New Bedford Gains “Distinctive” Designation

New Bedford, MA. Photos courtesy Newbedford/ and Wikepedia Commons

According to, the city of New Bedford has been selected as one of 11 “distinctive destinations” in the U.S. by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The designation will no doubt serve as a new tourism selling point.

The award is “the culmination of efforts of 49 years to prove New Bedford is a special place,” said Lisa Bergson, executive director of the Waterfront Historic Area League (WHALE), which was founded 49 years ago to fight urban renewal destruction of historic areas.

“[New Bedford] is not just anywhere. That’s what this says. New Bedford is a special place where people can come and have a destination experience,” she said.

Indeed, New Bedford has been gaining more attention among cruising boaters, who are discovering that the city offers viable transient amenities and numerous shoreside attractions, shops and restaurants. A robust community rowing program has also sprung up inside the harbor, and the city was selected as the site of the Coalition for Buzzards Bay headquarters, which opened last fall. (see related story below).

To read more about the designation:

SouthCoast Today

Related Article:

New England Boating (August, 2010): Coalition for Buzzards Bay Celebrates New Home

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