Ahhhh. Summer vacation. A time to get away, enjoy a little rest and relaxation, and try new experiences and adventures. But you don’t have to travel too far to enjoy your vacation. In this month’s blog, the Secondwind team shares some of its favorite New England summer staycation ideas. Be sure to check them out and let us know what you think!
Plum Island and the Purple Onion
Secondwinder Tara Mahady-Coltey recommends a day trip to Plum Island in Newburyport, MA. She says she likes to get there early for some great bird watching before taking a dip in the refreshing, beautiful water that surrounds the barrier island. Next stop? Lunch at the Purple Onion Cafe, followed by an afternoon of meandering through Newburyport’s coastal-inspired shops.
Kayaking and Kickin’ Back
If you enjoy kayaking, Secondwind’s Marie Degulis recommends Nubanusit Lake in Hancock, NH. “The water is clear and the surrounding camps are quiet and lovely. We pack a picnic lunch and enjoy it while floating,” Marie says. After paddling for a few hours, she says she usually takes a quick dip before the short drive home. “It’s really great for a day of exercise and taking in the beauty and wonder of nature.” Who knows–maybe you’ll see the eagle’s nest Marie saw the last time she was there.
Secondwinder Peggy Stokes enjoys kayaking on Willard Pond in Antrim, NH. “It’s a great place for either a quick dip or a day trip with your kayak,” she says. This beautiful and pristine body of water is surrounded by large hills, including Bald Mountain and Goodhue hill, which have trails to their summits. As a NH Audubon loon sanctuary, it remains undeveloped, keeping it quiet and clean.
Secondwind’s Christine Fletcher likes taking her kayak to the state beach on Lake Sunapee and paddling down to Newbury Harbor, where she cools off with an ice cream cone. “After paddling up the other side until my energy is just about out, I return to the park.
The Beauty of Bar Harbor
Secondwind’s Melissa Leroux’s favorite staycation destination is Bar Harbor, Maine. It features over 50 square miles of beautiful mountains, crystal clear waters, hiking, and truly amazing views nearly everywhere you turn. And if you enjoy bringing your pups on vacation, you’ve come to the right place–this town is almost entirely pet-friendly.
Looking to get away from it all and enjoy a little peace and quiet? Secondwind’s Chris Borruso may have found the perfect place for you! Summit Getaway in Gofftstown, NH is a mountain top bungalow nestled on the side of Mount Uncanoonuc, with easterly views of Manchester and Boston. “This is one of those hidden gems that I came across on AirBNB. The host is perfect to work with and keeps the place in amazing shape,” Chris says. Summit Getaway is available for nightly or weekly rentals through AIrBNB. ”I would recommend this location to anyone who is interested.”
Happy Summer from the Secondwind Water Systems Team!
We hope our summer staycation ideas have inspired you. If you have any summer staycation suggestions, we’d love to hear them!