Traveling Greater Boston in Your EV with One-Charge
Reaching the wilderness around the largest city in New England shouldn’t be hindered by range anxiety.
New England is an excellent destination to maximize an electric overnight trip because it has an abundance of charging stations and peaceful roads with EV-friendly speed limits. We’ve devised a route that circles the Greater Boston region and is ideal for hiking during the fall foliage viewing season. It also falls comfortably within the range limitations of the majority of new electric vehicles, with a total distance of 130 miles. Nevertheless, don’t worry if you don’t like to deplete your battery too much or if you want to travel beyond these checkpoints; there are plenty of charging stations throughout the route.
Savor the Colors of Newburyport
Take the Newburyport Turnpike, which has tolls but is far more picturesque than I-95, north of central Boston. Just outside of Danvers, this historic road—a segment of U.S. Route 1, which stretches from the top of Maine to Key West, Florida—becomes a peaceful two-lane highway. After a short distance, you will reach the top of Witch Hill, which got its name from Mary Easty, the most well-known “witch” in Salem, who stayed there right before her ultimate capture and execution. Though it’s currently an appointment-only event space, the home has undergone significant renovations since the 1690s and serves as a fascinating topic of discussion regarding New England history.
Grab some fudge at Winfrey’s Fudge and Chocolates to satisfy your sweet appetite, and then head to the woman-owned Mill River Winery to pick up a bottle of wine for later.
After arriving in charming Newburyport, it’s time to enjoy the surrounding landscape. With their abundance of orange, crimson, and brown leaves, the trees along the town’s peaceful streets provide a stunning setting for family portraits. With its extensive collection of model ships and Coast Guard relics, the Custom House is a great place for anyone searching for something informative to do.
In search of a charge? Several excellent restaurants are within a short stroll from the State & Harris garage, where there is a Level 2 station where you can plug in. Sea Level Oyster Bar is the place to go if oysters are your thing—they go on sale in October. As an alternative, Tuscan Sea Grill & Bar is a great choice because it serves Neapolitan-style pizza and homemade pasta outside by the water. After, stop by The Angry Donut for coffee and dessert.
Visit Stonehenge in America.
When you’re tired of Newburyport, take Route 113 west to Salem, New Hampshire, for a fantastic day trek. You may want to make a detour at Long Hill Orchard en route, where, from June to December, you may choose your own produce and enjoy fresh cider.
After arriving in Salem, take some time to stroll over the charming pathways of Mystery Hill, an old complex of cliff houses and rock heaps that is sometimes referred to as “America’s Stonehenge.” You should have plenty of time to cruise back to Newburyport for the night before the site closes at 5:00 p.m. With a vast tap list and live music, The Grog is a great option for a laid-back supper. Black Cow has something to offer everyone, including haddock tostadas, fried cauliflower with a Korean twist, and coastal favorites like clam chowder. Alternatively, try Loretta for a sleek, contemporary meal with an often changing menu.
Take a stroll by the beach.
Get a bagel from Abraham’s the following morning and head over to Plum Island, Massachusetts. Before returning home, consider taking a trek at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on the island, despite the temperature drop. Should you require one, parking lot 1 has a ChargePoint station. Additionally, Mad Martha’s Cafe on the beach should satisfy your caffeine craving before you head out the door.
Once you’ve stretched your legs, Ipswich will be your final destination. This charming little village, which dates to the 1630s, has a riverwalk surrounded by historic structures. Choate Bridge Pub, named for the nearby stone-arched bridge (the oldest of its kind in the nation), is a good place to get a bite. If you need to recharge your battery, stop at the ChargePoint location near the charming Ipswich Museum and take some time to look at a selection of American artist Arthur Wesley Dow’s creations.
It’s a quick drive from Ipswich to U.S. Route 1, which will return you to Boston.
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