New England is a four-season paradise, from spring's first apple blossoms to summer's beachside sunsets to autumn's golden glow to winter's icicled trees and wintry slopes. If you can't get away to New England as often as you'd like, scenic calendars can transport you throughout the year to some of New England's best-loved spots. Here are my picks for the best New England calendars for 2014.
Photographer William Johnson and I have collaborated on three books, New England's Historic Homes & Gardens, Backroads of New England and The New England Coast, but even before we worked together, I was always fond of his annual "New England Seasons" calendars. The 2014 edition continues Bill's fine tradition of capturing New England's extraordinary beauty in winter, spring, summer and fall and has the added bonus of two splendid New England images each month.
If you live in New England or visit frequently, this is the calendar for you. In addition to a variety of striking New England scenes, this calendar features destination profiles, extra travel resources and a number of regional events each month. The featured photos brilliantly capture the seasonal variations and classic scenes New Englanders cherish: sailboats, covered bridges, autumn-spattered country lanes and more.
You'll be able to imagine the New England discovered by the first European settlers with this collection of wild and scenic New England calendar images by several talented landscape photographers. As densely populated as New England is, this calendar is a wonderful reminder of all that remains unspoiled within this lovely, six-state region. This year's April image of lupines and the White Mountains is particularly striking.
This calendar focuses on structures in the New England landscape. If you've been to some of the places captured by a team of talented photographers, such as Longley Covered Bride in Vermont, this calendar might make a nice souvenir. And if you haven't, these classic and diverse shots will inspire you to dream. I especially like the images of Rhode Island's Castle Hill Lighthouse and an autumn scene in Thompson, Connecticut.
This wall calendar is perfect for lighthouse lovers, who will enjoy the variety of seasonal lighthouse scenes, with their rich blue skies and dramatic coastal backdrops. Several photographers contributed scenes of New England's famous and lesser known lights from Connecticut to Maine to this stunning calendar.
It's flower season year-round according to this petite, spiral-bound 2014 calendar, which features bold images by Joanne Pearson of New England's public and private gardens in bloom. Priced at just $11.95, it's that perfect little something for your favorite gardener, a hostess or anyone who would appreciate a perpetual breath of spring. Printed on coated stock, the images gleam off the page: My favorite is a scene of the gardens at historic Hamilton House in Maine.