Mama and sisters -- I've made some lists. There's probably more here than we can cover in one short week. What would you love to do? Is there something on this list you'd rather not do? Read, absorb, text me.
(Schedule restrictions: I need to be in the Berkshires on June 26 and July 2)
The Freedom Trail - a 2.5 mile path connecting 16 historically significant landmarks. Takes about 3 hours at a leisurely pace, but we can stop along the way for a nice lunch. We could take a Guided tour or DIY.
Beacon Hill (Charles Street)
Back Bay (Newbury Street)
Harvard Yard - tips and food
Plymouth Plantation & Cape Cod
I'd love to visit the "living museum" called Plymouth Plantation. It's about a 1 hour drive south from Boston.
Now that I'm typing this out, a day trip to Martha's Vineyard doesn't really seem do-able. We'd need to drive 1 hour from Plimoth, then take a 40 minute ferry to the island. We couldn't bring our car, so we'd need to walk / take the bus to get around the island. The whole point of MV is to slow down and soak up the atmosphere. Figuring out ferry schedules & bus schedules doesn't feel like a relaxing day trip. But anyway, here's a good article on What to do in Martha's Vineyard.
What you're supposed to do in the Berkshires: 1) Drive through the leafy hills in October to see fall foliage. 2) See the Boston Symphony play at Tanglewood in Lenox. We won't be able to do either of these things.
The Berkshire region is also known for their visual and performing arts festivals. I'm still looking for the right thing... for whatever reason I'm not particularly excited about what's playing during the short window of time we're there. One possibility is: The Rose Tattoo staring Marisa Tomei. It's playing in Williamstown, which is about an hour north of where we will (likely) be staying. What do you think?
And finally... keep an open mind and don't laugh. What do you think about a R&R Retreat at Kripalu Center? It looks so peaceful and restorative -- could stay overnight (fr0m $169 - 3 meals included + activities) or just get a day pass ($125). So Eat, Pray, Love don't you think?
UPDATE: Wendy's suggestions:
Shopping near Cambridge/ Brookline (esp. Julep)
Restaurants: Bark Crab, Rosa Mexicana, Legals Seafood, Henrietta's Table
Canyon Ranch, Lenox
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill by Sonia Purnell
The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende
The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
These is my Words by Nancy Turner
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinam
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton