Furry Friend Friday With Arlo!

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What’s the best way to start off the weekend? With a Furry Friend Friday interview of course!  We’re back with your weekly dose of cuteness, and today the furry friend we got to speak with is Arlo!  He’s a feisty, 6 month-old terrier mix up for adoption at the Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem and is patiently waiting for his forever family.

So Arlo, how does a handsome guy like you find himself in a shelter?

Well believe it or not, someone left me tied to a pole!  Can you believe someone would just leave me like that?  Luckily I was found by some nice people and brought to the shelter as a stray.  I was never claimed so now I’m ready to find my new best friend!

So what’s your favorite way to spend the day?

Running, running, and more running!  I may be small, but these little legs can move!  I’m still a puppy so I have a ton of energy, and I’m very curious so I love to investigate my surroundings.  I also love playing with toys, although I don’t really have a favorite one.

Is there anything that scares you?

Nope, I’m very outgoing and can’t  think of anything that scares me.  I’m kind of known as a tough guy around the shelter, they say I can be fresh but I’m not mean at all, I’ve never bitten anyone I just get mouthy when I want some attention.  I think I’m the boss and want all of your attention for myself!

Is there anything that makes you extra unique?

Even though I’m a terrier, I have very soft fur and my friends at the shelter say I can look like all different kinds of dog breeds depending on my haircut!  I used to have a cut that made me look like a schnauzer, but I think this look is much more “me”.

What do you think would be the perfect family for you?

Well first off, I’d say no young kids.  Like I said, some consider me to be fresh, and I also love attention so I don’t want any kids taking that away from me!  I don’t like being bossed around, so I would also need a dog savvy owner that would know how to discipline me.  I’d also love to be with a family that was as active as me, I have so much energy and would love to burn it off at the beach or on a hike!

Arlo, why do you think pet insurance is a good thing for all pet parents to consider?

Pets get sick just like people do, I’ve seen it with my own two eyes!  It seems like it would just make sense to have insurance to protect your pet so that if they get hurt or sick they can get the care they need without breaking the bank.

Arlo may be young, but he’s a fast learner!  He knows the value of pet insurance, and how important it can be when it comes to protecting your furry friend!  Call one of our agents today for a free quote and take the first step on the road to protecting your furry friend!

 

 

Is Competition In The Insurance Industry Benefiting Massachusetts Drivers?

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In 2008, the auto insurance market in Massachusetts was deregulated resulting in major changes for both consumers and insurance carriers alike. As more carriers began to write policies in the state, prices initially dropped.  However, prices have since rebounded and now closely resemble what consumers were paying before the industry was deregulated, according to data from the state Division of Insurance.  The question then arises; Is competition in the industry actually benefiting Massachusetts residents?

Recently, an article titled “Auto Insurance Rates Bounce Back Up In Mass.” was published in the Boston Globe.  The article was written by Deirdre Fernandes and she tries to determine whether or not consumers are benefiting from competition in the auto insurance industry by studying year-to-year comparisons of auto insurance premiums.  Before deregulation, insurance carriers typically had the same prices and offerings for their consumers, prompting larger carriers to avoid writing policies in Massachusetts due to the strict regulation of the industry.

After the deregulation, larger carriers such as Progressive and Geico began writing policies with extremely low premiums, forcing established carriers to lower their prices in order to maintain their business.  Since then, prices have risen as these larger carriers have become more familiar with paying out claims in the state. However, it is important to note that according to Fernandes’ article, repair costs and medical costs (all of which factor into claim payouts) are increasing faster in Massachusetts than across the nation as a whole, which also affect premium prices.

In her article, Fernandes quotes Deirdre Cummings, legislative Director of the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group who said “If you look at rates and rates are going higher, that’s not in the consumer’s favor.”  Fernandes also plays devil’s advocate by acknowledging the fact that because insurance carriers are no longer regulated, they are able to offer unique services to their customers such as roadside assistance and specific discounts relating to bundling policies together, good student discounts, annual mileage discounts, etc.  Fernandes then quotes Massachusetts Insurance Commissioner Joe Murphy who says “It’s clear that the change in regulation has been a win for consumers”.

While Fernandes does address both sides of the argument, Joe Murphy takes issue with her analysis and wrote a response to her article.  In it, he states “Year-over-year comparisons of auto insurance premiums do not provide a sound foundation for commentary about rate levels or the general health of the insurance market.”  Essentially he argues that the increase in competition gives consumers the power to shop around if their premium does increase, making carriers compete for their business.

