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Under $100: Groton, Massachusetts

by Holly Riddle

Jul 17, 2019

Plymouth, Massachusetts © Kerim Hadzi | Dreamstime

Under $100 / North America

Start your day in Groton, Massachusetts, just a short drive outside of Boston, with a late breakfast on Main Street at Salt & Light Cafe. The casual eatery provides loads of light breakfast and lunch options, with lots of gluten-free and health-conscious menu items. A wide array of coffees and teas are available, complemented by the café’s house-made flavor shots. Pastry items and desserts are also a can’t-miss add-on to your meal.


Groton is filled with fun ways to play in the outdoors, and all for an affordable price. After breakfast, visit Autumn Hills Orchards, a real working farm and orchard where you can pick your own raspberries, blueberries, apples and pears, depending on the season. Check the orchard’s hours and what’s available before you visit.


Then take a hike up the city’s most prominent feature, Gibbett Hill. This landmark certainly has its secrets, as hidden castle ruins can be found with a bit of a walk. The Bancroft Castle was a private home in the early 1900s before becoming a sanatorium, and then the Groton Hunt Club. A firecracker accident resulted in the burning of part of the now-abandoned castle, which you can find along a hiking trail that is supposedly haunted (as the town used the hill for hangings in the 1600s).


Take a walk up and down Main Street and do a little bit of shopping at some of the cute local storefronts. Two recommended spots, both on Main Street and off, include Lavender and Indigo. The former is a florist, but also offers an array of gifts, perfect to take back home, while the latter offers a selection of socially conscious apparel, decor and gifts.


For dinner, you can’t go anywhere other than Forge & Vine. This new restaurant channels the four natural elements of wood, water, iron and fire, and combines them with the area’s history, for a unique environment and dining experience. Enjoy outdoor dining with views of Gibbett Hill, or indoor dining with views of the open kitchen, or hop up to a seat at the bar, where you can order a variety of local beers or from an extensive wine selection. The menu features seasonal, locally inspired ingredients, combined into decadent dishes, with a heavy focus on seafood and hefty portions. The excellent staff is incredibly accommodating to those with dietary restrictions.


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