I moved to the suburbs of Boston nearly 7 years ago. It was a big move for my family. We came all the way from Seattle, WA. When coming to a new town, the first thing I try to do is find fun and healthy options and activities for myself and my family. There are so many wonderful options to choose from. In this post, I’ve focused mainly on the suburban areas of Metrowest Boston. It’s the perfect area to explore some of our nations top historic sites. Get ready for some Boston Day Trips with ideas on where to eat, stay and play.
Where to Eat
The Cottage restaurant has locations in Wellesley and Chestnut Hill. They provide unique food with a farm to table theme. They are proud to serve locally sourced ingredients too. The food is so delicious it is hard to pick a favorite. Go with a large group so you can share. Brunch is also spectacular and they have recently added online reservations. It’s a family-friendly environment too! Both are an easy drive from Boston.
Longfellow’s Wayside Inn
The Wayside Inn is the oldest operating inn in America. It’s provided lodging and food for travelers since 1716. You can enjoy dining in historic rooms and enjoy a walk around the grounds. It’s a lovely place to spend the night too. If you are brave enough, ask about staying in the haunted room.
Farmer’s Market – Russell’s Garden Center
The Farmer’s Market at Russell’s Garden Center in Wayland hosts more than 100 vendors during both it’s winter and spring/summer markets. It’s the perfect place for local food and produce. Bring a basket and take some food for a picnic. There are often tasting and craft events. It’s also a wonderful place to shop for holiday gifts from local artisans.
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Hiking Trail – Walden Pond
Part of the Massachusetts Forests and Parks system, Walden Pond State Reservation includes 335 acres of protected open space so that visitors can experience the pond that inspired Thoreau. There is a 3 mile trail around this iconic pond, which is lovely nearly year round – the trail closes for deep snow. Fall is a perfect time to enjoy the foliage and take your family for a hike ( don’t forget to take some goodnessknows snack squares for a snack).
Day Spa – Invidia Salon and Spa
Invidia Salon and Spa provides a wide variety of spa services. Their spa pedicure is amazing! My husband makes my year with an annual spa day gift package. Every woman should feel this special and pampered at least once a year. The facials are fantastic too! Invidia is also a full-service salon if you want to get your hair and makeup done for a date night too! It also provides services for kids. My daughter loves getting her hair done there.
Wellness Retreat – Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
About 2.5 hours from Boston is the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Although I have yet to visit this center, I have heard wonderful things! I have a girlfriend who attends at least one retreat every year. I am aiming for the R&R Retreat next Spring. With Kripalu’s R&R Retreats, you decide how to spend your days so that you can create exactly the right experience for you. Choose from a variety of workshops, outdoor activities, and yoga and movement classes.