Discover Secret Fresh-Water Alternatives to the Filled Parking Lots of Packed Ocean Beaches on Cape Cod this July 4th #MassInsider

Fabulous Fresh Water Swimming In Great Pond, Wellfleet, MA - © At-Hand Guides

Fabulous Fresh Water Swimming In Great Pond, Wellfleet, MA – © At-Hand Guides

Take New England At-Hand with you on Cape Cod this July 4th weekend.

You will always be able to see the best of the Cape “around you.” Or around where you want to be. The guide is filled with hundreds of hidden gems known only to locals.

New England At-Hand connects you to the nearly 50 fresh-water beaches and kettle ponds that secretly stretch across the cape. You will seldom be more than a few miles from multiple fresh-water beach choices.

Simply search on the “filter words” pond swimming to get a list of what is around you. Every pond’s beach is described in words and illusterated by photos. Many include a map of the adjacent area and trails. All are editor-rated, including such 3-star editor rated: Brewster, Long Pond, Wellfleet’s Great Pond and Sandwich’s Wakeby’s Pond.

Let yourself go this July 4th weekend

Discover your father this Fathers Day. #VisitMA #MassInsider #FLX #FathersDay

Father and son in the main hall of the Tate Modern n London.  - Flickr: Petra Gagilas

Father and son in the main hall of the Tate Modern in London. – Flickr: Petra Gagilas

We are reminded of George’s story, the young dope smoking, nare-do-well, slacker son of an American immigrant who had clawed his way to wealth with long family absences, risk-taking and entrepreneurship. George was angry at his family, rebellious and had done minimal participation in every education opportunity his parents and America had presented to him. He was glib, with engaging stories and ability to deflect serious conversations and criticism.

When we met George’s father, and heard his life amazing story of birth in a small rural village, his forced assignment into a career in dentistry, of his early separation from his parents and his eventual scramble to obtain financing, to navigate destructive financial politics, and build an international business and financially take care of his family. We asked if he had ever shared this amazing story with his son.

No he said.

We’d like to believe that this conversation was a catalyst for George and his father to discover each other, for George is now married to one of our favorite people in the planet and reportedly a transformed person with new respect, purpose and commitment. All possibly of discovering his true father.

Fathers tend not to volunteer and tell their stories. They conceal their feelings, and their trials. Their successes and failures happen out of time and out of eyes with their offspring.

So this Father’s Day, At-Hand Guides invites you to discover your father. To learn his story. Consider visiting, with him (if he is alive) the schools he attended. Learn about his friends. Discover how he met your mother. Learn his early goals. Learn what was going on in the world as he grew up and how it impacted him. Ask.

This Father’s Day discover one of your ultimate resources – your father. Let yourself go!

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Want to discover something new in your favorite Mass destination? #VisitMA

Early morning at Foss Farm in Carlisle, Massachusetts

Early morning at Foss Farm in Carlisle, Massachusetts

We usually demo New England At-Hand by asking our prospect to name one of their favorite Massachusetts areas, and then search around that point.

The usual reaction to the returned list is a face lighting up and explaining, in reaction to one of the listings: “Oh, I didn’t know about THAT!”

It has become the all-but-certain reaction to At-Hand Guides users.

Check out: Williamstown, Lenox, Newburyport, Brewster, Concord, Salem, and of-course Boston.

Are you still a curious traveler? Interested in discovering and experiencing something newly in areas of Massachusetts you are already familiar with and love?

Download, for free, the IOS app at the AppStore. Over 3,000 places/activities; more than 15,000 photographs. Let yourself go!

Want to discover something new at your favorite destination? #VisitMA

Litte Known Gropius House is Less Than A Mile From Better Known DeCordova Museum, In Lincoln, MA - Flickr:  Edward Stojakovic

Litte Known Gropius House is Less Than A Mile From Better Known DeCordova Museum, In Lincoln, MA – Flickr: Edward Stojakovic

We usually demo New England At-Hand by asking them to name one of their favorite areas, and then search around that point.

The usual reaction to the returned list is a face lighting up and explaining, in reaction to one of the listings: “Oh, I didn’t know about THAT!”

It has become the all but certain reaction to At-Hand Guides users.

Are you still a curious traveler? Interested in discovering and experiencing something newly in areas you are already familiar with and love?

Try, for free, New England At-Hand. Let yourself go!

Still filling your suitcase and car with paper travel guides?

shelf of guides

The free New England At-Hand app is like having the resources of a suitcase filled with paper travel guides, or a century of National Geographics, but still more.

What makes it more? The most intuitive, yet powerful search ever made available to getting out and travel.

Every listing is geo-coded – down to being on the correct side of the driveway entrance to the parking area.

Search always looks around a point – and not just where you are now. By simply entering a city and state (or zip code), you can examine everything of interest.

But the key is getting to your specific interests. For that you pre-select your maximum price level, physical difficulty limits, and editor rating. Then, in addition to specifying the search location, you provide custom filtering by listing the activity (hiking, swimming, picnicking, vistas, etc.) and type of attraction (contemporary art, park, lighthouse, etc.).

Presto – your custom results.

Since 2010, New England At-Hand has been one of the highest user rated guides to everything that is New England. Let yourself go!

How many new attractions do we have for you to get out, discover and explore in 2015?

Over 600 new listings were added to New England At-Hand, across New England in 2014.

  • Interesting and sometimes out-of-the-way art galleries, craft stores, and art spaces.
  • More outdoor recreation areas – hidden, less known parks, beaches and freshwater swimming ponds. Find virtually every fresh-water kettle pond on Cape Cod.
  • Nature areas for being with nature for an hour or a day. Lots of birding, picnicking and walking trails.
  • Dozens of small and specialty museums filled with amazing art and objects.
  • Many friendly farms with organic fresh produce and fruit, with family play areas and baby animal areas, Fall mazes and more.
  • Vista locations to visually inspire your getting out and love of nature.
  • Historical destinations – buildings, places and monuments to bring the past alive.
  • Boat launches where your canoe, kayak or even power boat can be put in new water for a day of exploring and fishing.
  • Local treasures – stores featuring skilled, locally crafted products and foods and unique accommodations and restaurants.

    Boston's Greenway Carousel - Uniquely New England Critters!

    Boston’s Greenway Carousel – Uniquely New England Critters!

New England is conveniently geo-accessible with the all-in-one guide New England At-Hand. All categories, all areas without boundaries. But with amazing, intuitive you-defined filtering, for instant and continuous results.