Here are five more ideas for things that are fun by themselves, but more enjoyable with a little cannabis.
6. Take a walk in the woods
Love the changing color of fall, but hate the traffic in the mountains? Consider going for a leaf-peeping hike instead. There are plenty of beautiful places nearby where you can experience the beauty of autumn. A leaf walk or hike is much more engaging than a leaf peeping drive—you’re not seeing the color through tinted glass, you’re immersed in it! A toke or two, and everything will look more colorful. You’ll quickly find that beauty extends to more than the tree canopy—with your awareness heightened by some cannabis sativa, you’ll see the details you’d miss from a car: the grey-green of lichen covered stone walls; green moss growing on stumps and fallen branches, mushrooms sprouting on the forest floor. It’s a feast for all the senses. Shift your attention to sound and you’ll be amazed at what you’ll hear: wind in the trees, the sound of chattering squirrels and chipmunks, a myriad of different bird calls, the high-pitched trill of the last of the season’s crickets. Then there’s the scent of fall in a New England woods: earthy, piney, a bit sour.
The color starts with red maples and ash in early October, then the sugar maples, beeches and choke cherries take over. The show ends in early November with a blaze of yellow Norway maples and the subtle mustards and mahogany reds of the oaks.
Live in/near Boston? Try the Arnold Arboretum, the Blue Hills or Essex Fells Reservations. Looking for something a little further out? The Trustees of Reservations has 100+ beautiful properties throughout Massachusetts.
7. Visit Boston’s newest neighborhoods
You don’t have to be a city resident to enjoy the energy and excitement of urban life. If you haven’t been in to town for a while, you might be surprised at how much more vibrant Boston has become. Until recently, the choices were pretty limited: Newbury Street for shopping, Harvard Square for the youthful energy, the North End for the restaurant scene, and the rest—the museums, theatres, bars, clubs—scattered around the city. These perennials neighborhoods are still there, but they’ve been joined by a host of refurbished and newly built areas that are full of people and things to do and see. Davis and Union Squares in Somerville, SoWa and the Ink Block in the South End, the Seaport, China Town and the Theatre District. North Station, The Fenway, Southie. Light up or pop an edible, take an Uber Fall and then just walk around and absorb the neighborhood ‘s unique vibe. With students back, tourists visiting and residents out and about, the fall is a great time to be in the city—walking, people watching, having a coffee, a drink or meal outside.
For a summary of city neighborhoods and things to do in each, check out Trip Advisor.
8. Do the Cheese Trail in the Berkshires
You probably didn’t even know there was a cheese trail, did you? Locavore restaurants joined with cheesemakers a few years back to promote the many and very tasty cheeses produced in the area. The Berkshire Farm & Table Cheese Trail includes 10 artisanal cheese makers and four farm-to-table restaurants and cafes that use local cheeses in the Berkshires and nearby Hudson Valley of New York. It makes for a fun afternoon, or a two-day adventure. Make sure you have a designated driver and then head out to discover some interesting farmers and the cheeses they make, like Cricket Creek Farm, where their Maggie’s Round won the 2011 American Cheese Society competition, or Old Chatham Sheepherding Company, where they make camembert, ricotta and blue cheeses. A nice sativa-dominant strain will elevate your mood and get you in the spirit of adventure. Don’t worry about getting the munchies—you can sample and purchase cheeses at each stop. Think you might get thirsty? Pack a jug of cider, or consider some stops on the Beer & Cider trail as well
To plan a cheese-filled outing, visit Berkshire Farm & Table.
9. Go to a college football game
Looking for something more social to do? Try a college football game. For a fraction of the cost of Patriot’s tickets, you can experience the excitement of live football. Many schools let you tailgate beforehand, so invite friends, pack a mini-grill, a cooler full of cold beverages (check first to see if they allow alcohol), some brats, mustard and buns, and of course, some discreet
edibles—you won’t be able to light up on school property. The crowd energy when you’re high is infectious—you don’t even have to be an alumnus to get swept-up in the spirit of a home game.
To get the fall football schedule of teams near you check out Fox Sports.
10. Attend a festival or event
Fall is festival time in New England, with something happening every weekend to appeal to all ages and tastes. Themed around foliage, music, beverages, arts, crafts, nationality—whatever your interest, someone has put together a day or weekend event. If you like being out with people, festivals have (no pun intended) a great buzz. Take some edibles and join in the activities, or just wander around, soaking up the happy vibe of people enjoying themselves outside. And of course, there will be lots of options, to help you deal with the munchies, from food stalls to local restaurants. Some events, like the annual OysterFest in Wellfleet, held this year on October 19th and 20th, are all about food.
With cannabis legal in Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont (and decriminalized in Connecticut, New Hampshire and Rhode Island,) you can find lots of events where no one will hassle you if you’re stoned.