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There are a lot of vacation ideas that appeal to me, but one of the most important things is being able to find some time to relax. I don’t want to get home from my vacation and need to take a couple more days off to recover from it! I don’t want to curl up with a book though, because I can do that at home. For me, relaxing means taking some time to enjoy my surroundings preferably in a beautiful outdoor setting. Massachusetts has an abundance of opportunities to enjoy some rustic relaxation.


The Grist Mill Water Wheel in Sudbury, Massachusetts is a picturesque connection to our historical roots. It is a working grist mill and I think it would serve as the perfect setting for a family photo or a picnic. Also in Sudbury you will find the beautiful Sudbury River. The colours and sites are breathtaking. Fishing and boating are both perfect activities for this setting.


If you want to really immerse yourself in the countryside of Massachusetts you may want to consider staying at one of the many Bed and Breakfasts, Inns or Working Farms.

The Salem Cross Inn

Welcome to the Salem Cross Inn, a 1700’s era farmhouse built by the White family. This historic home is nestled on 600 acres of working New England farmland and was restored in the 1950’s by the Salem family who opened it as a restaurant in 1961. At Salem Cross Inn we provide guests with a colonial experience through our dining room, Hexmark Tavern, various function rooms for weddings, family gatherings, parties up to 225 people, and through our special dining events. These events include our Fireplace Feasts, Drover’s Roasts, and Christmas Memories.

Each of these hidden gems will connect you to history and Massachusetts in a way that you wouldn’t find in a hotel room. If you want to try your hand at gathering eggs or milking goats you may want to visit Stonehaven Farm in Westport or Blue Heron Farm in Charlemont (guests are not required to perform farm chores, but they are welcome to take part if they choose).

The Warfield House Inn at Valley View Farm in Charlemont entertains guests with barnyard tours, llama treks, picnics, gardening clinics, and horse-drawn wagon rides. My Mother has a passion for horticulture and I bet she would love the gardening clinics. I would want to visit in March so I could try my hand at tapping for maple syrup.

Photo courtesy of Inn on the Horse Farm
Photo courtesy of Inn on the Horse Farm

The Inn on the Horse Farm sounds like the perfect place to rest in Sudbury.

A retreat of nine acres, with woods, pastures, pond and stream all surrounded by old stone walls. Our Majestic Sugar Maple tree is now 130 years old, and turns brilliant colors in the fall. Take a walk on our trail, it meanders around the property with great views of the horses along the way, and don’t forget to take some carrots along, Georgie, Moonfield and Daisy, will be eagerly awaiting your visit!

That sounds like the perfect sanctuary to me, and there is so much to offer in the area that I would be perfectly happy. What is your idea of the perfect relaxing vacation?

9 Replies to “Relaxing and connecting with nature in Massachusetts #XploreMass”

  1. Massachusetts really looks like a lovely state to visit! If we ever get back to the east coast again, we’ll be sure to go there!


  2. I love your idea of a relaxing vacation, it fits me perfectly. The only problem is – it won’t be so relaxing anymore with 2 little ones screaming around… 🙁

  3. WOW! Picturesque is right – I am floored with the colors in the first photo!

    This planet certainly is a beautiful place 🙂

  4. My idea of the perfect relaxing vacation is an all inclusive resort. Someone else does all the cooking and cleaning and I just lie by the pool, shop, sight see etc.

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