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  • Luxury 5 Bedroom Chatham Home on Cape Cod

    Luxury 5 Bedroom Chatham

    Chatham: Villa
    • 6 BDR
    • 3 BA
    • Sleeps 14
    • #227969
    avg $685 USD/night Credit Card Paypal
    Relax in our 5 bedroom home with central air. Four brand new pillow top king bedrooms and a children’s bedroom with two twin beds. The entire house was equipped with all new furniture in June of 2016 and a few antiques (including a coffee table made from a real ship’s wheel). All bedrooms are equipped with 42 inch flat screen smart LED TVs. Two of the king bedrooms have their own private deck and a third deck is accessible from the sunroom and the dining room. Use the stainless steel BBQ conveniently located just off the sunroom to whip up a quick dinner or prepare a gourmet feast in our well-appointed kitchen equipped with granite countertops and backsplash and ample pots, pans, blender, crock pot, 4 slice toaster, griddle, hand mixer and more. Located in highly desirable North Chatham. Situated in the “elbow" of the Cape, you can walk to Scatteree Beach or bike to Lighthouse Beach. Just a short drive to town, restaurants, and golf. The bike trail is close by, as is the shark museum, and the Lazy Lobster restaurant. The house sits at the end of a private drive with plenty of parking. This large home is perfect for two families or a large family get together. Enjoy a cup of coffee in our sunroom equipped with a coffee station and electric teakettle. There are 3 gathering areas: a large living room on the first floor, a spacious family room in the basement, and a cozy media room on the first floor. All of the gathering areas have large flat screen Smart LED TVs. The media room, kitchen and outside deck are equipped with Bose speakers. The in-law apartment in the basement has its own fully equipped kitchen with adjoining eating area, a spacious family room with a queen pull out sofa and its own private king bedroom. It also has its own separate entry from outside. The house has three full bathrooms. One bathroom on each level, plus an oversized outside shower that has hot and cold water. The beautifully landscaped yard is small, but you can enjoy a game of croquet or horseshoes or just pick from the many outdoor and indoor games we have on hand. Enjoy the large outside shower with hot and cold running water. Help yourself to free long distance calls, a cable package that includes Nesson so you won’t miss an important ball game, and secure WiFi. Don’t worry about who has the key, as we have a state of the art keyless entry system. The beautiful village of Chatham is one of the most picturesque and sought after on the Cape. It has great beaches, seal tours, FREE Chatham Angler baseball games, FREE band concerts on the green, Shark Museum, Chatham Lighthouse, Monomoy Theater, and charming boutiques and antique shops galore.
  • Large and Luxurious Captain's Home Close to Town and Beaches Sleeps up to 25

    Large and Luxurious

    Edgartown: Home
    • 11 BDR
    • 1 Loft
    • 8 BA
    • Sleeps 25
    • #226600
    avg $1,684 USD/night  
    Martha's Vineyard's largest and most elegant vacation rental home. Our home is close to Edgartown Massachusetts shopping, dining, golf, fishing beaches and harbor. The home features 26 rooms with 11 bedrooms, 7 baths, 2 kitchens and 2 dining rooms. The large front porches facing Edgartown harbor are an ideal place to spend the day. The over-sized backyard and garden can host weddings and events. Our location is perfect for families that want to park the car and simply enjoy the best that Edgartown and the Vineyard have to offer. Town is three blocks to the South and the beaches start only one block away. The home has a wonderful location near to several beaches. We are walking distance to the town and walking distance to the harbor and beaches. Our guests frequently remark on the perfect location of the house. Families love the fact that the kids can be mobile. Ideally you kick them out of the house after breakfast and only see them back for dinner, or maybe lunch. Kids love the independence and the parents can park the car for the week and not have to shuttle the kids from one location to another. A true vacation. Summary of beaches (more detail is below) 1/2 block to Cottage Street beach – perfect for launching small boats, kayaks and Sups 1 block and a ferry ride to Chappy Beach 2 Blocks to Lighthouse Beach and Eel Pond 3 Blocks to Fuller Street Beach 2 miles to State Beach and wonderful swimming 3.5 miles to South Beach for ocean waves
  • Relax on the Lake on your Own Beach & Dock

