101 ways to savor summer in New England
Start making plans: Here’s more than one thing to do for every day of summer
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1. West Quoddy Head Light, Lubec, Maine See the sun rise at the iconic barber pole lighthouse on the easternmost point of land in the United States.
2. Mount Monadnock, Jaffrey, N.H. Taking the long view is easy from atop one of North America’s most-climbed mountains. On a clear day you see 100 miles.
3. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket, Mass. All the great names in 80 years of modern dance have kicked up their heels on this wooded mountaintop.
4. Lake Compounce, Bristol, Conn. Fun is on the move at this venerable amusement park, from the Riptide Racer water slide to the Boulder Dash wooden roller coaster through the woods.
5. The Breakers, Newport, R.I. Think of this summer “cottage” as the setting for a Gilded Age reality show called Lifestyles of the Very Rich and Famous.
6. Canterbury Shaker Village, Canterbury, N.H. For religious mystics, the Shakers sure were clever about living in this world. Understand their inventive ways and unusual faith.
7. Bennington Museum, Bennington, Vt. From chickens in the yard to sleighs in the snow, Grandma Moses’s paintings, displayed in a dedicated gallery, capture a bygone innocent era.
8. Mass MoCA, North Adams, Mass. There are no limits to creativity at this contemporary art museum that inhabits a complex of soaring brick factory buildings.
9. Monhegan Island, Maine Surrounded by water, surrounded by light, this rocky bump in the ocean has inspired generations of artists.
10. Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, St. Johnsbury, Vt. The Northeast Kingdom’s Victorian cabinet of curiosities also wows with modern space and weather science.
11. Dinosaur State Park, Rocky Hill, Conn. Talk about walking in the footsteps of giants! Tracks beneath a geodesic dome evoke dinosaurs of the Jurassic Period.
12. Roger Williams Park Zoo, Providence Elephants, bison, giraffes, oh my! See the animals of the world — in 40 acres.
13. Moosehead Lake, Maine Humans are mere intruders in the boggy woodlands around this massive lake where moose, simultaneously gawky and majestic, browse for lilies.
14. Coast Guard Beach, Eastham, Mass. Swim in gentle surf or walk the long sands of Thoreau’s “Great Beach” at this Cape Cod National Seashore strand.
15. Cape Cod Rail Trail, Dennis to Wellfleet, Mass. Bypass traffic and enjoy the scenery on this 22-mile path linking mid-Cape to the Cape Cod National Seashore.
16. Budweiser Brewery Tour, Merrimack, N.H. If you consider the transformation of malt into beer a sublime mystery, take this peek behind the curtains.
17. Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, Conn. NASCAR nation’s own little New England toehold abounds with thrills no matter what your politics are.
18. Mount Equinox Skyline Drive, Sunderland, Vt. Motor up this scenic 5.2-mile road to the summit of Mount Equinox, rooftop of Vermont’s Taconic Range.
19. Kennebec River, The Forks, Maine Huck Finn had nothing on rafters who run rippling whitewater in the Kennebec gorge as they float 12 miles before pulling out for a beer at The Forks. www.northernoutdoors.com
20. M/S Mount Washington, Lake Winnipesaukee, N.H. Crisscross the Granite State’s grandest lake on this majestic 230-foot excursion ship. Evening cruises feature dinner and dancing.
21. Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vt. Some museums only collect art. Shelburne also collects buildings and even a steamboat. See Americana in all its glorious variety.
22. Boulevard Diner, Worcester This classic Worcester Lunch Car Co. diner retains its 1936 good looks while serving American breakfasts and Italian dishes around the clock.
23. Culinary Arts Museum, Johnson & Wales University, Providence From diner memorabilia to great chefs of yore, exhibits chronicle why we eat the way we do.
24. NECI on Main, Montpelier Taste the essence of Vermont at the training-ground restaurant of the New England Culinary Institute.
25. White Flower Farm, Morris, Conn. Seasonal blooms in the demonstration gardens of this Litchfield Hills horticultural landmark are an inspiration for gardeners.
26. Bridge of Flowers, Shelburne Falls, Mass. This blooming trolley bridge over the Deerfield River joins Shelburne and Buckland as the artsy village of Shelburne Falls.
27. Vermont Covered Bridge Museum, Bennington, Vt. Stop by this modest museum to learn about covered bridges — and to plot a driving tour of nearby spans.
28. Rose Island Lighthouse, Newport, R.I. See how keepers of old lived on this 18-acre island a mile offshore.
29. Five Islands Lobster Co., Georgetown, Maine Spruce-tufted islands with a side of drawn butter make lobster fresh off the boat taste even sweeter.Continued...