Within five minutes of the retreat center is the tiny New England town of Harvard with summer outdoor concerts, spectacular fall foliage, sledding on the common in the winter, and orchards full of apple blossoms in the spring. Learn about Shaker communal life and Native Americans at Fruitlands in Harvard. There are miles of country roads suitable for bicycling as well as hiking and mountain biking trails in Harvard and adjacent towns. Canoeing or kayaking is on the Nashua River with Nashoba Paddler. Indian Hill Music provides jazz and classical concerts just 3 miles away. Thirteen miles from Friendly Crossways in the town of Concord where you can take a Literary Tour of Louisa May Alcott’s home and the Old Manse, home to Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Thoreau’s Walden Pond and Lyceum as well as visit historic Lexington and the site of the “shot heard ’round the world’ at the Minute Man Park in Concord, which pretty much started the American Revolution. Browse through the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln. If you love ice cream, don’t miss Kimball Farm, open spring through fall.