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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Oh-oh, New England

Rod Dreher asks what you would recommend to someone visiting your area for ten days who wants a sense of what is like. I offer the following tour of New England, starting from the NY border:

DAY 1

1) Drive on 35 into Ridgefield, CT. Park and walk the downtown.

2) Drive down 7 to the Merritt Parkway. Take it east to New Haven. Drive to the top of West Rock and enjoy the view.

3) Drive down Whalley Avenue to the city center. Take a walk around the green and the Yale campus. Get some pizza. Head east out of the city and stay at a B&B in Stony Creek.

DAY 2

4) Take off east again on 1-95. Stop off in Mystic and visit the seaport.

5) Continue to Rhode Island. Tour the mansions in Newport. If it is summer, go for a swim at Horseneck Beach just across the line in Massachusetts. Stay in New Bedford.

DAY 3

6) In the morning visit the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Then up to Boston. Tour the commons and Beacon Hill. Catch a Celtics or Red Sox game. Stay at a hotel in the city center.

DAY 4

7) Up the coast to Maine. Drive as far as Portland and stay over night there. Eat some lobster.

8) Turn inland and head towards Lake Winipesauke in New Hampshire. Tour the lake shore. Go for a swim if it is summer.

DAY 5

9) Drive up Mt. Washington.

10) Drive west to Hanover. Tour the Dartmouth campus. Stay at a B&B in the Connecticut River Valley.

DAY 6

11) South, down the Connecticut River Valley, to Augustus Saint Gaudens' house and gardens in Cornish.

12) Head northwest to Woodstock, Vermont. Tour downtown. Just outside of town visit the Billings Farm and Museum. If it is May, attend the Sheep Shearing Festival. Stay at the Woodstock Inn.

DAY 7

13) Hike in the Green Mountains.

DAY 8

14) Take Route 7 south into the Berkshires. In Stockbridge, Massachusetts, tour Naumkeag. Stay in Stockbridge.

DAY 9

15) Continue south to the Litchfield Hills in Connecticut. Visit downtown Sharon. Continue south to Kent Falls. Hike to the top of the falls. Stay in Washington at the Mayflower Inn. Enjoy the spa.

DAY 10

16) Back to New York!

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