Minutes from Route 2 and the Orange airport the North Quabbin region offers endless trails to be biked or hiked, as well as some of the best fishing in New England. Relaxing becomes easy here as this area provides opportunities for swimming and kayaking. There are rentals on the river just minutes from the house.
If shopping suits you better, a two-minute walk will bring you into downtown Orange and its quaint antique shops, and with a 3/4 hour drive you will find yourself at the Yankee Candle flagship store, the "Scenter of New England". Also a pleasant 40 minute drive away, the five-college area of Northampton and Amherst, and in other directions: the famous Bridge of Flowers at Shelburne Falls and Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory are both within an hours' travel. Nearby Brattleboro, Vermont is also 45 minutes north and is an arts and shopping destination.