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New England may very well be the richest region for antique hunters in America. From the North Coast of Maine to Cape Cod to the Berkshires, “New England” is synonymous with “Antiques”. Spend a long weekend antique hunting while simultaneously enjoying the breathtaking scenery.

Destinations

Coastal Connecticut

North along the Connecticut coast from New York, or south from Rhode Island, is antique central. One of the best things about this area is that you’re never far away from the coastline. And this feeling of water, water everywhere is made even better by the charming towns from where the Connecticut river meets the Long Island Sound. Also here is Stonington, the only town on the coast with an active fishing fleet. You can find dealers in New Canaan, Darien, Ridgefield, Westport and Greenwich.  More »

Cape Cod

Miles upon miles of beaches, warm ocean waters, rolling dunes, and quaint cottages all serve to make Cape Cod and Nantucket the perfect antiquing getaway. With more than 130 shops, the Cape is a popular destination for beach and antique-lovers alike. Routes 6A and 28 outlines the perimeter of the Cape, and are ideal routes for antiquing. Route 6A has the most shops, stretching from Bourne through Sandwich, Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennis, Brewster, and Orleans, before winding up in Provincetown.  More »

Litchfield Hills - Connecticut

Never underestimate the amount of fine antiques a small town can possess. The town is in Woodbury, Connecticut, and it is located in the Litchfield Hill, the northwestern corner of the state. About 40 years ago, antique dealers from New York City, Pennsylvania, the Midwest, and the South began moving to Woodbury, wooed by its charm, ambience and landscape. Now Woodbury is home to more than 40 dealers offering a wide variety of impressive items. You’ll find many of those shops as you travel  More »

The Berkshires

Known as New England’s premier antiques destination, the Berkshires contains shops along Route 7 from Great Barrington south into and beyond Sheffield, with additional shops in Egremont, Pittsfield, Williamstown and other communities. Contact the Berkshire Art and Antique Dealers Association for a full list. The Berkshires is also close to other interesting antique destinations; you can take Route 7 North to Litchfield Hills, then through Vermont and onto Hudson, New York. All places are  More »

Mass Meets Connecticut’s Quiet Corner

If you’re interested in experiencing a high volume antique show, drive along Route 20 in central Massachusetts in May, July or September, where you’ll discover over 4,000 dealers who have come from all over the country to showcase their antiques. The antiques range from doorknobs and hinges, to garden ornaments, to textiles, to silver and jewelry. It is highly unlikely that you will walk away from this area without something in hand. Brimfield and its surrounding towns also present an  More »

Northeast, MA & Portsmouth, NH

In between New Hampshire and Massachusetts lies a scenic area not only rich in American history but full of antique stores. How to find them: follow Routes 133 and 1A and then Route 1 from New Hampshire up into Maine. Known as the “antiques capital” on Cape Ann, Essex has 20 shops to visit with items ranging from Continental furniture to country-painted ladder-back’s to New England redware and inlaid chairs. Next door, Newburyport has ten shops, all of who specialize in high-quality early  More »

New Hampshire

Over a 9-day period you can immerse yourself in some of the finest Americana antiques in the country. It’s called New Hampshire Antiques Week and it takes place in early August every year. Sponsored annually for the past 50 years by the New Hampshire Dealers Association, the show features approximately 65 dealers offering items such as formal furniture, decorative accessories, country primitives and folk art. Situated in Manchester and running Thursday through Saturday, this is without a  More »

Southern Vermont

Few places in American can rival the picturesque beauty of New England, particularly Southern Vermont. Tree-lined streets, pristine church steeples, bold mountains, sugar maples, and leaves saturated in oranges, reds and yellows in the fall season, all serve to make Southern Vermont a visually stunning destination for all things antiques. As it turns out, Southern Vermont has a lot of them. From 18th and 19th century formal and country American furniture to quilts, hooked rugs and other  More »

Mid-Coast Maine

Not too many places in the world hold the charm and majestic nature Maine does. So what’s so beautiful about it? Take your pick. Maine is plentiful in the department of breathtaking views, pine forests, perennial gardens and dense forests. Spend a weekend there and you’ll find yourself chanting the state slogan: “This is the way life should be.” But the majestic nature and quaint towns are only the tip of Baxter Mountain for Mid-Coast Maine. From Portland to Rockland – and all of the  More »

Northwest Vermont to Southern Quebec

Known for their French-inflected New England ambience, Vermont not only offers breathtaking views of mountaintops and placid lakes, it’s filled with quaint rural towns, old winding roads, and mom and pop shops that sell everything from local cheeses to tasty sugar maples, to delicious wines. And that’s not all Vermont - stunning in all seasons - has to offer, it also boasts a rich array of antique stores. Antique stores in the Lake Champlain Valley and Southern Quebec sell country and  More »

Maine’s North Coast

Although the summers are short here, the list of antiques stores are long. From Bangor east to Lubec, the state’s northern coast not only encompasses yachting harbors, Acadia National Park and Cadillac Mountain, it boasts a large number of antique shops and shows. The nation’s longest-running summer antiques show is held in Blue Hill on the first weekend in August; sponsored by the George Stevens Academy, the show attracts some of Maine’s top dealers. On the third Sunday in July at the  More »

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