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Daytrips To Feed the Body and Mind

Sometimes a change of scenery is best enjoyed when you don’t have to pack a bag. Day trips are quick, affordable, and a great way to break out of the daily routine. Here are some favorite fast getaways that are close enough to let you sleep in your own bed. Be sure to confirm hours of operation, as some attractions may still be under Covid restrictions.

1.       Brattleboro and Putney Vermont Area -  A quick trip up Route 91 will take you to Brattleboro, a quirky riverfront town just over the border. Check out the food co-op, Whetstone Station Brewery Taproom Brewpub and Biergarten, Grafton Village Cheese Center, and Retreat Farm. In Putney, stop in at Robert Burch Glass, where you can watch the artist at work in his studio.

2.       Connecticut Wine Trail - More than 25 wineries make up the Connecticut Wine Trail. Pack a picnic, designate your driver, and set out to explore dozens of varietals. Bonus: Litchfield County has eight chocolate makers and a bourbon distillery!

3.       Stockbridge, MA - Head west on the Mass Pike to Exit 10 and you will find Naumkeag, the Norman Rockwell Museum, The Mount (home of Edith Wharton), and the Berkshire Botanical Gardens, among many other points of interest.

Other ideas: Bird watching and beaches at Plum Island, MA; Deep sea fishing or water sports in Niantic, CT; hiking Mt. Monadnock in Jaffrey, NH; Essex Steam Train and Riverboat in Essex, CT.

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