My husband and I had the pleasure of entertaining some friends on a recent Sunday afternoon. It was one of those temperamental summer days, featuring unpredictable bursts of sun and rain, but that didn’t stop us from having fun. In fact, five hours—and many laughs—later, we were still sitting on the front porch, enjoying each other’s company. The whole day felt aimless, but fun. As our friends were getting ready to leave, we agreed there is nothing like an impromptu visit to while away a summer afternoon.
On a weekend when I don’t have much planned, I like to get my errands done early in the morning so I can do things only to be enjoyed this time of year, like reading outside, tending to my flowers, taking a stroll with my niece, riding my bike…just lazy day things, with no pressure, no time tables. Just…relaxation. Like sitting around with friends watching the falling rain.
Of course, I also love to get out and do stuff. Summertime in the Capital Region is filled with many activities to keep your days busy for the next couple of months. There are fairs, festivals, craft shows, outdoor concerts and many other events.
If you want to get away for a day or weekend without spending too much money on gas or ever-increasing airline tickets, this issue features five places to explore in under two hours or less. Two spots I personally can’t wait to check out are Old Sturbridge Village and the historic homes in Deerfield, both in Massachusetts.
However you choose to spend your summer days, I hope you’ll enjoy a few lazy days here and there. After all, that is what summer’s all about, isn’t it? And it’s something that can be enjoyed, rain or shine!
Mary Beth Galarneau