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With its handsome, clapboard houses, graceful church steeples and swathes of oaks and maples, Concord, 20 miles west of Boston, is the picture of a prosperous New England town. It’s not surprising to learn that it nurtured some of America’s most famous literary figures. Less obvious is that was also the location of the start of the American Revolution. Culture, countryside and history are what draw visitors and our choice of the best places to stay in Concord ensures you can enjoy all three.
What Not To Miss
- The first shots of the American War of Independence were fired here, in 1775, when colonists fought back a British contingent at Old North Bridge forcing them to retreat to Boston, culminating in the infamous Siege of Boston. Much of this history, together with a rich collection of Americana, can be found at Concord Museum, close to Monument Square. The museum also contains the world’s largest collection of author Henry David Thoreau artefacts, including his writing desk from Walden Pond.
- Thoreau is one of a clutch of 19th-century writers who were born or drawn to Concord and whose homes you can visit including the Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial House, where he lived for almost 50 years, and Orchard House, the childhood home of Louisa May Alcott. Author of Little Women, one of the most popular young-adult books ever written, Alcott largely set the novel in Concord.
- Thoreau fans can visit the farmhouse where he was born and Walden Pond - gorgeous in the fall, and the inspiration for his book, ‘Walden’ - where he built a rustic cabin amongst the forest.
- The Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is also worth a visit - probably most known for Authors Ridge, the area of the cemetery where many famous authors are buried.
- Today Walden Pond offers hiking and cycling trails while the Concord River is a good place for canoeing, particularly for first-timers, as it is relatively placid.
Which pretty much sums up Concord: an elegant, gentle place, surrounded by nature, where you may well feel moved to start your own novel. Choose our pick of the best places to stay in Concord for inspiration!
The best places to stay in Concord
For colonial charm
- Concord’s Colonial Inn lives up to its name with a splendid façade of pillars and veranda, wood-panelled bar and graceful, light-filled rooms with beautiful panelling and polished-wood floors. The restaurant serves up fresh New England menus, too.
For an apartment
- If you'd prefer a self-catering option this holiday - don't hesitate to visit our online partner, Booking.com for a selection of properties, ideal for exploring this historic town.
- Fly to Boston Logan International Airport located 43km (27 miles) from Concord with a range of flights across the U.S and Internationally.
- Alternatively, catch a train to Concord with rail links to Boston.
- If you want to rent a car to explore Concord and the beautiful scenery further afield - for prices visit our online partner, Holiday Autos.
- Best time to visit - from May to October allows visitors to experience the warm summer weather and subsequently the wonderful Autumn fall colours.
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Best Hotels in Concord
Concord's Colonial Inn 46 rooms from $148Concord (Massachusetts)
Inn set in history, architecture and literature. Light, modern rooms with newspapers and coffee machine. Enjoy the New England cuisine at the restaurant and bar. Concord known for its pivotal role in American Independence ensures a great stay for history buffs. Great weekend break for activities.TraditionalSights nearby - Spend an afternoon looking around Concord's historic homes - The Wayside, The Manse and more.Kayaking - Walden Pond for boating and kayaking.Opulent