    Relax on the Lake on your

    Oakdale: Cottage
    • 1 BDR
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 4
    • #213280
    avg $182 USD/night Paypal
    This cozy and newly renovated cottage sits on private Oxoboxo Lake in Montville, CT. From the moment you walk into the cottage you see a wall of windows with a million dollar view of the lake. There are views of the lake from every window on 3 sides of the cottage. Once you come in you will find the cottage is nicely furnished inside and out. In the family room you have leather queen sleeper sofa with chaise lounge, glass top tables, TV with DVD, stereo and in ceiling speakers. In the eat in kitchen you will find nice new concrete counter tops, plenty of cabinets, table with 4 chairs, dishwasher, stove, refrigerator, coffee maker, toaster and microwave. In the sun room you have a nice chaise lounge looking out at the lake. The bedroom offers a full size bed, wardrobe closet, night stand with alarm clock and lamp. The bathroom offers a stand up shower, toilet and sink. Hardwood and tile floors can be found through out the cottage as well along with a washer/dryer for your convenience. Once outside you will find a large deck with furniture and a Weber gas grill . Next you will see your very own private sandy beach, dock and fire pit. Since the lake has no motor restrictions please bring your boat or jet ski to enjoy some water sports, like tubing or skiing, or just relaxing. We also have 2 kayaks you may use at your own risk with some life vests. It is probably best to bring your own to make sure it is the right fit. We are located close to Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casinos, Mystic, Shopping, hiking and within 40 minutes of Bradley International Airport. This cottage is perfect for the short term/temp stays, corporate housing, and vacations. Sorry at this time we do not allow pets.
  • Very Pet-Friendly Country Cottage Getaway with a Dash of Panache

    Very Pet-Friendly Country

    Charlemont: Cottage
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 4
    • #206877
    avg $128 USD/night Credit Card Paypal Pet Friendly
    Discover this unique getaway cottage, a pet-friendly home away from your home and an attractive alternative to conventional hotels, motels and B&B’s. We warmly welcome visitors who come to this beautiful and diverse area of Western Massachusetts with or without their companion animals. Since opening the cottage in January of 2012, I have welcomed more guests than I could possibly have predicted or hoped. It seems that the Cottage has answered a need for truly pet-friendly accommodations. I could tell you stories about the wonderful four-legged guests who have enjoyed country walks here, not to mention their terrific two-legged companions. I could not have imagined that I’d meet such a variety of interesting people when I opened the cottage this past winter. Nestled at the base of the Charlemont hills and located on a very quiet country road, the Cottage is spacious, bright and comfortable. The live-in area is simply but graciously appointed, featuring ceiling to floor windows, a queen size bed, private entrance and private deck. The fully equipped kitchen has an eat-in area with a full size stove and refrigerator (in case you want to cook-in), and a private bathroom. Relax on the private deck and enjoy the country view. For entertainment, you can access Netflix movies on your laptop, watch Direct TV with over 100 channels, or play classic board games. To stay in touch with the outside world, the cottage is equipped with WI-FI. Park your car in an enclosed garage if you need to. Amenities also include a delicious Continental breakfast with Pat’s English scones, a small but growing library, and a CD player with a collection of jazz and classical CD’s. The Cottage is conveniently located to the Mohawk Trail (Route 2) and many outdoor activities: There are great hiking trails, river rafting, tubing, zip line canopy tours, horseback riding, tennis, golf, biking, snow shoeing, rock climbing, downhill and X-country skiing. The beautiful Massachusetts countryside, with its many quaint villages and towns, is also home to a great variety of iconic educational and cultural destinations, including MassMoCa, the Clarke Institute of Art on the Williams College campus, and many more. The area is a four-season vacation destination, from foliage time in the autumn, through ski season into spring hiking time and summer holidays. Time here is sublimely tranquil and peaceful.
  • Exceptional Vacation Villa in New Seabury

