The Best Holiday Spots on the New England Coast

So...like most of you, we're offline soon. Not that that's a shock or anything, as we've been offline for a little while.

But this time, it's for good reason: the annual Thanksgiving pilgrimage.

At Sea Heritage, we're blessed to have most of the clan here:

Scituate including Humarock, MA, 1936

And here:

Duxbury, 1877

And on Wednesday, a few of us will head here:

Portsmouth Harbor, NH, 1866

And there, we'll enjoy the traditional holiday rituals of gorging and public violence in the form of (theoretically) touch football. Half of Sea Heritage's founding duo plays touch, and the other cheats. #justsayin

So in the vein of "food for thought," we asked our fans to name their favorite Autumn spots along the New England coast. We're past peak foliage season, which takes us farther inland to the Adirondacks and wilds of Vermont, so we've migrated back to the shores, where wonderful traditions thrive along the coastline.

Here were the top five:

5. Portsmouth, NH

Portsmouth Harbor, NH, 1866

Attractions include:

  • 39th Annual Candlelight Stroll at Strawbery Banke Museum.

  • Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond.

  • Elf The Musical at the Music Hall.

  • NH Theater Project: It's a Wonderful Life Live Radio Play.

  • Portsmouth Christmas Tree Lighting & Illuminated Holiday Parade and Food Drive.

(For more information, visit: http://www.goportsmouthnh.com/what-to-do/holiday-happenings/holiday-festivities/)

4. Newport, RI

Attractions include:

  • Multiple Thanksgiving feasts

  • Christmas at the Mansions

  • Illuminated Boat Parade viewing party

(For more information, visit: https://www.discovernewport.org/events/holiday-festivities/)

Newport, RI, 19th Century

3. Boston, MA

Attractions include:

  • Thanksgiving Ballroom Buffet at Taj Boston

  • Light Up Seaport

  • Boston Common Tree Lighting

  • Back Bay Ball at the Westin

  • Shopping in Faneuil Hall

  • Clam Chowder at the Union Oyster House

(For more information, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/d/ma--boston/holiday--events/)

Boston Harbor, 1857

2. Mystic, CT (it's in the upper righthand corner)

Attractions include:

  • Festival of Lights

  • Thanksgiving Morning Paddle

  • Holiday Carnival at Olde Mistick Village

For more information, visit: here)

Mystic, CT, 19th Century (Long Island Sound)

1. Camden. ME

Attractions include:

  • Rockland Festival of Lights

  • Camden Christmas by the Sea

  • Camden Opera House

  • Rockport's Holiday on the Harbor

(For more information, visit: https://camdenhawthorn.com/2017/11/26/holiday-happenings-near-camden-maine/)

Camden and Rockport, ME, 1879

Now, since we live here, this is what we know, and where we're celebrating at the moment. But we want to hear from you: where are the best places along your stretch of the coast to enjoy the holiday season? Please email us at support@seaheritage.com—if we post your recommendation to Facebook and/or Twitter, we'll give you a free chart! [And even if your offering isn't selected, stay tuned for a POSSIBLE holiday sale]

Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Sea Heritage!

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