From casual family restaurants and cafés to fine dining rooms and cellar door establishments, there’s a diverse choice of dining options, as well as cuisines in New England.

Ask for advice and locals are likely to recommend starting the day with a robust espresso at their favourite café.

At many a hip establishment the baristas are up before the birds, coaxing their wood-fired oven into action and baking pastries and bread so popular the daily supply sells out by mid-morning.

Blackboard menus across the region feature local seasonal produce the likes of ricotta hotcakes piled with berries and honeycomb butter, curried lamb pies and honey and lavender brulée, to name a few inspired dishes. Fortunately, much of the food grown here finds its way from ‘pasture to plate’ and onto the tables of local eateries.

In warmer months, tables and chairs spill outside under shady umbrellas and trees. On summer weekends, it’s fun to share plates on the terrace at the regional art museum and listen to live jazz.