    Exceptional Vacation Villa

    New Seabury: Villa
    • 2 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #203957
    avg $175 USD/night Credit Card Paypal
    Enjoy this premier Cape Cod historic community in our marvelous villa. New Seabury is set on Nantucket Sound with stunning views of the sea and Marthas Vineyard and our property is in the perfect location. For example, it's on New Seabury’s premier championship golf course and also close to the Mews community pool which you can use with the rental. The professionally landscaped grounds has a variety of perennials and a spacious patio. The properties tranquil environment makes it the perfect atmosphere for a relaxing vacation.
  • Cozy and Comfortable Cottage at the Woods Lodge

    Cozy and Comfortable

    Northfield: Cottage
    • 1 BDR
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 4
    • #129187
    avg $140 USD/night Credit Card Paypal Pet Friendly
    This 1920's 2-room Cottage is just seconds from Vermont's popular VAST system. You can bring your snowmobiles and ride them from the door. If skiing is more your thing, it is a short drive to Sugarbush, Mad River Glen and Bolton. Complete with a brook and waterfall, there are 36 acres of fields and wooded trails available on site for plenty of outdoor fun. Many fine and affordable dining choices are just up the road in Montpelier, the State Capitol, or you can choose to stock the fridge and eat out.
  • Rustic Luxury: 1 Bedrom + Loft

    Rustic Luxury: 1 Bedrom +

    Stowe: Cabin
    • 1 BDR
    • 1 Loft
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 5
    • #89863
    avg $237 USD/night Credit Card Pet Friendly
    This Stowe vacation rental is the perfect setting for a honeymoon or a romantic getaway—and ideal for small families as well. This cozy cabin is nestled on 4 wooded acres and located just 1 mile from Stowe village, and eight miles from Mt. Mansfield and skiing. The piping hot wood stove and the chiming cuckoo clock makes this Vermont cabin rental a cozy retreat after a day of hiking or skiing. Fine linens and towels are supplied along with all of the amenities to make your stay special and your experience one of a kind. Our guests appreciate our attention to detail and have often mentioned this as one of the reasons their stay exceeded their expectations.
  • Cozy and Comfortable Cottage at the Woods Lodge

    Cozy and Comfortable

    Northfield: Cottage
    • 1 BDR
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 4
    • #58595
    avg $140 USD/night Credit Card Paypal Pet Friendly
    This 1920's 2-room Cottage is just seconds from Vermont's popular VAST system. You can bring your snowmobiles and ride them from the door. If skiing is more your thing, it is a short drive to Sugarbush, Mad River Glen and Bolton. Complete with a brook and waterfall, there are 36 acres of fields and wooded trails available on site for plenty of outdoor fun. Many fine and affordable dining choices are just up the road in Montpelier, the State Capitol, or you can choose to stock the fridge and eat out.
  • Stay 4 Nights for the Price of 2!!  Jan Through April Only

    Stay 4 Nights for the

    Sunday River: Home
    • 3 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 8
    • #17213
    avg $157 USD/night Paypal Pet Friendly Star Rating
    Arrive on Monday and leave on Friday for the same price as a weekend! That's 4 nights for the price of 2! This excludes Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day and Easter weeks. Lakefront Home Close to Sunday River Ski Area In Maine's White Mountains Visit Bethel, Maine's most beautiful mountain village. Many unique shops and restaurants, movie theater, adventure center, hiking, fishing, natural beauty, Moose tours etc Cobble mountain swinging chair by fireplace, outside patio furniture and gas bbq. Dock in season. A canoe is available to use at your own risk.
  • Walk/Ski to Bromley - Short Drive to Stratton Or Magic.  Rent by Week Or Weekend