The competition also encourages insurance carriers to keep their own profits down so that they can keep premiums as low as possible.  In his response, Murphy says “In the five years prior to 2012, auto insurers in Massachusetts reported virtually zero profit from underwriting, the lowest of any New England state during that same period.”

One of the most important things to take away from both articles is that while insurance premiums may be about the same as they were before deregulation, consumers now have options and the ability to shop around if their premium does go up.  The power is in the hands of the consumer, and they are able to purchase policies not only based on price, but also based on coverage, available discounts, additional services, and much more.

As an independent agency, we are proud to work with many top-rated insurance companies including Commerce, Plymouth Rock, Arbella, Progressive, Safeco, Travelers, and Occidental.  We give our customers options when it comes to purchasing their policy and are unbiased in the quotes we provide. Our goal is to find Massachusetts residents the policy that is right for them.  So, if you’re looking to compare auto insurance rates in Massachusetts and find the best policy for you, get a free quote at MassDrive.com!  Our insurance agents are extremely knowledgeable and will work to find the policy that is right for you!

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Get Your Home Ready For Fall!

The time for apple picking, bonfires, football, pumpkins, and beautiful foliage is here.  That’s right, fall has arrived!  As the seasons change, so do the needs of our homes, which is why it’s so important to make sure yours is ready for fall.  Knowing where to start can be confusing, which is why we’ve come up with these helpful tips!

  • Inspect the outside of the home. You’ll want to make sure there’s not anything that obviously needs to be fixed, especially on the roof.  Look for any missing or damaged shingles, and clean off any debris if it’s possible to do so safely.
  • Clean out the rain gutters.  These can get filled with leaves, nests, and twigs that can weigh it down and cause more damage if not cleaned regularly.
  • Trim bushes and trees.  You should also check trees for branches that are dead.  They can break at any moment, causing serious damage to your home.  Pay close attention to  branches that are really close to power lines too.
  • Turn off your irrigation system and put hoses and equipment inside your garage or shed.  Before temperatures drop, certain irrigation systems need to be drained.  Check with a professional if you aren’t sure about yours.
  • Store away lawn furniture.  Hate to bring this up, but once the weather gets cold you won’t be spending too much time outside. Clean off your outdoor furniture and store it somewhere dry for the winter to keep in the best condition.
  • Clean the chimney and stock up on fire wood.  There’s nothing cozier than a warm fire on a cold day!  Before you bring the fire wood inside, make sure the wood is completely dry.  Storing in inside is ideal but not always an option. If you have to store it outside, keep it covered in a dry place like a shed or under a tarp.
  • Check doors and windows for drafts. If you do find one, repair it easily with caulk.
  • Install storm windows and doors. Those screens are great in warm weather to let in a nice breeze, but will cost you in energy bills in the colder months.
  • Clean out your shed and/ or garage!  Throw anything you don’t need and any junk that has collected over the last few months.  Also, move all of your summer equipment to the back and bring up fall and winter items such as rakes, sleds and shovels.
  • Be prepared!  As we’ve seen here in Massachusetts, fall and winter can be very unpredictable, so it’s best to be prepared.  Update your emergency kit, and if you have a snow blower or emergency generator, you should test them to make sure they’re working properly.  It’s also a good idea to buy extra gasoline for them, just in case.
  • Service your summer and winter equipment.  You’ll need to drain the fuel out of your lawnmower after its last use, and you may also want to have the blades sharpened so it’s ready to go again next spring.  If you have a snow blower, make sure it’s ready for use.  As we said, fall and winter can be unpredictable and you never know when we may get a storm!

Although it may not be your favorite way to spend the day, getting your home ready for the change of seasons is an important step that can save you some serious headaches later!

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Furry Friend Friday With Recess!

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It’s that time of the week again, Furry Friend Friday!  Today’s interview was especially fun, that’s because we got to spend time with Recess!  No, we’re not talking about running around outside on the playground (although that would be fun), we’re talking about our furry friend!  Recess is his name, and cuteness is his game.  This handsome guy is a 1 year-old greyhound up for adoption at Greyhound Friends, Inc in Hopkinton.

So Recess, how did you find yourself in the good old Bay State?

Well I made my way all the way up from West Virginia if you can believe it.  During my time down there I was a racing dog!  It’s nice to be retired though, now I’m just ready and waiting to find my perfect forever family.

