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Day trip from Boston

My boyfriend and I have lived in Cambridge for a little over a year, and are looking for recommendations about good day trips to take from the Boston area. Anywhere with good food/drinks! Have heard good things about Portsmouth, Nashoba Valley Winery... have been to Portland a good number of times. Any hidden gems that we should be aware of? We'd really like to get to know the surrounding area better.

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  1. you might try some history by day-tripping to Concord, Ma. Bondir now has an outpost there, 80 thoreau is a nice little gem, lots of museums, kayak, canoe rentals on the concord river, bike the trail that the minutemen used from Lexington to Concord....

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    1. re: momoftwo

      I never knew that the minutemen used bikes!

      1. re: Blumie

        Yes-- and the redcoats only had unicycles. Advantage, colonials.

    2. Perhaps it's further than you want to go, but I love lunch at Simon Pearce, in Quechee, Vermont; and love, love, love dinner and Heady Topper beer (which is amazing and only available in Northern Vermont) at the Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, Vermont.

      1. Providence has some great restaurants (although I haven't been lately) and if you go on a summer Saturday evening you could also take in Waterfire. It's pretty impressive and makes for a pleasant summer night out.

        1. The Cape Ann area is super fun for a day trip. Another is Newport. It's crazy with traffic these days so the fall might be more pleasant. Everything stays open. There are good restaurants in both places.

          Mystic is about an hour and a half away, but it is a family favorite. We love the Seaport (and the Charles W. Morgan is heading to Boston shortly on its first voyage in decades) but the Aquarium is nice, too. There are some terrific places to eat, including Mystic Pizza, which is fun. Lots of good clam shacks in that area, too.

          1. the south coast is great for a summer day trip, Mattapoisett, fairhaven, new Bedford, fall river, tons of great restaurants and ocean views/beaches

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            1. re: Karl

              Westport River Vineyards (great sparkling wine) and Buzzards Bay Brewing are down this way too. It's a great day trip

              1. re: Karl

                Turk's in Mattapoisett. Simple clam shack stuff, very good. Stick with the shack side, skip the sushi side, imo.