While tourism in Massachusetts peaks mainly
in the summer, there really isn't a bad time
to visit. In the western portion of the state,
where you find the Berkshire Mountains and other
ranges, there comes a winter influx of visitors
looking to experience Massachusetts skiing.
Eastern Massachusetts, with the cities of Boston, Salem and Gloucester is arguably the best in the summer, when Cape Cod
is alive with boats and summertime hijinks.
Between east and west, the central region waits
to be explored, offering interesting museums and
plenty of welcome vistas. If you haven't
been to Massachusetts, you may be surprised just
how varied the landscape can be. If you are
interested in learning a bit about some of the most
popular places to visit in Massachusetts and what
kinds of Massachusetts hotels you can expect to
find, the following are a few points of interest.
Helping to make your Massachusetts vacation all
the more enjoyable, and possible, are the many Massachusetts
hotels that dot the countryside and can be found
here, there and everywhere. There is no shortage
of Massachusetts hotels that have plenty of character
or are big on charm. The bed and breakfasts
are popular with many visitors who are looking for
high-service and less cookie-cutter style
accommodations. The various resorts around
the state offer some of the best lodging options,
and in the east, you may choose a beach vacation
rental in the form of a condo or small home.
The choices run the gamut, beginning in Boston and
north to Salem and Gloucester. The state capital
city of Boston is surely one of the main aim for
visitors, and this sophisticated city benefits from
its numerous resident universities, including Harvard
and M.I.T. Boston has many great, old buildings
and a nice colonial feel to it. The Freedom
Trail is a recommendation for seeing some of
the best of the city, and afterward, you can shop
your heart out at Harvard Square or the Faneuil
Hall Marketplace. Boston is relatively
small, and there are a lot of hotels in Boston to
choose from. The Boston hotels are at their
busiest from April-November, and generally the price
for accommodations in the city is lofty. There
are not a ton of budget Boston hotels to choose
from, but they exist, though “budget”
here might not mean under $100. You can often
find discount Massachusetts hotels by booking a
travel package, and this is a good idea if you want
some help approaching the city.
Just two miles out of Boston proper, the city
of Cambridge, which boasts Harvard and M.I.T., is
a nice place for a Boston base, and there is a wide
selection of Cambridge
hotels. If you are in Boston, or Cambridge,
the short trip up the coast for Marblehead and historic
Salem is a rewarding route. Salem, unable
to detach itself from its notorious witch trials,
is a nice small city boasting a rich history.
You can tour the town by trolley, or with a walking
tour, both of which are fun and informative.
Some down time spent in Salem Commons is a nice
treat, and for shopping and entertainment, the Salem
Marketplace delivers. You can find many a
welcome and unique Salem MA hotel, some of which
are housed in historic buildings. The city's
bed and breakfasts are some visitors' first
choice for a Salem MA hotel, and some of the inns
provide the best Salem MA hotel budget options.
Wherever you book your room, be sure to do so in
advance if you are visiting during Halloween.
Since you are in the area, you might opt for a day
or more spent in Gloucester, where particularly
in the months of May-October you can go whale watching.
Gloucester has enough welcome attractions, and is
a good base from which to visit the resort town
of Cape Ann. There are some wonderful
choices for Gloucester hotels, especially if you
are looking for bed and breakfasts.
In the summertime, more than any other time of
year, thousands head for Cape Cod, and the northern
edge's city of Provincetown. Summer
is the ideal weather for enjoying the Provincetown
beaches, and the city's restaurants and artistic
feel are alluring. In the summer, you may
need to book a minimum stay at the Provincetown
hotels, which offer a good selection of establishments
that know how to cater to the visitor's needs.
South of Cape Cod, the islands of Martha's
Vineyard and Nantucket attract a good number
of visitors, especially when the weather is warm.
You can find some charming Nantucket hotels, and
in Martha's Vineyard, many people choose to
stay in the town of Edgartown,
which is one of the more picturesque on the island.
There are many nice resort-style Edgartown hotels
to choose from, and though hotel rates on the island
are usually high, at places like the Edgartown Inn,
you can find a good deal. Before hopping on
the ferry for Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard,
you might consider spending at least a night in
the coastal city of New Bedford. You will
find some good public golf
courses here, as well as excellent whale watching
opportunities. The selection of New Bedford
hotels is somewhat limited, but you can find appropriate
lodging here for most tastes.
Although Massachusetts is a relatively small state,
there is so much to explore. If you are heading
for the western highlands, it is worth it to stop
in the region's most important city of Springfield,
if for nothing else than to check out the pro Basketball
Hall of Fame. There are a wide array of choices
hotels, including a nice selection for those
looking for a budget hotel in Massachusetts.
If you are seeking out the lakes and mountains in
the west, you can find an assortment of Massachusetts
hotels along Route 7, and the various inns and bed
and breakfasts throughout the area provide some
appealing choice. Out west, it is a good idea
to book ahead if you are coming to see the fall
foliage. Wherever you choose to explore in
the Bay State, you will usually find some great
Massachusetts hotels. For discount Massachusetts
hotels, you can look for special hotel packages,
or for online deals that provide reduced rates.
Your best bets for a budget hotel in Massachusetts
are small motels and inns and the affordable chain
hotels that you can usually find along primary routes
of travel. If you are looking to be in the
lap of luxury, the Massachusetts hotels can meet
your needs throughout the state as well.