Cape Cod, Coastal Maine, Lake Champlain, and the Berkshires are a few of New England’s top summer destinations, but what attractions keep people coming back year after year?

LandVest highlights homes near these popular summer hotspots and why you’ll want to live near them, too.


Beaches & Baseball on Cape Cod


Cape Cod Baseball League’s motto is pretty telling: “Where the Stars of Tomorrow Shine Tonight.” Every summer, collegiate baseball stars from across the country head to the Cape to play on one of the 10 teams that make up the league. In 2018, over 300 CCBL alumni were playing in the majors. Current stars like Chris Sale, Mitch Moreland, Steve Pearce, George Springer, Kris Bryant, and Aaron Judge have all played in the league. 

On Chatham’s Gold Coast, this home combines the style of a 1920’s colonial with an open-concept contemporary interior. The Chatman A’s field is just a few blocks away – the perfect way to cap off a summer day spent by your seaside cabana.

Contact Stew Young | or Jamie Crowley |

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Anchors Aweigh from South Coast to the Elizabeth Islands

After you’ve explored the beautiful beaches along Massachusetts’s South Coast, take a ferry ride over to the hidden gems that are the Elizabeth Islands. From New Bedford, hop on a ferry to Cuttyhunk, the outermost of this small chain of islands and a popular fishing destination.

With ocean access to a white sand beach on Buzzards Bay and views of the ocean, Cockeast Pond, and Cuttyhunk, you’ll get a little bit of everything at 42 Atlantic Avenue in Westport.

Contact Stew Young |  or Terry Boyle |

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Sun, Sand, and Surf on Boston's North Shore

Nearly 2,100 acres along Ipswich’s coast make up the Crane Estate, a property dating from the turn of the 20th century when wealthy families built large country homes. One of the highlights of the estate is also one of Massachusetts’s best beaches, Crane Beach. In Gloucester, Wingaersheek Beach sits along the mouth of the Annisquam River as it meets the harbor. It’s popular with swimmers and low-tide explores. One of the most unique beaches in the state is just a bit further south in Manchester-by-the-Sea. As you walk down to the water, listen to the sand beneath your feet. The noise it makes led to the beach’s name: Singing Beach.

The perfect setting for nature enthusiasts. In your backyard is the Great Marsh and just down the road is the beautiful Crane Beach, which you can enjoy all year from 130 Argilla Road. On your way home after a summer day on the beach, stop in at Russell Orchards for an ice cream – it’s right across the street.

Contact Nicole Monahan |

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Breathe Deeply at Walden Pond, Concord, Massachusetts

When the summer gets hot, head to Walden Pond to cool off. The 102-foot deep pond was formed by a melted glacier, making it the perfect place for a swim. Hike the trails around the pond or take a boat out onto the water. If you’re looking to get out of the sun, browse the exhibit space at the visitor center or Henry David Thoreau’s replica cabin.

50 Barnes Hill Road is a modern farmhouse with all the charm of an 1800s home. It’s perfectly at home in the historic and beautiful town of Concord. It’s minutes from sites like Old North Bridge and Minuteman Park as well as Walden Pond.

Contact Abby White |

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A Home for the Arts in the Berkshires

BSO Press Office

Credit: BSO Press Office

Artists, authors, actors, dancers, musicians, and singers all flock to the Berkshires, which has long been a cultural epicenter. Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, has been drawing visitors to the Berkshire campus since 1937. There aren’t many venues that can boast world-class music played from a “shed.” In Williamstown, some of Broadway’s and Hollywood’s brightest stars arrive every summer for performances of classic and new plays at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Since 1954, this summer theatre company has drawn international talent to academic Williamstown and continues to win awards.

On over 72 acres and surrounded by a further 2600-acre forest owned by Williams College, Jackson Hole in the Berkshires offers complete privacy while still bringing the culture your backyard. The Williamstown Theatre Festival is only minutes away.

Contact Cindy Welch | or Keith Ross |

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Crystal Clear Waters in New England's Glistening Lakes

Sebago, Winnipesaukee, Champlain. For generations, families have been returning to New England’s popular lakes for summer breaks. Whether it’s taking the boat out, going for a swim, or trying something exciting like waterskiing, tubing, paddleboarding, or kayaking, there’s plenty to keep you entertained on the water. Off the water, hiking, biking, and horseback riding are options to stay active.

This contemporary, Adirondack-style home is sited on a 20-acre property that also includes a pool house and a large barn with a workshop and recreation space (that can be used as a hockey rink in the winter). Take in the views of Lake Champlain and the High Peaks of the Adirondacks from this waterfront retreat.

Contact Wade Weathers | or Averill Cook |

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Summer Adventures at Vermont's Ski Resorts

Mount Snow Golf Course photo by jamie.storrs, cc BY-SA 4.0

Vermont’s ski resorts probably aren’t the first thing most people think of when looking for summer activities, but maybe they should be. When the snow melts, the hills are transformed into summer adventure lands with ziplines, hiking trails, mountain coasters, golf, and more.

Perched on a mountain minutes from Stratton, Camp Endo gets to enjoy the mountain views and activities all year-round. Take to the hills for mountain biking, walking, or hiking.

Contact Story Jenks | or Dia Jenks |

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Getting Back to Nature at Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park was the first national park east of the Mississippi River and the only one in the Northeast. The park draws millions of visitors a year to Mount Desert Island. Among the coastal park’s most popular attractions is Cadillac Mountain, where visitors can be one of the first people to watch the sun rise over the United States. Take a tour in your car along the loop road or hike, bike, horseback ride, rock climb, kayak, canoe, or swim to explore the park to its fullest. 

Sunset Beach sits on Blue Hill Bay and is a short drive from Acadia. Enjoy the residence in the summer months when the view is filled with boaters passing by in the distance. This 3-bedroom home is also perfect for year-round use, too.

Contact Story Litchfield |

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Seafood and Sailing through Coastal Maine

Can you really experience a summer in New England without a day on the water, a lobster roll, or a stop at a clam shack? These iconic regional traditions can certainly be found in Maine’s waterfront communities. The area’s bays and harbors are teeming with boats come the warm weather, and the local hotspots serve some of the freshest seafood around.

Pull up right to your own dock or into your boathouse at The Ledges after a day on the water exploring Maine’s coast. Pop into Kittery for some fresh-off-the-line seafood from somewhere like Bob’s Clam Hut, which is only minutes away. 

Contact John Saint-Amour |

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