Short Escapes Near Boston


Short Escapes Near Boston
25 Country Getaways for People who Love to Walk

Most within 2 1/2 hours of the City

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Short Escapes Near Boston
25 Country Getaways for People who Love to Walk

Most within 2 1/2 hours of the City

Discover the Undiscovered

Follow in the footsteps of Pequots, patriots, Melville, and Thoreau in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, and southern Maine.

Escape for a Day or More
Every walk can be completed in a few hours, leaving time forsightseeing. Or you can linger for the weekend in one of the recommended B&Bs.

All the information you need
Walking directions and trail maps, nearby inns and restaurants, picnic spots, how to get there by car and by public transportation.

"Geared for people who love walking... Detailed, friendly and refreshingly literate." — New York Daily News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679003090
  • Publisher: Fodor's Travel Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/6/1999
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 7.15 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Scofield is the author of four hiking guides that cover many of the mountainous, natural, and historic areas found in the Northeast.  An interest in nature and the outdoors got him involved in volunteer trail building and trail-maintenance for hiking clubs, as well as public land preservation campaigns and nature photography.  He holds a masters degree in history and has special interest in ancient history and Mexican archaeology.  He lives in western Massachusetts, where he is an astrological consultant and writer of astrology.
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This guide is for everyone who would like to escape to the peace of the New England countryside and soak up a more complete sense of the way life once was, and is today. It will take you away from the tourist crowds to unique places with spectacular vistas and remarkable histories. You can stroll alone through an ancient forest, walk along the towpath of an old canal, take in sweeping seascapes, or picnic without neighbors on the grassy banks of a peaceful pond. You can continue the mood at a recommended restaurant in a picturesque setting and then complete the experience at a charming country inn or a bed-and-breakfast.

Short Escapes brings you to special places little known even to New Englanders. According to your tastes, you can tramp around historic landmarks, plunge deep into farmland and forest, or just sit undisturbed for hours looking down at gentle waves lapping against a shore. Through the quiet, you will be able to feel what it might have been like when Native Americans ruled the land, when the first European settlers founded their colonies and when the great Hudson River School painters set up their easels in the 19th-century countryside. Many of the book's suggested walking tours cover country roads and footpaths in use for hundreds or even thousands of years.

The 25 experiences in this guide are all within a short journey of New England's major tourist spots, and a few are accessible by train. Each tour has its own distinctive character, flavor, and points of historical, cultural, or natural interest. Each experience is centered around a walkingtour, which can be anything from a short stroll to a five-hour walk.

Short Escapes is more than a travel guide: It's designed to awaken the traveler's senses to the moods and flavors of a place and its people, and to help evoke a real sense of the past and present. We hope that the 25 experiences will have the same uplifting effect on you as they had on us.

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Table of Contents

Fodor's Short Escapes Near Boston

Bear Mountain — Up on Connecticut's Roof
White Memorial Foundation — A Gift to a Town
Mashamoquet Brook — An American Hero
Bluff Point — Last of the Coastline
EXPERIENCES 5-7: RHODE ISLANDAshton — The Power of Water
Newport — Much Ado About Architecture
Block Island — A Remnant of the Ice Age
Bartholomew's Cobble — The Colonel and the Cobble
Mount Greylock — A Mountain for Everyone
Mount Holyoke — America's First Mountain Hotel
Quabbin Reservoir — Before and After the Flood
World's End — An Oasis in Suburbia
The Punkhorn Parklands — The Cape's Last Great Expanse
Great Island — Island-Hopping on the Cape
Harriman Dam — The Hoot, Toot & Whistle Railroad
Little Rock Pond — A Walk on the Wild Side
Woodstock — A Monument for Billings
Shelburne Farms — A Millionaire's Dream Farm
Mountain Monadnock — Sacred Mountain of the East
Waterville Valley — Greeley & the Ponds
Zealand Notch — The Healing Power of Nature
Mount Starr King — The Reverand's View of the Heights
Wolf Neck Woods — The Land Between Waters
Mount Battie — High Mountains against the Sea
Acadia National Park — Of Rocks andWaves

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