With several New England guidebooks to his name, Tougias is an able and experienced guide to his home state. His tour of Massachusetts's pastoral areas is organized by region and includes western, central, and eastern Massachusetts as well as Cape Cod. For each region, he includes itineraries that wind through historic towns, along rivers, and across covered bridges, as well as a hand-drawn map that makes it easy to follow the route he lays out. Phone numbers for parks and other local attractions are listed, as well as a few lodging suggestions. Outdoor lovers especially will appreciate this book, which points out good places for hiking, biking, birding, and watching wildlife.
Tougias blends history and personal anecdotes with his travel information, making this first-person guidebook a pleasure to read even if you only get as far as your couch. --Rebecca Agiewich
From Library Journal
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