One of the things I love most about living in New England is how close we are to so many cute little towns. In almost any direction from Boston you can enjoy a really great summer getaway or even day trip. Gary and I actually don't have any summer trips planned yet with the majority of our travel planned for late summer/early Fall - so I thought it was time to explore some of our past destinations as well as new ones I've added to the list.
If you ever have plans to visit New England here are some of my favorites! Side note, most of these photos are BTB - Before the Blog!
We'll start with the obvious choice of Newport, Rhode Island! We took our first trip to Newport for 4th of July and stayed at the cutest little B&B that Gary found. Since then we've gone back at least for a day trip every year and each time we try out a new restaurant, take our time with the cliff walk, shop along Thames Street and we've even been there to take in a tennis tournament at the Tennis Hall of Fame. We keep meaning to do a cocktail hour sailing excursion, but timing never works out - next time for sure!
I can't say enough amazing things about the little town of Ogunquit! It's a beach town with the friendliest people and if you ever visit please stay at the Puffin Inn...the owners are amazing! We went for a long holiday weekend and while it seemed busier than normal, I wouldn't say the beaches were over crowded. Kennebunkport is also only 11 miles away, so you can take an afternoon exploring that area as well! Perkins Cove is home to some amazing seafood and cute little shops that have some unique nautical gifts!
Block Island, RI
Distance from Boston: 100 miles including a ferry ride
My Choice Activity: Most fun was at Captain Nick's dance parties and good drinks
Gary introduced me to Block Island which is equi-distant from Long Island as it is from Rhode Island. It's such a unique place with beautiful beaches all around. You can rent a bike to explore all around and while cars are allowed on the island, you're more likely to find people walking or biking to get where they are trying to go. The beaches are awesome and not crowded - I've only been once (Gary has been at least 6 times) and it was a crazy time...30 people in one house, so I would like to go back and enjoy the island in a less hectic state! If you watch The Affair on Showtime, this is where they go in one of the seasons to get a more authentic feel for his book.
Distance from Boston: 3 1/2 hours from Boston and New York depending on where in the Berkshires
If you've seen Dirty Dancing they you know about The Berkshires - however The Berkshires are made up of 6 counties that the mountain range runs through. So when you say I'm going to the Berkshires...it's sort of like saying I'm going to the Cape, not really giving us an exact location (more on that later)! Things to do include the Norman Rockwell Museum, Distillery Tours & my personal favorite - a spa day at Canyon Ranch in Lenox. It's a perfect weekend getaway for those looking to relax and get some outdoor activities in.
Distance from Boston - depends which town you choose to visit, there are 15 - but in the summer you're looking at lots of traffic!
We had a couple of weddings that we coordinated last Summer and both took place at the Cape in two different towns - Plymouth and Osterville. I've been to a few Cape towns including Falmouth and I'd have to say Osterville is a favorite of mine because of the cute little eateries in the town center. We do want to go down to Chatham (who remembers Summer Catch with Freddie Prinze Jr?!) and stay at the gorgeous Chatham Bars Inn - which has incredible views of the ocean!
Rockport / Gloucester
Distance from Boston: About an hour
I've only been to Rockport once and it was for a wedding - so clearly we need to go back and explore some more because both Rockport and Gloucester are beautiful and quintessential New England. Beach, shopping & even a few boat rides are on the agenda for when we go back! Honorable mentions for Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard - both of which are incredibly popular in the summer...if not a bit overpriced, but Summer is about indulging so if you have the time to take off a few extra days - head to either!
After compiling this list I realized Gary and I haven't taken a proper day trip in New England during the summer in quite some time - so that will be changing!! Have you been to any of these destinations?
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