Rhode Island – Misquamicut Beach
Misaquamicut Beach in Westerly is a wide swath of clean white sand, backed up by a pavilion with all your beachy needs, from showers to cheese fries. Family activities right on the main drag near the beach include miniature golf, water slides, and rides on a 1915 carousel. Paddy’s Beach Club, also on the main street, will fill you will good seafood, prepared Rhode Island style. Map.
New Hampshire – Cog Railway and Lost River Gorge
Ride the Cog Railway from Bretton Woods to the peak of Mount Washington. People who have done it say the views and the ride a like nothing else they’ve ever experienced. Map. Or find your adventure underground on an exploration of Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves in North Woodstock. Great fun for kids! Map.
Rhode Island – Newport’s Ocean Drive and Newport Vineyards
Take a drive or bike ride along gorgeous Ocean Drive and stop for views at Brenton Point Park (a kite-flying capital) or Fort Adams. Map. Or drive a little up-island to Newport Vineyards in neighboring Middletown and dine at the perfectly delightful Brix Restaurant on the vineyard. Map
Connecticut – Spa of Essex and Griswold Inn
The Lower Connecticut River towns of Old Saybrook, Old Lyme, Essex, Deep River, Ivoryton, Chester, and Haddam have more pleasures than we can count, include rides of antique boats and railroad, live theater, and mountainside parks. But let’s relax: at the Spa of Essex in Essex, with all the muscle-deep therapeutic pleasures you could ever want. Map. It may work up an appetite: solve that at the authentically Colonial Griswold Inn in Essex. Hearty food in a place that dates from the American Revolution. Map.