Why is it that New England embraces the Halloween season with more gusto than any other regions of the country? Perhaps it’s our early roots and tumultuous history filled with ghoulish tales like the Salem witch trials, headless horseman, and ancient burial grounds. No matter the reason, the end of October finds communities all across New England constructing large displays of carved pumpkins, cutting corn mazes and decorating haunted houses.
Here’s a look at some of the best getaways in New England to celebrate the Halloween season and to escape for some ghoulish fun:
This year why not let someone else do the driving while you sit back and relax with nothing to disturb your leaf-peeping revelry. We’ve pulled together a guide to America’s favorite rail journeys that travel past the country’s most stunning fall foliage vistas. Whether you have one day to spare or a week, here are the best train routes for doing some serious leaf peeping.
From New England, to the Blue Ridge Mountains and the narrow gauge rails of the west, there’s spectacular foliage scenery all along the way.
When the highway clogs with summer vacationers heading off to Cape Cod and Cape Ann, we suggest you drive a bit further north to York Maine, where you’ll find great beaches, festive amusements and even a bit of early American history. Just over an hour’s drive north of Boston, York, Maine, offers something to interest every member of your family. Whether you’re looking to outlet shop, collect antiques, play at amusement parks or simply sit with your toes in the sand, York has you covered in spades.
Discover Lubec, Maine, Eastern Most Town in USA, For Fresh Lobster, Wild Blueberries and Heavenly Chocolate
Most vacationers consider a visit to Downeast Maine to be a weekend spent jostling through the crowds in Bar Harbor. But if that’s as far as you venture, you would be missing the true rugged beauty of a coastal Maine town that embraces the rhythm of the sea and centuries of seafaring traditions.
For an authentic Downeast experience far from summer tourists and Starbucks, drive past Washington County’s wild blueberry barrens, and along Maine’s Bold Coast to discover Lubec, Maine on the edge of Passamaquoddy Bay. Perched at the furthest point east in the continental United States, the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse greets the very first rays of sun each day before the rest of America
The guys have had a long hard winter of shoveling snow and scraping ice off windshields. As warm spring weather is finally on the horizon, its time to plan a great guy getaway. Whether it’s a guys’ golfing weekend, bachelor party or a special Father’s Day experience, here are some of the best reasons for the guys to get together and go out and play!
Whether or not the old adage “In like a lion, out like a lamb” remains true, one thing can be counted on, March brings the beginning of Maple Sugaring season in New England. In 2013, the Northeastern United States produced 2.7 million gallons of maple syrup – Vermont alone was responsible for nearly half of that amount.
Considering those incredible numbers, and all the sugar houses offering demonstrations, tastings, and activities for children, New England makes a great escape during the spring months. The Maple Syrup region in the Northeast is like the kid-friendly version of Napa Valley.
It’s not too late to plan a sensational Valentines Day! Whether you’re celebrating as a couple, as a family, or even on your own, we’ve got inspirational suggestions for making this year’s Valentine’s Day one you will remember for years to come.
Here are exciting and imaginative – unique ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year:
About The Guaranteed Performance Golf School
The first thing you should know about Bethel Inn’s golf school is that the student/instructor ratio is 3:1, meaning everyone gets lots of personal attention and the coach and students can actually play a round of golf together. I knew straight away that I was going to like golf pro, Mark Mallory, when he scolded husbands about shouting “Keep Your Head Down!” to their wives – explaining that was not the true problem. Golf pros Mark and Niko escorted us to the dedicated golf training range where they put us through our paces and reveled all kinds of wonderful golf tips…. Wondering how much to bend your knees? Simple, “Imagine you’re standing in your ski boots.” – brilliant!
Throwing caution to the wind we decided to try to escape to the coast of Maine during the busiest week of the summer season. Summer doesn’t officially begin in New England until July 4th, and this year a heat wave only heightened everyone’s desire to getaway. Finding a last minute room anywhere in Maine during the July 4th weekend was unlikely, but after scanning a few bed and breakfast sites, we were lucky to grab a room at the Dockside Guest Quarters in York Maine. This is truly one of the most picturesque and quiet settings in the York Harbor/ Ogunquit area. The inn is located on Harris Island and affords their quests beautiful waterfront views.
We were looking for peace and quiet and busy hotels and 4th of July crowds were not for us during this weekend getaway. We arrived while the inn was setting up for afternoon tea which offered quite a delicious spread, and the view was breathtaking.
Now that winter has arrived in earnest and snow blankets the hills and valleys of New England, it’s time to don your winter woolies and venture out to make long lasting family memories in the snow. Last fall we visited an amazing outdoor sports wonderland tucked in the woods of Brownville Maine – close to […]
Chasing the Peak Fall Foliage to a Bed and Breakfast Getaway When it comes to leaf peeping, you could take one of two approaches: hang loose and wait for the peak color to arrive or put on a warm sweater, lace up the boots, pack your camera and go chase it. But, where would you […]
I’m just back from spending three totally magical days in the Maine North Woods in the Moosehead Lake region, and the leaves are already starting to change! This is my first time visiting the Maine North Woods Moosehead Lake region, and I’m happy to report it won’t be the last. A northerly drive from Portland […]
Hey what are you doing next weekend? It’s about time that you dusted off your golf clubs and headed out of some a crisp clear morning to play a round. We have good news – it’s opening day at the Bethel Inn Country Club in Bethel Maine, and to celebrate the early opening of the […]
Here’s our list of fantastic restaurant week celebrations across the country for 2012. Just when the winter doldrums have set in, cities across the country want to entice you to get off the couch and experience some memorable meals with friends. Restaurant weeks typically offer 3 course lunches and dinners at a fraction of the […]
The Captain Lindsey House Bed and Breakfast in Rockland, Maine is not only one of Maine’s premier inn experiences, but it is so comfy that spirits from past generations just don’t want to inhabit anyplace else. Recently a “spiritologist” reported that Captain Lindsey himself is still in residence as well as 35 other friendly spirits who seem to gather in the parlor
Dramatic lighthouse accommodations dot the coastline along the east and west of the United States and along the shore of the Great Lakes. Imagine wandering along a craggy coast this summer and staying at an historic lighthouse that’s been turned into a charming Lighthouse Keepers Inn or captivating Bed & Breakfast. Fascinating Lighthouse Inns can […]
Okay, which one of you asked Santa for snow this winter? Whoever you are, you certainly got your wish! With so much snow on the ground, there’s nothing to do but head to the mountains for some record breaking runs. We’ve found a terrific website to help you “ski more and pay less” at Liftopia.com. […]
Shake off your winter doldrums and get out with some friends for a fabulous meal at a great price. As winter storms sweep across American, we all tend to hibernate leading to boredom and grumpiness. It’s definitely time to break out for a cozy meal and a few laughs with friends. Restaurants across the […]
It’s late September and the leaves in northern Maine are already turning dazzling shades of red and orange. Now’s the time to plan your annual leaf peeping excursion. Here’s a roundup of the best of our best Fall Foliage articles to help you make your plans: Best Fall Foliage Maps & Guides Fantastic Fall Festivals […]
This summer is an old fashioned SCORCHA! – so it’s time to head to the cool, clear mountain villages of Maine where breezes blow and temperatures are comfortable. While throngs of tourists cling to the rocky coastline (which is impressive we must admit), more discerning families head inland where spring fed lakes and rumbling rivers […]