    Walk/Ski to Bromley

    Bromley: Duplex - lower
    • 2 BDR
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 7
    • #25429
    avg $245 USD/night Paypal Pet Friendly
    At Bromley, near Stratton and Magic, short drive to Manchester, Londonderry,Weston or Dorset. Great views; you can see Magic and Stratton from the front window. Ten miles to Stratton or Magic with Okemo and Killington within reach. Washer/dryer in utlity room. Linens, towels, firewood included. Trail to Bromley lifts. Small porch on front of unit. Central to theater and the arts. Many good restarants nearby.
  • Large 3 Br Townhouse in the Heart of Waterville Valley

    Large 3 Br Townhouse in

    Waterville Valley: Townhouse in a complex
    • 3 BDR
    • 3 BA
    • Sleeps 8
    • #226555
    avg $227 USD/night Paypal
    3 levels, 3 bedrooms (master w/ jacuzzi), 2 full baths, 1 half, sleeps 8 Fully furnished townhouse in the heart of Waterville Valley. This 3 level, 3 BR townhouse is one mile from Waterville Valley Ski Area (FREE shuttle to ski area) and is within walking distance to Town Square with its shops, grocery store and restaurants. Along with downhill skiing and snowboarding, other winter activities include cross-country skiing, ice skating and hockey. Guests also have use of the Waterville Valley Athletic Club with Olympic size indoor, outdoor pools and hot tubs, for a fee. In spring, summer and fall the area is known for its hiking, mountain biking, golf, tennis, fishing, swimming and is close to all major White Mountains attractions. The 1st floor has a living room with a 42' flat screen TV with VCR/DVD, a queen size sofa bed, , a half bath, a Den with a 32' flat screen HD TV, a double-sided fireplace , which opens to the den and dining room. The 2nd floor has 2 bedrooms, one with 2 FULL size beds,, the other bedroom with two twin size beds,a washer/dryer and a full bath. The 3rd floor has a Master BR, queen sized bed, TV, a full bath with jacuzzi and skylight. Sleeps 8 comfortable. There is also a queen sleep sofa in the living room. Along with downhill skiing and snowboarding, other winter activities include cross-country skiing, ice skating and hockey. Guests are welcome to use the Waterville Valley White Mountain Athletic Club for a small fee. Amenities include Olympic size indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs, state of the arts fitness center, racquetball courts, tennis and more. There is also a 9 hole golf course within walking distance and an 18 hole course about 15 mins away.
  • True Lake Front Cabin Lake Bomoseen Vermont

    True Lake Front Cabin Lake

    Lake Bomoseen: Home
    • 2 BDR
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #48131
    avg $186 USD/night Paypal Pet Friendly Star Rating
    It takes only 2 steps from the front porch to be in the lake. Serene and beautiful overlooking a small private island in a cove where boaters come to swim for the no wake zone and great swimming. Lakeshore is two feet from the edge of the covered porch facing east in an area where homes are spaced well apart on a dead end road. WiFi throughout and large screen TV with Roku (no cable). Video VCR and Betamax collection includes almost 900 movies, primarily from the 1940's through 1960's. Wake up in the morning for a view of the lake from the master bedroom. Have morning coffee on the patio furniture overlooking the lake, and have a camp fire on the lawn before turning in for a quiet evening. Dock, picnic table, grill, outdoor firepit, 12’ Zuma sailboat and lifejackets, canoe, woodshop off detached garage. Georgous stone fireplace with wood burning stove for cozy evenings after a day on the water. Outdoor couch and chairs overlooking lake. Hike in the woods adjacent to the property. Marina with boat rentals nearby, park on lake nearby with playground equipment and seasonal concerts/movies. You can even arrive at the golf course by boat. Fishing and swimming are right outside your door, and all water sports available on a large lake. House is in a secluded cove with a no wake zone for quiet afternoons and safe swimming. Lake Bomoseen is approximately 2,400 acres and is clean, beautiful and uncrowded. Hubbardtown Revolutionary War battlefield site approx. 15 minutes away. Killington ski resort 35 minutes away. Outlet shopping at Manchester 40 minutes away. Hike the Long Trail of VT or go to a restaurant with dockside dining and live music by boat. Rustic Vermont at its best. .
  • A Magical Cabin in the Woods on 37 Acres with a Swim Pond

