Discover Coastal Dream Towns

After canvassing all coasts for towns with seaside charm, a lively beach culture, and good housing, these are our top spots for planning quick trips or finding a new place to live.

Duxbury, Massachusetts

Preppy and quaint

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Dream Towns: Duxbury, Massachusetts
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Cultured. The town has long been a sort of artsy escape for Bostonians, some of whom founded the Duxbury Art Association 93 years ago. It now shares a space with the music conservatory at the Ellison Center for the Arts. There’s always music, art workshops for kids and adults, and gallery shows to go along with the beach fun—and, of course, summertime boating.

Visiting Duxbury: Stay a week: The Winsor House Inn is an old classic and a centerpiece of the town. Rooms from $120/night; 781/934-0991 or winsorhouseinn.com. Stay a month: A one-bedroom studio perfect for a couple, a few minutes from a private beach, $1,200/month; homeaway.com (Listing ID 180452).

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