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going to massachusetts

Written on April 30, 2008 by mimecine

images1.jpegHi there

We are going to Massachusetts on May 19th for one week of exploring. If anyone has any tips we would really appreciate it. I am researching: craftspeople, inns, food producers, candle makers, local factories, diners, etc. Basically anything made by independent producers in the state and good and CHEAP places to sleep and eat. If you have any suggestions we would appreciate hearing from you! Many thanks! Alisa

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  1. Comment by natalie:

    hi alisa,

    http://www.letterpressthings.com/ is an amazing store, call 1st, open as a hobby, usually saturdays only.

    there’s a whole super duper bookmaking culture in western mass, eg http://www.garageannexschool.com/gasflash04.html

    a friend in new bedford who has a nice print studio & makes things to sell- not kiosky, but nice

    April 30, 2008 @ 4:25 pm

  2. Comment by admin:

    hi nathalie


    May 2, 2008 @ 3:48 pm

  3. Comment by angeline:


    image- and object-based ensemble theatre located on a 105-acre farm in western mass.

    May 14, 2008 @ 2:28 am

  4. Comment by Ian McFaul:

    Hi Alisa

    We chatted briefly on Sat night during the Rich Brilliant Willing reception.

    I recommend the Westport Rivers winery, , owned by a great family who loves to make great wine.

    Since we’re on the topic of booze, one of the best things about New England (at least one that could be taken back to kiosk) is hard apple cider. Another artisinally-produced product from the folks at West County Cider, , they bottle by type of apple. Very tasty!

    A busy couple of days since I came back from NY but more as I think of things in MA.

    May 20, 2008 @ 5:11 am

  5. Comment by Corrina:

    I hadn’t checked back after leaving my comment about Martha’s Vineyard. You probably won’t see this, but if you are going there, head to Oak Bluffs to see the gingerbread cottages and the Flying Horses carousel but mostly pay attention to West Tisbury and all points “up-island” as they say. Local products? Amazing knitted things, wampum jewelery, scrimshaw, Portuguese sweet bread, and rosehip jam are what I remember from my childhood there… I haven’t been back in years, but I am sure you’d find lots of resourceful people making neat things. Have a corn muffin at the Black Dog Bakery for me.

    May 21, 2008 @ 9:21 pm

  6. Comment by Adriane:

    New Bedford historical district is a wealth of burgeoning art and culture, now that it’s been overhauled from its post-whaling days…definitely a must-see. I quick scan through Moby Dick will result in handfuls of port-cities being mentioned which is such a treat when you know the area.

    You MUST go to Revere, MA and head over to the NECCO factory.

    The Sparrow House in Plymouth is a lovely jewelry store set in an historical home.

    I would definitely also consider trying to track down a ship builder who still is making them by hand– i don’t know any right off the top of my head, but they’re still out there.

    I know there is more but I can’t think of them all now. Hope this small list helps. Good luck!

    June 3, 2008 @ 2:06 pm