Experience New England - New England Vacations

Experience New England

With its quaint seaside towns, powdery ski slopes, and breathtaking year-round beauty, New England is a vacation paradise as diverse as it is vast.  New England offers a breadth of variety for the traveler in search of active, memorable vacation experiences. Explore the forested countryside and renowned ski slopes of Vermont and New Hampshire. Tour the intimate villages along the coast of Maine, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. Immerse yourself in the vibrant cultural arts and entertainment of Boston, Massachusetts.  Whether you're researching lodging options, romantic breaks, family getaways or the ideal spot for a special event, we boast an attractive array of choices, throughout every state in New England: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut

The Pursuit of Happiness, Romance & Adventure Begins in New England

Thanks to this country's founding fathers, freedom and the pursuit of happiness are inextricably linked in the minds of Americans. If you -- like the founding fathers -- believe that freedom and happiness go hand in hand, then maybe it's time to break away from the binds of work and everyday life and escape to beautiful New England for a spirit-renewing weekend getaway.

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Four Seasons of New England

Fall: Autumn in New England is truly spectacular. The fall foliage season begins in the northern part of the region in early September moving slowly southwards into October. The colors will be brightest in different parts of New England at different times and typically ‘peak’ foliage is considered to be the first two weeks in October in the northern part of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont and the middle two weeks in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. There is no guarantee of catching the autumn colors at their best. Much depends on the timing of the onset of cooler weather and local climate conditions. For planning purposes remember it is a busy time for the region’s tourism industry so early booking is essential (especially for Columbus Day Weekend) and fly-drive passengers should make their reservations ahead of time. Fall days are typically warm and the evenings crisp so pack a warm jacket for the evenings.  For detailed information on Fall Foliage in New England , visit the Live Foliage Maps at YankeeFoliage.com http://www.yankeefoliage.com/new-england-foliage-maps/  

Winter: Winter is a great time to visit New England. Snow arrives usually in late November and many of the hundreds of villagesand small towns provide the perfect back drop for that perfect winter wonderland getaway. Pre Christmas special activities such as Freeport Maine’s ‘Sparkle Weekend’ or Portsmouth, New Hampshire ‘Christmas Stroll’ are wonderful ways to celebrate the season along with great outdoor recreational opportunities. Skiing is available in all the New England states but the northern states offer the main down-hill ski areas for skiing and snowboarding. Many international visitors love the atmosphere at the New England areas as locals enjoy the outdoors and are truly welcoming to all visitors.  Sophisticated snow making capabilities in recent years have made many of the areas snow and ski conditions excellent and extremely reliable and many youngsters love their experience at the wonderful ski schools that can be found at all areas.  If downhill skiing is not your sport, there are plenty of other activities such as great cross country skiing trails, snow shoeing, ice fishing, ice skating, snow mobiling, sleigh rides, luxury spa opportunities (at many of the New England Inns & Resorts properties) or just enjoy a good book and the picture perfect postcard of a New England landscape from the warm fire of your New England country inn!

Spring: A New England Spring is always welcome and springtime in New England is glorious. In the northern part of the region a sure sign of spring are the Maple Sugar Festivals and as daytime temperatures rise the sap from New England’s famous sugar maple trees begins to run. A wonderful New England springtime tradition is to taste ‘sugar on snow’, a local delicacy of fresh snow laced with pure maple syrup.  Southern New England is typically warmer than the northern mountain areas in April and May but everywhere flowers are bursting through and there are wonderful flower festivals throughout the region such as the Nantucket Daffodil Festival and the rose festival in the Elizabeth Rose Gardens in Hartford, CT.  May is also the traditional time for college graduations and it is important to bear in mind that May is an extremely busy time for accommodation in Boston and also in the many college towns throughout the region. If you are planning on traveling during this month, double check your plans for the weekends especially if you intend to visit a college town. Outside of the many college towns, accommodation rates are very appealing as it is not a very busy time of the year.

Summer: Clean, wide and often un-crowded beaches are found along the coast of New England with lots of summer fun to go along with it. Sailing, kayaking, surfing, and swimming are all fabulous New England summer pastimes. You can go island hopping on mail boats, take a schooner ride or go white water rafting, fishing and canoeing. And of course, no visit to New England in the summer would be complete without going on a whale watch trip. From May to October, New England’s waters are invaded by thousands of whales that are drawn to feeding grounds just off the coastline. Whale watching trips regularly depart from all points along the coast and you have the opportunity to see a great selection of finback whales, humpback whales and dolphins. Most vessels are manned with naturalists who explain the behavior of the whales and it is fascinating to see these huge creatures breach and leap out of the water in front of you. Trips typically last for a morning or afternoon and it is wise to always take sunscreen with you whatever the time of day.  New England’s mountains also provide the perfect backdrop for a summer vacation. The cooler mountain areas are the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of big cities offering wide open spaces, easy driving and a ‘laid back’ feeling. As on the coast, outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and golf can be enjoyed at an affordable rate. New England’s mountains also are home to some magnificent lake areas and so you can have the best of both worlds and also enjoy lake cruises, fishing, sailing, kayaking etc on many of the beautiful and unspoiled lakes in New England.
 

Weather in New England

Springtime comes earlier to southern New England than the three northern New England states where the snow can sometimes linger into April (great for spring skiing!). In the southern part of the region however, by mid April flowers burst forth and it is a great time to catch sight of the first daffodils, lilacs and magnolias of the season. Memorial Day at the end of May marks the traditional start of summer and summertime brings warm and sunny temperatures throughout the region. Summer days are long and sunny, perfect beach weather. Temperatures are usually a little higher in the city and cooler on the coast and in the mountains. The weather can be changeable and it would be wise to pack additional warm clothing for layers for the summer evenings by the coast or in the mountains. Labor Day heralds the ‘close’ of summer but the much anticipated change of colors with the arrival of fall. Leaves turn and the daytime temperatures usually remain warm with crisp clear nights and a warm jacket is definitely needed. Winters are cold and brisk but with a crisp air and blue sky. Snow typically starts to fall around mid - end of November and beginning in December and lasting through mid March, freezing temperatures are common daily. The ski areas in northern New England are usually open by the Thanksgiving Holiday (the fourth Thursday in November) and close early to mid April. In the southern part of the region it is unusual for snow to remain on the ground for a long period of time.  For up to date weather information visit www.wunderground.com 
 

Average Temperatures:
Spring (April & May): 5 C to 22 C
Summer (June-August): 22 C to 33 C
Fall (September-November): 7 C to 24 C
Winter (December - March): -9 C to 7 C