4 Stunning Small Towns in Massachusetts Worth Visiting [Food, History, Culture]

Melissa Frost

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Massachusetts is a gorgeous state. From historic cities to scenic views in nature, it's an ideal destination for a weekend getaway, especially during late fall season. One of the things I love most about this Northeastern gem is all the small towns that are making up the state - their food, local culture, and rich history.

Here are four Massachusetts towns, worth a visit any day:

Sturbridge

Sturbridge, featured in the photo above, is an adorable small town, located at the crossroads of New England. Long before the first English settlers came to Massachusetts, the Native Americans called this place Tantiousques and knew it as the place where the Bay Path and the Connecticut Path met.

Today, Sturbridge is best known for Old Sturbridge Village, a living history destination that re-creates what New England life was like in the 18th and 19th centuries.

That, plus the stunning nature and trails make this a place worth visiting, especially if you're into history and enjoy spending time in nature.

Westport

Westport, the state's most southern coastal town is a calm and family-friendly area. I've only visited once, we spent the day at the beach and ate delicious Italian food at a local restaurant.

The area is known for its farms, the source of produce, meats, and cheeses for many of Boston's top farm-to-table restaurants. Westport is a Right-to-Farm community and there is an active Westport Fishermen's Association. 

Horseneck Beach State Reservation, located to the north and west of Gooseberry Island, is a popular summer destination and so is Westport Point Historic District, which features preserved historic homes dating from the 1700s.

Provincetown

Provincetown is a haven for artists, known as the oldest continuous art colony in the country.

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The town sits at the edge of the continent, 60 miles out to sea. Visitors are drawn to this somewhat remote place for its sandy dunes and the top-notch restaurants, local galleries, independent shops, and more.

Provincetown has also been named a favorite LGBTQ+ destination where individuality and freedom of expression are celebrated.

Stockbridge

Stockbridge is known for its art scene and cultural attractions.

From internationally renowned summer festivals of music, theatre, and dance, museums, galleries, and historic homes and gardens, if you're into culture, art, and history, you can't go wrong by visiting Stockbridge. The Berkshire countryside offers plenty of trails and back roads for hiking, cycling, bird watching, cross country skiing, and much more.

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