When you’re in need of a weekend getaway in Massachusetts, where do you go? Is it to Boston to explore the city and maybe take in a sports game? Or how about to the Cape for some rest and relaxation beachside or the Berkshires for an escape to the mountains? While you can’t go wrong with any of these options, we think that sometimes heading to one of the small towns in Massachusetts, perhaps one you haven’t thought of yet is a good idea. Today, we will take a look at things to do in Petersham, Massachusetts, which makes an excellent weekend getaway destination.

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Have you explored the town of Petersham? What is your favorite destination for a weekend getaway with lots of things to do in Massachusetts? Please share in the comments. Meanwhile, here’s another one of the wonderful things to do in Pelham, Massachusetts.

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The Best Towns in Massachusetts

What are the most charming small towns in Massachusetts?

The most charming small towns in Massachusetts include:

  • Hadley. This town is comprised mostly of open-field farms which are otherwise mostly now absent in the state.
  • Rockport. This coastal town is pure New England charm and has a house that was built out of newspaper called The Paper House.
  • Newburyport. This quaint town is great for antiquing and strolling. Locals and visitors love the Market Square area.
  • Rowe. This is an extremely tiny town of fewer than 400 people and people flock here to enjoy Pelham Lake.

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What are the most historical towns in Massachusetts?

The most historical towns in Massachusetts include:

  • Ipswitch. This town was founded in 1878 by John Winthrop the Younger and is home to the Crane Estate which was built in 1910. 
  • Watertown. This town has one of the first woolen mills in the country which was built in 1662 as well as the first grist mill in New England.
  • Boston. A massive amount of the nation’s history happened right here in Boston, which was originally called Trimountaine.
  • Salem. The town most known for its witch trials was also a crucial place for shipbuilding during the Revolutionary War.

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What are the smallest towns in Massachusetts?

The smallest towns in Massachusetts include:

  • Savoy. This was originally called New Seconk when it was settled in 1777 and it has a population of 692 people.
  • Middlefield. This town of 521 people got its start in 1783 and it is full of bucolic beauty and New England charm.
  • Tyringham. This tiny village’s name came from Norse roots which became Olde English and it means the Home of Tyr. 
  • Gosnold. With only 75 people, this is certainly the tiniest town in the state and its town hall is literally a house. 

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