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Best Last Minute Labor-Day Vacation Spots Within Driving Distance Of Boston

August 17, 2013 6:00 AM

(Photo Credit: Hawthorne Hotel)

Labor Day marks the end of summer fun and travel, so pack your bags and schedule in one more trip. Don’t worry about waiting until the last minute, as these places are not your usual suspects. Avoid the crowds, hop in the car and head to one of these nearby vacation spots.
(Photo credit: Cape Porpoise Motel)

(Photo credit: Cape Porpoise Motel)

Cape Porpoise Motel
12 Mills Road
Kennebunkport, ME 04046
(207) 967-3370

The Cape Porpoise Motel is located just outside the small fishing town of Kennebunkport. This waterside village is just the place to spend a relaxing weekend away from the city. Stroll down to the pier early to watch the sunrise and view Goat Island Lighthouse. Then head back to Cape Porpoise for 7 a.m. coffee and a breakfast of freshly baked coffeecakes and muffins, which can be enjoyed in your room or on the patio. Later, take a quick walk downtown to experience harbor views, local art and sculptures. Enjoy a dinner of fine dining or catch-of-the-day lobster, as it is the local specialty.

(Photo Credit: Berkshire Lakeside Lodge)

(Photo Credit: Berkshire Lakeside Lodge)

Berkshire Lakeside Lodge
3949 Jacob’s Ladder Road
Becket, MA 01223
(413) 243-9907

The Berkshire Lakeside Lodge is tucked away in the Hidden Hills in Western Massachusetts. Catch your breath and clear your mind as you take in the views of nature on the scenic byway that the lodge sits on. Book a motel room or reserve the Lindal Cedar Home for larger groups. About 2.7 acres of land provides ample room for outdoor fun, including 500 feet of lake shoreline. The many nearby activities include Tanglewood Outdoor Music Theater, Berkshire Scenic Railway, golfing at the Greenock Country Club and fishing on Greenwater Pond.

(Photo Credit: Hawthorne Hotel)

(Photo Credit: Hawthorne Hotel)

Hawthorne Hotel
18 Washington Square W.
Salem, MA 01970
(978) 744-4080

The Hawthorne Hotel is a full-service, traditional hotel located in the historic district of Salem. With over 90 rooms, including six suites, you are sure to find the perfect room to meet your individual tastes. Amenities include flat-screen televisions with complimentary HBO, continual room service from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and access to a health center with two pools. Feel free to bring along your furry friends as this is a pet-friendly hotel. To enjoy the full experience of what Salem has to offer, book the Witch Way Package, which includes overnight accommodations for two, Witch Dungeon Museum tickets, Witch History Museum tickets and a discount at HEX witch shop.

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(Photo Credit: Tower House B & B)

(Photo Credit: Tower House B & B)

Tower House B & B
46 Earles Court
Narragansett, RI 02882
(401) 783-3787

The Tower House B & B allows you to unwind during a weekend stay at the beach while being spoiled with all the extras. From cleaning and linens to breakfast and even a packed lunch, you are taken care of at every stop. Choose from one of four suites, and also enjoy plenty of space to relax at the private gardens on the premises. Since Tower House is located in the pier section of town, many restaurants and the ocean are within walking distance. Additional services include shuttles to local attractions, dinner options, beach chairs, toys and towels.

(Photo Credit: Darby Field Inn & Restaurant)

(Photo Credit: Darby Field Inn & Restaurant)

Darby Field Inn & Restaurant
185 Chase Hill Road
Albany, NH 03818
(603) 447-2181

The Darby Field Inn offers a quiet escape from your everyday life. The flower gardens, mountain views and wooded trails create a natural hideaway at this country inn. Relax by the fireplace in the living room, spend some time in your jacuzzi or schedule some spa services for a deeper indulgence. Spend some time outside on the nature trails or join one of the local hikes. To enhance your stay, consider booking one of the many specials offered. Packages include romance, elopement and midweek stay with free golf.

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Kim Vareika is the owner of Vareika Personal Training and Yoga in Plainville. She has been in the fitness industry for over ten years, and believes that wellness is about more than just physical health. When she is not teaching, practicing, or writing, she resides in Bridgewater where she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her nephew Caesar. Her work can be found at

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