When I left home this morning, the crisp fall air welcomed me in what a typical September day would be like: blue skies and a hint of chilliness that turns into a beautiful sunny day. Ideal for hiking or day tripping this time of the year is so precious that we take in every opportunity to extend our summer season.
For this reason I figured it would be nice to sum up three ideas of where to visit: besides our own Salem, I am also recommending Concord and Sturbridge, as the Hawthorne hotel has two sister properties in those towns. The historic nature of each is what connects the dots, yet all three are great alternatives for a weekend trip, or just a day trip for the entire family. Here are some suggestions of what to see and do while there:
Just North of Boston, Salem MA is nowadays known for its Witch history, but its maritime past plays a major role as well. Take a stroll down Essex Street, and visit the Peabody Essex Museum’s latest Strandbeest exhibit. These moving creatures will impress you with their aesthetics and kinetics. Afterwards, exit right and go see StickWorks on the corner of Essex and Washington Street. Afterwards cross the street and walk in the lobby of the Hawthorne Hotel, which was buld on the location where the Monopoly game was invented. Stop inside the Tavern for a bite to eat and feel like Jennifer Lawrence or Robert de Niro, who were at the hotel earlier this year to shoot part of their upcoming movie “Joy”.
Concord should be on your list of must-do day trips. Located a few miles outside Boston, the quaint town is perfect for a stroll. Known for the Battle of Lexington and Concord was the first conflict in the American Revolutionary War. A definite must is a visit to the North Bridge – where the “shot that was heard around the world” was fired. Afterwards take a short drive to downtown Concord and enjoy “al fresco” dining or soak up the history at the Colonial Inn, which dates back to 1716. The Concord’s Colonial Inn has been an integral part of historic Concord and continues to delight visitors with its authentic charm and warm hospitality.
About 30 minutes West of Worcester, the Old Sturbridge Village is the largest outdoor history museum in the Northeast, depicting a rural New England town of the 1830s. The village encompasses more than 40 original buildings, including homes, meetinghouses, a district school, country store, bank, working farm, three water-powered mills, and trade shops – all situated on more than 200 scenic acres. Visitors can meet heritage breed farm animals and interact with authentically costumed staff. After a day’s worth of visit, stop by the Publick House and enjoy dinner at their historic Tap Room or take a peek inside the Bake Shoppe to try their famous pecan sweet rolls.