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Good day trips from Sturbridge?

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Good day trips from Sturbridge?

Hi All, I'll be in Sturbridge visiting October 23rd for a week. Can you recommend any good day trips? My 15 yr old daughter and I love being outdoors, leaf-peeping, and soaking in the New England vistas and culture. We like active things and a good bargain. I'm also looking for mill towns or jewelry districts (that sell wholesale, or outlets, in particular) for my small business. Thanks!!

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1. Re: Good day trips from Sturbridge?

well, the good news is Sturbridge is wonderfully situated in terms of highway access & you can go just about anywhere! Here are some suggestions for day trips: Head west to Northampton and Amherst - beautiful college towns, within an hour's drive on Sturbridge. Both have great downtowns, shops, restaurants, etc. In Northampton there is Thorne's Marketplace:

http://www.thornesmarketplace.com/ and Smith College campus is a short walk from downtown. There is both an arboretum & an art museum on campus: www.smith.edu/garden/Gardens/arboretum.html

Amherst is a few miles away - home to both the University of Mass. & Amherst College as well as the Emily Dickinson House http://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/

If you are interested in mill towns, you can head north to Lowell, MA which is home to a National Park centered around the city's history:

http://www.nps.gov/LOWE/index.htm - again, under an hour's drive.

For outlets - head south to Wrentham, MA

www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp…

Another fun trip would be to Providence, RI to the Federal Hill neighborhood : http://www.providencefederalhill.com/ Have fun!

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2. Re: Good day trips from Sturbridge?

Thank you so much kendrick!

Since you're also an expert for Cape Cod, daughter wants to go, is that a day trip, or too far from Sturbridge?

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3. Re: Good day trips from Sturbridge?

Hi, no it isn't that far - you could be there in about an hour & a half to 2 hours. I would suggest Falmouth: here is a link: http://www.falmouthchamber.com/

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4. Re: Good day trips from Sturbridge?

The Norman Rockwell museum, and Stockbridge -- the actual town that he painted. This museum and its surroundings verge on being one of New England's best-kept secrets (despite how trite that sounds). A wealth of treasures. Especially in the fall ...and the winter, and the spring, and the summer. And the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge is classic early Americana. Neat for eating or walking around in, even if one doesn't stay there.

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Whatever day trips that you take, I suggest having some plan of attack. Especially if you are heading to the Cape, it is easy to drive around and not see anything unless you makes some specific plans.

What is it you want to see - historic sites/sights or more cute shopping. For instance, main street falmouth is very cute but it is just more shopping (with some cute restaurants) with Falmouth instead of Hyannis on the tshirts, but there is a wonderful harbor in Falmouth and down towards Woods Hole.

This advise is not really specific just to JD2, but just a gently reminder to consider what it is that is drawing you to the area. Kendrick suggested some excellent places to visit which just scratches the surface.

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6. Re: Good day trips from Sturbridge?

There are several areas in close proximity to Sturbridge that can give you a nice taste/feel of New England. All of the following are less than an hour away

If you like antiquing, poking along etc. you might venture down to Putnam Ct (lots of antique shops)and or Woodstock (Beautiful) area. both are fairly close and easy to get to. From Sturbridge, take route 20 east to 169 South. the road passes through North Woodstock, Woodstock and into Putman. It's a nice country ride with interesting things and nice restaurants along the way.

You might also consider Quabbin Reservoir which is also fairly close. Take rt 148 north from Sturbridge to Rt 9 west in Brookfield. The ride is beautiful, there is a museum at the visitor's center/museum (off rt 9). There are beautiful outlooks at this area, and the ride around the reservoir is interesting. If you drive up the west side (rt 202) there is an apple orchard, the Swift River Historical society/museum (weekends ) that details the history of the creation of the reservoir (the destruction of 4 towns, some of the artifacts, and personal histories. on the way (or way back, you might enjoy a meal at the Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield - its an historical place -very New England. The Brookfields are also very pretty and a meandering ride around the area might also appeal to you (bookfield Orchard in North Brookfield is good - apple picking/ products, gift/antique store.

If you are looking for a special dinner - check out the Victorian in Southbridge - it's wonderful - it's about a twenty minute drive on 131 south from Sturbridge

Enjoy your trip

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7. Re: Good day trips from Sturbridge?

I agree with Northampton (about an hour), Thornes Market (for jewelry) has a bead shop, and across the street is Faces, very eclectic. Further up 91N is the Yankee Candle factory and outlet, a fun place to go. You can spin your way backwards through Sunderland, Amherst and look for Atkins Fruit Market on 116. Not your average fruit market, but over the top.

If you daughter is into basketball or volleyball the Basketball Hall of Fame is in Springfield and the Volleyball Hall of Fame is in Holyoke. A really neat place to go is Skinner Mountain in Hadley/So. Hadley. It is an old inn, atop the Mt. Holyoke Mountain range, beautiful views, and there is an interesting history. You can see it on top of the mountain on 91N.

Stockbridge could be another day trip, and you may like Great Barrington. Stockbridge is 1-1/2 hrs from Sturbridge. The Lee Outlet Mall is right off the Lee/Stockbridge exit. Note the MassPike is a toll road.

Another day trip could be Boston. Make sure you plan that day because of all there is to do and see.

There are a lot of little shops and places to discover in Sturbridge and Southbridge--a yarn shop in Southbridge, Sturbridge has small outlet type stores and unusual shops.

Just a few suggestions and this side of Western Mass is quite pretty now.

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8. Re: Good day trips from Sturbridge?

Thank you all! I'm flying out tomorrow, and looking forward to using your suggestions!

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9. Re: Good day trips from Sturbridge?

neslaw1, you make a good point about "driving around and not seeing much." On the Cape, we'd like a lighthouse or two, harbor, a beach, a nature hike. We don't get East as much as we'd like, so we'd like to absorb the culture more than shopping, and the natural areas that are different than what we have here in California.

Do any of you have good Cape Cod suggestions - Falmouth is noted?

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10. Re: Good day trips from Sturbridge?

Just Ducky, take the Provincetown Ferry from Boston to Provincetown! It's all there! The "beach" (aka the dunes) will be memorable. You get the shops. You get a lighthouse. You get lots of water. And for someone who has probably been to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, it would be neat to see its counterpart at the opposite end of the country.