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Best Summer Destination

Best Summer DestinationYankee Magazine Readers rate Southern Maine Best Summer Destination...

Yankee Magazine Announces "Best of New England — Readers' Choice" Winners for 2011

Southern Maine Coast was rated as the Best Summer Destination

Dublin, New Hampshire (March 14, 2011) — Yankee Magazine's readers have named their favorite destinations for travel, food, and attractions in the second annual "Best of New England — Readers' Choice" survey. The winners include readers' favorite weekend and vacation getaways, outdoor and cultural attractions, and destinations for iconic New England food. The list is published on YankeeMagazine.com.

The Southern Maine Coast rated as the Best Summer Destination! Plus Ogunquit Beach tied for the Best Beach award! And Freeport in Southern Maine won best weekend Shopping Getaway.

"For over 75 years, Yankee Magazine has served as the authority on New England travel. It's no surprise that our readers are passionate about exploring this region," says Heather Atwell, communications manager for Yankee Magazine. "This is the second year we've asked them for their favorites in New England, and they answered enthusiastically. We're happy to share the 'Best of New England' according to Yankee Magazine's readers."

This year's picks include categories such as favorite ski resort, amusement park, and children's museum. New to the survey this year is favorite regional destinations based on season.

Yankee Magazine is the only magazine devoted to New England through its coverage of travel, home, food, and feature articles. It has a paid circulation of more than 350,000 and a total audience of nearly 2 million readers. For 34 years, Yankee Magazine's Travel Guide to New England, published every May, has been the most widely distributed and best-selling guide to the six-state region, providing readers with a comprehensive vacation-planning tool and daily reference. A hallmark of that issue is Yankee's "Editors' Choice" picks, in which Yankee's editors share their favorite travel establishments with readers. For the "Best of New England — Readers' Choice" list, it's Yankee's readers who get to share their favorite picks.

Best of New England — Readers' Choice

Best Destinations
Summer: Southern Coast, Maine

Fall: White Mountains, New Hampshire
Winter: Northern Vermont
Spring: Boston, Massachusetts

Weekend Getaways
Family: Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Romantic: Boston, Massachusetts
Shopping: Freeport, Maine

Outdoor Attractions
Amusement Park: Six Flags New England, Agawam, Massachusetts
Beach: Ogunquit Beach, Ogunquit, Maine; tie with Hampton Beach, Hampton, New Hampshire
Bike Trail: Cape Cod Rail Trail, Dennis to Wellfleet, Massachusetts
Lake: Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire
Park: Acadia National Park, Maine
Ski Resort: Stowe Mountain Resort, Stowe, Vermont

Cultural Attractions
Art: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
Children's: Boston Children's Museum, Boston, Massachusetts
History: Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Historical Attraction: Freedom Trail, Boston, Massachusetts
Music: Tanglewood, Lenox, Massachusetts
Science: Museum of Science, Boston, Massachusetts

Food
Clam Chowder: Legal Sea Foods, various locations
Diner: Maine Diner, Wells, Maine
Lobster: Red's Eats, Wicassett, Maine
Ice cream: Kimball Farm, Carlisle, Lancaster, Westford, Massachusetts; Jaffrey, New Hampshire
Seafood: Legal Sea Foods, various locations

For more information visit the Yankee Magazine web site