Summer Vacation Week 2016: Around New England

Check out some of the spots necn visited during Vacation Week.

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Guests at the Lake Opechee Inn and Spa can take advantage of the spa and popular O Steaks and Seafood restaurant that is located on site.
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The Canterbury Aleworks is a nano-brewery located in Canterbury, New Hampshire. Tasting hours are Saturday and Sunday from 1pm-5pm.
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Canterbury Aleworks has been in business for about four years.
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The owner and brewmaster of Canterbury Aleworks, Steve Allman focuses on British styles and typically has eight different beers on tap at a time.
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The Canterbury Shaker Village is located in Canterbury, New Hampshire and is a National Historic Landmark and museum created to preserve the legacy of the Canterbury Shakers.
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The Canterbury Shaker property features 25 restored original buildings, nature trails, and gardens on the 700 acres of land.
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The mission of the Canterbury Shaker Village is to provide a place to rejuvenate the human spirit.
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The Gilmanton Winery is located in Gilmanton, New Hampshire and houses a winery open for tastings Thursday-Sunday.
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The Gilmaton Winery is the former home of "Peyton Place" author Grace Metalious and also has a restaurant that features a five-course wine dinner once a month.
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The Gilmanton Winery's flagship wine is Grace's Red, an award-winning Carmenere.
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Lake Opechee Inn and Spa is located in Laconia, New Hampshire and features 34 guest rooms individually decorated in styles ranging from country to Victorian.
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Lake Opechee Inn and Spa opened in 2005 and is perfect for a romantic getaway. The rooms feature feather bedding, a two-person whirlpool tub, and balconies.
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Guests at the Lake Opechee Inn and Spa can take advantage of the spa and popular O Steaks and Seafood restaurant that is located on site.
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Castle in the Clouds is located in Moultonborough, New Hampshire.
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Castle in the Clouds was built in 1914 and is privately owned.
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The breathtaking views of the lakes and mountains from Castle in the Clouds opened to the public in 1959 and is open daily from 10am-5:30pm until October 23.
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Family-owned Kellerhaus has been in buisness for 110 years.
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The Kellerhaus shop features homemade chocolates, homemade ice cream complete with a make-your-own sundae bar, and gifts.
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The Wiers Beach instituation hosts Dollar Cone Day at Kellerhaus every Wednesday which typically draws big crowds.
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The Abakee Cottages are nestled on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in Laconia, New Hampshire.
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The Abakee Cottages is a family-owned business in it's 50th year with a loyal customer following.
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The property has 13 cottages with 1-3 bedrooms as well as a kitchen, fireplace, screened-in porch, and unbeatable lake views.
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The Black Swan Inn is a bed and breakfast in Tilton, New Hampshire.
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The Victorian home was built in 1880 and sits along the Winnipesaukee River.
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Guests have their choice of seven guest rooms and two suits with private bathrooms.
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The Heritage Farm Pancake House is located in Sanbornton, New Hampshire and sits on a beautiful 15-acre plot of land owned by the Swain family.
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Visitors can check out the maple syrup operation – which produces 500 gallons of syrup each year – and enjoy the made-from-scratch pancakes for breakfast.
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The petting farm out back is a big draw for kids, and the homemade vegan-organic ice cream operation using a coldstone and nitrogen unit is an experience to behold.
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Town Docks Museum is located in Meredith, New Hampshire, and offers casual lakeside dining for vacationers.
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Diners at the Town Docks can order takeout or sit down at a picnic table and enjoy the view.
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Menu items at Town Docks include the Triple Decker Winni Burger, Grilled Fish tacos, and Jumbo Lobster Roll.
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Main Street in Wolfeboro, NH, is a collection of cafes and shops along Lake Winnipesaukee.
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Visitors can watch boats coming in and out of harbor as they enjoy dockside dining.
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Among the stores is Black’s Paper Shop, a two-floor institution selling everything from souvenirs to gifts and magazines.
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The New Hampshire Boat Museum located in Wolfeboro pays tribute to the boating heritage of the state’s lakes and rivers.
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The New Hampshire Boat Museum features antique vessels, historic photos, and a kids area.
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You can visit the NH Boat Museum through Columbus Day weekend.
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Shibley's at the Pier located in Alton Bay, New Hampshire, is a restaurant and lounge with a deck alongside the Alton Bay boat launch.
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The extensive menu includes specialty cocktails, craft beer, seafood, sandwiches, and more. The Jamaican jerk swordfish special with mango pico de gallo was a favorite of the NECN team.
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EKAL Activity Center at Mills Falls in Meredith, New Hampshire, offers plenty of options for the active vacationer.
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You can head out on Lake Winnipesaukee for some standup paddle boarding, kayaking or canoeing.
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Hop on board the 1931 antique speedboat Miss Meredith for a laid-back cruise around the lake.
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Holy Grail of the Lakes in Laconia, New Hampshire, is the second restaurant venture for owner Dave Kennedy.
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The British-style pub is housed in the historic Evangelical Baptist Church, with original stained glass windows and tin ceilings. Specialty dishes include the Irish nachos, fish and chips, and bangers and colcannon.
