While we often dream of weekends away that include mindless relaxation, we also love travel destinations that recharge our brains and our spirits. Here are five local getaways where you can take in some architectural history and enjoy some New England charm on the side.
1. The Gropius House (Lincoln, MA): Visitors can tour this house designed by Bauhaus architect, Walter Gropius (read our post on the interior for a peek) and also stop by the nearby deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park and Walden Pond.
2. The Zimmerman House by Frank Lloyd Wright (Manchester, NH): Owned by New Hampshire's Currier Museum of Art which offers tours of the house which was designed by Wright inside and out, visitors can also check out the historic Victorian homes in Manchester.
3. The Newport Mansions (Newport, RI): The summer houses of New York's elite during the Industrial Revolution are breathtaking for their architecture and their views, not to mention that they are steps from Newport's gorgeous beaches and world-renowned restaurants.
4. The Shelburne Museum (Shelburne, VT): The museum consists of 39 separate buildings that house exhibitions and exhibit a range of architecture including 19th century homes and shops, a historic round barn, and a contemporary house made from shipping containers designed by Adam Kalkin (shown above).
5. The Philip Johnson Glass House (New Canaan, CT): Tickets to tour the estate containing Philip Johnson's iconic Glass House can be pricey, ranging from $30 for a basic visit to $250 for a private tour, but also include access to the grounds and galleries.