There were many times over the years before I moved to New Bedford when I would drive a few hundred miles to take a short vacation on Cape Cod.  Since I moved here back in 1994, my visits to the cape have mostly been limited to business.  Either a live broadcast or a quick Sunday drive to Woods Hole.

Before relocating to the area, I hadn't realized that there are so many other things to do and see in this region.    I've enjoyed walks around the beautiful Fort Taber on a nice spring, summer or fall day.  I've also taken the dogs for a walk around Buttonwood Park in New Bedford countless times.  The Buttonwood Park Zoo is so much fun too.   Another fun New Bedford attraction is the Whaling Museum.   I've taken out of town guests several times and they've really enjoyed it.   And how many shows have we enjoyed at the New Bedford's beautiful Zeiterion theatre.  Across the bridge, lunch at Fort Phoenix in Fairhaven is like a mini vacation.

Some seasonal highlights are the Chowderfest, Taste of New Bedford and Working Waterfront Festival, not to mention all the fun at the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament every August.   And how many times have we spent the weekend at the Whaling City Festival.

You've probably driven over it thousands of times, but have you ever stopped at Battleship Cove in Fall River?    Or head in the other direction and spend a few hours at Plimoth Plantation before you take a walk through historic downtown Plymouth.   Another thing I'm really glad to have done is a Captain John's whale watch trip.  Four hours that seem to go by in seconds.

The Newport mansions are not far away and they are fascinating.   Go north to Pawtucket and see the Red Sox Triple-A Pawsox play a McCoy Stadium.   It's really a great ballpark.

Great restaurants, the world's best seafood, and beautiful waterfront views are some things I am leaving behind as I head west.   I've enjoyed living in this area for the past 20 years, and I certainly plan on coming back to visit whenever I can.