The six-state region that is New England is home to some of America’s oldest inns and taverns––among the most historic and storied public houses in the country. It is amazing to think that the first whispers of the American Revolution were discussed within their walls. Today, travelers have an opportunity to experience American hospitality as it existed during colonial times. There is nothing more tried and true than a restaurant or an inn that has been around for several hundred years. It’s easy to feel as if you have gone back in time when you step across a threshold. There’s a sense of history, a colonial spirit, and a very definite sense of place. All of these colonial inns and taverns help to tell the region’s remarkable story, keeping New England’s heritage, values, and traditions alive.
A near-native New Englander, Maria Olia is a freelance writer who has lived in the Boston area for thirty years. Her work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Mobil Travel and Working Mother. She is also the author of the Day Trips from New England, Discovering Vintage New York, and Little Black Book of Boston.