If you live in the Boston area, chances are you’re counting down the days to better weather. But don’t worry! Springtime will come before you know it with fairer skies and warmer days. What better way to celebrate springtime than to take a trip somewhere and really enjoy the sunshine and the blossoming plants and flowers? Check out some of these awesome destinations that aren’t too far from the city.

Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts

This quaint town is located in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains in western Massachusetts, about a two hour drive from the city of Boston. The area is filled with boutique style shops and plenty of eateries that are easily accessible by foot. When flowers start blooming in the spring, there is one particular area that is quite beautiful and that is well-known as the Bridge of Flowers. The bridge opens to the public on April 1 and different blooms appear throughout the season. It really is quite beautiful for anyone who loves nature.

(Photo credit: Kim Tunnicliffe)

(Photo credit: Kim Tunnicliffe)


Plum Island In Newburyport, Massachusetts

This 11-mile long barrier island area on the coasts of Newburyport and Newbury offer pretty incredible views. While it may not be ideal beach weather in April or May, the area is great for walking and exploring. For those looking for something different to check out, there is a 4,662-acre wildlife sanctuary located on Plum Island. There are also various fishing excursions available for those who would like to get out on the water and enjoy some time at sea.

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file image (Credit: iStockphoto)


Cape Cod, Massachusetts

While some people think that Cape Cod is only a great summer destination, it is actually lovely throughout the year. After the unbearable winter chill leaves the air, you may want to take a ride down the cape to enjoy the warmer temperatures and gorgeous scenery. Of course the Cape is far less crowded during the off season, so you will be able to enjoy some of the best restaurants without long waits either. If you’re looking for a way to spend the day, head to the Cape Cod Potato Chip factory for a tour.

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(Photo Credit: Lake Winnipesaukee)

(Photo Credit: Lake Winnipesaukee)


Meredith, New Hampshire (Lake Winnipesaukee)

Located on the western shores of Lake Winnepeusakee, Meredith, New Hampshire is a great place for shopping, walking, dining and more! A favorite place to lodge is the Inn and the Chase House. This pet-friendly resort is situated in an area that is close to just about everything you could hope for in a springtime destination. While it still may be too cold for enjoying water sports, there are plenty of other things to do to keep you busy in Meredith, and there’s also plenty of peace and quiet for those who just want to relax.

Newport, Rhode Island (Image: iStockphoto)

Newport, Rhode Island (Image: iStockphoto)


Newport, Rhode Island

Newport is easily a favorite destination for girls’ trips and couples’ getaways. Although it’s a fine location for a day trip, it’s also a nice place to go to get away for a couple of days. Whether you want to do some shopping or walk the Cliff Walk, there are plenty of options for things to do here.

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Boston-based writer Effie Orfanides keeps up with all of the latest happenings in her city. She loves eating at Boston’s hotspots, having drinks at the trendiest bars, and enjoying all that Boston has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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