It’s no secret that there is something special about small towns in Massachusetts. But what exactly makes those cozy communities so wonderful? Using the latest scientific techniques, we’ve pinpointed the essential qualities of awesome small town Massachusetts citizens.
1. They don't need anything fancy to have a good time.
People from small towns know that having a bonfire on the beach, kicking back with a few beers on the porch, or simply sharing a great meal with great people is all is takes to have a good time. No giant cineplex nearby? The local drive-in is better anyway.
2. They're the most loyal people you'll meet.
Something about knowing the same people from kindergarten to graduation to grandkids makes someone truly appreciate the value of sticking together and being a true friend.
3. They're quirky...in a good way.
Towns in Massachusetts sometimes have traditions that seem a little odd to outsiders (we're looking at you Gloucester greasy-pole climbers) but small town people love to tell you all about the unique traditions and quirky customs of their hometowns.
4. They know the difference between a tourist-trap and an authentically awesome good time.
Whether it's seafood spots, beaches, local bars, or hiking trails, small town natives can steer you away from the crowds and towards an amazing experience.
5. They're creative by necessity.
Massachusetts winters bring out the engineer and inventor in everyone, but especially small town people.
6. They know small businesses are important.
When the grocery store is run by your old football teammate, the local seafood place is owned by your sister-in-law, and your plumber has a kid in your daughter's class, you better believe that people in Massachusetts small towns would rather support a small business than a giant chain store.
7. Their hometowns make for the best Instagram shots.
Seriously. Quaint downtowns that look like you're on the set of Gilmore Girls? Stunning beaches and glittering waves? A secret spot in the woods to just crack open some beverages and chill amidst the glorious greens of nature? It'll definitely be a #nofilter kind of visit.
8. They know good a chowder/lobster roll/ice cream when they taste it.
Small towns are home to some of the best kept Massachusetts dining secrets, which means the locals are understandably picky about the classics. I'm sure if you ask really nicely they'll show you their favorite spot.
9. And they can definitely handle themselves in a kitchen.
When you don't have your pick of 5-star restaurants just around the corner, you learn to craft your own delicious feasts. Everyone's mom makes the best mashed potatoes and everyone's dad is a maestro at the grill.
10. They're plenty resourceful and don't mind a little mischief.
All I'm saying is that the Fourth of July wouldn't be the same without some flash bang fun.
11. They're not afraid of hard work.
Whether it's working at the family business or working to make their town a better place, small town Massachusetts folk don't shy away from an honest day's labor. It just makes coming home at the end of the day all the sweeter.
12. They don't mind a long drive.
When your house might be twenty minutes from the nearest gas station, you get used to leisurely car rides with family and friends.
13. They'll get into your business, but in the best way possible.
Your sister is getting married? Someone at the local breakfast spot will overhear you talking about it and send over a slice of congratulatory pie. You're looking to raise money to go to college? Your church or community group will definitely help you gather the funds. Thinking of getting into the woodworking business? Your uncle's friend's cousin's hairdresser knows a guy who can help you out. You don't have to look far for a listening ear and a helping hand in a small town.
14. They take life as it comes and don't sweat the small stuff.
People from small town Massachusetts know that change happens and not everything goes your way all the time. But after living in a close-knit community for generations, you learn a little something about rolling with the punches and leaning on friends when times get tough.
What do you think makes people from small town Massachusetts so great? Show your hometown pride and share with your friends!