Food/retreat ideas in/near Mass. but maybe not Boston?
Here's the story. I have a week of work next month from the west side to the east side of Massachusetts... but with one completely open date. I'll be far from home, and I'm trying to figure out what to do with that time. The foodie in me would like to do something interesting, perhaps in conjunction with something relaxing/retreaty (I'm not quite sure what that would mean).
Any suggestions? I'm willing to drive a reasonable distance (even into an adjoining state), but I don't want to spend an extravagant amount of money, and I think I'd rather not get into Boston (unless you can convince me otherwise).
I realize this is a pretty wide open request, but I'm hoping someone can come up with something fun for this foodie!
I cannot vouch for the food first hand, but I have been curious about this place for a while:
The restaurant used to be called Silks, and it had a reputation for its crazy-extensive wine cellar, which seems to still be intact at the resort? You might want to search the board for feedback on the new restaurant, now called "Left Bank"
Many of the towns in Metrowest/central Massachusetts have great conservation trails. Might I recommend you take a nice walk/hike in some of our beautiful wild spaces?
I'm most familiar with Bolton and Acton, but there are lots to be found (and I've hiked through many of them). Great Brook Farm in Carlisle is very nice, as is the Tufts Veterinary school lands in err.. is it North Grafton or Westboro? I think Westboro.
Some towns (Acton being one) have nice copies of their conservation trails that can be purchased at the town hall, and also many of them have photocopies of maps at the kiosk at the head of the trails free of charge.
You could also do some letterboxing -- some of our trails provide that..
You could go apple picking at many farms out there, and have yourself some fresh cider (see the Unpasteurized cider topic I started) and some fresh cider doughnuts too! Fall is a great time to be in New England!
In Lenox there's Canyon Ranch:
I'm not sure you want to travel to Weston VT, but the Weston Priory is lovely for a day's retreat. In the village there are several restaurants and inns. I love this place!
Well, based on your username, I would guess that you like Dim Sum --
Might I recommend China Pearl in Woburn?
There's a Boston location, but I think the consensus that I've heard is that the Woburn location is nicer -- I don't have personal experience to back that up though, and you were hoping for locations outside of Boston.