Special Places in Western Massachusetts Have a Chance to Shine

1,000 Great Places in Massachusetts
Nominate Your Favorite Western Mass Place

Chapel Falls in Ashfield, MA

Share your families favorite Western Massachusetts destination!  The Commonwealth of Massachusetts invites all MA residents to nominate their favorite place. The nominations will be considered for a final list of 1,000 Great Places in Massachusetts to be announced in May. With all of the wonderful public reservations, community cultural events and museums to nominate, this is our chance to let Western Mass shine!

Community Day at Jacob's Pillow in Becket, MA.

The Great Places initiative celebrates what is unique about the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, its communities, and its people. It also aims to stimulate the economy by boosting visitation to the state’s wide range of exceptional historic sites, cultural venues, and natural landscapes.

“We all have a special place that we cherish,” says Eric Turkington of Falmouth, a former state representative who chairs the Great Places in Massachusetts Commission. “This is our chance to share our passion for Massachusetts places with our fellow residents, tourists, and international visitors.”

Red Gate Farm in Buckland, MA.

The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) has established a website to accept nominations from the public: www.massvacation.com/1000/index.php

Notchview in Windsor, MA.

All Great Places that are nominated must be open and available to the public. Only one nomination per person will be accepted. The nomination period will close April 1, 2010. The Commission will meet later that month to draw up a final list of 1,000 Great Places in Massachusetts, which will be announced in May.

Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls, MA.

The 1,000 Great Places Commission was created by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick in 2009. Its mission is to identify and recognize the 1000 most truly special places in the Commonwealth, in order to celebrate pride in our history and culture, increase knowledge of our natural surroundings, and encourage regional and international tourism.

Photo credits: Sienna Wildfield

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