Travel to Concord, MA -- town description, search for hotel and motel accommodations

by Eric H., lifelong New Englander

If you're thinking of a "revolutionary" place to vacation, then historic Concord MA will fit the bill.

Sharing with neighboring Lexington the title of the "Birthplace of the Republic," Concord retains much of its Colonial charm today, evident in the well maintained historic, old homes and town common buildings. Today, it is not only a beautiful Boston suburb but also one of the best places to experience a quiet, unique vacation in New England. The downtown is one of New England's finest with wonderful little shops, the beautiful Monument Square town common and terrific restaurants like the Colonial Inn (see side bar on left for more information), Walden Station and for pizza lovers, the legendary New London Pizza.

Tree-lined side streets make for a perfect stroll in this picture-perfect New England town and the scenic countryside on the outskirts is everything you would expect from an inland New England trip. It's hard to believe that Concord is part of the busy, suburban Boston network of overdeveloped communities, as this special town has such a relaxed feel. Whether it's communing with nature and the 200 bird species at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, canoeing on the Sudbury and Concord Rivers, enjoying a quiet, reflective moment at the historic Old North Bridge, or enjoying an ice cream cone at the Kimball Farm ice cream stand in nearby Carlisle, you can be sure Concord will peacefully make you feel right at home

West Concord is another great Concord neighborhood, a little more working class and somwhat old-fashoned looking. Some of the highlights are a five and dime store, a seafood market, and the great Debra's Natural Gourmet -- a community oriented health food store, nationally known for its incredibly tasty Sister Starks Granola product line.

Walden Pond -- Henry David Thoreau's former home -- is a great place to hike, swim and take in Mother Nature. Hiking around the serene pond takes about 45 minutes and there is a small, sandy beach area for sunbathing. For the historian or dedicated tourist, the Codman House, Concord Museum, DeCordova (Art) Museum, Drumlin Farm Education Center (animal displays), Fruitlands Museum (Bronson Alcott's community life experiment), Minuteman Historical Park and the Ralph Waldo Emerson House are just a few of the cultural attractions that make Concord a highly recommended New England vacation destination.

For the adults in Concord...

Try a nice, romantic meal at the Colonial Inn, a charming, classic New England restaurant specializing in regional specialties, wonderfully fresh seafood, steak and chicken dishes. We especially love the chicken pot pie, which will satisfy chicken, pastry and vegetable lovers with its perfect combination of those three ingredients. The Colonial Inn ambiance is low key and quaint with an old-time Colonial feel, no surprise since the dining rooms are part of the Inn's history dating back to 1716. Located right in the heart of downtown Concord, it's especially nice taking an after dinner stroll through the beautiful Monument Square town common en route to interesting, small locally-owned shops or to historic Old North Bridge, famous during Revolutionary War times for the "shot heard around the world." Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Square, Concord MA. Tel. (978)369-2373.

 

For the kids in Concord...

The 62-year-old, third generation Toy Shop of Concord is an old-fashioned locally owned toy store jam packed to the rims with every quality toy imaginable. Happy, festive and colorful, the Toy Shop of Concord prioritizes serving the customer with expert service, toys that stimulate and educate children and the chance for younger children to play with some of the toys. The Toy Shop is a bonafide throwback to yesteryear, a place void of superstore leanings and full of business community pride. The Toy Shop of Concord, 4 Walden St., Concord MA. Tel. (978) 369-2553

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Featured Concord, MA Lodging

Colonial Inn
48 Monument Square
Concord, MA  01742

The Colonial Inns attentive and friendly service combined in an authentic New England landscape, excellent cuisine and professional expertise, all makes for a perfect location for your next stay in the Boston/ Concord area. Wireless Internet access is up and running at Concord's 1716 Colonial Inn, providing the most up to date technology for Internet connection. We understand the needs of todays traveler for quick and easy computer connections for e-mail, corporate websites, professional information sources and news, along with entertainment features to enjoy. Our central location on historic Monument Square will allow your attendees to combine business with pleasure. After a day of productive meetings, your attendees can take advantage of the many sites of downtown Concord, all within walking distance of the Inn. There is evening entertainment in our lounges and the coffee makers in each room will get guests perking the next morning. In addition to our restaurants there is outside porch dining. From May through October a variety of boats can be rented, some with luncheon and dinner cruises, at the South Bridge Boathouse in Concord. Through the centuries Concords 1716 Colonial Inn stands as an enduring landmark of gracious hospitality with guests able to enjoy the atmosphere and ambiance of a country inn, close to major historic attractions, downtown shopping, 20 minutes from Boston, and transportation to and from nearby Hanscom Airfield.

 


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