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View Poll Results: What is your favorite New England state?
Maine 23 17.56%
New Hampshire 22 16.79%
Vermont 21 16.03%
Massachusetts 38 29.01%
Rhode Island 11 8.40%
Connecticut 16 12.21%
Voters: 131. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-03-2010, 10:14 PM
 
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What is your favorite New England state? Sure rivalries exist within the region but keep it fun and try to keep trolling to a minimum.
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Old 05-03-2010, 10:17 PM
 
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Maine









New Hampshire








Vermont









Massachusetts








Rhode Island









Connecticut







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Old 05-03-2010, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Somewhere below Mason/Dixon
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Maine
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Old 05-04-2010, 05:39 AM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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This same question was asked in a thread in 2008, and here's what I responded then:

"Always a hard choice. I think I have to go with New Hampshire, but all of the states have their pros. New Hampshire is great because of its "central" location, with easy access to all of the other NE states and Canada. It also has the highest and most impressive mountains in the region, as well as a (small) Atlantic coastline only an hour and a half from the mountains. I also love the ruralness of the state, although we do have a decent number of small cities (my favourite being Portsmouth). I also love colonial architecture, and while southern New England has more, NH has more surviving colonial architecture than VT and ME.

To top things off, the "live free or die" libertarian mentality and the consistently high rankings in liveability, safety, health, and education (although all the NE states tend to do pretty well in these areas).

Maine is also a favourite because of the tranquility one can find there unlike anywhere else in New England. And the coast is absolutely beautiful. The smell of pine trees, ocean water, and blueberries in the summer time is just sublime.

Vermont is also gorgeous, and overall I'd say it's actually the most scenic in the sense that pretty much every road you drive on is going to offer you stunning views. The ruralness of the state and all the idyllic pastureland remind you of how the rest of New England looked like not so long ago.

Massachusetts of course has Boston, the best city in the country, IMHO. The amount of surviving colonial architecture (which I find very aesthetically pleasing) in MA is just mind-boggling, and the state is a paradise for history-lovers. And even better, MA has a varied landscape, from the beautiful Berkshires to the agricultural Pioneer Valley and the sandy beaches of the Cape and islands.

Rhode Island has two of the most charming colonial cities in New England, Providence and Newport (TONS of colonial architecture!), which today are very lively places. But the best thing about the state is the omnipresence of the ocean, never being too far away, and IMO some of the best beaches in New England (with fairly warm water!). RI is also interesting in that the eastern half of the state is rather densely-populated while the western half is pretty rural. Provides a nice balance in a small state.

Connecticut is sometimes considered the "black sheep" of New England due to the influence of expanding NYC suburbs in the southwestern part of the state, and a sort of culture clash I suppose. But the eastern half of the state is quintessentially New England and really beautiful. I think some people don't realize how rural much of CT is."
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Old 05-06-2010, 06:46 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Connecticut is sometimes considered the "black sheep" of New England due to the influence of expanding NYC suburbs in the southwestern part of the state, and a sort of culture clash I suppose. But the eastern half of the state is quintessentially New England and really beautiful. I think some people don't realize how rural much of CT is."
Black sheep would be a nice way of putting it. CT certainly gets no love in this poll
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Old 05-06-2010, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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Massachusetts has always been one of my favorite states.
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Old 05-06-2010, 07:59 AM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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The smallest state.
Poor CT, the state never catches a break. (Besides NY/NJ, I've been to CT more than any other state)

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Old 05-08-2010, 09:51 AM
 
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This same question was asked in a thread in 2008, and here's what I responded then:

"Always a hard choice. I think I have to go with New Hampshire, but all of the states have their pros. New Hampshire is great because of its "central" location, with easy access to all of the other NE states and Canada. It also has the highest and most impressive mountains in the region, as well as a (small) Atlantic coastline only an hour and a half from the mountains. I also love the ruralness of the state, although we do have a decent number of small cities (my favourite being Portsmouth). I also love colonial architecture, and while southern New England has more, NH has more surviving colonial architecture than VT and ME.

To top things off, the "live free or die" libertarian mentality and the consistently high rankings in liveability, safety, health, and education (although all the NE states tend to do pretty well in these areas).

Maine is also a favourite because of the tranquility one can find there unlike anywhere else in New England. And the coast is absolutely beautiful. The smell of pine trees, ocean water, and blueberries in the summer time is just sublime.

Vermont is also gorgeous, and overall I'd say it's actually the most scenic in the sense that pretty much every road you drive on is going to offer you stunning views. The ruralness of the state and all the idyllic pastureland remind you of how the rest of New England looked like not so long ago.

Massachusetts of course has Boston, the best city in the country, IMHO. The amount of surviving colonial architecture (which I find very aesthetically pleasing) in MA is just mind-boggling, and the state is a paradise for history-lovers. And even better, MA has a varied landscape, from the beautiful Berkshires to the agricultural Pioneer Valley and the sandy beaches of the Cape and islands.

Rhode Island has two of the most charming colonial cities in New England, Providence and Newport (TONS of colonial architecture!), which today are very lively places. But the best thing about the state is the omnipresence of the ocean, never being too far away, and IMO some of the best beaches in New England (with fairly warm water!). RI is also interesting in that the eastern half of the state is rather densely-populated while the western half is pretty rural. Provides a nice balance in a small state.

Connecticut is sometimes considered the "black sheep" of New England due to the influence of expanding NYC suburbs in the southwestern part of the state, and a sort of culture clash I suppose. But the eastern half of the state is quintessentially New England and really beautiful. I think some people don't realize how rural much of CT is."
I picked Maine in the poll, but I agree with this poster--it's a hard choice. I was in Connecticut overnight a few months ago and thought about how that might be a nice place to go when I retire (will likely not go south from NJ, but either to New England or upstate New York.) Yes, there are some beautiful rural areas in CT, yet the cities are not too far away!

I've been to Providence for Waterfire--loved that.

I just love the rocky coast of Maine--and the smell in the air, as someone said, and the woods.

NH I've visited once, and Vermont I've never been to.

MA has everything, the coast, a city, the mountains.

And they all have plenty of history, which I also love.
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Old 05-08-2010, 09:55 AM
 
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Maine









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Connecticut





I could be happy looking at a scene like that last photo every day.
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Old 05-08-2010, 01:13 PM
 
Location: A far, far better place
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Mighty Queen, that last photo is of Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut. It's a museum/attraction like Colonial Williamsburg in Virigina except that it focuses on replicating 1850's whaling community instead of a 1750's colonial town.

Mystic Seaport is on the east banks of the Mystic River, with residential housing on the west bank of the river. So if you really wanted to see that view from your back yard, it's possible - but probably expensive!
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