    A Magical Cabin in the

    Jay Peak: Cabin
    • 2 BDR
    • 1 Loft
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 10
    • #206589
    avg $98 USD/night Paypal
    Up a 1/2 mile driveway in secluded Vermont parkland, this magical cabin is situated on 37 acres with two ponds (swim in one; catch frogs in another). It is adjacent to 5,000 acres of Vermont State Park land. Once you arrive at this oasis, there's plenty to do so you never have to leave: swim, hike or just laze in the sun. There are two screened porches facing south and east to enjoy the sunrise. The cabin sleeps up to ten comfortably with an open sleeping loft (two twin beds) and a queen-sized pull-out couch. There are two private bedrooms: a master on the first floor and a second floor bedroom with two bunk beds (twin/full). When the evening air gets chilly, there is a fire pit for roasting marshmallows (we supply the firewood) and an interior wood stove.Enjoy a piece of country paradise this summer.
  • Cozy and Comfortable Cottage at the Woods Lodge

    Cozy and Comfortable

    Northfield: Cottage
    • 2 BDR
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #58600
    avg $140 USD/night Credit Card Paypal Pet Friendly
    This 1920's 2-room Cottage is just seconds from Vermont's popular VAST system. You can bring your snowmobiles and ride them from the door. If skiing is more your thing, it is a short drive to Sugarbush, Mad River Glen and Bolton. Complete with a brook and waterfall, there are 36 acres of fields and wooded trails available on site for plenty of outdoor fun. Many fine and affordable dining choices are just up the road in Montpelier, the State Capitol, or you can choose to stock the fridge and eat out.

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Day and Night Tubing Keep Nashoba Humming: Nashoba Valley ski area at 179 Great Road in Littleton has a 15-lane tubing park open day and night. Take the family and enjoy one of the fastest-growing winter recreational activities in New England! Fifteen lanes are serviced by four lifts and maintained by na erienced grooming fleet, the park provides ideal tubing conditions for thrill seekers of all ages. The tubing park also consists of an on-site lodge, with snack bar and TV. Entrance to the tubing park is separate from the entrance to the ski area. Tubing park entrance is at 179 Great Road, Littleton.
Phone: 978-692-3033

Swing All Year at Golf Country: Golf Country wants you to keep swinging that club all year. Two locations in the north of Boston region, at 160 S. Main Street (Route 114 West) in Middleton and 860 Broadway (Route 1 North) in Saugus, welcome you to heated and night-lighted driving ranges year round. IN summer, of course, the options expand. The Middletown location has two 18-hole miniature golf courses, batting cages for softball and baseball, and the popular Richardson's Famous Ice Cream right next door. The Saugus location has mini-golf and a snack bar.
Middleton: 978-774-4476; Saugus: 781-231-0032

Cruise in This Idyllic Saltwater Marsh: Essex River Cruises and Charters at 35 Dodge Street in Essex take you on a beautiful and interesting exploration of the tidal marshes of the Essex River. Formed by glaciers, these enchanting wetlands are rich with sea birds and other wildlife. The marsh has sustained the lives of fishing families, boat builders, and Agawam natives for generations. These 90-minute narrated cruises are a memorable exploration into a specialized world of nature, animals, and man. Cruises are offered three times each day, May to October. Sunset cruises may be arranged.
Phone: 978-768-6981

