Two Border Dashes From Boston Worth Making

Cross state lines to explore the charms of neighboring Vermont and Rhode Island

While Boston's charms are myriad, if you have time to spare, take a road trip—or two or three—to Massachusetts' neighbors just across the state line.

Vermont Charm

For a jaunt across state lines, head to Vermont to experience Suicide Six’s new family-friendly mountain biking park set in the Green Mountains. It offers downhill tracks as well as a skills area for more experienced riders and a strider park that is perfect for little ones.

After you work up an appetite biking, throttle down a bit with dinner at the Mill, a part of the flagship Simon Pearce store. Choose from upscale cuisine options like horseradish crusted cod or rhubarb- and ginger-glazed rack of lamb.

Woodstock, the closest town to Suicide Six, was named one of the prettiest small towns in America. With more than 20 restaurants and over 30 shops, plus biking and hiking trails and museums, it offers plenty to enjoy. Farmhouse Pottery is always a treat. This store is home to the largest studio pottery workshop in America and offers “clay dates” where you can learn and work alongside a master potter to create a souvenir to take home. 

And if you happen to be in town on Sept. 14, check out Woodstock's Old Time Fair, where admission is a whopping 25 cents.

Rhode Trip

Don’t be fooled by its size—Rhode Island is filled with things to do and places to explore. Newport, a city that’s famous for its sailing culture, is also home to the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Newport Polo, home of America’s first polo club, established in 1876. It also hosts the Newport International Polo Series.

Bellevue Avenue in Newport is also famous for Gilded Age mansions that acted as summer homes for some of the 19th-century’s most affluent Americans. To the east and closer to the waterfront is the magnificent former home of the Vanderbilts, called The Breakers.

A little closer to Boston is Providence, the capital of Rhode Island. For a unique way to see the city, bring your own bottle of wine and ride an authentic Venetian gondola along the Woonasquatucket River (Algonquian for “where the salt water ends”).

For a culinary experience, try Rhode Island Red Food Tours. Offering tours in both Newport and Providence, it hits six tasting locations in less than 3.5 hours.