By Sara Welch
After an unhurried breakfast of frittata with fresh basil and cherry tomatoes or French toast with maple-pork sausage, work off the calories with some sightseeing. The Brattleboro area, two hours from Boston and four from New York City, offers many outdoor activities. At Wantastiquet State Forest, in nearby Chesterfield, New Hampshire (a 15-minute drive), you can hike the trails of Wantastiquet Mountain. At the top, take in views of the Connecticut river valley and Vermont mountains. Animal lovers will enjoy horseback riding on the trails of Vermont's Green Mountains. Horses for Hire offers private rides starting at $60 per person per hour (802-297-1468).
Prefer more leisurely diversions? Browse through the antiques at Twice Upon a Time (www.twicetime.com) or take in a Sunday afternoon chamber music concert at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (www.brattleboromuseum.org). For dinner, step out to the Riverview Cafe, a local mainstay overlooking the Connecticut River that specializes in casual American fare featuring local ingredients, including five regional microbrews on tap (802-254-9841).