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Hidden New England Travel Destinations in Massachusetts

By Tabitha Jean Naylor

There are many beautiful spots within Massachusetts to vacation. From the ocean to the mountains, the scenery is nothing short of spectacular but Massachusetts also offers some wonderful fresh water lakes, great music and theatre and lots of quiet little towns where you can relax and enjoy the best Massachusetts has to offer without the large crowds and tourist traps common to Cape Cod.

Pocassett

If you want to experience the true flavor of Cape Cod without all the tourists traps and overcrowding try Pocassett. Pocassett is only 10 minutes from the Bourne bridge and it is the old style Cape Cod that many remember and yearn after. Beaches are not as crowded, you can rent a beach house and enjoy cookouts and clam digging and all the natural beauty of a more unspoiled Cape Cod. This is a quiet little hamlet perfect for those seeking a quiet place to relax by the ocean but it is still near enough, being on Buzzards Bay, to all of the typical Cape Cod Attractions if you want to take in typical Cape Cod tourist attractions and shopping areas.

Lee

For those that enjoy music, theatre and fine dining Lee is a beautiful little town in the western Massachusetts best known for its scenery and its proximity to the Tanglewood Music festival.

The town of Lee lays in the valley of the Housatonic River between two mountain ranges-the Taconic and the Green Mountains. This results in fantastic mountain views. Laurel lake provides a lovely place for those that like to swim and in the evenings you can enjoy a wide variety of fine restaurants. There are also several lovely inns where you can stay while you visit in Lee. With Tanglewood nearby, museums and theatres, there is always plenty to do.

Becket

Becket is another little town close to Tanglewood and therefore also a great location for those that enjoy the cultural arts. Among the many amenities this quiet little town in the Berkshire Hills ffers are swimming and sailing in the local lakes, the Becket Arts Center, where you can check out the latest and most innovative mexied ?media exhibits that feature the work of regional artists, the Jacob's Pillow dance festival and the cozy dream away lodge where you can relax listening to the blues music of Milton and other bands. Jacob's Pillow dance festival is an experience not to be missed with an inside out stage set amid the maple trees and the surrounding mountains. Pack your picnic basket and enjoy an evening dance.

Eastham

Just off Route 6 before you come to Provincetown and Wellfleet you will find Eastham. Eastham, like Pocassett offers everything you really need for a relaxing cape Cod vacation. Not only do you have the ocean, for those that like swimming in freshwater there is the Great Pond, perfect for taking a cool dip after a scenic bike trip along the Cape cod Rail Trail. The fort Hill Trail takes you towards the home of Captain Edward Penniman. Penniman earned his fortune in whale oil. You can walk around the home and up a hill to experience the panoramic views of Nauset Marsh. From there you can walk inland on the Red Maple Swamp Trail where there is a boardwalk crossing a murky swamp located in the shade of tall red maple trees. It makes for a beautiful, tranquil setting totally different from dyas spent on crowded beaches. Spend your evenings eating fresh lobsters at one of the any lobster shacks around town.

If you are looking for a quieter area that still delivers on small town charm, cultural events and natural beauty these are some great areas to consider for your next vacation.

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