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What’s the best New England summer vacation destination? That’s the question I’m asking you in this week’s 12-Inch Poll.


I actually ran a version of this Poll a few summers ago that just focused on the Cape and Maine. Big mistake on my part. You came out of the woodwork crowing about your favorite vacation spots in New Hampshire, Vermont, and elsewhere. So I’ve expanded the scope this time around.


What’s Your Favorite New England Summer Vacation Destination?

Of course, the Cape tops this list. Now, that’s not my destination of choice. I’m a Maine Seacoast guy. See, I grew up in Greenwood, on the North Shore. And North Shore folks, for the most part, tend to head north for their vacation time. Sure, I grew up with some kids who went to the Cape during the summer. But those kids were absolute psychopaths who came from families full of masochists. OK, I’m just exaggerating for entertainment purposes. But seriously: who in their right mind would drive from a North Shore town, through Boston, and down to the Cape when you could get to the beach in Maine in half the time?


So yeah, I’m a Maine kid. Wells Beach forever. But the New Hampshire Seacoast is in the mix, too, because people love to have their relaxing day at the beach interrupted by a nuclear scare. I also went Downeast for all those folks that love to drive 4 hours extra to go on vacation. And if you’re a lake person, I’ve got your Maine and New Hampshire options covered. Vermont is represented, too, as is Rhode Island. Little Rhodie is a bit of a sleeper. You have great beaches, you have Newport. And it’s all relatively close to the Boston metro.


And if I missed your New England summer vacation destination of choice? Choose “other” and let me know about it on our Facebook or Twitter.

  • Cape Cod

    Everyone loves the Cape, baby! Look at those dunes.

    Cape Cod beach dunes

    (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

  • Cape Ann

    I’ll take Rockport over any town on the Cape, any day of the week.

    Rockport, MA

    (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

  • New Hampshire Seacoast

    Do they still have that sand sculpting competition at Hampton Beach?

    Sand Sculptures Competition

    (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

  • Maine Seacoast

    York, Ogunquit, Wells, Kennebunkport…what a lineup. Wave to the Bushes, kids!

    Bush Compound, Kennebunkport

    (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

  • Downeast Maine

    Keep driving, we’re almost there. Actually, let’s stop for a lobster roll.

    Downeast Maine lobster

    (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

  • Maine Lake Region

    Sebago Lake, Long Lake, Crystal Lake. You know the rest.

    Sebago (not the Lake)

    (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

  • New Hampshire Lakes Region

    Winnipesaukee, Winnisquam, Silver…you know the rest.

    Lake Winnipesaukee, Wolfeboro

    (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

  • Vermont

    The Green Mountain State. Just don’t get silly in Lake Champlain around the Canadian border.

    Lake Champlain, Vermont

    (Photo by Darren McCollester/Newsmakers)

  • Rhode Island

    Newport! The mansions!

    Newport, RI

    (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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