Post # 1
We are planning on taking a few days after the wedding to enjoy a minimoon and saving up for a big trip to Ireland for next year sometime…
So far we know we’ll be driving and would like to visit some breweries as well as add some fun stops along the way. It seems most breweries are only open for tours on the weekend, with the only exception we’ve seen so far being Sam Adams in Boston.
I wouldn’t mind driving as far South as Virginia or so, as far East as Cape Cod and North to Burlington. Montreal is out of the question as Fiance doesn’t have a passport and we don’t really have time to get him one without craziness.
Any ideas to help?
Post # 3
Hey date twin!
Are you going right after the wedding, or the next weekend? We’re doing the same thing (going to Burlington, actually!), and we’re leaving the Monday after the wedding and coming back Weds. If you did that, you’d probably be able to catch the breweries on the weekdays.
If you like art, check out Porches Inn in North Adams, MA. I haven’t stayed there myself but it comes highly recommended. It’s right by Mass MoCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), which is super cool. Although I don’t know about breweries around there.
I like Bar Harbor Brewing Company, although I don’t know that they give tours (they definately do tastings).
The Cape Cod Brewery in Hyannis apparently does tours on Saturdays and Tuesdays, and is open for a self-guided tour the rest of the time, and obviously there are tons of great places to stay on the Cape. Book early, though – the cape fills up fast for that time of year.
Post # 4
There is A TON of breweries in Vermont and in Maine. I think quite a few of them are open during weekdays: check out Long Trail, the Alchemist (if you want to throw in some ice cream, the Ben & Jerry’s factory is just next door), Magic Hat, Smuttynose, Portsmouth Brewery (NH). Those are just the ones that are on top of my mind. Dogfish Head is way more south in Delaware, but I think it’s a must stop for any beer snob.
Post # 5
Lots of wineries in northern Virginia. Also check out Inn Boonsboro–it’s a really sweet B&B owned by Nora Roberts in Maryland.
Post # 6
@mightywombat: We should meet up in Burlington! My mom is from North Adams, so the Porches and Mass MOCA will always be the old factory and tenement housing to me 🙂 I have seen some concerts there though. And I figure if 30% of your guest list is from a town you shouldn’t be honeymooning in it at all 😉 We may go zip lining at Berkshire East in Charlemont though – we did the intermediate course last fall and are dying to do the ‘extreme’ one.
@Hirondelle: Yes, the Ben & Jerry’s tour is on MY wish list – I’ve been dying to go there for years and we almost went this fall but skipped it to ensure we had time to hit up lunch at the VT brewpub and dinner at Ri Ra. I’m considering going to VA so we can do Dogfish along the way. Fiance had a meal at the pub once but never took the tour.
These are great – Keep these ideas coming!
Post # 7
Ha, yeah, in that case, North Adams is probably not on your top ten list.
Also, ziplining? OMG I WANT!!!!
Post # 8
@mightywombat: It was awesome! I didn’t think Fiance would like it at all, but we had a blast. I think there were like 7 features/lines and after the first one we looked at each other and said we should have done the extreme one 🙂
I didn’t even know they did that there but it was mentioned on a travel blog I was reading for work last fall. So fun!