Summer Escapes! 2009: The Great(est) Lakes
The coast is fine, if you’re into jellyfish, lugging around your own shade, and paying peak-season superpremiums for overnights. But we’re thinking that this is the summer to bag the ocean in favor of New England’s other liquid attractions—namely, its lakes. Well, certain ones of them, anyway: For every shimmering pool, there’s a dozen mucky swamps with pesky phosphorous "issues." (You’ll want the former.) So to very literally test the waters, we dispatched our reporters to search out the best inland destinations within driving distance of Boston. They came back with these nine freshwater gems, and, for each, an itinerary for the perfect stay. Lake neophytes, rest assured: You’ll never miss the salt.
Lake Waramaug: The Classic
Long Pond: The Best of Both