15 Small New England Towns You Need to Visit ASAP

Sit back, relax and watch the boats drift on by.

new england small towns

New England basically invented the idea of the charming all-American town. Visit these 15 to learn more about our country's history, explore the local hotspots and fall in love with the landscapes of small-town America.

1 of 15
new england small towns: edgartown, massachusetts
Edgartown, Massachusetts

This quaint Martha's Vineyard town, which used to be a whaling port, boasts countless historic houses that have been restored by the community. Book a historic property tour, hosted by the , to visit landmarks like the Old Whaling Church and the Dr. Daniel Fisher House.

Getty
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
2 of 15
new england small towns: albany, new hampshire
Albany, New Hampshire

Albany is home to one of the most-photographed bridges in the state — this beauty is 120 feet long and sits above the Swift River.

Getty
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
3 of 15
new england small towns: camden, maine
Camden, Maine

Camden is full of hidden spots where you can sit back, relax and watch the boats drift by on Penobscot Bay. Take a stroll down Main Street to pop into cute boutiques, galleries and cafés (and don't forget to order a lobster roll, obviously).

Getty
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
4 of 15
new england small towns: block island, rhode island
Block Island, Rhode Island

This tiny island off the coast of the Ocean State is known for its low-key charm and pretty ocean views. Fun fact: It's a popular destination for U.S. presidents, including Ulysses S. Grant, Franklin D. Roosevelt and most recently, Bill Clinton, who stayed at the historic .

Getty
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
5 of 15
new england small towns: woodstock, vermont
Woodstock, Vermont

Woodstock's blankets the town in Christmas charm, from the decked-out storefronts on Main Street to the horse-drawn carriage rides through town. Book a stay at the historic to participate in its gingerbread house decorating events.

Shane Lynn
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
6 of 15
new england small towns: essex, connecticut
Essex, Connecticut

Situated on the Connecticut river, Essex is a quiet historical town that regularly hosts parades, concerts and small-town community staples. Stay at the , which, , is said to be the "oldest continuously operating inn in America."

Getty
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
7 of 15
new england small towns: stowe, vermont
Stowe, Vermont

Stowe might be , but we're most fond of its small-town charm, storybook-style churches and especially the , an Austrian-inspired resort that fans of The Sound of Music will love.

Getty
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
8 of 15
new england small towns: haddam, connecticut
Haddam, Connecticut

Haddam consists of five villages — Higganum, Tylerville, Shailerville, Hidden Lake and Haddam Neck — each with its own distinct personality. Visit the neighboring Cockaponset State Forest, the second largest forest in the state, for a scenic hike and sweeping views of the surrounding area.

INF
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
9 of 15
new england small towns: mystic, connecticut
Mystic, Connecticut

Fans of Mystic Pizza might flock to this Connecticut town (the locale of the beloved Julia Roberts film), but they'll be most enchanted by the waterfront views, Colonial buildings and seafood restaurants.

Getty
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
10 of 15
new england small towns: washington, connecticut
Washington, Connecticut

Die-hard Gilmore Girls fans probably already know that the fictional town of Stars Hollow was inspired by Washington — and for good reason. Its small-town trappings and quaint inns make it the perfect setting for a weekend getaway. It's also been hinted that the town's (pictured above) inspired the iconic Independence Inn, where Lorelai Gilmore worked in the series.

Courtesy of The Mayflower Grace
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
11 of 15
new england small towns: franconia, new hampshire
Franconia, New Hampshire

Although Franconia is a great place to go if you want to check out some beautiful fall foliage, you might also want to consider planning your trip during the winter to experience its cross-country ski trails, horse-drawn carriage rides and snowshoeing.

Getty Images
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
12 of 15
new england small towns: wellfleet, massachusetts
Wellfleet, Massachusetts

Although Wellfleet has a population of a little less than 3,000 during the year, the town booms during the summer months, with visitors coming from across the country to experience the charms of this classic Cape Cod town.

Getty
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
13 of 15
new england small towns: kent, connecticut
Kent, Connecticut

Kent is full of the kind of small-town charm you can only dream about. A look at its includes a sidewalk festival, a tag sale, a bluegrass concert and an annual Halloween pumpkin run.

Getty
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
14 of 15
new england small towns: newport, rhode island
Newport, Rhode Island

Perhaps one of the most popular destinations in the Ocean State, Newport is home to some of the nation's most extravagant mansions. Most notable is , a home built by the Vanderbilt family, which is open daily for tours.

Getty
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
15 of 15
new england small towns: bar harbor, maine
Bar Harbor, Maine

Bar Harbor is larger than your average Maine town, but that doesn't make it any less charming. Surrounded by Acadia National Park, the town offers walking tours and frequently hosts art shows, farmers' markets and concerts.

Getty
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
More From Travel Ideas