Exploring Hidden Gems with Andrew Gordon Belmont
As a lifelong travel enthusiast from Belmont, Massachusetts, Andrew Gordon has explored destinations all over the world. However, some of his favorite trips have been to lesser-known places right in his home state. Andrew is eager to share these hidden gems with other travelers looking to get off the beaten path.
Andrew Gordon Belmont’s Favorite Massachusetts Destinations
Chelmsford – Just about 30 minutes north of Boston lies the quaint town of Chelmsford. Andrew loves exploring the trails along the Nagog Hill Conservation Land. “You feel like you’re miles away from any development, but you’re still so close to the city,” he says. Don’t miss stopping in at Nashoba Winery for a tasting too.
Deerfield – Head west to Deerfield to step back in time. Andrew recommends spending the day wandering the streets of the historic district, taking in the well-preserved colonial homes and public buildings dating back to the 17th century. Be sure to stop by the Deerfield River for scenic views.
Nantucket – It may be a popular summer destination, but Andrew says Nantucket is beautiful any time of year. “I love exploring off the main drag and discovering quiet beaches and charming neighborhoods tucked away,” he notes. Make a reservation for dinner at one of the many excellent seafood restaurants too.
Martha’s Vineyard – Just a short ferry ride from Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard offers a slower pace of life. Andrew enjoys renting a bike and exploring the quiet roads that weave through farms and coastal landscapes. “Edgartown has such a charming downtown area. I could spend all day browsing the shops and galleries there,” he says.
Provincetown – For an artsy New England beach town, Andrew recommends a trip to Provincetown at the very tip of Cape Cod. “The scenery is stunning, from the historic harbor to the dunes and beaches stretching for miles. It’s also so welcoming and creative – the perfect spot for people watching,” he notes. Don’t miss catching a performance or art show while there.
Off the Beaten Path in Massachusetts
For those wanting to get even further off the grid, Andrew shares some of his most remote and unique discoveries in Massachusetts:
Naushon Island – Part of the Elizabeth Islands, Naushon is a privately-owned island with no development and just one dirt road. Andrew enjoys the solitude of hiking the empty beaches and forests. “It really feels like you have the whole island to yourself,” he says. Be sure to get permission and schedule a tour first through the Trustees of Reservations.
Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge – At the very southern tip of Cape Cod lies the undeveloped Monomoy islands. Andrew loves the untamed coastal scenery and spotting rare bird species. “It’s such a treat to experience nature in its purest form. I always see something new every visit,” he notes. Be prepared for primitive facilities.
Mount Greylock State Reservation – As the highest point in Massachusetts, Mount Greylock offers stunning 360-degree views of the Berkshires from its 3,489 foot summit. Andrew recommends hiking up the auto road or one of the many trails. “The changing foliage in the fall is breathtaking. It really feels like you’re in a whole other world up there,” he says.
Essex Coastal Scenic Byway – This scenic drive hugs the coastline north of Boston through historic towns like Ipswich, Essex and Rockport. Andrew enjoys stopping at the many beaches, parks and scenic overlooks along the way. “It’s the perfect way to spend a lazy day exploring the North Shore,” he notes. Keep an eye out for lighthouses and coastal wildlife.
Andrew Gordon Belmont hopes sharing some of his favorite off-the-beaten path finds in Massachusetts will inspire other travelers to explore hidden gems right in their own backyard. With so much natural beauty and history to discover beyond the guidebooks, it’s easy to feel like you have the whole state to yourself.