21. We love it when older New England motels experience a rebirth. The totally revamped Cliff House in Ogunquit, Maine, is slated to reopen this August and is taking reservations now. (Also, you might have guessed this, but it’s on a cliff.)
22. Feeling serious summer camp nostalgia? Kimpton Taconic Hotel in Manchester, Vermont, just launched a new adult sleepover offering, with three-night sessions coming up August 25-28. Think ziplining, kite-making, and serious s’mores consumption.
23. Speaking of revamped hotels and camp memories, the redesigned Summercamp on Martha’s Vineyard (formerly the Wesley Hotel) pretty much demands an island overnight.
24. Yes yes, the Bush dynasty lives there, but the Kennebunks are also home to stunning beaches, a floating restaurant, a brand-new music venue, and arguably New England’s best lobster roll.
25. For every Provincetown and Lenox, there’s an underrated Massachusetts town just awaiting your discovery.
26. The best way to experience Cape Cod? Leave the beaten path and take your tips from a local. Oh, and consider taking the train there. Especially since it’s dog-friendly.
27. Ski resorts never get their proper due in the summer months—which means Vermont spots like Stowe are prime for the taking. Check out the new boutique hotel Field Guide and its new new Picnic Social restaurant, which is all fried-chicken sandwiches and shuffleboard, with a dash of corn hole thrown in.
28. Connecticut gets such a bad rap ‘round these parts, but just consider: underdiscovered vineyards, Ocean Beach Park, and New Haven pizza. Sorry, apizza.
29. If you headed to Portsmouth just for the deck dining, we wouldn’t blame you. But don’t forget about the Prescott Park Arts Festival and the monthly gallery walk, both completely free ways to get your art on this summer.
30. There are a plethora of undersung US islands, and at least three of them sit in New England.