I got to thinking the other day, there’s a lot of really cool, unusual landmarks in and around Boston. Many of these you wouldn’t know unless you lived here for a while. For me, the best part of visiting these places is that you don’t have to fight with the pesky tourists (although you will have to fight with the locals which may not be any better). These places offer a unique experience that a visit to the Pru or getting a drink at Cheers can’t possibly provide. So, without further ado, here’s my list of unique outdoor places to visit in Boston (or within a short drive from Boston). [Read more...]
During a sunny day this summer, Matt and I went on a road trip up to Rockport, MA. After a relaxing day exploring the town, we were ready to grab dinner. We found this great seafood joint where every seat has a view of the water and of the boats coming and going. [Read more...]
Fall is the best time to take day trips or weekend trips in New England – the weather is perfect, the foliage is gorgeous and many of the best fruit and vegetables come into season. But what should you do? Have no fear, here’s my list of the best fall activities in New England for you to take advantage of this great season. [Read more...]
Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House in Gloucester, MA is an historic house built in 1907. It was home to the famous interior designer, Henry Davis Sleeper and his family until 1942 when it was donated to Historic New England. It has been preserved and restored to look as it did in its heyday. [Read more...]
Getting to Smith Farm Reserve
Smith Farm Reserve in Dartmouth, MA is 140 acres of reservation land that overlooks Nonquitt Salt Marsh. Smith Farm Reserve is located on Smith Neck Road between Gentry Lane and Plains Field Drive. Parking is on the road only, there is no lot; there is a small pull off that could fit about 5 cars but that’s it. It’s very easy to miss, there is a small sign that marks the entrance to the reserve.
WaterFire is an annual celebration that takes place in downtown Providence. Many small bonefires are lit all along the rivers that run through the city. Roads are shut down and a lot of local businesses set up tents to sell food, products or just to promote their business. WaterFire is one of many events (see Providence Art Festival) put forth to help revitalize the city and foster a sense of community.
I was able to attend during the very last night of WaterFire 2011, which was sponsored by Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Research Foundation. In support, much of the event was illuminated with pink lights including the Rhode Island State House. [Read more...]
Taking a day trip to Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon, MA is a fun, family-friendly outing that has activities even for adults. From the Deer Forest to the Aviary Landing, they have a ton of interesting exhibits that get you up close and personal with the wildlife. [Read more...]
One of the Quabbin Reservoir hiking trails leads to Dana, MA. Dana is a former city in central Massachusetts that was disincorporated in 1938 to make way for the Quabbin Reservoir. Parts of the city still remain even after the area was flooded to create the reservoir. The trail begins at Gate 40 and is open to the public.
The towns around the trails are also full of great things to do before or after Quabbin Reservoir hiking. [Read more...]