and Life are just not the same without enjoying these chewy fried critters. We’ve taken a poll on where the best Clam Shacks are in New England, and the survey says…
(p.s. some of these clam shacks have the most amazing waterfront dining around)

MASSACHUSETTS (photos shown above-scroll over photos to show specific restaurant)
The Clam Box – Ipswich, MA
http://www.clamboxipswich.com/
J.T. Farnham’s Seafood and Grill – Essex, MA
http://www.jtfarnhams.com/
The Clam Shack – Falmouth, MA
http://www.woodmans.com/

MAINE (photos shown above-scroll over photos to show specific restaurant)
The Clam Shack – Kennebunkport, ME
http://theclamshack.net/
Five Islands Lobster Company – Georgetown, ME
http://www.fiveislandslobster.com/
Bob’s Clam Hut – Kittery, ME
http://www.bobsclamhut.com/

RHODE ISLAND (photos shown above-scroll over photos to show specific restaurant)
Evelyn’s Drive-In – Tiverton, RI
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Evelyns-Drive-In/114876644115?fref=ts
Flo’s Clam Shack – Middletown, RI
http://www.flosclamshacks.com/
Finn’s Harborside – East Greenwich, RI
http://finnsharborside.com/

CONNECTICUT (photos shown above-scroll over photos to show specific restaurant)
Lenny and Joe’s Fish Tale – Madison, CT
http://ljfishtale.com/
Lenny’s Indian Head Inn – Branford, CT
http://www.lennysnow.com/
Sea Swirl – Mystic, CT
http://www.seaswirlofmystic.com/

National Lobster Day is Monday, June 15th !!!

Did you know that…
NATIONAL LOBSTER DAY is this Monday, June 15th
We have created a list of our favorite places whereby you can celebrate our delicious homegrown New England crustaceans. As we all know, we are so very lucky to be surrounded by many incredible lobster shacks/restaurants that we couldn’t possibly name them all, but here are just a few to wet your appetite enough to make the decision to indulge in, this weekend and every weekend this summer, those delicious creatures of the sea. ENJOY!

MASSACHUSETTS
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Woodman’s – Essex, MA
http://www.woodmans.com/
Lobster Hut – Plymouth, MA
http://m.mainstreethub.com/lobsterhutplymouth
The Lobster Claw – Orleans, MA
http://www.lobsterclaw.com/

MAINE
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Foster’s Downeast Clambake – York, ME
http://fostersclambake.com/
Warren’s Lobster House – Kittery, ME
http://www.lobsterhouse.com/
The Clam Shack – Kennebunkport, ME
http://theclamshack.net/

RHODE ISLAND
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Champlin’s Seafood – Narragansett, RI
http://champlins.com/
Monahan’s Clam Shack by the Sea – Narragansett, RI
http://www.monahansri.com/Monahans_Lobster_Roll.htm
The Landing – Newport, RI
http://www.thelandingrestaurantnewport.com/

CONNECTICUT
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Lobster Landing – Clinton, CT
https://www.facebook.com/LobsterLandingLLC?ref=bookmarks
Lobster Shack – Branford, CT
http://lobstershackct.com/
The Lazy Lobster Restaurant – Milford, CT
http://www.thelazylobsterrestaurant.com/

“Up on the roof…”

Boston rooftop hangouts are rivaling those of our neighbors in Manhattan. There’s something for everyone, from luxurious rooftop pools and cabanas, cocktails with a view, scenic sports and brews, and everything in between. “Beantown” rooftop summer fun to be had by all!

Legal Harborside
https://www.legalseafoods.com/restaurants/boston-legal-harborside
Legal Harborside
In warmer months, they retract their roof’s glass walls and ceiling for drinking under the sun or stars and open their wood-decked outside patios. Their beverage menu offers 27 wines by the glass and features specialty cocktails and pitchers of punches. They also offer a sushi menu, complete with sushi party boats, and a limited menu of shareable plates and small bites.

Market Lounge
http://www.mktboston.com/
Market Lounge
Considered to be Boston’s Hot Spot downtown! They specialize in great service, great food, and specialty cocktails with an outdoor patio for dining, and a roof top bar for appetizers and cocktails!

Rooftop @ Revere
http://www.reverehotel.com/#rooftop
Rooftop @ Revere
Rooftop@Revere is an artful outdoor retreat set against a backdrop of spectacular city views. This rooftop bar in Boston, situated seven stories above street level, serves refreshing cocktails and seasonal snacks on 16,000 square feet of al fresco space.

Ristorante Fiore
http://www.ristorantefiore.com/
Ristorante Fiore
Ristorante Fiore, located in Boston’s historic North End is a sophisticated ristorante serving up a seasonally-inspired, classic, Italian menu. Guests can enjoy themselves in the elegant main dining room on the first floor or on the North End’s only roof deck during the warmer months.

The Rattlesnake Bar and Grill
http://rattlesnakebarandgrill.com/
The Rattlesnake Bar & Grill
The outdoor patio is open to the public April through October (and when the weather cooperates during the rest of the year), accommodating 50 people with a full bar and menu available. New to the Rattlesnake is the street level outdoor patio.

The Baseball Tavern
http://baseballtavern.com/
The Baseball Tavern
Their Roof Top Deck, overlooking Fenway Park, is one of the most popular fun spots Boston has to offer, from the first pitch on Opening Day until the final out is recorded in the Fall Classic. Whether it’s before, during, or after a Red Sox game, or just anytime you’re looking for some fun, stop at The Baseball Tavern for a good time.

The Sinclair
http://www.sinclaircambridge.com/
The Sinclair
The Sinclair, a live-music venue and American kitchen with gastropub influences. Located at 52 Church Street in the heart of Harvard Square, The Sinclair possesses timeless American influences and embodies how the worlds of food and music influence each other.

Daedalus
http://stagingpad.com/daedalus/
Daedalus
Daedalus Restaurant and Bar, located right outside of historic Harvard Square, has been a mainstay since opening its doors in 2001. Great food, drink, and a breath taking roof deck awaits you on 45.5 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge.

Atlantic Beer Garden
http://www.atlanticbeergarden.com/
Atlantic Beer Garden
Restaurant, Entertainment, Functions, and Sports Bar with this view… need we say more!

The Whiskey Priest
http://www.whiskey-priest.com/
The Whiskey Priest
Boston’s newest Irish Restaurant and Bar, located in the Seaport District. Upscale Irish Restaurant with its unique Gastro Pub concept to include old Irish favorites and an extensive selection of New World pub dining. 32 Draught Beers & 100 Whiskeys.