Bibliophiles, get ready for a road trip. Summer is the perfect time to visit author houses and other literary landmarks. Some are only open seasonally this time of year, while others offer special events and activities—yoga, live music, improv, and more.

Do Yoga at Scott and Zelda’s Place

FitzgeraldMuseum.JPGGet zen at the Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery, Alabama. Before hitting the mat for a fundraising yoga class, tour the only museum dedicated to the Jazz Age pair. They lived in this house in the city’s historic district for several months in 1931, Scott toiling over Tender is the Night and Zelda writing the novel Save Me the Waltz. Yoga @ The Fitzgerald Museum takes place on Saturday, June 17 from 4:30-6 p.m. and costs $10.

Listen to Live Music at Edith Wharton’s Abode

Be part of the Gilded Age grandeur at Edith Wharton’s estate, The Mount, in Lenox, Massachusetts. On weekends in July and August, live music takes place on a terrace overlooking the French- and Italianate-style gardens (like the house, the gardens were designed by the novelist). Or stop by for another summertime series, Wharton on Wednesdays, as professional actors read Wharton’s writings on the terrace.

Voyage on the Mark Twain Riverboat

Cruise the Mighty Mississippi like Mark Twain, who once made his living as a riverboat pilot (a profession he claimed to love “far better than any I have followed since”). The Mark Twain Riverboat offers one-hour sightseeing cruises and two-hour dinner excursions, along with weekend music cruises in the summer. Outings leave from Hannibal, Missouri, Twain’s childhood home and the model for the fictional St. Petersburg in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Groove to Show Tunes at Jack London’s Ranch

Open-air winery ruins make a scenic backdrop for “Broadway Under the Stars,” a series of concerts at Jack London State Historic Park in the Sonoma Valley. Literature meets nature at the 1,400-acre park—once the adventure writer’s ranch land—where visitors can picnic, hike, bike, and horseback ride, as well as view London’s homes and grave site. “Broadway Under the Stars” takes place from June 16-September 10. Ticket prices vary.

Watch a Play about Helen Keller at Her Family Home

The drama “The Miracle Worker” is being staged on the grounds of Ivy Green, Helen Keller’s birthplace in Tuscumbia, Alabama, on Friday and Saturday evenings through July 8. The play unfolds Keller’s remarkable life, from her early struggles with blindness and deafness, to the transformation that took place under the tutelage of the “miracle worker,” teacher Anne Sullivan. Performances take place at 8 p.m. and cost $15. Ticket holders can arrive at 6:30 p.m. for a free tour of the house and grounds.

Experience an Emily Dickinson-Era Circus

Held on the lawn at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts, the 19th Century Children’s Circus recreates a home-grown extravaganza put on by the poet’s niece and nephews and other youngsters in the neighborhood in the late 1800s. Enjoy games, crafts, a parade, and more. July 1, 1-4 p.m. Admission charge for non-members.


Get Creative at Flannery O’Connor’s Farm

“Bring yer thang, get yer five minutes of fame.” Every third Thursday through September at Andalusia, Flannery O’Connor’s former home, is open mic night. Take a turn in the spotlight to perform whatever stokes your creative fire—music, reading, dancing, or storytelling. O’Connor spent the last years of her life here in Milledgeville, Georgia, writing and raising peacocks on her mother’s family farm. 5 p.m. on June 15, July 20, August 17, September 21.