What’s your favorite way to spend the day?

I love being around people!  If I’m being totally honest, I can be a little shy at first, but once I get to know you I’m very friendly.  I like to think of myself as a bit of a social butterfly and love to be petted.  I’m also pretty active since I’m still a pup, I love going for long walks and running around in the grass!

Do you have a favorite toy?

I love chasing tennis balls!  I have a lot of energy and I still like to show off my speed skills.  I could chase a tennis ball around all day if I had someone to throw it to me!

Is there anything that scares you?

Hmm,  the only thing that comes to mind is change.  I don’t really like change and get a bit anxious when I’m in a new situation.  I don’t like the uncertainty it brings, but once I get used to it I turn right back into my social self.

What do you think would be the perfect ,family for you?

Well I’d need to go to a family that would be patient with me.  I’m still a pup and need some help with training, it’s just basic things and I’m a very quick learner!  I’d also be great with kids, older ones would probably be best just because of my size.  I’d also love it if I went to a home that already had a dog!  I love other dogs and could use a confident friend to show me the ropes.

Recess, why do you think pet insurance is a good thing for all pet parents to consider?

Well, even though I’m only one, I’ve seen a lot in my racing days and in my travels around the country.  Furry friends can get hurt or sick more often than we would all like, and pet insurance seems like a smart thing to have so people don’t have to spend all of their money at the vet!

Recess is such a smart boy, and we’re hoping he finds his forever home very soon!  When it comes to pet insurance though, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves.  Call one of our agents today for a free pet insurance quote and take the first step on the road to protecting your furry friend!

 

 

 

Furry Friend Friday With Barcelona!

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Can you think of a better way to kick off a long weekend than by reading about an adorable furry friend? Neither can we!  Today we got to chat with Barcelona, an exotic girl who’s up for adoption at the Sterling Animal Shelter.  This cute girl is a 5 month-old terrier mix who traveled a long way to find her forever family!

So Barcelona, I hear you’ve traveled a long way to be here, where are you originally from?

You’re right!  I’m actually from Puerto Rico, my name might make you think I’d be from Spain, but nope!  I just arrived here in the U.S. and I’ve only been in the shelter for a few days.  Everyone here is so nice but I’d really like to find a home of my own with a yard where I can run and play!

What’s your favorite way to spend the day?

I really like to relax and snuggle!  Is there anything better than getting a nice belly rub at the end of the day?  I didn’t think so.  I also really like to play with toys, I have a lot to choose from at the shelter so I’m very lucky!  I’m not your typical puppy though, I tend to be pretty quiet and I’m not hyperactive at all.  I would love to go to a home where my new family would pet me all day long!

Is there anything that scares you?

Not at all, I’m a very brave girl and everyone here says I’ve adjusted to my new life quite nicely.  I’m so grateful to have a second chance and can’t wait to find my forever family!  When I was in Puerto Rico I didn’t have a family of my own or a warm bed to sleep in, and those days were scary.  Now that I’m here I’m just excited to start my new life!

What do you think would be the perfect family for you?

I’m not picky at all,  I would be happy anywhere!  I love all people and am very gentle so I’d be great with kids,  having some human brothers and sisters to run around with would be awesome!  My new family would just need to be patient with me and bring me to some puppy training classes, I’m not fully trained yet so I need someone to work with me but I’m a very fast learner!

Barcelona, why do you think pet insurance is a good thing for all pet parents to consider?

Hmm, well pets get sick just like people do, and if people have insurance it only makes sense that pets would too!  From what I’ve heard the vet can be pretty expensive, I know I wouldn’t want to be stuck with a huge bill if my friend got sick, and pet insurance seems like a good way to avoid that.

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!  Vet bills can add up quickly, and pet insurance is an affordable way to make sure your pet can get the health care they need if the situation arises.  Call one of our agents today for a free pet insurance quote and begin the process of protecting your furry friend!

 

September Events!

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Summer’s coming to an end, kids are going back to school, and the weather is cooling down, but there’s still plenty of time to get outside and enjoy these fun events taking place this month in Massachusetts!

