Fall is upon us in New England, arguably the BEST place to be this time of year. We have quite a few Insiders from Maine, Mass., Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut, and several others who mentioned upcoming travel to the area in response to the 2015 Travel Plans thread by sg1974. https://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/thread/17537?start=0&tstart=0
Born and raised (mostly) here in Connecticut, I have family all over this region. So I’ve seen a lot. My favorite New England spots include:
You’ll notice I didn’t mention Maine above. It is one of my favorite states but I’m not the only one, and there is already a TON of Maine on Insiders. A few recents:
I’d love to hear your top 5 places to visit in New England? Where are you staying? Where are you eating? Drinking? Attractions?
Stowe is one of the most scenic spots in VT. It has great restaurants. a wide lodging assortment, and the best skiing in the state.
There is a scenic road, The Toll Road, that you can drive to the top of Mt. Mansfield. In the winter it is a novice ski run that is pleasant and scenic. Even some advanced skiers take a run down it even though it is an easy trip.
There are many attractions nearby. It is my favorite destination in the state.
jerryl, I've definitely had great chowdaaa in Kennebunkport, but can't remember what restaurant it was since it was 10 years ago!
KatieC I recently went to Block Island for a day trip and although I had a major fail when we rented mopeds , we went to the restaurant The Oar and it definitely made things better. There are thousands of hand painted and customized oars from visitors all over the ceilings & walls, it's really cool. They have a nice lawn area with lots of Adirondack chairs looking at the bay, picnic tables to eat outside, and my favorite part, corn hole boards! I can't forget about the delicious frozen mudslides either! I totally recommend making a stop there next time you visit the island if you haven't been before!
Great locations to visit KatieC. I would add Mystic Seaport, CT for sure. Would also recommend the lighthouse tours in MA and Maine (2nd most lighthouses in US). Also in MA, being a history buff and ex-history teacher, Concord, Lexington, Boston, Plymouth, and let's not forget Salem (the Witch City). Very nice post and responses.
Thanks, bpelican! Yes, I must get to Salem one of these days. I discovered recently that one of my ancestors was tried as a witch during that time.
I'm from Boston and I love most of the destinations already mentioned.
My favorites, however, are:
1. Maine coast. I've driven every major peninsula and some of my favorite dining spots are Bob's Clam Hut (Kittery), Cooks Lobster house (Bailey's Island) and just about every lobster pound that you can find in the state.
2. Boston. It was home for my first twenty two years and I still miss it, more than 50 years later. For dining, try the North End. My favorite pizza places are Antico Forno and Regina (possibly the best in the US). You must visit Fenway Park.
3. Newport is spectacular, especially during it's many music festivals.
4. Stowe Vermont, the ski Capital of New England.
5. Dixville Notch, NH after the Balsams reopens. Until then, try the Mount Washington Hotel in the White Mountains. Amazing scenery and great skiing.
Absolutely love North End in Boston. So much history with the The Historic Old North Church, Boston MA | Old North Church and then incredible Italian treats.
We go to Newport every September - for about 25 years so far. Love it. Great sites, great air, great restaurants and shopping.
Corner Café for breakfast - French toast made with Portuguese sweet bread and serviced with a maple pecan butter.
Scales and Shells
and many more.
Great list. I would add Newport, RI and would concur with Portsmouth. If you get to Portsmouth the New Castle, NH Luxury Hotels | Wentworth by the Sea, A Marriott Hotel & Spa is a must visit. Several of us have talked about the property in threads over the years. lakersfan and tjcnewyork were/are both big fans.
IAHFLYR, did you ever end up getting to the Wentworth?
jerryl I don't understand how you could have lived half your life in New England and not be a member of Red Sox Nation. I do agree that fall in New England is spectacular. Some of my favorite spots for NE in the fall are:
Cadillac Mountain in Bar Harbor, ME;
Mohawk Trail, MA:
White Mountains, NH:
Having lived in New England my entire life, I can't imagine fall any place else.
For the sake of keeping this short, I'll stay focused on Northern Vermont. First of all, Vermont has some great breweries. Stowe has a couple, but hands down, The Shed Brewery is my favorite. When I lived in Burlington, we used to take the 30 minute drive south and pop in for some good eats and super fresh growlers. If you're looking for an amazing scenic ride, you have to take Route 108 North between Stowe Mountain Resort and Smuggler's Notch. It is an insane mountain pass, which takes you over a shoulder of Vermont's largest mountain, Mount Mansfield, filled with hairpin turns and great scenic views. My all time favorite fall drive!
Another great fall activity to do while in Burlington, is to take the ferry across Lake Champlain to a few small Northern New York towns, Plattsburgh, Essex, and Port Kent. Gets you out on the water and into some cute little towns with neat little cafes and restaurants and small artisan shops.
Fun Fact: One of the most wonderful things about this state is that they do not have any billboards. At first, I found this a little odd, but then I came to appreciate it. Vermont has some gorgeous countryside and this just keeps it clean and beautiful, especially in the fall.
Vermont is a great place to visit most of the year, but there is an exception.
It's called "mud season" and if you ever visit at that time you'll quickly realize why it's called that.
It comes at the end of winter or early spring when the snow is rapidly melting and everything is covered with mud.
Hotel rates, at that time, are the lowest of the year and they still don't get many guests.
I have always wanted to visit New England in the fall - especially VERMONT! I once heard that Vermont and Oregon were both "socks with sandals" states, which I like the sounds of... I have sadly only visited Boston, and then only in the winter! It was cold but beautiful! I hope to make it out there sometime soon.
Definitely a highlight of New England, californian. I think it is covered, in part, in some of the threads I linked to above. You can never have enough Acadia though. The hiking, the scenery, the food. I used to go every August. We are due for another trip!
There is, however, a way to travel between Stowe and Smugglers Notch in the winter. You can do it on skis. You can ski between the top of Spruce Peak (at Stowe) and the top of Smugglers. It's a nice diversion when one is spending a week at either resort. You get to check out the other resort for a day.