Weekend Getaways in New England

Weekend Getaways in New England

Weekend Getaways in New England

The land of New England is famous for its wealth of diverse trails. Stunning and cozy autumn, lush green summers and spectacular springs and colors of winter’s fall foliage this place makes for an ideal getaway for warm winters and summer vacations alike.

New England is located in the far northeast corner of the US and is a heartthrob retreat especially for those who stay on the east coast. The sheer beauty of the land and its solitude makes it a hit amongst the couples who want to spend time alone in solitude.

Explore the expansive oceanic views or snug into a shabby-chick mountain cabin the options are endless.

New England comprises of altogether 6 different states namely – Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont. Depending on the region, New England offers the most diverse experience to its visitors.

Top attractions in New England:

New England poses a lot of opportunity for those looking for a quick literary jaunt to revive themselves. Here are some of the top places in New England which are on the priority list of every traveler.

Nantucket – The Gray Lady of Massachusetts

Nantucket is a small triangular island 30 miles south of the famed Cape Cod. The fog laden spit of land penetrates deep into the waters. Named as The Gray Lady due to the thick fog from the sea that wraps the island. The tourist numbers swells to 50,000 during the summer season.

Perfect for family and couples its idyll setting takes you back in time as you slip into a hue of dense fog. Cobblestone streets are lined with antique shops, jewelry, special gift, and gourmet shops. There are two famous museums on the island as well.

The island has a great choice of beaches for surfing on the south side, and on the far west are some of the wildest and most unspoiled beaches.

There is a small airport that handles commercial service from Boston as well as private aircraft.

Martha’s Vineyard

The 100 sq.mile island has some of the most popular choices of vineyards, the island remains one of the most popular and picturesque destinations of New England.

This tiny island is located at a short 45-minute ferry ride off Cape Cod. The island is known for being an affluent summer colony. The erstwhile whaling island has Greek revival houses and brightly painted gingerbread cottages that date back to the 19 century.

The Vineyard Haven offers beautiful shores, seaside village boutique shopping, the iconic lighthouse at the sunset, and the rustic farmers market.

Engage in an outdoor One day behind the scene culinary adventure at Martha’s Vineyard. Visitors and get a hands-on learning and savor a fabulous bespoke dinner. 

Cabs are in plenty, and so are the bicycle, scooters, and tourist friendly public busses.

Acadia National Park – Maine

The 47,000-acre, breathtaking slice of deep woodlands, mountain peaks, the rugged Maine coastline, and glass-like lakes is what makes this place rank on the top of visitors list. Each year, more than 3.3 million people explore making it the most visited national park in the US.

Acadia national park has a carriage road system inside and there are 17 bridges.

Acadia night is not to be missed as it has a stunning view of moonrise beach, shooting stars over the mountain.

Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on north Atlantic seaboard has the most scenic summit road that meanders along the mountain.

Bar Harbor which is the largest town on Mount Desert island. The picturesque island has a great art scene and offers a variety of interests.

Vermont

Vermont is the most popular romantic destinations in New England. Every inch of this place is addictively charming with high variability in its landscapes, green mountains and adorable villages which especially look stunning during the autumn foliage.

A trip to the Mount Mansfield, relaxing indoor and outdoor spas, and a brewery tour is a hit amongst the romantic couple. There are plenty of charming inns and romantic restaurants here and for that ultimate adrenaline rush, there is the fabled ski areas at Killington.

Newburyport/Plum Island

This coastal town is a model of preservation in America that has revitalized the downtown to enhance the beauty of Newburyport’s lovely waterfront setting and historic architecture. Visitors are drawn to the local restaurants, cultural attractions, and outdoor adventures.  

There are museums like the Custom House Maritime Museum has models of ships, shipwrecks and a model of the 19th-century Currier shipyard. Also, check out the Firehouse Center for the Arts and the Maudslay Arts Center.

Provincetown, MA

Perched at the extreme edge of Cape Cod, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, Provincetown is renowned for its happening nightlife and stunning beaches.  

The island is what it takes to make it an ideal melting pot of art and literary work. Its Idyllic beaches, top-rated restaurants, swanky art galleries, and charming shops.

Known for its rich cultural past and the home for one of the oldest art colony in the US, the island is known for a diverse population of artists and authors. Many of its fine restaurants and hotels make it a worthwhile experience to stay longer here.

The town is abuzz with number festivals that are popular nationwide like the Carnival in August, Women’s week in October and First Light at the year’s end.

Rhode Island

Newport was the famous summer destination of the wealthiest industrialists in American. This upscale town with a stunning setting is still a favorite getaway of those who love food, art, live music, and colonial architecture.

This tony enclave has a bounty of fine hotels and restaurants in this tony enclave and many of the city’s massive mansions are open for a guided tour.

Rhode Island has much to offer from a shopping spree in artsy  Providence to exploring the regal mansions in Newport. Coastal destinations like Block Island have great beaches apt for sailing and laid back repose.

Weather of New England:

The weather across 500-mile area of New England varies quite a bit ranging from humid continental climate too long, cold and heavy snow clad regions. Summers are warm, though shorter.

Best time to visit New England:

New England offers an ever-changing landscape and with 4 distinct seasons. The ever shifting season of New England makes it offer the best of what it has in all the 4 seasons.

Enjoy the verdant forest, deep blue skies, and puffy clouds during the summers, on the coast, the ocean breeze keeps the climate in control.

Fall in New England is one of the great natural spectacles in the world. It comes early in mid-August with leaves turning blaze orange. Hills look attractive with bright yellow, orange and brilliant red. People pop out of their cars to take pics and videos. This is the most popular time to travel to New England.

They say winters are like wine in New England, some years it is good and others are simply lousy so its best to check the predictions and forecasts before setting out to New England in this season.

Where to Stay in New England:

There are several historic inns, hostels, guest houses, hotels specially meant for leaf peeping during the autumn foliage. Here are some of the best ones –

For Family:

  • Rhode Island – The Boat house
  • Vermont Hotel – Vermont

For Sleeping:

  • Guest House at Farm Fields
  • Snow Flake Inn

Best Historical Inns:

  • Longfellow’s Wayside Inn
  • The Inn at Shelburne Farm

Hostel options:

  • The Notch Hostel
  • White Mountain Hostel

Flights to New England:

There are 3 major airports that cater to New England. Logan International- Boston, Hartford, Providence, Montreal, and New York.

Other airports nearby are –

New England is served by several prominent airports:

TF Green Airport Warwick, RI, Bradley International Windsor Locks , Tweed New Haven in New Haven, Burlington International in Burlington, VT, Portland, Bangor, and Manchester Airport, to name a few.

Best budget airline serving New England:

These are JetBlue for Boston, Hartford, Springfield, Nantucket, Portland, and Burlington.

Southwest Airlines caters to Hartford/Springfield,  Manchester, Providence, Portland, and Boston.

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