Hilltown Brewfest – Can you think of a better way to close out summer than by enjoying an ice cold brew on a beautiful day? No? Then you won’t want to miss the Hilltown Brewfest on Saturday, September 6th in New Salem!  Not only is it sure to be a great time, it’s for a great cause as all proceeds will benefit local fire departments.  Relax under the big tents while you sip on different brews of beer, wine, and cider from local brewers and listen to live music from three different bands!  There will also be food available for purchase, free popcorn and the commemorative tasting glass given to guests is yours to keep!  The Brewfest will be from 12 noon until 5 PM and is a 21+ and pet-free event.

The Big E – The largest fair in the northeast is back!  The Big E will be returning to West Springfield from September 12th – 28th, and is guaranteed to be fun for all ages.  Get your fried Oreo and Craz-E burger fix while enjoying live music, circus performers, a daily parade, museums, animals, competitive exhibits, crafts, rides, shopping, and much more!  There will be top performers in attendance including Emblem3, Darius Rucker, ZZ Top, Eddie Money, Little Big Town, and many more!  Concert tickets are not included with admission to the fair so those tickets will need to be purchased separately, but if you purchase concert tickets in advance, it will include your admission to the fair.  This New England tradition only happens once a year and you won’t want to miss it!

iFest Boston – The newest festival to come to Boston is celebrating everything Irish!  From food, sports, culture, and entertainment, this lively event is sure to be fun for all ages!  You can even join a workshop to trace your Irish roots!  There will be tons of live music, delicious food, literary exhibits, enchanting performances, an Irish sports bar, and or course plenty of drinks to go around!  This family-friendly  festival will be from September 26th – 28th at the Seaport World Trade Center on South Boston’s Waterfront.  Whether you’re Irish or not, you’re sure to enjoy the exciting atmosphere and merriment brought on by this new festival!

King Richard’s Faire – How often do you get the chance to step back in time?  That’s exactly what you can do at King Richard’s Faire!  Chow down on a turkey leg while you watch knights joust on horseback, jugglers, acrobats, fire eaters, puppeteers, and many other talented performers!  There will also be games, rides, artisans from around the world, exotic animals, and much more to captivate guests of the faire.  Don’t forget to grab a beer from your local bar wench while you’re there!  The faire is located on an 80 acre wooded site in Carver and will be going on from August 30th – October 19th so there’s plenty of time to visit.

So many events, so little time!  Make sure you get your tickets to these exciting happenings and enjoy what’s left of the warm weather before the chill of fall returns!

Photo By: Massachusetts Office Of Travel & Tourism

Furry Friend Friday With Bijoux!

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It’s that time of the week, time to feature an adorable, fluffy, furry friend up for adoption in Massachusetts!  Today’s special guest for Furry Friend Friday is named Bijoux, he’s a 6 year-old black cat up for adoption at the Scituate Animal Shelter, and he’s been there for a while now so he’s overdue to find his forever family.  This little guy is a real love so if you think he looks like your new best friend be sure and pay him a visit!

So Bijoux, I understand that you’ve been at the shelter for a while now, how long exactly?

I’ve been here for three months so far, so I’m definitely ready to get out of here!  Don’t get me wrong, everyone at the shelter is great, but I just want to find a place and a family that I can call mine.  Sometimes it’s tougher for adult black cats to find homes, everyone wants a little kitten or thinks we’re bad luck, but look at me, do I look like bad luck to you?

No not at all, you actually are quite dashing!  What does a handsome cat like you like to do all day?

I’m pretty simple really, and I like to think I’m mature for my age.  I like to lounge around like your typical cat, and when it’s warm out you might find me up on the counter where it’s nice and cool.  I also love being around people, that’s my favorite thing, I’ll run right up to visitors to greet them and let them know I’m there.  I’m social and friendly when I want to hang out, but I’m no stage 5 clinger or overly pushy, I can take a hint when someone wants their space.

Is there anything that makes you nervous?

Nothing comes to mind, unless there was a giant dog chasing after me, then I might get a little nervous but who wouldn’t?  I usually get along with most dogs that I meet though, so that hasn’t been an issue but if it were to happen I can imagine it would be terrifying.

What do you think would be the perfect family for you?

Not to toot my own horn but I can’t get along with anyone, adults and children alike and even other cats and dogs!  I’ve lived with dogs before and as long as they are mellow and cat-savvy I’m sure we’ll get along great!  I’m very tolerant of all the young kittens that are here in the shelter with me, they’re always reaching for me and trying to play and I don’t mind at all, and I used to be around children in my old home so I know I’ll be fine if my future forever family has any little members.  I’m really just looking for anyone that will love me and make me their new best friend!