CoCo Key Water Park Boston North Shore: Make a splash with the family at the largest indoor water park in Massachusetts. A tropical indoor paradise where it's always 84 degrees and open every day for every kid of every age. There are water slides, a lazy river, a splash pad and dip-in-the- theater arcade, private, cozy cabanas and lots more where they came from. Hold one of a kind birthday parties, group swims, or even buy out the whole park for a day. Then enjoy a night at the Doubletree Hotel Boston North Shore adjacent to the Park with luxurious bedding and jumbo pillows, flat screen television, on-demand movies and premium cable channels. Look for Coco Key Discounts and packages that include overnight accommodations, water resort access, and breakfast in the family-friendly TradeWinds Restaurant.
Phone: 978-777-2500

Artist Colony Is Vibrant in Gloucester: Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester is the oldest working art colony in the country, and has been luring artists to its picturesque shores for more than 150 years. Today the area is still home to many working artists and to galleries showing paintings in all media, as well as batik, photography, jewelry, prints, sculpture, ceramics, and fine gifts. A convenient walking tour of Rocky Neck, along East Main Street, includes information about three dozen galleries and studios on the Neck. A new book about the artists and history of the region, titled Rocky Neck Art Colony 1850-1950, by Judith Curtis, is available.
Phone: 978-282-0917

Beaches Are Uncrowded & Lovely Off-Season
Here's a useful tip: Providing you are dressed warmly, spring is an excellent time for visiting the beautiful beaches of New England. Crowds are gone; colors of sky and sea dazzle the eye; strolling is fun; and the birds and harbor seals are out and frisky. Salisbury Beach State Reservation on Beach Road in Salisbury is a 521-acre park that stretches 3.8 miles along the Atlantic. Harbor seals often sun themselves on the jetty. The town of Salisbury has many fun activities to offer for kids of all ages; with a large amusement park and video arcades.
Phone: 978 462-4481

Bounty from the Sea Trade on Display at Phillips House

Located on picturesque Chestnut Street in Salem, the Phillips House , a Federal-style mansion, contains a family collection that spans five generations. Enjoy artifacts from near and far, hear the stories of the Phillips family, and experience more than 200 years of history in the New England tradition. Representative of the Phillips's extensive travels and interests, the collection includes artifacts as diverse as Fiji throwing clubs and African woodcarvings, as well as fine examples of early American furniture, Persian carpets, and porcelain. Open year-round, but hours vary by season. Call ahead.
Phone: 978-744-0440

Beautiful Essex Is Rich With Antiques
The beautiful Cape Ann town of Essex is known for its Colonial history, wetlands and marshlands, and wonderful antique shopping . The region is only a 30-minute drive north of Boston and many stores are packed in close proximity -- a boon for serial shoppers. Every shop has a distinctive character and collections. They may specialize in Arts and Crafts, period American and European, Asian, Americana and Victoriana antiques periods. (One list of shops runs a vast gamut from woodworking to ancient maps to "fins and feathers.") Most dealers can arrange delivery or shipping.

Coolest Spot on the Waterfront
If you were fascinated by the lives of Gloucester fishermen depicted in "The Perfect Storm," visit Cape Pond Ice at 104 Commercial Street on Gloucester's working waterfront, which produces block ice used by the fishing fleet. Take a 35-45-minute narrated tours of the business, explore the historic Ice House, and see block ice being made. See fishing vessels taking on ice and watch the waterfront action. As a bonus, ice sculptors may be at work. Tours from June to August are daily, 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. Tours from September to May are daily except Sundays, 11 a.m.
Phone: 978-283-0174

The Maker Lounge Is Open to Inventors
The "Maker Movement" is all about DIY -- do-it-yourself building and creating your own fun. Tuesdays-Sundays starting March 29, check out the Peabody Essex Museum's new activity space and Maker Room in Salem. Teens and adults in particular will enjoy interactive activities with creative modern technology and art. There will be 3D printing, games, digital art, and crafting workshops. You'll have access to some of the best technological resources like expert demonstrations and classes, with ample tools and workspaces. Make your own music, use a computer to paint, discover 3D printing, or enjoy time building your own masterpiece. Senior and student discounts. Young adult engineering and building enthusiasts will thrive in this innovative environment!
Phone: 978-745-9500

