If you’ve ever left Massachusetts for an extended period of time, you know that the memories of certain things can really tug at your heartstrings. Here are just a few things that ex-Bay Staters always miss when they stray from the motherstate.
They’re the perfect marriage of savory and sweet.
2. Our beautiful parks and wilderness.
From the majestic peaks and valleys of Mt. Greylock State Park, to the shimmering beach grass of the Cape Cod National Seashore, and everything in between, this state is lousy with gorgeous natural landscapes.
3. Our sports teams.
Massachusetts is home to some of the best teams in the country, and it’s hard not to miss dominating in almost every athletic arena.
4. The smahts.
Massachusetts leads the nation in education, so it’s definitely easy to see why an ex-Bay Stater might miss having world-class schools within easy reach.
5. Our geographic diversity.
We have everything from rolling farmland, dramatic mountains, charming islands, dramatic coastline and bustling urban centers. This state is definitely not a one-trick pony.
6. The seafood.
Fresh food matters, especially with seafood. It’s such a blessing to be able to live in a state where bountiful, fresh seafood is available at prices that won’t break the bank.
7. The fall foliage.
Massachusetts erupts into color right around September, and the show is definitely worth a few rough winter months.
8. Boston creme pie
Let’s be real: most of us eat the official dessert of Massachusetts in donut form from Dunkin Donuts. But it’s still awesome.
9. Our cultural diversity.
Massachusetts is truly a melting pot. There are so many different cultures and heritages represented in our population that we’re never at a loss for a new perspective.
10. Dunkin' Donuts, obviously.
Sure, you can find Dunks in other states. But having one within 100 feet of where you’re standing at any time? That’s only in Massachusetts. Plus, no one else will know what you mean when you say that you want your coffee “regular.”
11. Our incredible history.
It’s easy to forget just how important Massachusetts was to the formation of this nation. From the Boston Tea Party to the reading of the Declaration of Independence, Massachusetts has been here from the start.
12. Having all four seasons.
Okay, so winter may make up a good chunk of the year here. BUT Massachusetts does experience all four beautiful seasons, which is definitely more than some other states can claim.
13. The slang.
We'll never tire of calling things "wicked pissah," drinking from the bubblah, storing our stuff in the cellah, dousing our Hoodsie Cups in jimmies, and running to the packie on Friday.
14. Evacuation Day
March 17 is Evacuation Day, the holiday celebrating the British retreat from Boston during the Revolutionary War. Who wouldn't miss an extra day off to break out the red, white and blue?
15. The amazing people.
No matter how far you roam, you’ll never find a bunch of people quite like Bay Staters. A great sense of humor, strong values and plenty of kindness make people from Massachusetts a cut above the rest.