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New Bedford . . . NOT JUST ANYWHERE!

WHALE Nomination Lands City of New Bedford as a Distinctive Destination in the U.S.


Last September, WHALE nominated the City of New Bedford for a national  heritage tourism award presented annually by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. And, it paid off. On February 15, WHALE, the City of New Bedford and the National Trust announced the exciting news that New Bedford has been named one of a Dozen Distinctive Destinations in the United States in 2011. New Bedford is the only city in New England to be recognized this year.

Since 2000, the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Dozen Distinctive Destination program has recognized cities and towns that offer an authentic visitor experience by combining dynamic downtowns, cultural diversity, attractive architecture, cultural landscapes and a strong commitment to historic preservation, sustainability and revitalization. In each community, residents have joined together and taken action to protect their town’s character.

“New Bedford easily meets all the criterita the National Trusts sets for this prestigious designation,” said Lisa Bergson, WHALE Executive Director. “We were pleased to collaborate with the City of New Bedford to submit a strong nomination that clearly illustrated all the great things New Bedford has to offer.”

“For WHALE, this designation is a culmination of 49 years of hard work to save historic buildings that no one else can to ensure New Bedford remains a special place – full of history, amazing architecture, and  character. Being named one of the Dozen Distinctive Destinations in the United States proves what we already know and worked so hard to ensure – that New Bedford is Not Just Anywhere.”

Each of the twelve Distinctive Destinations has there own dedicated web page on the National Trust’s website and people from all over the country get to vote for a “fan favorite”, which will be announced next month. Anyone 18 years or older can vote once a day, everyday for their favorite destination. So, if you heart New Bedford, click here and vote today and every day for the next month!

Click here to see New Bedford’s site & to vote http://www.preservationnation.org/travel-and-sites/travel/dozen-distinctive-destinations/

Here is a short list of on-line articles featuring the 2011 Dozen Distinctive Destinations nominees:

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