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It’s about that time – you’ve been on campus for long enough that you have forgotten how to talk about anything but cases and recruiting. If you need a break from things, here are four of my favorites places for a weekend away.

1. Martha’s Vineyard, MA. I spent a delightful few days here last May, unwinding from the rush of the end of the year. We were there in the off-season, which has a lot to recommend it – no crowds, no traffic, no trouble getting into restaurants, lower prices, and there’s a chance you can find a big section of the beach to have to yourself. I highly recommend the Beach Plum Inn in Menemsha ((508) 645-9454, Quiet, secluded, and the restaurant in the Inn was excellent.

2. Woodstock, VT. If you look at any snow globe of a country village, chances are it’s modeled on Woodstock – this place is that picturesque. In the middle of Vermont’s Green Mountains, Woodstock has a ton of cute shops, art galleries, and more than one place for homemade pie and ice cream. You should also stop at Simon Pierce in nearby Quechee, VT, for a good lunch and a look at the working glass-blowing studios. Try the Woodstock Inn, right in Woodstock (800-448-7900,

3. Camden, ME. What Woodstock is to the Mountains, Camden is to the coast. You can enjoy your morning coffee sitting on the pier, watching the boats come in and out of the harbor. Then head into town for a real Maine lobstah, followed by a brisk walk up nearby Mt. Battie. And, most important of all, don’t forget to stop at Moody’s Diner on your way home for a slice of the best pie in Maine, in Waldoboro. I have stayed at and enjoyed both the Maine Stay Inn,(207-236-9636, and the Windward House (877-492-9656), both just outside the harbor.

4. Mt. Moosilauke, NH. This is Dartmouth’s mountain in the White mountains of New Hampshire – although anyone is welcome to stay at the Ravine Lodge. The lodgings are rustic (read: rough), but the hospitality is warm, and the location is perfect – on the side of a mountain in the middle of a forest. There is nothing better than sitting on one of the porches with a mug of hot chocolate after a day walking on the mountain. (603-764-5858,

Enjoy, and let me know what you think.

The Local

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