Written by Intern Cassie Lane
The days may be longer, but the summer months just seem way too short. Time flies when you know you’ve got to go back to school in less than two months... I always try to make the most of my summers, whether checking off my bucket list and exploring new places, or revisiting some of my favorite spots and keeping up with my summertime traditions.
Whether it be a full day of sun, sand, and seagulls, or a walk through quaint, down-town shops, there is so much to do, but so little time! It doesn’t help that my to-do list seems to be growing exponentially each summer… So, in the spirit of taking advantage of the few warm, sunny days we have here in New England, I’ve put together a list of my top 5 favorite places to go during the summer!
My family and I have been going to York since I was 2 years old. But it’s not just the nostalgia and sentimental memories that make this one of my all-time favorite summer destinations. York is home to two beautiful beaches: Long Sands Beach and Short Sands Beach. Long Sands is perfect for taking long walks, swimming, surfing, and sunbathing, while Short Sands has a playground, amusement park, and arcade on its shore. Downtown York boasts cute shops, quaint boutiques, and delicious seaside restaurants. And you just can’t beat watching the sunset on the rocks of Nubble Lighthouse as you enjoy a cone from Dunne’s Ice Cream.
There is just something so charming about this little coastal town. Not only are the streets lined with endearing boutiques and gift shops for all things knick-knacks, candy, and gifts galore, but Rockport is also home to an incredible number of artists. From photography and pottery to original paintings, there is a vast array of galleries lining the streets, inviting you to admire the unique and extraordinary artwork. Known as a fishing town, Rockport is also noted for the abundance of sailboats along its rock jetty and of course, its fresh, delicious seafood.
If you’re looking for a more ritzy getaway, Newport is the place for you. Decorating the coasts and inner mainland are some of the most beautiful and lavish seaside mansions I’ve ever seen. Not only can you enjoy walking around and looking at these luxurious homes, but you can even take public tours through them! Who wouldn’t want to pretend to be rich for a day? Newport is also known for its abundance of beaches; one of my favorites is Second Beach. This long stretch of shore is perfect for sunbathing, beachcombing, taking long walks, and better yet, the water can actually feel pretty warm if you go at just the right time! The seashore elegance continues as you explore the downtown shops and restaurants lining the harbor, and if it’s serenity that you’re craving, then the 3.5-mile Cliff Walk is your perfect mix of sea breeze, peace, and vast ocean views.
Newport, Rhode Island
There’s a reason that Cape Cod is one of the most popular summer destinations here in New England. Chatham is a quaint seaside town on the southeastern tip of the Cape and is known for its beaches, bays, and downtown shops. Lighthouse Beach is my personal favorite. Not only do you get to take a long walk along the bending shore, but you can also admire Chatham’s landmark lighthouse. While the beaches might not be the best for swimming (cue the “Jaws” theme song), I absolutely love riding my bike through the quiet, charming streets of Chatham, admiring the beachy homes and making a few pit-stops at the gift shops, candy stores, and cafes. And there’s no shortage of ice cream shops and seafood restaurants here! I highly recommend The Chatham Squire.
Let’s be honest, Boston is a fantastic place to visit during any season. But it’s especially great during the summer. Whether it’s taking a stroll through the Commons and enjoying a glass of freshly-squeezed lemonade, going for a ride on the famous Duck Tour, or exploring all the stores and restaurants at Faneuil Hall, there are so many ways to take advantage of the warm, sunny weather here. And even though Boston isn’t a beach, it still comes equipped with an ocean view and sea breeze down by the harbor. The Harborwalk lets you walk along the piers and shorelines so you can still get a taste of the ocean in the city!
No matter where you end up going this summer, don’t leave your slides behind! You’ll want to be as comfortable and stylish as possible to really make the most out of your summer days. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.