After what seemed like an incredibly long spring, summer is now in full swing. It has brought us the opportunity to get out of the house and social distance on the go. To help inspire your weekend plans, we’ve put together a list of our employees’ favorite New England road trips. Just remember that no matter where the road takes you, stay safe and pack your mask!
One of my favorite places to visit in New England is Mount Willard, up in the White Mountains. Located in the center of Crawford Notch, the summit of Mount Willard provides some of NH’s most wonderful views – and is a simple hike to complete! Any time of year that you hike, Mount Willard will not disappoint.
– James Scuderi, Print Room Manager
Just a little over an hour drive from Concord, the 6.8 mile loop is lengthy, but on a very flat trail – perfect for families, dogs and biking. It leads you to sunny slabs of smooth rock with various swimming pools. There are a couple natural water slides as well! The best slide is at the base of the falls. Roughly 20 feet long, this slide will propel you over a water chute into a 7-foot deep pool. I also recommend getting there as early as possible on weekends to avoid crowds! *Tip: if you are looking to make it a weekend-long trip, Hancock Campground, which happens to be my favorite, is conveniently located across from the trailhead to the falls and sits right on the East Pemigewasset River – worth a stay!*
– Liv Cattabriga, Graphic Design Intern
For those of you who enjoy the ride even more than the destination, then this trip is for you. I like to make beach runs on two wheels, starting at Hampton Beach and following the coast past Jenness, Wallis Sands and into Maine, until I reach the Nubble Lighthouse. It’s the best way to relax, unwind and enjoy life!
– Bob Fuller, Warehouse Manager
As a corn maze fan, this farm’s sunflower maze in August through September is like a dream! Bumblebees buzz overhead as you wander through passages of towering flowers and amongst aisles of pick-your-own berry bushes. Plus, they have fresh apple cider donuts. Who could resist!?
Littleton has got to be one of NH’s quaintest towns. Downtown Main Street begins at an old-fashioned movie theater and continues past shops filled with vintage clothing, beautiful antiques and the world’s longest candy counter. Schilling Beer Co., once an 18th century mill on the Ammonoosuc River, is a must-go for any craft beer or pizza lovers!
– Lindsay Wells, Senior Graphic Designer
This place is a seriously fun visit during the summertime. Go to the Campton side off Route 3 to explore the graffiti-covered paper mill ruins and bring a tube to take a ride down the mini-rapids. If you take Route 175 to the Holderness side, you’ll find a path to the beach where you can float down the river or climb up to the rope swing off the historic iron bridge.
There are so many beautiful places in New England, so I’m going to narrow it to New Hampshire. Mine is simple, I love the coastline. I grew up in the Midwest, far from the ocean, but I’ve always loved the water. I love the way the ocean has a life of its own and how the water changes colors depending on the season.
– Linda GiConte, Accounts Payable Coordinator
It’s hard to beat the towering sandwiches served at the Jewish delis of New York City. Thankfully you don’t have to drive all the way to The Big Apple to enjoy a fresh Reuben or Rachael, you can find them right in New England. Don’t forget to buy some rugelach for your ride home!
Ogunquit Beach is great, but once summer hits it becomes too crowded for me to enjoy. So instead of lying in the sand, my favorite thing to do is walk down the Marginal Way. The path offers gorgeous ocean views and tide pool filled rocks to walk on. At the end, I like to reward myself with some fresh seafood from one of the many restaurants at Perkins Cove.
Portland has so much to offer, especially for the self-proclaimed foodie. Start your day with a visit to one of the hip coffee shops and pair your caffeinated beverage with the ever-popular Maine Potato Donut. Grab fresh seafood for lunch on the piers of Old Port, then sample bites from food trucks as you brew hop down Anderson Street. Before you head home, walk off those calories with a sunset, seaside stroll on the Eastern Promenade Trail.
I’ve had my fair share of road trips in the last few years, but one I always seem to retake is the seaside drive up to Ogunquit, Maine. I enjoy filming and taking pictures, so I like finding the most scenic places to travel to, especially nearby in New England, and I think this drive is one of them. My grandmother has a place in Ogunquit, so I’ve taken the ride along the coast many times. I have also made many stops along the way to just relax, take pictures and film videos along the beaches. The ride starts right after the Piscataqua Bridge, leading into Maine. You begin in York and drive along the sea until you reach Ogunquit. Picturesque places like the Nubble Lighthouse, where you can get some ice cream while enjoying the summer breeze, are on the way. You can make a stop at Cape Neddick Beach, or go all the way to Ogunquit, to eat and shop at Mom and Pop stores.
– Clay Medling, Videographer Intern
I grew up on the Cape and have such fond memories of living by the ocean. I’ve been fortunate to take my family back to my hometown every summer where we are able to enjoy a change of pace and are salty, sandy and happy.
– Krystan Bugbee, Account Director
This abandoned seaside fort offers an urban vibe, with its graffiti-covered walls which directly contrasts with the natural beauty of the ocean views seen from the top of tall cliffs. This park is great for a day of exploring, hiking and other outdoor activities.
My favorite place in New England is a small music venue in Providence, RI called Dusk. There’s nothing I love more than performing on a stage with my band, The Stone Road Band. It’s at this venue that we recorded our first album and got our start in the local music scene.
– Kevin Horan, Account Manager
It’s always a special occasion when we visit Simon Pearce in Quechee, VT. We’ve had some special meals for birthdays, anniversaries and friend gatherings! There is something for everyone in our family to see and do when we visit: fabulous food, glass blowing, a beautiful waterfall vista and of course, shopping at the factory store.
– Judith Maloy, Director & CEO
After your picturesque ride down I-89, take Exit 10 into Waterbury and begin your tour of Route 100.
- Stop 1: Ben & Jerry’s Factory – Visit the flavor graveyard and grab a freshly made waffle cone filled with your favorite ice cream.
- Stop 2: Pull into the shopping center with Cabot Farmers’ Store to load up on cheese. Then do a tasting next door at Smugglers’ Notch Distillery, enjoy some Lake Champlain Chocolates and shop an eclectic collection of handmade goods at Birdfolk Collective.
- Stop 3: Cold Hollow Cider Mill for VT-made goods and apple cider donuts.
- Stop 4: Peruse the shops downtown and wander down the Recreation Path (great to bike down) to see the stream.
- Stop 5: Grab a Heady Topper at The Alchemist Brewery.
- Stop 6: Get pizza by the slice at Piecasso.
- After you’re done, stick around Stowe or head towards Morrisville for more craft breweries, distilleries, shops and farmers markets. Or, continue up Mountain Road and drive through Smugglers Notch!
Due to the constantly changing conditions of COVID-19, some places may be closed or operating at limited capacity, so be sure to research your destination before you head out on your trip. We hope you’ve found these destination suggestions helpful!
Enjoy your journey!