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Six Inexpensive Ways to Enjoy a Rainy New England Day

Picture of Chutters Candy Counter

The candy counter at Chutters, Littleton, N.H. (photo by Eric)

Rain happens, why fight it by staying in your house and complaining about the weather  — and what could have been if it was a nice day?

Fortunately, your New England travel and vacation plans do not have to be all wet during an inclement weather day.  Here are six inexpensive ways to enjoy a rainy New England day:

1. Visit a museum in the Boston area that charges a nominal admission fee — or better yet, no admission charge at all!

2. Go for a tour or some tastings at a Maine microbrewery or winery.

3. Buy some penny candy at Chutters in Littleton, N.H. If that isn’t enough, they have a candy counter that is nearly 112 ft. long!

4. Spend some time in a castle. Tours are available for a nominal fee at the spectacular Gillette Castle in East Haddam, Conn. You won’t believe the enormity and authenticity of this medieval-like fortress overlooking the Connecticut River.

5. Enjoy coffee and a movie in Keene, N.H. The Colonial is a old-time indie theater and right next door is Brewbakers for some freshly made coffee, baked goods, and sandwiches.

6. Take a Ben and Jerry’s ice cream tour at its factory in Waterbury, Vt. Learn about how the ice cream is made, and even receive a free sample!

We’d love to hear about your rainy day New England travel and vacation ideas. Please share your ideas in the comments box below.

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