Not into camping? There are several places to stay in and around Waterbury, from inns to cabins — to treehouses. At the cool, Adirondack-style Moose Meadow Lodge (www.moosemeadowlodge.com), new treehouse-type lodgings open on Father’s Day. And it’s easy to eat healthily here, thanks to the Waterbury Farmers’ Market for fresh produce, Sunflower Market for organic and natural everything, and farm-to-table dining gems like Hen of the Wood and Michael’s on the Hill (book these acclaimed dining spots in advance).
The one downside to Waterbury: It’s hard to resist the decadent charms of Ben & Jerry’s, the Cabot Creamery Annex (think: cheese), and the Lake Champlain Chocolates company store. www.waterbury.org
If the thought of a healthy escape in the wilds of Maine makes your heart skip a beat, put Moosehead Lake in Greenville on your short list. It’s a long drive from Boston, but what a place. Plan an itinerary around hiking, paddling, and moose-watching in the North Country, far away from the throngs of tourists on the state’s southern coast. We love the individual lakefront cabins at The Birches (www.birches.com), set within the trees with lovely lake views. If you like a little luxe with your outdoor beauty, consider the Lodge at Moosehead Lake (www.lodgeatmooseheadlake..com), a AAA four-diamond resort with nine rooms (including two pet-friendly suites); this is a place that defines the term “rustic chic.” If you’re a camper, Lily Bay State Park offers one of the most beautiful campgrounds in all of New England. You’ll fall asleep to the cry of the loons.
You won’t find a slew of health-food stores in this tiny North Woods town, but you’ll find fresh-from-the-lake fish on nearly every menu. www.mooseheadlake.org
An overnight or two at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Highland Center Lodge at Crawford Notch, N.H., gets you all the hiking you can handle — minus the un-fun logistics. Stay in a private lodge room with a shared or private bath, eat breakfast (and grab a trail lunch), and hop on the hiker shuttle to nearby trailheads. Bonus: Guests get free use of L.L. Bean gear. Dinner at the lodge always includes vegetarian options. Rooms with shared bath from $98 per person; rooms with private bath from $142. www.outdoors.org
Rustic-chic Migis Lodge on Sebago Lake in South Casco, Maine, offers a menu of sporty activities, like tennis, waterskiing, kayaking, and sailing — plus massage. It’s like summer camp for families, without the musty bunk rooms. Guests stay in a classic lodge or one of 35 cabins set in 125 acres of pine forest. From $149 per person per night, includes all meals and activities except use of motorized boats. Open June 16-Oct. 15. www.migis.com
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