Winter In Massachusetts

Winter In Massachusetts

Between the first Tuesday of February and the first Tuesday of March (yeah, I’ve gone enough times to have figured out the blossom schedule) Historic New England showcases their world-famous Lyman Estate Greenhouses display of blossoming Camellias.

Daylight Savings Time

The U.S. Senate surprised pretty much everyone earlier this year when it unanimously approved a bill to make daylight savings time permanent. Known as the Sunshine Protection Act of 2021, the bill would end the regular yearly clock changes we’ve grown accustomed to.

Maritime History of Massachusetts

The coast of Massachusetts played a central role in U.S. history, helping establish the country’s maritime trade system. It was also central to George Washington’s naval campaigns during the Revolutionary War.

Elias Derby

Elias Hasket Derby was a wealthy resident of Revolution-era Salem, Massachusetts, but he also owned a fleet of ships that helped change the course of history. Born the son of a sea captain in 1739, Elias Derby would never go to sea. But the sea would play an important role in his life.

George Cabot

John Cabot (1744-1821) is perhaps the most studied and recognized historic figure, but his brother, George Cabot (1751-1823) was also an important figure. Here are some interesting facts about George you may want to know if you’re considering a move to Beverly, Massachusetts.

Boston Massachusetts Work-From-Home (WFH) Real Estate

Homes outside Boston, along with homes in rural areas of Massachusetts, are in high demand. Living in Western MA or even on Cape Cod or Martha’s Vineyard, yet working for a Boston-based company, is now a convenient reality many enjoy.

Exits on Route 128 Have Been Renumbered

What do Route 128 exit number changes mean for the North Shore? Anyone who lives on the North Shore in Massachusetts is familiar with Route 128. It’s also known as Yankee Division Highway—a namesake that comes from the 26th Infantry Division (nicknamed “Yankee Division”), a division of the U.S. Army that was formed in 1917 […]

Difference Between a City and a Town in Massachusetts

If you move to Massachusetts from another state, you may realize quickly that most Bay Staters identify themselves by the town or city they’re from. For example, you’ll meet plenty of people who are from Beverly, Essex, and Gloucester, but you’ll rarely meet anyone who says they are “from Essex County.” Only a portion of […]

What is Proposition 2 ½

Proposition 2 ½ is a longstanding Massachusetts statute, but it can be a bit confusing. Enacted in 1980, Proposition 2 ½ first went into effect in 1982. It was a legislative initiative passed by ballot measure to limit property tax assessments and automobile excise tax levies by local municipalities in Massachusetts. The proposition’s namesake comes […]

Relocating to Massachusetts

What do I need to know about relocating to Massachusetts? So a little depends on where you are coming FROM but more importantly WHY you are coming here. How would these two attributes be important you ask? You’re either being drawn to Massachusetts (examples: work or school, relationships, culture + lifestyle, or natural attributes such […]

Shopping Local – Localnomics

A home that is acquired more efficiently will result in a less operational costs. That converts to free time for the patio, to develop interests such as polo lessons, discovery of the best ice-cream in the county, finding the best hidden location to celebrate a sunset, setting up a tripod or easel, browsing an athenaeum, […]

Marblehead’s Secret Passage Ways

From wherever they lived and worked on land, early residents of Marblehead walked the most direct paths to the harbor and ocean that were their livelihood. While many of these historical pathways have disappeared over the years, eighteen are still open for public use – eight in downtown Marblehead and ten on Marblehead Neck. Though […]

Fall Foliage Leaf Peeping

A passive New England activity that is as quintessential New England as The Ivy League, New England Patriots, and apple cider donuts. We pose the case: why burn the petrol and log a couple hundred miles on your odometer heading up North. Save the fuel cost, the motel expense and reinvest the drive time into […]

The Best Things On Nantucket

If you are visiting the island of Nantucket, the over-sand tour to Great Point is a “must do”. Visit to learn more about the schedule and shuttle from in-town. The lighthouse tour is a once-in-a-lifetime bonus. The best things on Nantucket are off the well-traveled path, or hidden in plain sight.

Plum Cove Beach, Gloucester MA

The Plum Cove Beach Great, deep, cold-water beach on a hot day. Located on outer Washington St. in the Bayview/Lanesville neighborhoods. Recommended Beach Parking Police do ticket in the lot across the street so drop your crew and gear off, go park legally and jog, walk, bike back to the beach.