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The New Hampshire Motor Speedway is located in Loudon, New Hampshire. The speedway has hosted NASCAR racing annually since the 1990s as well as the Loudon Classic.
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The American Classic Arcade Museum in Laconia, New Hampshire, is an arcade with video games from as early as the 1970s to the present.
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The Burlington Farmers' Market is a popular destination in City Hall Park throughout the summer and fall months.
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Shoppers at the Burlington Farmer's Market can purchase farm-fresh produce, meats, and cheeses, sample wine and other Vermont-made food products, and meet creative businesspeople from around the state.
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In the summer, Vermont's Killington Resort offers mountain biking along the slopes used in the winter for skiing and riding.
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The ski lifts at Killington Resort serve the terrain, easing the climb uphill and making the downhill descent that much more fun.
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The non-profit Local Motion operates a bike ferry on Lake Champlain, bringing bicyclists across what's known as "The Cut" in the Colchester Causeway.
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The Local Motion ferry connects Colchester and South Hero, and opens up many riding opportunities in the Champlain Islands.
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Burlington Segway Tours offers guided explorations of Burlington, Vermont.
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Burlington Segway Tours explore Burlington's waterfront along Lake Champlain, the area around the University of Vermont, and the city's downtown.
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Queen City Ghostwalk offers guided tours of Burlington, focusing on quirky stories about the city's history--including reports of hauntings and other paranormal events.
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Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock gives visitors a glimpse into Vermont's agricultural heritage.
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Billings Farm Museum is a working dairy farm, and educates guests about the history of farming techniques.
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Jersey cows, sheep, oxen, and other livestock live at Billings Farm.
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Wonderfeet Kids' Museum is a growing destination in downtown Rutland, Vermont.
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The Wonderfeet Kid's Museum promotes play, imagination, and creativity among toddlers, young children, and their parents and grandparents.
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The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, just outside of Vergennes, Vermont, provides a fascinating look into the history and culture of the Lake Champlain basin.
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Visitors can learn about shipwrecks on Lake Champlain, and witness archaeologists working with objects salvaged from the wrecks.
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The museum also is home to a replica of the gunboat Philadelphia. The original fought the British on Lake Champlain during the American Revolution.
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Burlington City Arts, on the vibrant Church Street Marketplace, exhibits contemporary art on three floors of a remodeled firehouse.
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At the Burlington City Arts exhibitions change several times throughout the year, and the best part is, visiting BCA is completely free!
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Many Vermonters celebrate summer at county fairs. The largest in the state is the Champlain Valley Fair in Essex Junction.
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In addition to the big rides, fair goers can enjoy entertainment, agricultural exhibits, and of course, fried dough!
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Seeing Utah the Great Horned Owl is a "hoot" when you visit the Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee.
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VINS rehabilitates and cares for majestic birds who suffered serious injuries in the wild that left them reliant on humans for food.
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The nature center hopes to motivate people to care for the environment.
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Shelburne Museum is one of Vermont's iconic travel destinations.
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This summer, kinetic sculptures from Massachusetts artist George Sherwood are among the special exhibitions.
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The sculptures catch the breeze and move with each wind gust, reflecting the light from the sky above.
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The Vermont Comedy Club is a new addition to downtown Burlington.
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Improv troupes, up-and-coming comedians, and national headliners all perform here.
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Visitors to the Long Trail Brewing Company in Bridgewater Corners can see some of Vermont's favorite beers be bottled or canned.
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Long Trail's riverside pub serves a wide variety of meals that pair well with the brewery's beers.
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Burlington Brew Tours, a division of City Brew Tours, offers beer lovers a safe way to easily explore several breweries in one trip.
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The tour director, himself a craft brewer, has connections to breweries he says gives customers V.I.P. access to each stop, and the chance to try 15 kinds of beer per trip.
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And a big plus? Travelers don't have to worry about the dangers of drinking and driving while they experience Vermont's vibrant craft beer scene.
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Take a one mile hike out to the Breakwater lighthouse in Rockland, Maine. See lobster men pulling traps and wildlife along the way.
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View windjammers, Schooner's, and go for a sail in Camden Harbor. Book a trip for a few hours, or a few days.
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View art at the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, where curators work to showcase Maine's role in American Art. View pieces from the Wyeth family, Robert Indiana, and others.
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Enjoy the view from an Adirondack chair at the Island Inn on Monhegan Island. It is the largest lodging option on the island, and considered to be the most upscale.
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Take a hike on one of Monhegan's many trails. A scenic trip is to Lobster Cove, where you can view the famous shipwreck of 1948.
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Find out why chef Lynn Archer won Bobby Flay's Throwdown on the Food Network with this lobster club sandwich, called the King of Clubs. Enjoy Maine staples while taking in the view on Rockland's waterfront.
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Monhegan Boat Line cruise: Port Clyde, Maine. Take a ferry ride out to Monhegan Island, or cruise around the midcoast viewing lighthouses, puffins, islands, and the sunset.
