Beyond Somerville: Quick Summer Getaways

It’s that time of year when we crave an escape, even if just for the weekend. I’ve mentioned before that while I love living in Somerville, one of my favorite parts is just how easy it is to flee the city. Two of my favorite places to visit in the summer months are Meredith, N.H., and Provincetown.

Meredith is about a two-hour drive north from Somerville (budget more time if it’s late Friday afternoon) and when you arrive, you’ll feel like you’re a million miles away. Situated on the shores of Lake Winnipesuakee with the White Mountains looming in the distance, it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.

Lake Sunrise

Whether you love boating, swimming and fishing or are more of a landlubber, Meredith has something for everyone. From hiking trails and kayak rentals to great restaurants and lots of antique stores, this small town packs a punch. I’ve spent many a summer weekend in Meredith and a full write-up on how to have a fun few days there can be found here.

As for Provincetown, my favorite way to get there is by ferry. I like to pack light, ride my bike down to the dock and hop aboard. The boat ride is only 90 minutes and it’s absolutely lovely. You get a terrific view of Boston and the Harbor Islands as you head toward Provincetown and the ferry ride feels like part of the adventure. When you arrive, just hop on your bike and ride to your destination.


What I love about Provincetown is that it’s chock full of both the high and low. From kitschy shows to gourmet restaurants, it has a personality all its own. It’s the perfect place to unplug and wind down or if you’re looking for some adventure, there are really nice bike trails, stand-up paddle boarding in the harbor and lots of nightlife. Full details on where to stay, where to eat and what to do in Provincetown are available here.

What’s your favorite quick summer getaway?

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