10 Best Weekend Getaways from Boston

May 21, 2018

New England is known for a few things - some of which being its rich history, sports teams, lobstah rolls and unbeatable summers. One of the best parts about New England summers is the accessibility to countless getaway towns. We rounded up some of our favorite spots all within a two hour drive from Boston. Grab some friends, and a car and start planning your Summer weekend trips!

 

1. Cape Cod, MA

The Cape is a staple getaway for all New Englanders. Grab a bite at the Chatham Squire, listen to live music at The Beachcomber, shop and dine on Commercial Street in Provincetown or hit the beaches that line the towns of the Cape. No matter what your cup of tea is, you're bound to find it in one of the many quaint coastal towns of the Cape.

 

Must try hot spots:

The Beachcomber in Wellfleet,  The Woodshed in Brewster (Thursday night's are poppin' with The Cape Cod Slackers), Trader Eds in Hyannis, Chatham Bars Inn Beach Bar in Chatham

 

2. Nantucket, MA

 

There's not much not to love about the little island of Nantucket. Whether you're looking to shop, dine, grab a cocktail or kick off your shoes on the beach, Nantucket has it all. Known for its charm, cobblestone streets, beautiful beaches and rich history, you'll feel as if you have just entered a different little world from the minute you step off the ferry. 

 

Must try hot spots:

The Chicken Box, Cisco Brewers, The Club Car, Straight Wharf

 

3. Martha's Vineyard, MA

 A quick ferry ride separates you from a day or weekend of relaxation and casual island vibes. Spend your day at the beach, rent bikes to tour around, pop in and out of boutique shops or belly up at a bar. There's something for everyone in one of the many quaint towns of the Vineyard.

 

Must try hot spots:

In Oak Bluffs: Donovan's Reef at Nancy's Restaurant, The Lamppost / Dive Bar, Offshore Ale Company

In Edgartown: The Wharf, Seafood Shanty

 

4. Block Island, RI

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Hop on the ferry in Narragansett to spend a summer day or weekend on the small isle of Block Island. Rent bikes to explore around, explore the dunes and walk around art galleries and shops. No matter what you end up doing, make sure you don't miss out on enjoying a Painkiller on the beach from Ballards.

 

Must try hot spots:

Ballards (order a mudslide, or few!), Club Soda, Poor People's Pub

 

5. Newport, RI

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This coastal town is chock full of history and things to do. Spend your day touring the Mansions, walk along the Cliff Walk, pop in and out of shops, head out on the water, and top it off with a cocktail by the sea. There's not much that you can't find in Newport.

 

Must try hot spots:

Gurney's, Clarke Cooke House, The Dockside, Diegos, The Black Pearl, The Landing. And for a cocktail with an unbeatable view, head to Castle Hill Inn 

 

6. Lake Winnipesaukee

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If you want to get away from the city, but you're not a beach goer, then Winnipesaukee is for you. Hike the White Mountains, rent a party pontoon, grab a local bite to eat, or plan a visit during Laconia Bike Week.

 

Must try hot spots: Patricks Restaurant, Bank NH Pavillion for live concerts, Naswa & Nazbar (great island 'beach' vibes)

 

7. Newburyport/Plum Island, MA

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The cobblestone streets lined with shops and restaurants are too beautiful to pass up. Belly up to one of the many cozy bars Newburyport has to offer or along the boardwalk to watch the boats pass by. Plum Island is a hop skip and a jump away and connected by a winding road.  Enjoy beautiful sandy beaches before heading back to Newburyport for a bite to eat. 

 

Must try hot spots:

The Poynt, The Grog Restaurant, Thirsty Whale

 

8. Portsmouth, NH

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Escape to this beautiful coastal town, located just one hour from Boston. Portsmouth is boasting with shops, restaurants, bars and nightlife, making it perfect for both a day or weekend trip. 

 

Must try hot spots:

The Goat Country Bar, Martingale Wharf, Pocos, The Wilder

 

9. Hampton Beach, NH

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If you're looking for great people watching, miles of beaches, casual eateries and a "Jersey Shore" vibe, then Hampton Beach is calling your name. Grab a stool at one of the oceanside eateries, or catch a band playing at the Ballroom. 

 

Must try hot spots: Bernie's Beach Bar, Boardwalk Cafe, Hampton Beach Ballroom, Wally's Pub

 

What's your favorite weekend getaway spot to head to? 

 

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