New England is a place uniquely defined by its vastly different seasons: the gothic atmospherics of fall, the unyielding punishment of winter, the muddy thaw locals casually call "spring." Yankees are so resilient to cold because they share a single conviction: Summers make everything else worth it. When Patriot's Day is in the rear-view mirror and baseball season is in full swing, New England shines like no place else in the nation.
In the most northerly hamlets of Vermont and Maine, men wear Carhartt T-shirts and roll down the windows of their vintage pickups. In Connecticut, golfers opt for more breathable polos. Everyone has his own way of celebrating the season, but our favorite way to take advantage of a New England summer is by attending the amazing events taking place in every state. Here are our favorites.
Lake Winnipesaukee Antique and Classic Boat Show (Meredith, New Hampshire)
Minnesota may have 10,000 of them, but New Hampshire residents will tell you without hesitation that no state does lake life better than the Granite State. Lake Winnipesaukee, with its inlets and islets, coves, and lush waterside scenery, is nothing short of a boat-lover's paradise. It's fitting, then, that the Big Lake also happens to host one of the country's best antique boat shows.
Set in the quintessential lake town of Meredith, the Lake Winnipesaukee Antique and Classic Boat Show offers boat enthusiasts and casual vacationers the opportunity to get an up-close-and-personal look at some of the East Coast's most impressive antique and classic wooden boats. While nothing could surpass the picturesque nature of the town's lakeside vistas, the collection of perfectly restored boats secured to Meredith's public docks at the end of July is a fitting tribute to region's unrivaled beauty.
More information: The 40th annual Lake Winnipesaukee Antique and Classic Boat Show takes place July 26–28, and is free for spectators to come and go as they please.
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