Bijoux, why do you think pet insurance is a good thing for all pet parents to consider?

Well I’ve been lucky enough to stay pretty healthy so far in life, but I know that whether it’s from an accident or illness, most pets do eventually have health issues at some point.  It seems like a smart idea to have pet insurance so you don’t have to pay for those costs out of pocket, from what I hear the vet can be really expensive!

Bijoux is so smart!  He understands the value of having a policy in place to protect your furry friend, because after all, they are part of the family!  Call us today for a free pet insurance quote and make sure your best friend, and your wallet are protected.

 

 

Tips For Moving Day

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Whether you’re moving into a condo, apartment, house, or dorm room, moving day can be an extremely stressful and taxing experience.  There’s so much to do, packing, labeling, hauling, unpacking, there’s a lot of room for error which is why we thought we’d pull together some helpful tips!

  • Be ready to start early!  Moving day will probably feel like one of the longest of your life, but it’s important to get up early and make sure everything is packed and good to go.  You’ll want to make sure everything is ready once the movers or family and friends arrive.
  • Map out your route and make sure that you, as well as any movers know how to get there all well.  You’ll also want to make sure there’s room for everyone to park and unload.
  • If possible, try and pre-clean your home before you move in.  That way everything will be ready to use such as the shower, toilet, etc.  You’ll still have to do some cleaning after you unpack everything, there’s sure to be a bit of a mess but at least you’ll already have a head start!
  • Enlist the help of friends and family if possible.  Not only will this save money, but it may also make the process more fun! Just make sure you have everyone’s tasks figured out so the process can be as seamless as possible, and that you’re ready to go as soon as they arrive!
  • Arrange for a charity organization to come pick up any goods you’re willing to donate about a week or two before the move.  Many charities will haul away furniture and other items free of charge as long as they have use for them.
  • Minimize the use of cardboard boxes by packing with items you already have such as suitcases, duffel bags, backpacks, etc.
  • Avoid packing in trash bags, they could be mistaken for trash and accidentally thrown out, and if you’re using a moving service some movers have rules against moving belongings in trash bags.
  • When labeling boxes, label which room they’re going to go in to make unpacking easier.  You’ll know where to put them when you initially bring them in, and can unpack by room, which may help the whole process seem less overwhelming.  You’ll also want to make sure you label boxes on the side instead of on top, that way you can still read them if the boxes are stacked.
  • Pack all of your valuables such as jewelry and important paperwork in a separate bag and bring them with you.  If you’re using a moving service or even getting help from friends, you won’t want to entrust those things to anyone but yourself.
  • Take an inventory of boxes and their contents, especially if you’re using a moving company.  It’ll come in handy if something goes missing.
  • Pack an overnight bag with all of the necessities you will need easy access to, such as toiletries, phone chargers, and an extra change of clothes.  You won’t want to have to dig through boxes to try and find your toothbrush after a long day of moving.
  • If you’re renting, take pictures of your cleaned out apartment when moving in and when moving out, this will make it much easier when trying to get your security deposit back and when you’re dealing with landlords who want to charge you for cleaning and repair fees that may be totally unnecessary.
  • If you have young children or pets, arrange for a family member or babysitter to watch them during moving day, otherwise they will more than likely get in the way and be an additional stress factor.
  • Make sure your utilities are in order and have been set up.  You’ll want your gas, electricity, and water to be working when you move in.
  • Reward your movers!  After a long day of hauling boxes and furniture, your movers are bound to be tired, and whether they’re hired or friends and family, it’s a nice gesture to have some food and drinks available.
  • Lastly, you’ll want to make sure that your new home and all of your property is properly insured, and that’s where we come in!  Whether you’re renting or own a home, we can help you find the policy that’s right for you, so call us today for a free quote!

We know moving will be stressful no matter how many tips you read, but hopefully these will help to minimize that and will make the day run a little bit more smoothly!

Photo By: Meathead Movers

 

 

Furry Friend Friday With Fat Louie!

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Happy Furry Friend Friday!  Today’s special guest is named Fat Louie!  This cute little feline is 3 years old and is up for adoption at the Lowell Humane Society.  He’s been at the shelter for a couple of months now and can’t understand why someone hasn’t taken him home yet!  If you’re looking for a big cuddle bug to watch TV with, Fat Louie is your guy so stop in and pay him a visit!

So Fat Louie, what’s your favorite way to spend the day?

