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Best Memorial Day Getaways Near Boston

May 17, 2014 6:00 AM

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(Photo from Hotel Viking/Facebook)

(Photo from Hotel Viking/Facebook)

Celebrate Memorial Day this year with a quick getaway just outside of the Boston area. Relax by the water, hike the wooded trails or dine at one of the finest cuisines. No need to board a plane, as these destinations are all within a two-hour drive of the city.
(Photo from Auberge Gladstone)

(Photo from Auberge Gladstone)

Auberge Gladstone
8 Vernon St.
Plymouth, MA 02360
(508) 830-1890
www.aubergegladstone.com

Head down to the Auberge Gladstone guest house in historic Plymouth this holiday to have some waterside fun. This stately manor offers affordable luxury suites and is located only one block from the waterfront. Spend a day exploring Plymouth Plantation and learning about the cultural traditions of the past. Later on, stop by Plymouth beach for an evening stroll by the water, as they are located within minutes of each other. But leave some time to stroll through the downtown area, where you can catch up on some shopping or pick up a dessert from one of the many sweet shops.

(Photo from Ivory Creek Bed & Breakfast Inn)

(Photo from Ivory Creek Bed & Breakfast Inn)

Ivory Creek Bed & Breakfast Inn
31 Chmura Road
Hadley, MA 01035
(413) 587-3115
www.ivorycreek.com

Ivory Creek is situated on 24 acres of woodland on the Mount Holyoke Range. This elegant setting is perfect for a romantic holiday getaway. Take your sweetheart out to Skinner State Park to explore the foliage and take in the views of the Connecticut River Valley. Be sure to pack a lunch so you can stop at one of the 20 picnic sites in the park to enjoy a cozy meal in the fresh air. Keep an eye out for the flowering mountain laurel that decorates the park when in full bloom as well.

(Photo from Belfry Inn & Bistro)

(Photo from Belfry Inn & Bistro)

Belfry Inn & Bistro
6 Jarves St.
Sandwich, MA 02563
(508) 888-8550
www.belfryinn.com

Belfry Inn consists of three unique buildings offering a total of 22 rooms: the Village House, the Abbey and the Painted Lady. The rooms are just as unique as the buildings, varying in decor, color palette and size. This makes it easy to find the perfect room for you. The beaches in Sandwich offer almost as many choices, as there are two freshwater and three saltwater beaches located here. After your beach day, head into the downtown area to browse the boutiques, art galleries and enjoy some gourmet food and wine.

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(Photo from Ale House Inn/Facebook)

(Photo from Ale House Inn/Facebook)

Ale House Inn
121 Bow St.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 431-7760
www.alehouseinn.com

The Ale House Inn is an urban boutique hotel located in the former Portsmouth Brewing Co. building. Choose from one of 10 rooms ranging from petite queen to deluxe king, each with a contemporary look and loft like feel. Portsmouth is full of museums, restaurants and shopping centers, however the live entertainment can’t be beat. From performing arts and theater to visual arts and film, there is always something exciting happening in Portsmouth. View the calendar of events here to plan ahead for your next trip to this little New Hampshire oasis.

(Photo from Hotel Viking/Facebook)

(Photo from Hotel Viking/Facebook)

Hotel Viking
1 Bellevue Ave.
Newport, RI 02840
(401) 847-3300
www.hotelviking.com

Hotel Viking has been offering a unique comfort and style to guests for over 80 years. Book a guest room for you and a friend, or choose a luxury suite for larger parties. Be sure to take a stroll by the oceanside mansions or schedule a tour for an up-close look at the luxury buildings located nearby. Art lovers will want to stop by one of the many Newport galleries, while wine lovers will want to make time for a vineyard tour. With year-round events and festivals happening here, view the calendar to make the most of your next trip to Newport.

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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 Examiner.com.

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