There’s no joy in racing through airports. A hectic sprint to the gate leaves you staring blankly as “DELAY” starts taking over the board, one glaring red line at a time. At some point they find the flight is overbooked, so the rebate offers start flying and the stress levels rise as the airline fights to switch out seats.

That’s not any way to start what’s supposed to be a quiet, holiday retreat.

Whether you and your friends need a girls-only weekend or you’re planning a romantic trip for two, there’s more to be found by ditching the New Year’s travel headache and sticking close to home. Plus, you’re going to save lots of money!

So, put away the stress-ball and bottle of ibuprofen required to make it through travel delays and overcrowded flights, and get ready to explore the finest of Montague/Whitehall lodging and entertainment!


Good Vibes, Good Eats

If you’re looking for a feel-good place to enjoy a full beer, cider, wine, and snack menu, add Fetch Brewing Company to your weekend getaway list. An old bank has been remodeled into a warm, welcoming atmosphere that features live music, a “vault” hangout, and the ability to order in or bring your own food to eat. Holding a steady 4.5 starts on Google Reviews, Fetch Brewing Co. is the crown jewel for any friend- or couples-retreat. It’s the perfect place to celebrate the holidays and ring in the new year.

Other places you’ll want to check out while you’re here:

  • Pub One Eleven is where the action’s at! Proudly serving a plethora of spirits and excellent food for over 60 years, the Pub always has a full calendar that caters to every interest! Live bands, DJ’s, and karaoke nights make this perfect place for a girls’ friends-cation.
  • Pekadill’s, known for captivating grounds and a lovely establishment, is a great choice if you prefer gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan-friendly options. They serve American cuisine and have a delectable array of soups.
  • The Book Nook & Java Shop is shopping and good eats in one, and their cozy, romantic atmosphere truly draws you in. Serving coffee, wine, and American dishes, this popular spot may need to be reserved ahead of time. The shop is wheelchair accessible and often touts live music!

After you’ve had your fill of food and spirits, why not catch a movie at the Northstar Cinemas-Whitehall? Take your pick between three movies and various show times before calling it a night and heading to your comfy quarters.


What’s a Trip Without Shopping?

First and foremost, there’s a nice spread of antique shops scattered through Whitehall and Montague — and each one is absolutely distinct from its counterparts. From The Golden Monkey and Colby Street Shops to the Montague Antique & Collectibles Mall, you’ll want to set a whole day aside just for exploring!

Colby’s Hokey Pokey is another shop to put on your list. They carry new and gently used/repurposed items not just for you, but also for your home! Hunt out shabby chic furniture like leather couches, dining sets, and beds, or look through unique pieces of art you won’t find anywhere else. The best part are the prices: nothing is over the top, guaranteeing you leave with big bags and smiles to match!

All of the local ladies know that some of the best treasures have been found at Figgs Boutique. From winter coats to that perfect-fitting pair of jeans you just can’t live without, you’ll find all that and more at this amazing shop. Last but definitely not least, support your local artists by both perusal and purchase when you check out the Nuveen Center. Founded in 1985, the Center has grown exponentially, inspiring all of White Lake by providing art opportunities that engage the community and continue to keep the arts alive for upcoming generations. Who knows — you might find the crown jewel piece you’ve been searching for to complete the look of your dining room, living room, or home office.


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