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Juniper Hill Inn

The Coast

At the Water’s Edge

From the southern shore of Rhode Island, to the northernmost edge of Maine, New England’s coastline is as varied as it is beautiful. Along the way, you’ll find white sand beaches, rocky coves, placid bays, fishing villages, and, of course, the world’s finest lobster rolls, all against the backdrop of the clear, cool waters of the Atlantic Ocean. 

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Beachmere Inn

Know the Shore

No matter what flavor of coastal experience you’re looking for, New England is here for you. Looking to work on your tan while catching up on your summer reading? Find your calling on Cape Cod, or along the southern coast of Maine. Seeking a more rugged experience? Head to Downeast Maine, where the waves break against the rocky shore, and where you can find long, unspoiled stretches just begging to be explored. In between, stroll through small, seaside towns, pausing to sample the local fare and visit unique shops. 

Learn more about New England’s coast and beaches

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Discover Newport

Don’t-Miss Drive

How much coastal beauty and exploration can you pack into a mere 10 miles? In Newport, Rhode Island, the only correct answer is “a whole lot.” Here, you’ll find the iconic Ocean Drive, which begins just off historic Bellevue Avenue, and winds its way past gilded age mansions, Jackie Kennedy’s childhood home, two state parks, and the white sands of Gooseberry Beach. Our advice? Drive slow and stop often. 

The New England coast is home to history 

Lobster Two Ways

New Englanders have long argued over the best way to serve a lobster roll: Chilled and dressed with mayo, or warmed and dressed with butter. Which is better? There’s no way to know but to try both. 

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Light the Way

Not so long ago, New England’s lighthouses were an essential part of coastal life, helping ensure the safety of sea-going vessels through heavy storms and dark of night. While navigation technology may have changed just a bit since then, there are still 200 lighthouses standing along the New England coastline, offering an up close view of yesteryear, as well as the perfect way to spend a summer’s afternoon. 

Want more of the New England coast? Check out this itinerary 

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MA Office of Tourism

A Welcoming City

Situated at the northern tip of Cape Cod, and home to some of the finest beaches in New England, Provincetown has long been known as a haven for the LGBTQ+ community. That said, people of all orientations and backgrounds gather here to explore the many shops, galleries, and restaurants, as well as soak in the welcoming, celebratory vibe that defines this small-but-mighty coastal city that’s also home to the oldest continuous art colony in America. 

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