By Sam Byrom
In the vastness of the United States, you find regions alike to the bustling streets of New York City or Las Vegas, or the emptiness of Wyoming and Nebraska, but it is rare to find a region that has a combination of both; where you have big cities with enough to do in them to last all day and the next and maybe even the next if you go slow about it, but you can still feel like your alone in your small neighborhood unburdened by bustle of big cities; all within an hour of each other. This place, this magical place my friend, is New England.
While being in close proximity to big cities such as Boston and Providence and the forests of Maine and New Hampshire may not be unique to New England, there is much more packed in this small package. And believe me, after living there for 4 years, I know all there is to do. From touring the mansions of the Rockefeller’s, Vanderbilt’s, and Berwind’s to going to the bar where you can drink a Samuel Adams while looking at Samuel Adams resting place across the street.
And if seeing historic land sites isn’t your thing, then New England has some of the best temperature all year round. While it may get cold in the winter, even up in the ski resorts it will rarely dip below 20°F in the winter or go above 60°F even in the hottest part of summer. This balance makes it possible to go out on a light jog even during the coldest part of the winter. While not being so blisteringly hot that you have to go for a swim during the summer just to stay sane. Speaking of swimming the beaches are also quite different from what you’d expect. While you still have your basic sand beaches, some of the best are the rock beaches and the dunes of boulders that you get from the residence of the glaciers those millions of years ago. They help in making the waves for the avid surfing community and present a unique challenge for those daring surfers who wish to ride the waves that crash into the rock face, ride the waves as long as possible, but don’t break your board on the bottom of the bluff.
And for those who consider themselves food connoisseurs, New England is also home to a wide range of food choices for those interested. With the history of immigrants coming in through New York and then moving up to places like Boston and the surrounding area to find work, they brought their culture along with them. You can almost always find a wide range of foreign foods, from cannolis to balaclavas in most sizable cities in the area. New England also has a wide range of local foods to try; these include Maine Lobster and crab served whole or mixed in with spices or even in a sandwich, clam chowder, a type of chicken broth soup with a variety of vegetables, clam, and bacon, and Boston Cod often cooked over a grill with fresh seasoning.
If the last thing needed to tip you to the view that New England is the best part of the US was a personal story of the area, then look no further. While living in Rhode Island, we went to an old bunkhouse for revolutionary troops and learned about how they lived. From the food they ate to how they sent letters to loved ones at home. We even got to take a hike in military formation and practice firing in unison. Afterward, my family and I went to go to a local beachside restaurant where we all ordered lobsters for the first time. We chowed down on the fresh lobster meat, pulled from the shell by our own crackers, the warm buttery juices running down our hands. That day I must say was one of my best experiences from New England.
- ChrisS. “Lifestyle | 25 Reasons Why New England Is the Best Part of the Country.” GoLocalProv, GoLocalProv, 11 Aug. 2017, http://www.golocalprov.com/lifestyle/25-reasons-why-new-england-is-the-best-part-of-the-country.
- Blumenthal, Rachel Leah. “Boston’s Best Baked Goods and Pastries, According to Local Pastry Chefs.” Eater Boston, Eater Boston, 27 Oct. 2016, boston.eater.com/maps/best-pastries-boston.