White steepled churches, verdant village greens, clapboard Colonial-era houses perched iconically next to red barns; this is New England. But while New England is so much more than this, the tradition is what we love about it. Explore the apple orchards and the colourful, leafy trails of New Hampshire in the autumn, tap the maple trees or go skiing in Vermont in the winter, smell the spring blossoms of Massachusetts in the spring, or go beach hopping along Rhode Island and Maine’s coasts in the summer.
Skiing in New England is amazing. Not just because of the powdery snow, but also because of the easy access; most ski resorts are only two to four hours from Boston. There are more than 60 alpine skiing and snowboarding areas and resorts to choose from on your holiday in New England, with many more cross-country skiing areas if you don’t like the downhill variety. Some of the best skiing is in Vermont, New England’s winter playground. Twenty of New England’s resorts are located here, including the larger resorts of Sugarbush, Stratton, and Stowe.
Hit the Freedom Trail in Boston and wander the red-brick paved walkways to see some of the USA’s most historic sites. We love hip and historic Boston and we think you will too. Then make your way toward the windswept clay cliffs and verdant greenery of postcard-perfect Martha’s Vineyard. Taste the salt on the mist on Massachusetts’ Cape Cod or travel to Arlington, Vermont to step into a real-life Norman Rockwell painting (in fact this is where the famous painter was from) or explore the traditional New England village of Mystic River.
You wouldn’t be wrong imagining the entire coast of New England is dotted with lighthouses. In fact, the coastline is filled with 150 of them that will keep your holiday in New England filled with interesting discoveries. Each of these lighthouses has a different story to tell. Some 66 lighthouses protect Maine’s rocky shoreline, including Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse and Burt Island Light House. Fifty lighthouses stud the coast of Massachusetts, most of which are centred at Cape Cod. Or explore the many lighthouses of Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and even landlocked Vermont (along the lakes).