Winter brings softly falling snow, cozy fires crackling, the cold whip that stings your face as you fly down a ski slope, romantic horse-drawn sleigh rides, hot cocoa and off-season bargains along the shoreline.
Spring arrives, and maple trees are tapped for flowing sap, wildflowers bloom and the landscape greens before your eyes.
Summer's warmth draws visitors to New England's seashores and lakeshores, offering ample opportunities for outdoor recreation, music under the stars, lobster bakes, antiquing, exploring and experiencing the rich history around every bend.
Autumn's lovely colors arrive each year as if by magic, creating the perfect, lush backdrop for photographing covered bridges and majestic churches, for picking apples and picnicking, for hiking and biking and scenic driving, and for sipping hot mulled cider at the end of the day.
Each of New England's six states--Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont--offers a unique mix of attractions, vacation destinations, family amusements, romantic hideaways, recreational facilities and historic landmarks. Selecting a destination is a very personal decision. The good news is, because of the region's compact geography, you may just be able to pack a lot into your visit.
Whatever your recipe is for a perfect getaway, when you awake in New England, all of the necessary ingredients are but a short drive away. No matter how brief your stay in this glorious region, you'll find the experiences you're seeking and leave already anticipating your next visit.
Ready to begin planning your visit?
The New England Vacation Planner is a good place to start as you select a destination and plan for your transportation and lodging needs.
Planning a fall foliage visit? New England Foliage Central is your comprehensive guide to New England's most popular--and most crowded--season.
Check Kim's New England Deal Sheet for special package offers, discounts, one-of-a-kind events, freebies and insider tips before you leave home. New specials are added regularly.
You'll want to subscribe to the free About New England Travel newsletter, which will inspire you with travel ideas, photo tours, news, recipes and other New England tidbits each week.
Have a question? Consult fellow travelers by posting your question on the New England Forum. Make use, too, of the search box you'll find in the upper right-hand corner of every page on this Web site.
See you in the land of leaves, lighthouses and lobsters!
Your New England Travel Guide,
Kim Knox Beckius