10 Secret Destinations in New England

By Ann Sullivan

They’re a little off the beaten path for the most part. These New England destinations, however, are chock full of magic and beauty for a relaxing time or exciting new adventure on the road less traveled. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful small town atmosphere or a day breathing in the salt sea air at the shoreline, there are some places for your next getaway which are far from the mainstream crowds. Spanning from Connecticut to Maine, these 10 secret destinations offer intrigue, adventure, history and wonder.

1) Rockport, Massachusetts

Just an hour north of Boston, along the northeast coast, sits the quaint village of Rockport. Situated at the tip of the Cape Ann peninsula, it offers stunning views of the harbor and rocky coastline. Rockport is an artisan village, being home to about 40 artist studios, all nestled together in a scenic waterfront setting. The magic of its beauty has inspired painters and artists since Winslow Homer, the famous 19th Century American landscape and marine painter. Rockport’s artist colony is the oldest in America. It’s home to over 30 galleries, as well as a performing arts center and lively street festivals, from May through December. It also has an historical society museum, and a visual arts museum that was founded in 1921. Being a New England harbor town, there’s no shortage of lobster and seafood restaurants. And if you need to walk off that seafood dinner, there are free walking tours as well as miles of beaches, some of which offer scuba diving and overnight camping.