Huffington Post Lists Top Picturesque New England Towns

Young bathers cautiously wade through Hyannis Harbor. Photo/New England Boating, Tom Richardson
Young bathers cautiously wade through Hyannis Harbor. Photo/New England Boating, Tom Richardson

The Huffington Post has released its list of “15 Most Picturesque New England Towns.”

“With flowers in bloom and leafy trees covering the mountains, summer is the best season to visit New England (and the only time to enjoy its pristine beaches),” writes Laura Itzkowitz. “The region has plenty to offer outside of major cities like Boston, Providence, and New Haven, especially on the coast, where locals flock to relax on the beach, go biking and sailing, and enjoy the delicious seafood New England is known for.”

We agree, but would add that visiting these places by boat is even better!

Here’s the Huffington list, with links to our “Boater’s Destination Guide.”

Newport Harbor, Photo/NEB
Newport Harbor, Photo/NEB
A variety of restored wooden sailing vessels and vintage powerboats grace the docks at Mystic Seaport, making it a must-stop for visiting boaters. Photos by Caryn B. Davis.
A variety of restored wooden sailing vessels and vintage powerboats grace the docks at Mystic Seaport, making it a must-stop for visiting boaters. Photos by Caryn B. Davis.
An excursion boats makes its way past the replica lighthouse at the entrance to Hyannis’ inner harbor. Photos/New England Boating, Tom Richardson
An excursion boats makes its way past the replica lighthouse at the entrance to Hyannis’ inner harbor. Photos/New England Boating, Tom Richardson
A shot taken from the extreme southeast corner of the harbor basin.
A shot taken from the extreme southeast corner of the harbor basin. Photo/New England Boating, Tom Richardson
Boats of all sorts call Nantucket Harbor home.
Boats of all sorts call Nantucket Harbor home. Photo/New England Boating by Tom Richardson.
Aerial shot of Newburyport, looking east from Cashman Park. Photo by Scott Goodwin
Aerial shot of Newburyport, looking east from Cashman Park. Photo by Scott Goodwin
A view of Portsmouth Harbor. Photo courtesy NHDTTD/Holly Fraumeni
A view of Portsmouth Harbor. Photo courtesy NHDTTD/Holly Fraumeni
Whale-watch boats, cruisers, sailboats and small powerboats wait at the dock in the quiet Kennebunk River. Photo by Joe Devenney.
Whale-watch boats, cruisers, sailboats and small powerboats wait at the dock in the quiet Kennebunk River. Photo by Joe Devenney.
Main Street in Bar Harbor is always bustling with tourists checking out the many shops and restaurants. Photo by Joe Devenney
Main Street in Bar Harbor is always bustling with tourists checking out the many shops and restaurants. Photo by Joe Devenney