After your run, drive 20 miles (35 minutes to) Ogunquit Beach, Maine.
TripAdvisor rates Ogunquit Beach as one of the Top 25 Beaches in the United States. This long peninsula of sandy beach and grassy dunes stretches for three and a half miles, forming a natural barrier between the Atlantic Ocean and the Ogunquit River. You can swim, bodysurf, search for shells and driftwood, and rent chairs, umbrellas and floats. This beach has lifeguards. You can park for a fee in a large lot at the southern end of the beach. Facilities include restrooms, outside showers for rinsing off, and picnic tables.
Just 53 minutes down the road you will find Mt. Sunapee Resort in Newbury, NH, where you can go on a zip line tour. The Canopy Zip-Line Tour, located on Mount Sunapee’s South Peak features a series of ziplines, rope bridges and rappelling as you descend from the summit. There are eight ziplines in total highlighted by the final 1,000’ dual zip-lines to a platform behind the Welcome Center, from which you will rappel back down to earth. From the first tree platform to the last platform you will travel a distance of almost ¾ of a mile above the forest floor. Groups of no more than eight are led by two guides as you fly through a canopy of oak, beech, maple, birch and evergreen trees. There are six ski trail crossings that offer spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and Mount Sunapee. $79 per person for a 2 ½ hour tour(2015 price). Must be 10 years old or older and between 80 and 250 pounds. Reservations strongly recommended. Call 603-763-3564 or visit their web site: http://www.mountsunapee.com. It will then be a 50-minute drive to Springfield, Vermont.
If ziplining isn’t your thing, perhaps glassblowing is. The Terrapin Glassblowing Studio is located at 79 Hadley Road in Jaffrey, NH. The studio is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9am to 5pm. A true family project that all began with a glassblowing class at nearby Franklin Pierce University. As the passion, experience and mutual family interest in glass blowing grew it didn’t take long before the new studio was built. Visit Terrapin Glassblowing Studio in Jaffrey for yourself and see for your own eyes what a family with a little passion can blow out of proportion! For more information check out their web site: www.terrapinglass.com. It will then be a 1 hour, 14 minute (56 mile) drive to Springfield, Vermont.
Drive 28 minutes (28 miles) to 8 Bellows Falls Road, Putney, Vermont to visit Putney Mountain Winery. The Winery and Tasting Room are open 11:00 am – 5:00 pm seven days a week. The Winery is located inside the Basketville store, in the village of Putney (Exit 4 on I91). At the winery you can watch through two large observation windows as the wine is made and taste and learn about the wines from knowledgeable staff. You may also want to linger over a glass of wine in the comfortable tasting area. Drive 31 minutes (29 miles) to Northfield, Massachusetts.
After your race, drive 25 minutes to Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens, at 281 Greenfield Road/Routes 5 and 10, South Deerfield, MA. There you will find an 8,000-square-foot conservatory with indoor gardens and over 4,000 butterflies from around the world. Visit their gift shop, Monarch’s Restaurant and outdoor gardens. Open: Daily, year-round; summer hours are 9AM – 6PM. Their web site is www.MagicWings.com.
Newport, Rhode Island has a lovely downtown area with shops and restaurants near the waterfront, and is also known for its mansions, which can be toured. See as many as you can, but definitely tour The Breakers, at 44 Ochre Point Avenue. The Breakers is the grandest of Newport’s summer “cottages” and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family’s social and financial preeminence in turn-of-the-century America. You’ll enjoy a room-to-room walking tour, wearing headsets. Newport was also the home of Jacqueline Kennedy, and the church where she wed John F. Kennedy is here.
Mystic Seaport & Mystic Aquarium is the nation’s leading maritime museum. The Museum’s grounds cover 19 acres on the Mystic River in Mystic, CT and include a recreated 19th-century coastal village, a working shipyard, formal exhibit halls, and state-of-the-art artifact storage facilities. The Museum is home to more than 500 historic watercraft, including four National Historic Landmark vessels, most notably the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan, America’s oldest commercial ship still in existence. You may also have time to enjoy the Mystic Aquarium.
Before or after your race in New Paltz, NY, take time to explore the quaint downtown area. Also, in and around New Paltz you can visit Historic Huguenot St. Explore 300 years of history while touring the seven stone houses and church in the historic village of New Paltz, a National Historic Landmark District. Check out their web site for current admission fees, http://www.huguenotstreet.org. Open by appointment.
Rather sample wine than learn about history? Follow the Shawangunk Trail, nine wineries (5 located in Ulster County) in a beautiful 30-mile loop which includes several other attractions.