slides: 25 Reasons Why New England is the Best Part of the Country
Sunday, August 13, 2017
GoLocalWorcester Lifestyle Team
New England is home to some of the greatest traditions, institutions, and historical events the US has to offer and no other part of the country has a wide variety of terrain like New England - which has mountain ranges, forests, islands, and beaches.
You are always an hour or two away from going sailing in Newport, skiing in Stowe, dining on authentic Maine lobster, or enjoying the nightlife in Boston.
And few places can offer as many historical and educational contributions to the nation, New England boasts the oldest institutions for higher learning, and Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont are among the top ten states with the best educational systems.
New England is not only the oldest part of the country - settled by Puritans in 1620 at Plymouth Colony - but it is also the birthplace of the American Revolutionary War that gave the colonist independence from Britain.
It is also a hub for sports: the New England Patriots, Celtics, Bruins, and Red Sox all call New England home, and ESPN is located in Connecticut.
This weekend, discover the many contributions that has made New England the best region in America.
See 25 Reasons Why New England is the Best Part of the Country in the Slideshow Below
New England sports teams are among the best in the nation:
The New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady is considered the "Greatest Quarterback of All Time," having won fiver Super Bowls.
Not to mention the stars that have come out of the Boston Celtics like Larry Bird, and David Ortiz from the Boston Red Sox.
New Englanders have a very unique vocabulary.
For example, a water fountain is known as a "bubbler", and sandwiches piled high with toppings and meats are strictly "grinders".
There's a "wicked" lot of slang that New Englanders use that most people outside the region will not understand.
New England is known for being socially liberal and the individual states within it paved the way for the LGBT community to gain civil rights.
All states in the region were among the first 15 states to overturn the ban on gay marriage.
New England loves seafood.
It has its own type of creamy clam chowder, is an authority on clambakes, and exports lobsters from Maine to the whole country.
Native Rhode Islanders are even allowed to clam dig without a license in the state.
New England was one of the first regions in the US to be affected by the Industrial Revolution.
The Revolution benefited the textile manufacturing industry the area was known for in the 18th century.
Mills are now common in many New England towns and are often repurposed or preserved as historic landmarks.
New England states have many beaches, lighthouses, and sprawling ocean views unlike any other place in the US.
Point Judith Lighthouse in Rhode Island and Port Head Lighthouse in Maine are among the most beautiful lighthouses.
The stonewalls in New England towns have been immortalized in poems like Robert Frost's "Mending Wall".
Most are still standing reminders of the colonists that first inhabited the region.
There are always great events to be found at Boston Commons.
There is even a beautiful public garden within the park.
It's a little-known fact that basketball was invented in New England.
James Naismith invented the game inside a gymnasium at what was once known as the YMCA Training School in Springfield, MA.
He was a graduate student studying psychology at Springfield College.
New England is the birthplace of the famed coffee chain Dunkin' Donuts.
The business was founded in 1950 by William Rosenberg in Quincy, Massachusetts.
The company is now an internationally recognized brand and recently opened up franchises on the West Coast.
Salem, Massachusetts is best known for its infamous "witch trials" which occurred in 1692.
The trials lead to the deaths of about 19 men and women with hundreds more accused of witchcraft.
The events of the trials have been the focus of literature - such as Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" - and a historical reminder of the danger of hearsay poses to the justice system.
New England has much to contribute to the world of art.
Rhode Island houses RISD one of the top design schools in the country and the New England Art Institute is in Massachusetts
The American Revolution began in - you guessed it - New England.
The battle of Lexington and Concord was fought April 19, 1775 and was the first battle of the war which the Americans won against the British.
This is the famous battle that sparked the tale of Paul Revere running through the streets shouting "The British are coming!" which is historically inaccurate.
New England has seen a growth of breweries in the past few years - Maine alone has seen 50 new breweries spring up in the past 28 years.
Massachusetts and Rhode Island acquired "America's Oldest Brewery"- Yuengling.
Craft beer and home-brewing are highly popular here as well.
The First Hamburger
The very first hamburger was created in New Haven, Connecticut in 1895.
The Library of Congress verifies that Louis' Lunch created the first hamburgers by owner Louis Lassen.
The restaurant is currently owned and operated by Lassen's family.
New England is home to the oldest college in the country: Harvard University which was established in 1636.
Harvard is one of the three Ivy League colleges that are based in the region.
Dartmouth College located in New Hampshire, Yale University located in Connecticut, and Brown located in Rhode Island were both established in the 1700's.
New England has over 400 waterfalls and cascades.
Here's the breakdown: Connecticut's waterfalls are known for being pristine and well-protected.
Some waterfalls in Maine require entrance fees.
Most of Massachusetts' waterfalls are in the Berkshires.
New Hampshire's are usually located near White Mountain National Forest.
Vermont's are good for swimming as well as admiration.
And, Rhode Island has only one natural waterfall in existence.
Bostonians and Mainers are often chided for their one-of-a-kind accents.
New Englanders have a tendency to not pronounce their "r"s which gives you phrases like:
"Use yah blinkah" and makes it difficult to know when someone is talking about their pants ("khakis") or keys ("cah keys").
New England is lucky enough to be able to experience four distinct seasons.
Natives get to enjoy the waterfront in the summer, the snow in the winter, and the flowers in the spring.
People will even travel to New England just to leaf-peep in the fall.
Besides Europe, New England has a lot of "rotaries".
These strange roads also known as "roundabouts" and "traffic circles" and can cause confusion for those visiting.
If you enjoy winter sports, New England is the place to be.
The mountain ranges in the region offer many different places to go skiing or snowboarding in the winter.
New England has some of the best school systems in the country.
Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire are all ranked in the top ten for quality of education.
Ratings were based on factors such as student-teacher ratios, and dropout rates in each state.
New England has some of the best locations to sail to and from, including:
Newport, RI which hosts the international Newport to Ensada Yacht Race every year, and the New England Science and Sailing Community Center in Stonington, Connecticut.
U.S. Sailing also makes their headquarters at Roger Williams University in RI.
The New England town of East Greenwich, Rhode Island is the birthplace of the US Navy.
The US Navy was assembled on June 12, 1775 and Governor Nicholas Cooke signed orders for the government to employ armed vessels.
Fun fact: East Greenwich was named for Greenwich, England.
Tanglewood is one of the most coolest places to hear live music in New England.
It features public grounds where you may picnic and has hosted international acts like Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett.
Founded by music lovers in 1934, Tanglewood has been the summer home of The Boston Symphony Orchestra.