In New England? Check out these places for great vintage shopping, dining, etc. The list will grow over time, so check in frequently.
Downtown Plantsville, CT
You’ve probably never heard of the place. I grew up here and have a soft spot for the Plantsville Station and the Plantsville General Store. Both places are kind of a crap shoot, but worth investigating should you happen to wander through Plantsville.
Olympia Diner: Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT
Breathtaking neon and chrome. The menu has everything you’d expect, only better.
Ted’s Steamed Cheeseburgers: 1046 Broad Street, Meriden, CT
Long before Ted’s showed up on Man v. Food or the Phantom Gourmet, my family was popping in for juicy burgers topped with mounds of melt-tastic cheese. There’s a reason they’ve lasted more than 50 years.
Four Sisters – Owl Diner: 244 Appleton Street, Lowell, MA
My new favorite diner…classic décor and fantastic food.
Ralph’s Rock Diner: 158 Grove Street, Worcester, MA
Great live music, one of the best jukeboxes ever, and car shows throughout the summer. What’s not to love?
Todds Farm Flea Market: Rowley, MA
Get there early. One of the region’s best outdoor flea markets.
TONS of antique shops. This Olde Stuff, 101A Antiques and Treasures Antiques are all nice multi-dealer shops with reasonable prices. Each shop has a different character, so it’s worth checking all three.
Hollis Flea Market: Route 122, Hollis, NH
Starts Sunday mornings at 6:30, typically mid-April to mid-October. It’s a flea market. Sometimes it’s awesome, sometimes it’s all VHS tapes, McDonald’s glasses and Beanie Babies. Enjoy the thrill of the hunt.
Milford Drive In Theater: 531 Elm Street, Milford, NH
A classic drive-in. One of the last few around…perfect summer entertainment.
Red Arrow Diner: 61 Lowell Street, Manchester, NH
Operating since 1922, there’s a good reason this tiny diner wins all kinds of awards every year. A delicious patty melt, great blue plate specials, and dynamite pies earn the Red Arrow top honors. Don’t miss it. They have another location in Milford, NH, but the Manchester location is the original.
Wilton Town Hall Theatre: Main Street, Wilton, NH
Housed in a historic building, the theater originally offered vaudeville shows and performances by travelling troupes of actors. In 1912 it became a silent movie theater. Today it serves up a blend of new independent films and Hollywood classics. At Halloween, watch silent films like Nosferatu, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, and other timeless horror masterpieces with live musical accompaniment.