2021 Top 25 Properties

Everyone loves a good year end wrap up! Check out our top 25 places.

deCordova Sculpture Park

Everyone loves a good old Year End Wrap Up and here at The Trustees we are no different!

We were curious what properties were your favorites in 2021 based on web traffic and found a few nice surprises.

If you are planning your Trustees property visits for the new year, this is a great place to start!


25. Mytoi, Chappaquiddick Island

Enter a secluded world of designed Japanese elegance in this garden of exotic and native plantings that encircle a serene pond.

24. Chestnut Hill Farm, Southborough

The scenic woodlands and rolling fields of Chestnut Hill Farm are true to its heritage as a working farm. Stone walls frame fields and pastures across 170 acres. Loop trails wind through upland forests and along the edges of freshwater wetlands. Meanwhile, designated bird reserves allow for safe nesting habitat for Bobolinks, Eastern Meadowlarks, and other ground-nesting species beneath a wide-open sky.

23. Cape Pogue Wildlife Refuge, Chappaquiddick Island

Explore this magnificent barrier beach with its sandy shoreline, expansive salt marsh, beautiful salt pond, and unique colony of hardy red cedars.

22. Francis William Bird Park, Walpole

Stroll meandering pathways and cross artisan-built stone bridges at this family-friendly park of open fields, groves of trees, and frog ponds.

21. Dinosaur Footprints, Holyoke

More than 800 prehistoric tracks—the first dinosaur prints ever to be scientifically described—are revealed in slabs of sandstone.

20. Rocky Woods, Medfield

Enjoy expansive views from atop Cedar Hill, amble along a trail to a former quarry site, or explore five ponds that dot this woody landscape.

19. Noanet Woodlands, Dover

Follow a network of trails across a grand preserve that features woodlands and ponds, a former mill site, and Noanet Peak, which offers views of the Boston skyline.

18. Ward Reservation, Andover

Explore this sprawling landscape along almost 15 miles of trails and climb a hill for great views from the Merrimack Valley toward the Boston skyline.

17. Coolidge Reservation, Manchester-by-the-Sea

A scenic pond and a small forest of pine and oak lead you to a spectacular seaside lawn offering memorable views of Massachusetts Bay and the North Shore.

16. Monument Mountain, Great Barrington

From the 1,642-foot summit of this popular peak—which once drew 19th-century literary giants—gaze across the splendor of the Housatonic River Valley.

15. Long Point Wildlife Refuge, West Tisbury

Whether you want to body surf in the ocean, splash with the kids in sheltered salt and freshwater ponds, or explore a rare grassland habitat, this spectacular reservation is a favorite escape.

14. Weir River Farm, Hingham

This family-friendly farm—one of the last in Hingham—captivates visitors with its own livestock family of horses, pigs, cows, chickens, and sheep.

13. Notchview, Windsor

Renowned for its Nordic skiing and snowshoeing, Notchview also entices year-round adventurers for hiking and bird watching.

12. Powisset Farm, Dover

Explore the loop trail on this local treasure and vibrant working farm, taking in the surrounding woodlands, fields, and wetlands.

11. Tully Lake Campground, Royalston

Discover real camping adventures in the North Quabbin Region of Central Massachusetts, just an hour and a half from Boston and Springfield.

10. Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate, Canton

Stroll through elegant gardens complementing a stately country house, then explore surrounding fields, pastures, and woodlands that echo the property’s agricultural past.

9. Stevens-Coolidge House & Gardens, North Andover

Enter a world of a former farm that became an early-20th-century estate, where a newly expanded array of bountiful gardens and plantings complements a gracious and refined home.

8. Dunes’ Edge Campground, Provincetown

Experience a quaint, family-campground atmosphere amidst the sand dunes and pines, offering guests the true and lasting beauty of Provincetown and Old Cape Cod.

7. Appleton Farms, Hamilton & Ipswich

Wander past crop fields and cow pastures at one of the country’s oldest continuously operating farms.

6. Fruitlands Museum, Harvard

Explore a bygone Transcendentalist community, whose pastoral landscape houses wide-ranging collections of art and artifacts.

5. Naumkeag, Stockbridge

Experience Gilded Age style and splendor at this marvelous estate renowned for its elegant gardens and rare Berkshire “cottage.”

4. Crane Beach, Ipswich

Soak up the seaside fun at one of the Northeast’s most spectacular beaches, and follow trails and boardwalks through a spellbinding landscape of sand dunes and salt marsh.

3. World’s End, Hingham

Trek along Frederick Law Olmsted-designed carriage paths toward rolling hills and rocky shorelines, and discover sweeping views of the Boston skyline.

2. Castle Hill Estate, Ipswich

Experience the grandeur of a 2,100-acre seaside estate, its marvelously landscaped grounds, restored Grand Allée, gardens, and Casino complex.

1. deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum, Lincoln

deCordova’s mission is to inspire, educate, and delight with contemporary art from New England and beyond through sculptures in the landscape and museum exhibitions.

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