10 Secret Destinations in New England

8) Rye, New Hampshire

Located 7 about miles off the coast between New Hampshire and Maine, and consisting of 9 islands, are the Isles of Shoals. There is only one hotel available among them, on Star Island. This little-known destination was originally used as a fishing camp by Native Americans in the early 1600s. They were later named in 1614 by English Explorer Captain John Smith. Star Island is also home to the Celia Thaxter museum, a stone cottage which was built in 1960. It houses collections of the famed writer’s poetry and manuscripts as well as an assortment of hand-painted china. This unique group of islands is only accessible by ferry from Portsmouth, where you’ll enjoy an hour long narrated voyage each way. The steamship company that runs the ferry’s is the only one allowed to dock. There are no public docks since the islands are each privately owned. Visitors are treated to whale watching excursions, tours around the island’s lighthouses and historic forts, as well as the old waterfront, which is certainly not to be missed.