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hours, but temptations to linger are everywhere along the drive west on Route 4, then south on Route 7 through Vermont’s Green Mountain National Forest. Savour real maple syrup’s sweetness inside an authentic sugarhouse in Mendon, where Sugar & Spice serves breakfast and lunch. In Bennington, find five covered bridges and then admire panoramic views from Vermont’s tallest structure: the Bennington Battle Monument. Spend your days in the Berkshires visiting art museums, wineries, historic homes and orchards; driving to the summit of iconic Mount Greylock; hiking to Bash Bish Falls or taking inspiration from the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy and its picturesque 350 acres. In Stockbridge the enduring Red Lion Inn is a charming place to dine
on dishes featuring locally harvested ingredients. The return trip to Boston, along New England’s oldest scenic byway, will test your driving and take your breath away. The Mohawk Trail – Route 2 – traces a path first blazed by Native Americans. You’ll want to pause at the famous hairpin turn to gaze at rolling hills and valleys shining with autumn’s glittery hues. Before you head back to Boston press a few leaves. Science can’t entirely account for the beauty of each specimen, and your souvenirs will remind you, as New England’s most-loved poet Robert Frost observed that: “Nothing gold can stay”.
SPlURge When Simon Pearce moved operations from Ireland to an old woollen mill in Quechee, Vermont, in 1981, his production facility became a popular place to observe glassblowers and potters at work, to shop – and to dine! Simon Pearce Restaurant (1760 Quechee Main Street, Quechee, +1 802 295 1470; simonpearce.com), overlooks an Ottauquechee River waterfall. Cuisine is simply prepared American fare with Irish and global influences and devotion to Vermont-grown ingredients – artfully served on sleek, elegant, handcrafted Simon Pearce dinnerware. MIdPRICe When you’re craving comfort food and fresh beer after a day in the outdoors, Moat Mountain Smokehouse & Brewing Company (3378 White Mountain Highway, North Conway, +1 603 356 6381; moatmountain.com) delivers
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on both fronts. Pork and other meats are smoked on-site, barbecue sauces are homemade, pizzas are wood-grilled, and the beer’s brewed here, too. Sample seasonal ales like Moat Oktoberfest or mainstays like chocolaty Moat Square Tail Stout. BUdgeT Inside Country Mischief, a shop in a former boys’ boarding school so packed with antiques and gifts, you’ll fall over when you learn they have a second location nearby, there’s a cute eatery: the Mischievous Chef (10 Baldwinville Road, Templeton, +1 978 939 5460; countrymischief.com). Breakfast and lunch are available Wednesday through Saturday, brunch Sunday. You can dine fireside, but you’ll really have a story if you choose the table in what was once the students’ three-seat outhouse.
before you leave for home, pick up some gourmet souvenirs at Deluca’s market in boston, above.
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