Madeline’s Day Trip Destinations
by Madeline D.
The stay-at-home orders may be the key to ending the COVID pandemic but those orders are so difficult for those of us with a different malady: the travel-bug. The culture, the sights, the history, the people, even the cramped airplane seat; we miss it all. But there are plenty of ways to satisfy a bit of your wanderlust while also staying safe and doing your part to slow the spread. So in the meantime, explore some of these in-state destinations that might just make the perfect day trip or mini-vacation.
Longing for the grand castles and palaces of Europe?
The Crane Estate, located in Ipswich, MA, is open to the public during the pandemic. Its crown-jewel is the Great House, built-in 1928 by Richard T. Crane, Jr. with 59-rooms in the Stuart-style.
Open Daily from 9AM – 4PM, you may take a guided tour to admire the views from the mansion’s cupula or explore the grounds, gardens, and grande allee on your own.
Ready for a rainforest expedition?
For those seeking an opportunity to appreciate nature at its finest, a hike to the Tannery Falls in Savoy, MA is just the adventure you need.
The 4.8 mile Tannery Falls Trail features its namesake waterfall as well as the bonus Parker Brook Falls just around the corner. The falls are best seen in the spring just after snowmelt when water levels are at their highest.
Craving a tropical beach vacation?
Shallow, crystal clear waters and white sand are only to be found in the Bahamas, the Caribbean and…. Gloucester?! Wingaersheek Beach in Gloucester, MA features both the sandy wading waters of a tropical beach at low tide, as well as the unique rock formations and tidal pools of a classic New England shore. When visiting in the summer, keep in mind that parking is limited and in high demand. On the weekends, it is best to arrive early to claim your spot.
While putting your international and cross-country travels on hold, take some time to be a tourist in your home state. You may be surprised to see just how much it offers.