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Enjoy a craft beer at the Monhegan Brewing Company, Maine's only brewery on an island.
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Here is one of the craft beers from the Monhegan Brewing Company.
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Visit the Monhegan Light House, which is next to the Monhegan Museum. The view from the lighthouse is one of the most admired in Maine.
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Here is the view from the lighthouse
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Enjoy panaromic views of Maine's midcoast from the top of Mt. Battie in Camden Hills State Park. A variety of hiking trails allow hikers of all levels to experience the beauty of the park.
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Stay a night inside a castle! The Norumbega Inn was built in 1886 and modeled after castles the owner visited in Europe. It has been transformed into a cozy and welcoming inn with world-class views of the water from the rooms on the upper floors of the castle.
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Enjoy a true farm-to-table experience at the award winning Primo Restaurant in Rockland. Ingredients are grown in the garden on the grounds, wear animals are raised. Tour the premises before enjoying one of the best meals Maine has to offer.
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Ingredients are grown in the garden on the grounds, where animals are raised. Tour the premises before enjoying one of the best meals Maine has to offer.
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Tour the premises before enjoying one of the best meals Maine has to offer.
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Travel back in time and stay a night at the Trailing Yew, an inn on Monhegan Island that offers rooms without electricity. The rooms have oil lamps and allow guests to truly unplug. Rooms with electricity are available as well.
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Abbott’s Lobster was founded in 1947. You can find all kinds of seafood there, but it’s mainly known for its lobster. Abbott’s offers a full line of soft drinks, but does not serve alcoholic beverages.
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Set sail during the summer through late October in an 18th century coastal trading schooner called the Argia. Public tours through Mystic River last over 2 hours. On the trip, you'll be able to help the crew hoist and trim the sails, and you'll travel by scenic coastlines, lighthouses and bridges.
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Founded in 1929 to gather and preserve the rapidly disappearing artifacts of America’s seafaring past, the Mystic Seaport Museum has grown to become a national center for research and education with the mission to “inspire an enduring connection to the American maritime experience.
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Mystic Seaport is the nation’s leading maritime museum.
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Another photo from inside the Mystic Seaport museum.
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Olde Mistick Village allows you to enjoy shopping in distinctive buildings designed to represent a New England Village of about 1720.
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The shopkeepers pride themselves on offering you some of the most interesting and unique items from around the world. Olde Mistick Village is also home to some of Mystic’s best restaurants. It also features a multi theatre arts & movie cinema.
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The Whaler’s Inn is downtown Mystic’s largest inn. Its location allows you to walk to major attractions within minutes. The Inn recently underwent a major renovation and is still accepting reservations for the summer.
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The Barn Restaurant opened in 1987.
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The building is a renovated barn which has seating available on the main floor, the second floor loft and a seasonal outdoor patio.
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The Barn serves breakfast 7 days a week and is located in Little Compton, Rhode Island.
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Carolyn's Sakonnet Vineyard, located in Little Compton, Rhode Island, is celebrating its 40th fruitful year of business.
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All the wine is made from the grape vines growing on the property.
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Visitors are encouraged to take a wine tour and tasting.
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Harmony Home Farm Bed and Breakfast offers The Vernon Room and The Brady Cottage.
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The Vernon Room is named after George E. Vernon a 19th century Newport cabinet maker and ancestor of the current owner. The room is decorated with furniture made in his shop and passed down through the family for generations. The Brady Cottage is fully equipped, a 1 bedroom with a full kitchen and a pull-out couch bed in the family room.
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At the Blue Claw Boat Tours in Orleans, Mass, you can see the seals up close.
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These seals were spotted off Chatham on the Blue Claw Tour.
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Check out the Boys of Summer in Brewster, Mass. Here are the Brewster Whitecaps playing Chatham.
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The Brewster Country Store in Brewster, Mass., has been in business for 150 years. It's definitely a must see!
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Guapo's in Brewster, Mass., has awesome fish tacos and the restaurant sits right on the bike trail.
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We met Sky, a very friendly pet at the Rail Trail Bike and Kayak.
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Here you can rent bikes and ride the rail trail.
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Another shot of the Rail Trail Bike and Kayak in Brewster, Mass.
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Make sure to stop and check out the pond along the Rail Trail.
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Check out the Nauset Beach in Orleans, Mass.
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Be careful for sharks at Nauset Beach.
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Parsonage Inn in East Orleans, Mass., is a wonderful bed and breakfast.
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Check out their breakfast which is said to be the best in town.
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Another shot of the Parsonage Inn.
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Here's another shot of the trail.
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You can sometime see seals in Chatham and you can just see the Chatham Bars Inn behind them.
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More seals in Chatham.
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Check out the view off Chatham, Mass.
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At the Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters in Brewster, Mass., they roast their own coffee beans.
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The Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters gives off a cool, hip vibe, and is a great place to drink a really great cup of coffee and hangout.
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If you're looking for another beach to check out, visit the Rock Harbor Beach in Orleans, Mass.
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You can check out the gift shop in Orleans, Mass.
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Or visit the local jeweler.
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Or visit the Fish Shack.
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