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.
Okemo Mountain is Vermont’s perfect vacation spot For ALL SEASONS.
Summers and Fall at Okemo Mountain Resort offers outdoor fun for everyone. The Adventure Zone is a hub for family fun with the Mountain Coaster, Sawyer’s Sweep Zipline Tours, Haulback Challenge Course, Disc Golf Courses, Lumberin’ Cal Miniature Golf, Stump Jumper Bungee Trampoline, Climbing Wall, AMP Energy Big Air Bag and my personal favorite Segway Personal Transport Tours.
Fall is right around the corner. Soon warm summer breezes will give way to crisp autumn air and the season’s harvest will reach its peak, yielding delicious fresh produce. BnBFinder has paired exceptional orchard destinations with beautiful bed & breakfasts and inns to create unforgettable autumn getaways. So take advantage of the small window of time for leaf-peeping and apple-picking this fall and visit some of these outstanding local farms.
I can almost smell the aroma of grilling meat now! For everyone who just can’t get enough of the charred, finger-licking goodness of summer BBQ, your nirvana will be in Brooklyn next weekend at the Taste Talks All-Star BBQ where grilling masters will set up for a three day food obsessesive weekend. On Sunday, September 14th, the East River State Park will become a waterfront BBQ mecca as 25 of America’s trendiest chefs will gather to show off their grilling skills and talk some serious BBQ throw-down smack.
Why visit Poughkeepsie, NY you ask? Well let me tell why Poughkeepsie is a great secret kept for family getaways. Located in the Hudson Valley, Poughkeepsie has a great deal of culture and history.
If you like to enjoy the great outdoors, there are amazing hiking trials, the Walkway Over the Hudson, wineries, apple picking and many historical sites to see. With it being less than two hours from New York City, and accessible to many types of transportation, it makes for a great getaway destination. The views around the Hudson Valley make it well worth the drive. The Dutchess County Tourism website has an abundant amount of resources and events that will help you plan your vacation trip.
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 historic whaling ship, Charles W. Morgan, has begun a once-in-a-lifetime journey to visit New England coastal ports during summer 2014. Gather the kids and don’t miss this opportunity to view the oldest commercial sailing vessel in the world.
Spectacular Fireworks in Unexpected Cities That Make A Great 4th of July Getaway.
The Fourth of July is celebrated annually by enjoying some of America’s favorite pastimes, like barbeques, baseball games, and fireworks. While major cities are famous for illuminating their skylines, BnBFinder has sought out the nation’s best small town pyrotechnic celebrations. So this Independence Day, beat the crowds and enjoy the relaxed charm of these all-American destinations.
What started out as the Annual Country Inn Herb Tour has grown into a full out celebration of regional cuisine, savory herbs and locally brewed beers. On the weekend of June 7-8, 2014, ten premier Mt. Washington Valley Country Inns will present the Herb, Food and Beer Tour. Tour participants will have the opportunity to see herb inspired cooking demonstrations at member inns, visit local breweries, chocolate makers and family-owed farms, sampling wonderful regional cuisine and home brews all along the way.
As the weather warms, anticipation builds throughout New England – it’s almost time to escape to the Cape! Stretching out like a big fist pump, the 70 mile scenic arm of Cape Cod beckons all to come play on its 600 miles of sandy coast. But the problem remains just as certain as the traffic congestion before the bridge, just where can you find the hidden coves and uncrowded beaches of your dreams. Luckily I’ve just discovered a terrific new Cape Cod guide that spells out exactly where to find the most select Cape Cod locations to make your vacation better than ever before.
Here are top attractions and things to do that you will see ONLY in Boston – they should not be missed.
The very first thing you’ll need to do in Boston is Paaak Your Caaah, because you’ll have no use for it while touring the city. Boston is a walking city with one fascinating neighborhood giving way to the next, so pack your sneakers and get out and explore. Many of the most interesting attractions are actually free to enter.
Sunsets on the beach. That phrase alone can conjure up powerful, peaceful images. A beautiful sunset, in a beautiful location, can make a bad day good, or a good day even better. Cape Cod has no shortage of beautiful places to catch a sunset. I have been privileged to live here my entire life and have seen thousands of sunsets from hundreds of locations. Choosing a personal favorite would be an impossible task as I have many. However, for any new visitor to the Cape I can recommend the place to catch your first sunset. That place is Rock Harbor in Orleans.
There’s good news for passengers sailing this summer from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal on Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Gem. Passengers from RI, CT, MA, NH, VA, MD, DE, PA & NJ, will soon be able to book round-trip coach transportation from a number of convenient departure points to the cruise terminal in New York.
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!
What is more exciting to kids than Legos? Here’s our trip report of a toddler’s first visit to Legoland Discovery Center in New York. My son could not wait to go and we invited some friends join us for the trip. Our friends purchased their tickets online prior to going, which is highly recommended to guarantee entry, and to take advantage of discounted online prices.
This past November, the nation paused to commemorate 50th anniversary of the assassination of one of the most iconic presidents in American history. Elected President at the age of 43, John F. Kennedy was the youngest man to ever hold that office. Kennedy’s young family and his all-American background captured the hearts of the American people. Nicknamed “Camelot” for its idealism, the Kennedy Administration was respected and unique. The Kennedys were much easier to relate to than older, stuffier presidents of the past, and were quickly embraced by media as pop icons of the day.
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.
When I yearn to get away from the stress and break-neck pace of everyday life, I prefer to head somewhere snug and comfortable. Sure, you can find those adjectives in a 25-story luxury resort, if you’re looking – but I think small. A lot smaller, in fact. ‘Tiny houses’ appear to be all the rage. Modest and minimalistic, a diminutive domicile can provide an excellent opportunity for clearing your mind and providing focus.
If you want to take the cozy experience for a test drive, there are a myriad of ‘tiny’ vacation rentals out there. From spaceship-inspired houses in the shadow of the towering Alps to Northwestern Oregon treehouses, the options wide and varied. Let’s take a look at a few unique selections…