Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Bridge of Flowers Will Help Blossom Your New England Travel

Article and Photo by Eric H.
The Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne, MA, is one of New England's most unusual attractions, sure to please horticulturalists and probably even those who don't like flowers at all.

There's no denying the vibrancy of this tourist attraction, as visionaries helped transformed a rusted-out western Massachusetts bridge into a colorful travel destination with 500 varieties of flowers, shrubs and vines as well as great views of the Shelburne River. The bridge connects Shelburne with Buckland, the former featuring a wonderful downtown with a mix of old-time "It's a Wonderful Life" types stores and restaurants with more modern, upscale boutiques, galleries and cafes. Buckland is brief, but also quite diverse with the earthy McCuskers Market (a food coop) with lots of organic foods, the working class Buckland House and Pizza, and the hip Mo's Fudge Factor where homemade fudge, Bart's Ice Cream, candies and 12-pound candy bars, pleases the sweet tooth.

Near the transportation bridge between Buckland and Shelburne Falls is a fascinating series of 50 or so glacial potholes ranging in size from six inches in diameter to 39!

Located in the foothills of the Berkshires Mountains, the Bridge of Flowers and the pleasant downtown of Shelburne Falls makes for one of the more pleasant -- and interesting -- travel destinations in Massachusetts.

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