The Best of the Bay State

Just Oustide Boston on the Banks of the Merrimack

Merrimack River

Adjacent to resort

Home to Eastern brook trout and other fish and wildlife, the Merrimack River is one of New England’s treasures. The Merrimack River is one of the three most important large rivers on the East Coast in its conservation value to migratory river herring and one of the six most important for 12 migratory fish species.

Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsborough State Forest

25 Minute Walk

Located in three towns, this forest spreads out over 1,140 acres, including 180 acres of ponds, swamps, and wetlands great for boating or fishing. The forest has six miles of trails offering hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.

Pheasant Lane Mall

4 Miles

This two-level super-regional mall, located in tax-free Nashua, New Hampshire, features over 135 stores, including Dick’s Sporting Goods, Apple, Sephora, Pandora, and OFFLINE by Aerie. After shopping, enjoy dining at one of the mall’s full-service restaurants, such as Red Robin or Burton’s Grill, or opt for the food court offering ten different choices for a quicker dining experience.

University of Massachusetts Lowell

4 Miles

Home to the River Hawks, UMass Lowell is a public research university ranked by “U.S. News and World Report” among top-tier national universities. Located about 25 miles from Boston, it is smack dab in the middle of New England’s business and technology corridor. Graduates receive real-world, hands-on experience that employers across the globe are looking for.

The Butterfly Place Botanical Garden

2.6 Miles

See New England butterflies and tropical species from all over the world. Observe butterflies sipping from flowers, basking in the sunshine, and flying freely in a natural habitat. Enjoy the koi fish and quail birds that live among the butterflies. Visit the “show and tell bench,” where a staff member is always available to answer your questions and help make your visit fun.

Downtown Lowell, MA

5 Miles

Lowell is home to many cultures, and the city's diverse heritage can be explored through its historic architecture. Buildings in this landmark district date as far back as 1823 through the early 1900s and represent examples of many architectural styles, including Federal, Greek Revival, Italianate, Second Empire, Queen Anne, Romanesque, and Renaissance Revival.

Downtown Nashua, NH

9.2 Miles

Whether you’re seeking fine dining, eclectic shopping, a vibrant arts scene, historic architecture, fun-filled events, or just a place to relax, experience Downtown Nashua, you’ll find dozens of fine restaurants featuring something for everyone – from award-winning favorites to accessibly-priced family eateries, many specialty stores, galleries and boutiques, and a historic Main Street with small parks and majestic buildings.

MHT Airport

22 Miles

Strategically situated in the heart of New England, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport is less than an hour’s drive from the region’s most popular ski areas, scenic seacoast beaches, and peaceful lakefront resorts. This classic, art-deco 1937 terminal serves as the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire, run by the New Hampshire Aviation Historical Society.

Downtown Boston

32 Miles

Downtown has served as Boston's hub since the 1700s. Home to City Hall, numerous corporate headquarters, condos and apartments, and some of Boston's most beloved tourist attractions — including the historic Freedom Trail and Faneuil Hall — something is always going on Downtown. Department stores and fashion chains dot Downtown Crossing, while steakhouses mix with seafood spots and classic pubs.

Harvard University

35 Miles

Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest higher-learning institution in the U.S. The faculty at this historic Cambridge, Massachusetts university is world-class and includes Nobel laureates and Pulitzer Prize-winning authors. Whether you have a few hours or a few days, many discoveries await in beautiful Harvard Yard. In-person and virtual tours are offered daily.

Logan International Airport

37 Miles

Reflecting our world-class region, this world-class airport reflects the primary airport serving New England. Surrounded by Boston Harbor on three sides, it is one of the nation’s busiest airports – more than 40 airlines fly nonstop to more than 100 domestic and international destinations – and includes several pieces of public art and a 9/11 Memorial.

Boston College

37 Miles

This university was founded in Boston's South End in 1863 by the Jesuits with the mission to educate the city's predominantly Irish-Catholic immigrant community. Through the decades, Boston College has become an internationally respected research university and a center of academic excellence, and its talented and accomplished alumni are leaders in their respective fields.

Boston University

37 Miles

The main Boston campus lies along the Charles River and is always humming with activity. Boston University ranked #42 in national universities by U.S. News & World Report for 2021. With over 33,500 students from more than 130 countries, over 10,000 faculty and staff, 17 schools and colleges, and more than 300 programs of study, it is one of the country's largest independent, nonprofit universities.

Kennebunkport

83 miles

This resort town in York County, Maine, is truly a year-round vacation destination, with visitors enjoying fun in every season. There is something for everyone, from gorgeous beaches and scenic lighthouses to boat tours and unique shopping boutiques and restaurants!