Massachusetts November 25, 2016
12 Undeniable Reasons Why Massachusetts Will Always Be Home
You don’t need to be told that Massachusetts is something special. If you’re a lifelong native, you can probably wax poetic about its many highlights for hours. If you’re a new transplant and just beginning to discover the state, you probably already have an idea of why residents here are so fiercely proud of their home. While we could go on and on about why Massachusetts is so special, here are just 15 of the reasons why the Bay State will always be home.
1. There are a million places to get lost in nature.
You’ll never hike all the beautiful trails and hidden paths in this state, but there’s no harm in trying!
2. There’s no escaping the fact that Massachusetts does seafood like nowhere else.
If the thought of living in a landlocked state makes you shiver, you’re definitely a Bay Stater. Having constant access to some of the nation’s tastiest seafood is a huge reason why this state rules.
3. Speaking of which, there’s no way we could part with fried clams, lobster rolls and clam chowder.
Boston creme pie might be our official state dessert, but our hearts will always be filled with summertime memories of those tasty seafood creations.
4. The sunsets here simply cannot be matched.
Something about seeing the sky start to glow over a harbor full of bobbing sailboats, or seeing the sun dip below the rolling hills of the Berkshires is heart-wrenchingly beautiful.
5. The landscape is so diverse.
You have mountains and rolling farmland in the west, gorgeous seascapes in the east and one of the country’s top urban centers between the two.
6. The fall foliage is unrivaled.
Sure, our New England neighbors can put on a spectacular show of their own, but Massachusetts autumn colors are a cut above. The sight of beautiful leaves turning gold and floating to the ground above centuries-old homes is truly stunning.
7. The fresh fruits and vegetables are some of the best in New England.
The Connecticut River Valley is home to some of the most productive farmland in the entire Northeast. You’ll never run out of local farms and farm stands to try. Plus, the apple-picking is out of this world.
8. The beaches are some of the best in the world.
From Cape Cod to the north and south shores, Massachusetts beaches are consistently ranked among the best in the nation. In fact, Coast Guard Beach and Crane Beach often appear on lists of the best beaches on the globe.
9. The summers here are basically heaven on Earth.
We may be known for our long, brutal winters, but summer in Massachusetts is a special sort of paradise. Between the glittering seas, lovely beaches and flowering western lands, our brief warm season brings so many delights.
10. Actually, the winters here aren’t too shabby either.
When more than half the year is sweater weather, you learn to love the cold season. There’s a reason so many people stick around Massachusetts to brave the chill: the summers may be glorious, but the winters here are magical. There are so many mountains, ski slopes and snowy forests to explore.
11. We’re smart, healthy and loving it.
Some of the world’s top colleges and universities are right here in Massachusetts. Not only that, but according to the American Public Health Association, Massachusetts is the third healthiest state in the country. We have the highest rate of residents with health insurance (96.5 percent!), as well as the second-lowest obesity rate.
12. The people here are truly unique, and that’s really what makes Massachusetts so amazing.
We may have a reputation for being a little on the chilly side (it’s probably those six months of winter), but once you get in good with a Bay Stater, be prepared for loyalty and love. People here know how to rally for a cause, and will always lend a helping hand to a neighbor.
This place truly is a special place. For another dose of state pride, check out this list of 1
5 things you’ll never catch a Bay Stater doing.