Well I like to get up early and watch the sun rise to start my day, I’m a big morning person, er cat I should say.  After that I like to play with some of my toys, cuddle with my favorite people, and then sit by the window and bird watch.

Do you have a favorite toy to play with?

Where do I begin?  I love scratching posts of course, but then again what cat doesn’t?  I also love chasing those little toy mice around, especially when they’re sprayed with catnip!  Chasing those around helps keep me in shape, my name may be Fat Louie but that doesn’t mean I have to live up to it!

Is there anything that scares you?

Well sometimes I can get nervous when I meet new people, I tend to be a little shy but once I’ve been around them for a while and get to know them, I go right back to being my usual playful and friendly self.

What do you think would be the perfect family for you?

Well my first request would be to go to a family with a nice window where I can bird watch and sunbathe.  The next most important thing would be to go with a family that would be able to commit to my special diet, you see when I came to the shelter I had a UTI and my family couldn’t afford the care, so they had to turn me over to the shelter.  I’m fine now but I will need to be on a special diet for the rest of my life to prevent further issues, but from what I hear it’s a common thing among cats.  I’d be great with older kids that are cat-savvy, maybe other cats as long as we could meet first, and dogs as well.  You see, I used to live with a dog and we would play and chase each other around all the time!  It was a lot of fun so if I found all of those things in one family, I’d be the happiest cat ever!

Fat Louie, why do you think pet insurance is a good thing for all pet parents to consider?

Well look at me for example, I had a simple UTI which can easily be treated, but it was still too expensive for my family to pay for, so they had to surrender me.  Maybe if they had pet insurance they would have been able to afford my care and been able to keep me.

This is a perfect example of why pet insurance is such a good investment for pet parents, not being able to afford your furry friend’s care can have awful consequences, so call one of our agents today for a free pet insurance quote and take the first step to protect your furry friend!

 

 

Best Hiking Spots In Massachusetts

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Hiking is a fun way to get some exercise, smell the fresh air, and see something new.  Here in the Bay State, we’re lucky that we have so many great trails to visit, but it can be hard to know which ones to choose, which is why we’ve come up with this list of the best spots to go hiking in Massachusetts!

Blue Hills Reservation – Located only a few miles from Boston, the Blue Hills Reservation in Milton offers visitors 125 miles of trails to explore.  There are a variety of plants and wildlife that you may see on your hike, along with historic structures, ponds, swamps, and much more.  Once you reach the rocky mountain summit you’ll see a beautiful view of the Boston skyline in the distance, the perfect spot to rest and take in the sights of the city while also enjoying the seclusion of nature.

Cape Cod National Seashore – When you think of hiking, you may not typically picture hiking on the beach, but the Cape Cod National Seashore is one of the best places to visit if you want to get some exercise in the great outdoors.  There are forty miles of beaches, marshes, ponds, and more that feature different kinds of wildlife, lighthouses, cranberry bogs, and beautiful views of the coast.  There are trails for both biking and walking, and two visitors centers, one located in Eastham, which is open year-round,  and one Provincetown that is open seasonally.  If you’re in the area trust us when we say you won’t want to miss a chance to hike this local treasure.

Harold Parker State Forest – This forest has so much to offer to its visitors.  It spans across Andover, North Andover, North Reading, and Middleton but the park headquarters are located in North Andover.  Guests can explore 35 miles of trails, go hiking, mountain biking, fishing, horseback riding, hunting, camping, or pack a lunch and enjoy a nice picnic!  There’s something for everyone here, so we’re sure you won’t be bored!  There are also 11 ponds within the forest, all of which allow non-motorized boating.  The forest itself is comprised of over 3,000 acres, so if you’re looking for a secluded trail to enjoy a quiet hike you’re in luck.

Mount Greylock State Reservation – Located in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, Mount Greylock is the highest point in Massachusetts!  At the top you can see stunning views of up to 60-90 miles away!  If hiking to the top might be too strenuous or take too long, there are roads that you can drive up and shorter hiking trails leading off of the road.  Access to the park itself is free but there is a parking fee of $2 for Massachusetts residents and $4 for non-residents, so make sure you have a bit of cash on hand when you go.  If you’ve never been to Mount Greylock we highly recommend making the trip just for the spectacular views alone!

So, have any of these spots peaked your interest?  We hope you’ll take advantage of these hiking spots at some point, they’re too beautiful to miss out on!

Photo By: Massachusetts Office Of Travel & Tourism

 

 

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