Boston, MA

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September 7, 2011

Founded in 1630, Boston is one of America’s oldest cities, and one that people the world over love to visit. Once the site of revolutionary battles, it’s now a hub of business, education, science and the arts. It’s also earned the nickname “Titletown” thanks to some notable sports franchises including the 2011 Stanley Cup champion Bruins.

It is in autumn, however, when Boston is at its most beautiful. And as these one-tank wonders will demonstrate, it’s not alone. There are some amazing things to see and do just a few miles away.

North

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Places To See And Things To Do:

  • Moultonborough, NH - Castle in the Clouds – Historic Lucknow Estate – Enjoy the colorful leaves as you drive up to the castle, take in the history and the breathtaking vistas.
  • Kittery, ME - Kittery Outlets – Your pocketbook will breath a sigh of relief thanks to the great bargains you’ll find at this vast outlet mall.
  • Hampton Beach, NH - Even with the chill of fall in the air, you can still enjoy activities on this stretch of coast that’s full of entertainment galore.

 

Places To Eat:

  • Portsmouth, NH: Gilley’s PM Lunch – Have a hot dog (or two!) at the historic little lunch place made famous by Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food star Adam Richland.
  • Freeport, ME: Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster – A visit to the New England coast isn’t complete without “Lobstah.” Located in the town that’s home to the original L.L. Bean store as well as numerous outlet malls, this lobster eatery is as charming as it is tasty.
  • Manchester, NH: Red Arrow Diner – They boast “Wicked Good Food” but that’s not all they can brag about. In addition to numerous awards and nominations, some famous faces have frequented the joint.

 

South

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Places To See And Things To Do:

  • Fall River, MA Battleship Cove- “World’s Largest Naval Museum” – Adults and children alike can learn and experience what it was like to serve on a WWII Naval ship
  • Cooperstown, NY National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum – A must-see stop for any baseball fan. Learn more about the history of “America’s favorite pastime” and the game’s stars, past and present.
  • Newport, RI The Museum of Yachting – Toss on a sweater, some khakis and dock shoes because you are about to be immersed in the great history of an iconic New England pastime: yachting.

 

Places To Eat:

  • Cooperstown, NY: Alex & Ika - “One of the top 10 restaurants in New York State” says Frommers. Visit this cozy joint and taste one of the delicious dishes made to order with fresh, local ingredients.

East

Don’t go too far east, or you’ll find yourself in the salty brine. However, just slightly northeast or southeast you’ll find things to do and places to eat:

Places To See And Things To Do:

  • Salem, MA Corwin House/Witch House – Get yourself in the mood for the spooky holiday that will soon be here. Discover the only structure still standing that has direct ties to the Salem witch hunts.
  • Hull, MA Nantasket Kayaks – Take advantage of the remaining mild weather and explore the Weir River via kayak. No need to feel intimidated, these guys will give you instruction beforehand and provide you with a kayak with stable design that’s ideal for beginners.

 

Places To Eat:

  • Salem, MA: Capt’s- A Water Front Grill- You’ll find everything from steak to seafood and in between at this waterfront grill. Remember to bring a sweater so you can get a table on the beautiful deck.
  • Hingham, MA: Bloomy Rind - Find every kind of gourmet cheese here. If a ripe cheese makes you cringe, don’t worry, another of their specialties is hand-crafted sandwiches and items to go.

 

West

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Places To See And Things To Do:

  • Sterling, MA Davis Farmland Mega Maze – Get lost in this adventure-filled, 3-D cornfield maze!
  • Springfield, MA Springfield Armory – “The First and Last National Armory” Learn from the rich exhibits, guided tours and other activities how this Armory played a role in the history of our great nation.
  • Albany, NY Catamount Aerial Adventure Park – Channel your inner primate as you navigate from tree to tree in this obstacle course at the base of the ski area.