Massachusetts is full of spots that will make you stop and check that you didn’t just fall through a wardrobe into Narnia. These places are beautiful, sure, but they also have that special touch of magic that makes them stand out as truly enchanting. Check them out below!
1. Hammond Castle, Gloucester
John Hays Hammond, Jr. built his medieval-style castle between the years 1926 and 1929 to serve both as his home and as a home for his collection of Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance artifacts. The castle was constructed as a wedding present for his wife Irene Fenton Hammond as a testament of his love. Today, the castle is a museum. Self-guided tours will lead you through areas such as the great hall, indoor courtyard, Renaissance dining room, two guest bedrooms, the inventions exhibit room, the library, the war room, the kitchens, the Natalie Hays Hammond exhibit room, servants quarters, as well as several smaller rooms and passageways including a secret passageway.
2. Mytoi Japanese Gardens, Chappaquiddick
Enter a secluded world of almost otherworldly elegance in this meticulously designed Japanese garden that encircles a serene pond. The preserve includes a small pond and island, non-native and native flowers and plants, footpaths leading past a birch walk and stone garden, and a trail winding toward Poucha Pond and the salt marsh. This place definitely feels like stepping into a different realm.
3. Santarella Gingerbread House, Tyringham
Santarella’s fanciful buildings were designed by the Henry Hudson Kitson as the realization of his childhood fantasies. A perfect place for a wedding or maybe just a weekend of making childhood daydreams come true.
4. Ashintully Gardens, Tyringham
The 30-year project of contemporary composer John McLennan, Ashintully Gardens are a beautiful spot in the Berkshires surrounded by woodland, rollings hills and rushing streams. The design of the gardens is inspired by music and melody.
5. White Marble Falls, Clarksburg
These falls look like a painting in motion. The way the water descends in sprays of white and blue makes for an enchanting scene.
6. The White Cedar Swamp, Wellfleet
A part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, the white cedar swamp is the perfect place to take a meditative walk surrounded by nature.
7. Heritage Museums and Gardens, Sandwich
If I were a fairy, this is definitely where I'd settle down. Heritage Museums & Gardens offers 100 spectacular acres of trees and shrubs, designed gardens, exquisite flowers and sweeping lawns. And it's not just a summer destination! Winter showcases beautiful heathers, bright berries and noble evergreens. When you're done strolling among the flora, check out the antique car museum or fun historical crafts for kids.
8. Bash Bish Falls
These falls in the Taconic Mountains are the highest in the state. The falls feature a number of cascades, nearly 200 feet in total, with the last cascade dividing into two streams and dropping 80 feet over boulders and into a calm pool. Definitely a sight worth seeing.
9. Glacial Potholes, Shelburne Falls
About 14,000 years ago, the glacier that created nearby Lake Hitchcock also began eroding "glacial potholes" through the bedrock in the Deerfield River. These odd geologic formations can be found all throughout town and along local riverbanks.
10. Common Ground Cafe, Hyannis
This restaurant in Hyannis is definitely a departure from the usual. The interior is designed so that you feel like you're dining in a cozy woodland cottage or maybe even inside a giant tree. Check this place out for its incredible atmosphere and delicious homemade bread.
11. Garden in the Woods, Framingham
This woodland botanical garden is carefully nurtured by the New England Wild Flower Society and features more than 1,500 varieties of plants, some of which are rare and endangered. This is the perfect escape for a busy urbanite, as it's a mere 20 miles from Boston!
12. Quabbin Overlook, New Salem
This spot is even more magical with the fall foliage.
13. Halibut Point State Park, Rockport
Wildflowers, clear blue waters, and tall grasses swaying in the breeze. If you're looking for a perfect spot to splash around in a fairy stream, look no further.
You don’t have to look far in Massachusetts for places that seem to have leapt out of a storybook. What are your favorite enchanting spots?