Our top culinary and cultural experiences in Massachusetts

17 September 2018

There’s no state in the USA quite like Massachusetts. From its world-class art to its fresh seafood direct from the Atlantic, you’ll find there’s something for everyone in the Bay State. Discover some of the amazing experiences you can enjoy in Massachusetts - whether you’re a foodie or an art lover.

Enticing food experiences

Feed your inner foodie and dig into steamed lobster, fried clams, or the famous clam chowder – Massachusetts’ casual seafood shacks along its coast have a fun, funky vibe where you can soak up the ocean views as you dine. Do as the locals do before you dig into a bowl of “chowdah” and add a sprinkle of oyster crackers on top.

Massachusetts also boasts over 150 breweries across the state, with a growing number of craft distilleries, wineries and cideries. The most famous brewery is undoubtedly Sam Adams, a world leader in craft brewing for over 30 years, but there are plenty of other outstanding beers to sample – from a sour ale aged with cranberries at Night Shift Brewing in Everett to a Boston Irish Stout at Harpoon Brewery.

Make sure you’ve saved room for dessert – Massachusetts is known for both Boston Cream Pie and its homemade ice cream scene. New City Microcreamery in Hudson pushes the boundaries when it comes to its sweet treats – steeping ice cream in its flavour for 24 hours before instantly freezing it with liquid nitrogen to enhance the taste. If you’re looking for an incredibly creative range of flavours, try Cherry Hill Ice Cream in Lunenburg, which offers the classics alongside Peanut Butter Fudge, Orange Pineapple, Maple Walnut and Cherry Moose Tracks.


Fascinating cultural encounters

Massachusetts is undeniably at the forefront of the cultural development of the United States – from the legacy of the pilgrims to the fact that it’s home to several of the most elite universities in the world. Western Massachusetts is home to the largest modern art museum in the country (Mass MoCA), where you’ll find both long-term and seasonal exhibitions from artists around the globe, including works such as All Those Vanished Engines by sound artist Stephen Vitiello. This installation is based on the museum’s history and past as a factory campus, where pipes and metal drums resonate the sounds of the previous workings of the space.

As well as being a significant player in the arts, Massachusetts is also home to literary greats including Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Herman Melville, whose celebrated works include Moby Dick, Little Women, and The Scarlet Letter. With assets spanning genres of arts and culture, Massachusetts captures and connects its local treasures and narratives with trails, including the Massachusetts Masterpiece Trail, Massachusetts Whale Trail, and Thoreau’s Concord. Literary buffs can also try the Illustrator’s trail and explore the worlds of Dr Seuss, Eric Carle and Norman Rockwell. There’s a scenic trail leading to three fascinating museums all located within an hour of each other, where you can learn about the history and successes of these incredible artists.


Keen to embark on your own adventure in Massachusetts? Get in touch with your local Travel Counsellor to learn more.

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