A shiny new year is just a handful of days away, and I hope visiting New England tops your list of resolutions (here are some reasons why).
To jump start your New England travel planning, here's a look back at some of my favorite New England stories and adventures from 2012:
- In March, I went snowmobiling for the first time ever in New Hampshire's incomparable White Mountains... and heard from one reader that my story gave her the guts to try it, too. I also had the pleasure of announcing the eight winners of the inaugural New England Travel Readers' Choice Awards.
- April found me at Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut, where I had the chance to talk to Titanic discoverer Dr. Robert Ballard about spaceships during the unveiling of a fascinating new permanent exhibit: Titanic - 12,450 Feet Below. April marked not only the 100th anniversary of Titanic's demise but the 100th birthday of a cherished Boston landmark: Fenway Park.
- In May, I shared adorable photos from our night at a Massachusetts alpaca farm bed & breakfast.
- June's highlight was photographing fast, graceful sailing yachts when America's Cup Racing returned to Newport, Rhode Island, for the first time in almost three decades.
- July was a busy month, as I shared a video from my most remarkable experience of the year: sailing into Boston Harbor aboard the Coast Guard tall ship Eagle! I was back on the water for a Carnival cruise out of Boston to Canada and shared details about what makes cruising a fun and affordable option for New England travelers.
- In September, we found a restaurant near Boston where lobster is so cheap, you can even eat it for breakfast.
- October featured two memorable Massachusetts road trips: one to see the first pumpkin to ever tip the scales at more than one ton and the other to observe the cranberry harvest.
- Sadly, two tragic events shook my beloved New England late this year, and while my focus is usually on inspiring readers to travel, I felt compelled to ask them to open their hearts to aid Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts and to participate in the Snowflakes for Sandy Hook campaign.