Things to Do

Amerscot House Inn makes a great base for a vacation in New England. There are many things to do both close by and within an easy drive.

Probably the first place to visit from here is Concord (about 7 miles from us). It has lots to see and do. The Revolutionary War started there at the Old North Bridge. Start at the Visitors’ Center where they have a great multi-media show “The Road to Revolution”, which lasts about 25 minutes and gives you the main story in a very entertaining way – great for kids and adults alike. You can then walk part of the Battle Road if you wish and visit some of the main sites such as the Paul Revere Capture Site.

There is also Walden Pond (of Thoreau fame) which is a wonderful place to walk on a nice day, Orchard House (where Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women), The Manse (Nathaniel Hawthorne & Ralph Waldo Emerson), Sleepy Hollow Cemetery (lots of famous graves) and Concord center itself, which is a very pretty, quintessential New England town full of lovely little shops and restaurants. It is not a place to be missed if you are in this part of the world.

For art lovers the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park has amazing modern art and installations or visit Gropius House (the house that Walter Gropius of Bauhaus fame built for his family). The Museum of Russian Icons in nearby Clinton has North America’s largest collection of Russian icons.

On a more rural note there is Fruitlands, a collection of museums on a hillside setting, with great trails for hiking and fantastic views over to Watchusett Mountain. For plant lovers there is the Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston.

If you are feeling more energetic rent a kayak or canoe from South Bridge in Concord. Explore miles of peaceful waterways on the Assabet, Sudbury and Concord Rivers. In the winter there is cross country skiing, and snow tubing and skiing at nearby Wachuset Mountain or Nashoba Valley.

There are also farms and wineries. Nashoba Valley Winery has fruit picking including peaches and apples and has winery tours and tastings. Shelburne Farm has apple and peach picking and is across the road from us. There are many other orchards in Stow – this is Apple Country!

You might also think about a trip to Plimoth Plantation or Sturbridge Village - a little further away, but both fascinating depictions of life round here in earlier times. Another possibility is Salem of witch trials fame.

See the sea by visiting Massachusetts less well known, but stunningly beautiful cape - Cape Ann. Visit Crane Beach or the artist’s colony in Rockport, or wander around Gloucester or Rockport.

It is also easy to get into Boston from Amerscot House Inn. Take the MBTA train from South Acton which is very close by, or drive to Alewife which has convenient parking and is at the end of the T – Boston’s subway system. You can also drive in, but once in Boston a car is not an asset – the T is a much easier way to get around.

We keep information about all these places - and more, and will help you to plan some great days out.