24. Relax. Then really relax.
You gotta love a three-bedroom B & B that offers spa treatments. Especially when it’s nestled in a secluded Vermont hamlet overlooking a covered bridge, small dam, white steeple, and not much else. Grab your bikes (preferably with hybrid tires, since you’ll be riding on dirt roads) and take the two-hour drive from Boston to the Green River Bridge House, just south of Brattleboro in Guilford. Soon you’ll be pedaling alongside the rushing waters of the Green River, past dilapidated barns and rolling pastures with cows and horses. Make your way west to Halifax, ringed by mountains of maple, birch, and pine trees. After that, it’s back to your home for the night. Take a quick swim under the covered bridge, then get a massage or a facial. Joan Seymour is more than mere owner of a circa-1830 home. She’s a licensed aesthetician who spent years down under, helping locals save their skin from the hot Australian sun. But she’s all New Englander when it comes to making stuffed blueberry French toast in the morning. Work off the hearty breakfast with one final country walk, and the woes of modernity will be long forgotten, replaced with good old Vermont sweat. – Stephen Jermanok
Take Route 2 west to I-91 north to exit 1; go south on Route 5 for 1.4 miles, then turn right onto Guilford Center Road; go 4.7 miles and veer right again onto Stage Road; after another 2.5 miles, it’s on the left. Rooms are $175-$235 a night (the Sunrise Room has a veranda and indoor whirlpool); 800-528-1868; greenriverbridgehouse.com