Quiz question: What do Steve Carell (actor), Henry David Thoreau (poet), Louisa May Alcott (author), Ralph Waldo Emerson (poet), Kevin Garnett (NBA star), and Nathaniel Hawthorne (author) have in common?
Answer: They have all been residents of Concord, Massachusetts!
Another less-well-known fact about the Concord area is that it’s one of my favorite places to visit. From Walden Pond to the amazing old cemeteries to the local shops, this place should top your list of travel destinations!
Aside from it’s obvious beauty, the area is filled with significant history. The revolutionary war started in the adjoining town of Lexington, and most of my ancestors lived in the area (and perhaps yours too). If you’re an American history buff, then you could spend days visiting the area.
Recently my wife & I packed the car up (with our canoe and bikes) and drove the long drive from Virginia to Concord.
It had always been my dream to canoe on Walden Pond, and since I believe in fulfilling my dreams, we made it a reality!
The “pond” is really more like a lake, and it has an amazing trail that wraps around it. My little guy absolutely loved being on the boat, as well as my wife (pictured below).
An easy 1.5 mile trail wraps around the pond, which is fun for the whole family.
It was really fun watching hard core swimmers and kayakers do laps across the lake…it almost motivated me to do the same…
We also had so much fun visiting the Henry David Thoreau museum, seeing what his little cabin would have looked like. You can walk around and see what his life would have been like when he lived at Walden Pond.
The quaint town of Concord is really fun to walk around, especially if you like antique shops, candy stores, book shops, and fun little restaurants.
When we visit The Concord Shop during summer time, we’ve always found their polish pottery on sale.
Because my wife took a floral arrangement class in college, she has a real appreciation for well-arranged flowers. She was really wowed by Winston Flowers, a florist on Main Street.
They have really creative & modern flower displays. And as an interesting side note, they told me that their Boston shop decorates Tom Brady’s apartment each week with tons of flowers.
Just a few minutes away lies the adjoining town of Lexington, Massachusetts. One stop you really shouldn’t miss is the Minute Man Historical National Park, where the Revolutionary War began with “the shot heard around the world.”
It’s an amazing feeling to walk around the place where America’s freedom started. Even if this area had not become famous for it’s history, I believe that it would still have become famous for it’s natural beauty.
Everything is green, luscious, and vibrantly alive.
Another stop you can’t afford to miss is the legendary Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. While you are there, be sure to look for “Authors Ridge”, so you can see the grave sites of Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, & Louisa May Alcott.
We just had to lay our wee boy on this comfy-looking forest floor. It seemed like some strange fairy tale.
If by now I’ve finally talked you into visiting the Concord area, then while you’re there be sure to visit some of my favorite nearby sites (I’ve linked the below places to assist you in planning your trip):
- The freedom trail in Boston
- The home of John & Abigail Adams (2nd U.S. president)
- Cape Cod
- Martha’s Vineyard (watch for my upcoming review of “The Vineyard”)
Any other suggestions you care to share? Please comment below!