|The Kitchen Garden in Templeton is one place to stop on a weekend drive. (Photography/TOM RETTIG)|
Trees place us in the world. Their bare lines sketch a stark outline against the winter's chilly sky. New buds, branches barely furred in green, promise bursts of color to come. Thick green foliage offers a shaded canopy at the height of summer's heat. And autumn? The fireworks of New England's fall foliage burn so brightly that it's easy to forget those red and orange leaves mean the end and not the beginning of something. Even driving along the busiest highway in October brings the season home, each bend in the road another vista worth a photograph.
Better yet is taking the time for a meandering Saturday drive. The russets and golds of the hills are a backdrop to your own exploration of the byways and back roads.
From hiking to biking to shopping, it's easy to find something to do — and even easier to find a place to kick back and do nothing, perhaps over a mid-morning omelet or a panini for a late lunch.
Heading out of Worcester on Pleasant Street past the airport, Route 122 leads past familiar territory at first: the center of Paxton and then the entrance to Rutland State Park.