Interacting with strangers New Englanders are notoriously reserved, compared to Americans from other regions. Do not expect strangers to greet you or strike up a conversation, especially in urban areas. That said, interactions are generally pleasant and polite, and visitors will have no problem finding a friendly face to answer questions or offer assistance.
Greetings Shake hands when meeting somebody for the first time. Goodbye is usually a friendly wave or – in more formal situations – another round of handshakes.
Bargaining Haggling over the price of goods is rare. It's not unusual for business owners to offer a discount for a purchase of anything in large quantities or for accommodations during a slow period, so it can't hurt to ask.
Smoking Don't assume you can smoke, even if you're outside. Many New Englanders have little tolerance for smokers, and smoking has even been banned from many parks and beaches.