As far as what I love/what I hate: The dysfunctional politics at the state level drive me crazy but its no worse than a lot of places. I only observe Boston politics from a distance but things generally seem to get done, eventually.
The entire area seemed very insular to me when I moved here from New York 20 ( :eek: ) years ago. There seemed to be a real attitude of “just because something works somewhere else doesn’t mean it’ll work HERE” (Boston, Mass, or New England in general). Thankfully that seems to be slowly melting away, possibly under the weight of the huge numbers of people from around the country and around the world that move here every year.
There is a lot of diversity in Boston and the area which is nice. You can meet people from all over. The small group of people I work with has one person born in Cuba, one from Brazil, one from South America (Guyana, I think), one from Vietnam, one from Iran, two from China and one from Russia as well as several plain ole Americans. My son’s school has a lot of parents from India and China, the town I live in apparently had a fair proportion of Finns as settlers.
One consequence of this is there are good ethnic restaurants pretty much everywhere in and around Boston.
There is also of course a lot of historical and cultural stuff. In and around Boston you have a lot of the Revoulutionary War sites. The Boston Harbor Islands are beautiful and easy to get to and many of them have historical forts and whatnot on them. Then of course there are the museums like the MFA, the Gardner and the Museum of Science (which I think isn’t as good as it used to be). Further out you have places like Concord MA which also has Revolutionary War sites as well as places dealing with the lives of Thoreau, Emerson, and Louisa May Alcott.
Within a couple of hours drive you have Cape Cod to the South (overrated from Memorial Day to Labor Day IMHO). To the North you have Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont (I love coastal Maine). The White Mountain area of New Hampshire also never disappoints me. If you do ski or decide to learn there are many places to go, that would probably warrant a thread of its own.