Discover why comfort and elegance aren’t necessarily opposites: Dinner at Walden Grille
(24 Walden St., Concord, 978-371-2233), a converted firehouse, brings in the regulars with dishes like seared scallops and snow peas, and pineapple hoisin-glazed pork tenderloin.
Sleepover option: Perhaps the best known is the award-winning Hawthorne Inn (462 Lexington Road, Concord, 978-369-5610. Rooms $149-$329. Rates change seasonally). It’s quaint and warm, and owners Marilyn Mudry and Gregory Burch will have you feeling like you’ve found your home away from home. Kids are welcome for a small additional fee, and they have one pet-friendly room to boot.
Pictured, Walden Pond in Concord