Boston is a very compact city: Even if you’re here on a short visit, you can access out-of-town sites. Laurie and Roxana want to sell you on a few of their favorites:
One of the best things about living in the Boston area is that there are so many places that can be reached for a quick day trip. Among my favorites is the southern coast of Maine. Just jump in a car with a few Fletcher friends and, in about 90 minutes, you’ll be there. I recommend starting with a long walk on Ogunquit Beach. The beach is beautiful and you can walk about two miles along the sand dunes or the water. The water is very cold (even in the summer), but that doesn’t stop people from riding the waves.
After your beach visit, head to Perkins Cove, where you’ll find some great restaurants with fantastic views, and cute little shops and galleries. In Perkins Cove, you can take a lobster boat tour. Or skip the tour and just eat some lobster. From Perkins Cove, pick up the Marginal Way — an amazing one-mile path along the rocky coast. Your next stop should be the Cape Neddick “Nubble” Lighthouse in York, Maine. The lighthouse is stunning and the area near the lighthouse is a great place for rock jumping. Not far from the lighthouse is Brown’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream, one of my favorite ice cream places. (Maine Blueberry flavor is a must try.) On your way home, you can stop in Kittery, Maine for great outlet shopping. I hope that you decide to take this day trip — you will not be disappointed!
While you’re a student at Fletcher, one of the things you must do is take a day trip to Salem, MA in October. My friends and I have made it an annual tradition. Rich with the history of Colonial America, and the site of the original Salem Witch Trials, Salem is especially fun in October for the obvious reason — witches!! During your October visit, you can go to the Salem Witch Museum or the House of Seven Gables, take a Haunted Trolley tour, walk through the Burying Point cemetery, have your palm read by a real witch, and so much more! There’s something different to do each time you go. To get the full effect of Halloween without all the hustle and bustle of Halloween day itself, plan your visit for any other weekend in October. The street vendors, the crisp fall air, and the beautiful Massachusetts foliage make a quick trip to Salem a must while you’re here at Fletcher!
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