* Just one "seasoned" older traveler's observations. Not to be considered a review or endorsement by Seasoned Times.
Shopping destinations – A host of gift, craft, and antique shops are sprinkled across New England, offering unique merchandise from original artwork to handmade furniture to delicious gourmet chocolates and bakery items. And, there are dozens of "outlet malls" located in the region that provide tremendous deals on high end purchases.
History and culture – There’s rich history around every bend in New England. There’s Concord and Lexington, the birthplaces of the Revolution… Plymouth Rock, where the Pilgrims first landed… Thoreau’s beloved Walden Pond… and the famed Newport mansions, where the wealthy and illustrious once lived and played. You’ll also find many museums to visit and plenty of theater and music to enjoy.
Delicious dining – Taste New England’s world-famous lobsters. Try other local delicacies from the sea, like quahogs, clams, and scallops. Indulge in the “fisherman’s platter,” which includes “all of the above” heaped high on one plate. You will rarely taste seafood as fresh and flavorful as that found in New England.
There is so much to do in New England, in fact, that you may find the most challenging thing about visiting the region is trying to fit enough of its sights and experiences into a limited amount of time. Fortunately, there are plenty of professional tour groups specific to the area that can take the time and stress of planning and scheduling your trip out of your hands.
Here’s just a taste of what you can expect from this small — but definitely worth seeing — corner of the country:
Spectacular scenery – Whether enjoying a truly picturesque winter wonderland or the truly breathtaking colors of autumn leaves or spring flowers, there is no denying the beauty of New England’s landscape. The region’s state parks and conservation areas offer walking trails and many organized tours that allow you to surround yourself with nature in all its glory.
New England may be the heart of our nation’s birth, but it is much more than a destination for history buffs. New England offers a delightfully mixed bag of history, culture, adventure, sport, charm, and scenic beauty.
Tucked into the northeast corner of the country, New England is made up of a few of our nation’s oldest states and each has its own gifts to share. There are the snow-peaked mountains and lush rolling hills of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, the picturesque seaside villages in Marblehead, MA, and Newport, RI, and the bustling streets of Boston and Providence.
In New England, you can spend your days visiting museums or walking through art galleries and your evenings enjoying fine-dining and theater. You can take leisurely drives down quaint country roads or stroll along endless miles of shoreline. And there’s plenty for sport enthusiasts to tackle, like skiing, sledding, swimming, kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, golf, and tennis.
A stunning seacoast –The shores of New England offer beaches, islands, boating and sailing, historic seafaring villages, interesting architecture, swimming, boating, fishing, whale watching, and authentic working lighthouses.