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February Vacation Recap #1

Let’s go back to February and talk about the mini vacation Dale and I took. The one we laughingly called The Two Inns & A Casino Trip because . . . well . . . we stayed at two inns and (wait for it) a casino. Duh.

We started on Tuesday at the Colonial Inn in Concord. It’s fairly close to home for us, actually, but it’s a pretty place and I’ve always wanted to stay there. We toured the Louisa May Alcott House, which I hadn’t been to since I was a kid, and we walked around downtown Concord. We walked over the Old North Bridge and we drank beer at a little pub. We shopped at a wonderful independent book store. We had dinner at the tavern downstairs and got recruited to play trivia with the locals. It was very relaxing and fun. I’m not sure I’d go back to stay over but it was a great experience.

On Wednesday we drove to Stockbridge and toured The Norman Rockwell Museum, something I highly recommend if you happen to be in Western Massachusetts. After our tour we check in to The Red Lion Inn. It’s huge and gorgeous and loaded with antiques. There are flower arrangements everywhere you look and the main dining room is stunning. There are nooks where you can sit and have a drink. The service is exceptional and the food is great. Our room was on the 4th floor and it was enormous. The bathroom was very large, with a shower and a giant bathtub for soaking. We drove around Stockbridge but then came back to the Inn for a late afternoon drink and snack. We eventually made our way downstairs where there was live music and we had sandwiches at the bar. It was truly lovely and I already can’t wait to go there again.

And I think that’s enough photos and words for today. I’ll share our casino adventure soon!

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  1. Your mention of Stockbridge and the Red Lion Inn brought back lovely memories. I visited there when my then teen son spent a summer at Tanglewood and so enjoyed it. He studied with the Canadian Brass.

  2. What a fun trip! Sometimes the best thing is to “vacation in your back yard” and you just might have one of the best back yards anywhere (especially if you love history!)

  3. I’ve heard of the Red Lion Inn and think we’ve driven by several times…next time we will need to stop! That tub looks so inviting!

  4. An independent book store and The Norman Rockwell Museum? Sounds perfect, in addition to great food and accommodations!

  5. Sounds wonderful! I haven’t been to Concord in many years, but I remember it being beautiful and quaint — very old-timey New England.

  6. Wow—touring Louisa May Alcott house! She was my favorite author as a child and beyond. Your mini vacation sounds wonderful.

  7. I have ordered curtains from Stockbridge and the Red Lion Inn, I think it is called Country Curtains? Anyway, it looks like a lovely place, and a very good place to stay. I can’t keep your trips straight, Carole, I thought you were going to talk about New York, but I am happy to wait! LOL

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