Salem Does Night Life, Too
Salem may seem to simmer down at dusk, but the nightlife is just getting started around 6 p.m. On just about any day of the week, you can stop by In a Pig's Eye on Derby Street and discover a variety of genres of live music. Weekends, experience the Celtic spirit of Salem while enjoying a pint of beer and Celtic bands at O' Neill's Irish Pub and Restaurant. Once or twice a month, Peabody Essex Museum welcomes the public to an extended evening of art gallery viewing, activities, and live music. Other popular, buzzing nightlife spots include Gulu Gulu Café on Open Mic Night and Opus Underground.
Phone: 978-744-3663

Wonderful Walk; Magical Marsh
The walk up the hillside is easy and the reward is magnificent. At Stavros Reservation, at the end of Island Road in Essex, walk up Whites Hill and then feel your breath catch at panoramic views of Crane Beach and the Essex River estuary spread out below. As you loop back down the hill, you'll trek through a thicket of Devil's walking stick, broken only by a small hillside clearing that offers views over the salt marshes to Castle Hill, a fine old house also on a high promontory and also worth a visit. Walks are great at any time of the year, just prepare for hilltop weather.
Phone: 978-526-8687

Yo, Ho, Ho …
remember, from history class, the Triangle Trade? If you do, you know that rum was one of the points of the triangle. Now, a Massachusetts-based run distiller, Privateer Rum, is reviving the New England rum tradition, producing silver and amber rums using time-honored techniques. Privateer, at 28 Mitchell Road in Ipswich offer tours of its distillery, where people can visit the barrel rooms; see where rums are filled, sealed, labeled, signed and packaged by hand; and taste a flight of rums including unreleased batches. These 75-minute tours are offered Fridays and Saturdays by appointment for $25 per person. Leave your parrot and cutlass at home.
Phone: 978-356-0477

Wooden Boat Craft on Display at Lowell's
Lowell's Boat Shop at 459 Main Street in Amesbury is a working museum preserving the art of wooden boat building. Lowell's builds dories and skiffs as it has done for seven generations. Within these buildings, remnants of past work like ancient ship's knees and support beams speak volumes of the wooden boat industry. Branded into the wood of one cross-beam are annual production figures from 1897 through 1919; an astonishing 2,029 boats were built here by hand in 1911 alone. Summer hours: Tuesdays- Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Winter hours: Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and by appointment.
Phone: 978-834-0050

Audubon's Drum Farm Is a Nice Outdoor Visit With Kids
Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, a property of the Massachusetts Audubon Society at 208 South Great Road in Lincoln, is a real working farm and a wildlife sanctuary all in one place. The farm hosts ongoing professional education, but the public can visit for walks, daily hay rides, wildlife exhibits, and periodic Family Farm Days (see farm website for schedule). There is a picnicking area. Nice way to get outdoors and close to nature with the welcoming help of Audubon.
Phone: 781-259-2200

Seaside and in the City, Interesting Birds Flock in Massachusetts
Massachusetts's skies host more than 300 different species of birds. A fine place to find bird watching resources is Mass Audubon, which can give you comprehensive information on programs, bird walks, and resources. Here are three special birding areas: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island near Newburyport. This beautiful and unspoiled barrier island is one of the top 10 birding sites in the country. The Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge in Chatham, out on the elbow of Cape Cod, is a rest spot for migrating sea birds and winter home for sea ducks. You can get to the island via the Monomoy Island Ferry. For urban visitors, Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge is a beautiful and peaceful garden cemetery with flowers and vistas. It also is an oasis for songbirds on their northward migration in April and May. The cemetery's website even has a page about bird watching on the property.
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