New England’s Best Small Towns
Because… it’s like a movie set (with actual movie stars)!
Because… of this place.
Because… ivory towers make for a storybook escape. By William Martin
Because… sometimes the river trumps the sea.
GREAT BARRINGTON, MA
Because… it’s home to the Berkshires’ own Restaurant Row.
Because… this is the Main Street of all Main Streets.
Because… this is what picture-perfect looks like.
Because… of this guy.
SHELBURNE FALLS, MA
Because… if you can imagine it, they can make it.
Because… a piece of history can be yours for the haggling.
Because… your kids (and spouse) will thank you. By Steve Almond
Because… the pickings are prime.
Because… you can go a little wild. By Amy Sutherland
LITTLE COMPTON, RI
Because… it’s a little slice of Napa in New England.
Photo by Heather Burke
Persnickety wine lovers thumb their noses at bottles poured east of the Sierras (or west of the Loire Valley). Pity they don’t know about Little Compton’s award-winning Sakonnet Vineyards, where, for $8, guests can taste the 50-acre spread’s finest wines. —Jamie Coelho
Cock of the Walk: Similar to a pinot grigio, it carries hints of apples and melons.
Vidal Blanc 2008: This white, fermented in stainless steel, has a sweet citrus taste and crisp acidity.
Rhode Island Red: The earthy finish is complemented by deep fruity flavor.
Reserve Chardonnay 2007: Aged a year in French oak, this varietal evokes honey and fresh-baked bread.
Gewürztraminer 2007: Floral notes and a dry finish make it an inspired pairing for spicy dishes.