After the crazy week of weather we had, all I want to do is get out of the house and go for a long, restorative walk. Here in the Boston area, we escaped Hurricane Sandy with minimal damage. Trees are down, some Massachusetts residents are still without power, but much of New England is still sighing with relief that the super storm didn’t barrel through the region. At the same time, we ache for our neighbors in southern Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, transfixed by the images we see on TV, online, and in the newspapers.

Just a few weeks ago, New Englanders took to their favorite orchards and farms to pick apples, pumpkins and apple cider donuts. Post-Halloween, post-Sandy, it seems that we should all just aim to get outside this weekend, and soak up our beautiful parks, forests, beaches and mountain wilderness.

Many of our books feature the beauty of New England, and give great ideas for exploring this spectacular region. It was North Shore Baby that introduced me to amazing family-friendly places to explore in the gorgeous region just north of Boston.  Places like Appleton Farms and the Grass Rides, pictured here, are quiet and beautiful, with rolling fields lined by stone walls, acres of woods, and historic farm buildings that look like landscape paintings of New England.  Add on a trek through the Grass Rides, and you can stroll through the fields and woods for hours.

New England’s Historic Homes & Gardens obviously gives readers a wide scope and range of places to visit throughout the region, and many of these historic homes come with large estates that make for terrific walks and hikes. Try the William Cullen Bryant Homestead in Cummington for a particularly great fall day.

Lastly, for the city-dwellers out there, fear not – Boston and Cambridge feature incredible parks and hidden gems that can bring you the same kind of joy that you gain from a rural hike. Check out Boston’s Gardens & Green Spaces to discover a place close to you – the Arnold Arborteum and the Allendale Woods are especially beautiful this time of year, and a walk through Mount Auburn will open your eyes to the vast beauty of cemeteries of that era.

For more information about any of the places included here, check out the full slate of our books. And because we did experience some damage from the storm, be sure to check websites to ensure that the properties are open. The Trustees of the Reservations has been doing an excellent job keeping them updated here.