Beachgoers have ridden the rails on and off to Old Orchard Beach in southern Maine since the Gilded Age, and Amtrak’s April through October Downeaster service from Boston remains one of the least stressful ways to get to the 7-mile-long strand. If swimming and sunning start to pale, there are always the thrills of the beachfront Palace Playland rides or the food and amusements of The Pier. 800-872-7245; traintomaine.com BEST FOR SURFCASTING On Martha’s Vineyard, local anglers head to Wasque, the appendage to Chappaquiddick overseen by the Trustees of Reservations, to fish in the big surf. Take the Edgartown-Chappaquiddick Ferry and head southeast to Wasque Point. There’s parking at the end of Wasque Road. 508-627-3599; thetrustees.org BEST FOR A QUICK ESCAPE Short on leisure time? There’s no need to face Cape traffic. Houghton’s Pond in the Blue Hills Reservation in Milton is just over 12 miles from downtown Boston. The pretty kettle pond has a … [Read more...] about What are the best beaches in New England?
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It's Vacation Week and we're exploring the best summer destinations in New England. Here are some awesome ways to enjoy the summer on the Connecticut and Rhode Island coast. 1. Essex Steam Train: Take a trip through the scenic Connecticut River Valley on a real vintage steam locomotive. This narrated tour offers a unique guide through Connecticut, showing off various coves and creeks that even locals might not have seen before. Click here for more. 2. Gillette Castle State Park: Travel through time at Gillette Castle, a medieval-looking fortress that has been standing in Connecticut since 1919. It was built by noted actor, director, and playwright William Hooker Gillette. The state of Connecticut bought the property, which now offers woodland trails and campgrounds to the public. Click here for more. 3. Goodspeed Opera House: The Goodspeed Opera House first opened its doors in 1877 and has been putting on spectacular musicals since 1963. The theater has put on a total … [Read more...] about 14 Places to Explore on the Connecticut and Rhode Island Coast
Updated 3:15 pm EDT, Wednesday, May 8, 2019 BARRINGTON, R.I. (AP) — Marine mammal experts have euthanized a bottlenose dolphin that became stranded in a Rhode Island salt marsh. The dolphin was spotted by residents of Smith Cove in Barrington on Wednesday morning. State Department of Environmental Management personnel as well as an animal rescue team from the nearby Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut responded to the scene. Jen Flower, an aquarium veterinarian, performed a full exam on the dolphin and determined it was "very, very sick" with trouble breathing and a low heart rate. She said it was determined that rather than making a rescue attempt the best course of action would be to put the dolphin down to minimize suffering. The dolphin will be brought back to the aquarium for further examination. … [Read more...] about Beached sick dolphin in Rhode Island is euthanized
UNCASVILLE, Conn. — West Virginia will suit up for Sunday’s 1 p.m. Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase, at the Mohegan Sun Casino, betting that facing one team from the Atlantic 10 won’t be like the first time. West Virginia’s 97-90 victory against St. Joseph’s in Myrtle Beach was an offensive showcase featuring a combined 28 3-pointers. That’s just two less than Rhode Island (4-3) has made all season. “Our defense is much more ahead of our offensive game, that’s for sure,” said Rhode Island coach David Cox, who is in his first season taking over for former coach Danny Hurley. “Our defense has been pretty solid. That’s been a part of our culture and program, particularly under Danny’s leadership for the last four or five years. I’ve made it a point with this new staff to continue to emphasize the importance of defense and it’s actually paid huge dividends for us early, because we have not shot the ball … [Read more...] about West Virginia, Rhode Island set for defensive showdown
Rhode Island — home of the quahog — is known for its quintessential clam shacks. Last year, more than 22 million quahogs, also known as clams, littlenecks, cherrystones, topnecks, and more — were harvested by local shellfishermen in waters across the state, according to the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. From Narragansett to Newport, the state’s specialities, including clam cakes and stuffies, can be found at roadside and beachfront stands that have been run by families for generations. Here are some must-try places where clams are king. Flo’s two locations are known for famous lobster rolls, sweet and plump fried clams, crisp and hot clam cakes, and creamy clam-packed chowder. The original Flo’s Drive-In at Island Beach Park in Portsmouth opened in 1936 two decades after the fried clam was invented in Massachusetts in 1916, according to the New England Historical Society (because they knew a good thing when they tasted it). The … [Read more...] about 5 Rhode Island clam shacks you need to know