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Western Mass Winter Getaway

Western Mass Winter Getaway

By on Jan 1, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Taina Asili

Featured Song:   Winters in Albany can get a little draining to say the least. Because it is a small city, we tend feel bored with all of our indoor fun options come our second or third cold month. Driving long distances in the winter is a risk with the snow, which also means we slow down the amount of out of town performances we do. The good news is that Albany is close to fun adventures in many other nearby cities and towns. One winter getaway we love exploring is Western Massachusetts, which has a plethora of beautiful museums and delicious restaurants to choose from, and is a close drive from Albany. For the past two winters we have grabbed an inexpensive hotel for the weekend somewhere between Springfield and Northampton, and set off to visit places like The Springfield Museums, Mass Mocha, The Hyde Collection Art Museum, and our absolute favorite, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Of course, a vacation is always more fun for our family if we find somewhere soulful, satisfying and vegan to eat. Northampton has a few great options in this regard. The first place we fell in love with a few years ago is La Veracruzana Mexican Restaurant. They have an authentic menu, with a relaxed and attractive atmosphere that is perfect for families. My favorite dish on the menu by far are the tamales, which are vegan and gluten-free, and filled with calabacitas (zucchini) or black beans. The dish also comes with rice, beans and guacamole. At their salsa bar you can choose your favorite salsa to go on top. And if that weren’t enough, they also have my two of my favorite aguas frescas: horchata, which is a drink made from rice milk, sugar and spices; and tamarindo, or tamarind juice. The prices are reasonable, the food is ready quickly and very filling, and the staff are incredibly kind to our family. For dessert in Northampton we recommend Sweeties Candy, just around the corner from La Veracruzana. They have a sign for vegan chocolate in the window, which first drew us in. Vegan chocolate? Yes please! Always.  We first walked in to find a display case of many different types of...

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