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Day trips from Boston with good food-wine-beer on the way?

My wife and I have been in the Boston area for a little more than a year now and would like to get to know the surrounding areas - close by and with in a few hours drive. We travel on our stomachs and are always on the look out for great food on the way. Some things we've found so far are Federal Hill in Providence, Portsmouth Brewery, Flo's Hot Dogs in York/Cape Neddick (?), and The Clam Box. We even found a GREAT Belgian beer bar called Ebeneezer Kezars in Lovell, ME.
Any recommendations would be most welcome!!

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  1. If you enjoy lobster in the rough, The Haraseeket (sp?) in Freeport, ME is about as rough as you get. Order the lobsters on the pound side and everything else inside and then pull up a bench outside. A nice stop on the way to or from LL Bean.

    1. Not a road trip but if you haven't been to East Boston, there's tons of stuff there. Newburyport, Rockport and Gloucester are a short drive away with good food. Southeast Asian food in Lowell plus a couple diners. You can search on the New England board for all the Newport, New Haven and Hartford places.

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      1. re: Joanie

        Newburyport, Rockport and Gloucester are way better in the summertime. They are pretty dead places in the wintertime.

        The Portugese section of New Bedford is a must although New Bedford itself is kind of sketchy

      2. Check out the Portuguese section of New Bedford. Yum!

        1. My favorite food daytrip is to go to New Haven for the pizza. Frank Pepe's for lunch, Sally's for dinner. I don't know all that much to do in New Haven in between meals, but it's pretty to walk around anyway...

          1. An early morning breakfast trip to a sugar house (http://www.southfacefarm.com/) in one of the hill towns out west followed by a stop in Amherst/Northampton for beers at the Moan and Dove, wine shopping at Table and Vine, and food at one of the 10-15 great restaurants would make a nice trip.

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            1. re: DoubleMan

              That hilltown would be Ashfield, MA. I live there(here), and it is lovely. A trip to the sugarhouse is really fun. Before heading into Northampton, I would recommend getting to know this area of the state. Not too many people venture up here. I might also suggest Shelburne Falls as a refreshing alternative to Northampton. Also, Table & Vine is in the process of temporarily closing down for renovations. Reports are less than encouraging as to their inventory.

              1. re: hilltowner

                I would agree that Shelburne Falls is a perfect destination, though that far out may be slightly more than a day trip (and should be- the hilltowns have a lot to see). It is about 2 hrs from Boston along Rt 2. The Shelburne Falls Wine Merchant is a lovely shop with an extremely knowledgeable owner. Cafe Martin is a great lunch or dinner option, and I have heard that the Tusk N'Rattle Cafe is also very good (if more expensive). You could look at the potholes below the dam, visit the Lamson & Goodnow (cookware) outlet, and get coffee at either of two local roasters. There is a lot to visit in the outlying towns as well, or head south toward Northampton or north to Brattleboro, VT- those towns are day trips of their own!

                1. re: wmassnative

                  Hooray for Shelburne Falls! An all around terrific town. And it's not too bad to get to from Boston. Get an early start some sunny Saturday, have a leaisurely drive out there, have lunch, poke around, and drive home. No sweat.