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Free pumpkin carving patterns. Print these free pumpkin carving patterns and use them to carve or paint a pumpkin this Halloween.
When is Thanksgiving? Thanksgiving date 2014 & beyond. Plan ahead with this guide to the Thanksgiving date for 2014 - 2020. Also past Thanksgiving dates 2005 - 2013.
What is a white pumpkin? Here in New England, white pumpkins, once a novelty, are becoming increasingly common, and these intriguing white orbs are all the rage when it comes to chic autumn decorating. But what is a white pumpkin? And what can you do with a white pumpkin? Here's everything you wanted to know about growing, cooking, carving, painting and decorating with white pumpkins.
From forts to a floating restaurant, lighthouses to the world's largest revolving globe, discover myriad things to do in Portland, Maine, with this guide to the best attractions in Portland and southern Maine. Enjoy memorable experiences, whether you're spending a single day in port on your cruise or vacationing for a week in Maine.
This driving tour takes you through southeastern Massachusetts to view bogs loaded with berries during the cranberry harvest season. Plan your own fall drive with these tips and directions, then set out to see this brilliant spectacle.
Free pumpkin carving patterns to help you to design and carve the perfect pumpkin this Halloween. Find the best pumpkin design templates for carving fun or scary pumpkin faces.
Scare yourself silly at one of these popular New England haunted houses, haunted hayrides or spooky attractions this Halloween.
Apple Cider drink recipes for Halloween, Thanksgiving, autumn, any time! More than a dozen alcoholic and non-alcoholic cider drink recipes to try.
For first-time visitors or others who have only spent a short stay in Boston, here is our picks for must-see attractions in Massachusetts' capital city.
Wondering how to make hot mulled cider like you may have tasted in New England? Here's a recipe for hot mulled cider, a classic New England beverage for chilly autumn days.
Butterfly pumpkin pattern. Use this free pumpkin carving template to decorate your Halloween jack-o-lantern with a lovely butterfly. Carve or paint a white pumpkin with this design for a fall wedding decoration. Page 6.
New England Fall Events 2014. A weekend-by-weekend guide to the best fall events in New England during fall foliage season. Plan a day trip or weekend escape around a fun event.
Garden pumpkin carving pattern. Carve a creative jack-o-lantern for a fall wedding or home decorating with this free floral pumpkin carving design stencil. Page 7.
New England Halloween weekend events, festivals and haunted happenings during the weekend of October 25-26, 2014. Plan a spooky, fun day trip or weekend getaway.
Stars and stripes pumpkin carving pattern. Carve or paint a patriotic pumpkin this Halloween with this free pumpkin pattern. Page 8.
Map and guide to the best places to see fall foliage in Connecticut, as recommended by the Connecticut Bureau of Parks and Forests.
Within 20 minutes of Portland, Maine, this lighthouse driving tour guide includes detailed driving instructions and takes around 2 hours.
New England fall foliage reports online. 2014 foliage updates for Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Hampshire, Vermont.
Print these fall leaf coloring pages before you hit the road on a New England fall foliage car trip for the kids to color and cut out. These free, printable autumn leaf images can also be used for school projects.
Whether you're a seasoned nudist or a first-timer, here's your guide to ten places to take it all off and go nude in New England.
Jessa's Jack-o-Lantern Patterns, a creative pumpkin carving design collection. Looking for unique pumpkin designs? These free jack-o-lantern patterns include traditional designs like a spider, raven and scary tree, plus decorative stencils for carving wedding or party pumpkins including a lighthouse, butterfly, garden, guitar and patriotic stars and stripes.
Feeling brave? These 7 haunted hotels in Massachusetts range from a B&B that was the scene of a famous dual murder to a Cape Cod inn with a playful ghost.
Free guitar stencil. Use this free Halloween pumpkin carving pattern to add a musical touch to your fall or Halloween party decorating. Page 9.
Raven pumpkin carving template. Carve this design featuring bats and a raven into your Halloween jack-o-lantern with a free, printable pumpkin carving pattern. Page 3.
Predicting when fall foliage will peak in New England is a crapshoot but here are some tips to help you stack the odds of seeing peak foliage in your favor.
This happy pumpkin face greeted trick-or-treaters who visited our house one Halloween. Page 3.
Scary tree pumpkin carving pattern. Carve this scary tree into your Halloween jack-o-lantern with a free, printable stencil. Page 2.
Lighthouse stencil pumpkin carving pattern. Add a touch of New England to your Halloween decor this year with this free lighthouse stencil, which can be used to carve or paint a pumpkin. Page 5.
New England travel deals, discounts, offers, bargains, last-minute getaway steals, packages, free stuff, insider tips and secrets, from New England Expert Kim Knox Beckius.
Welcome ghost pumpkin carving stencil. Carve this design into your Halloween jack-o-lantern and welcome trick-or-treaters or Halloween party-goers. Page 4.
The best Vermont attractions run the gamut from a historic dairy farm to a famous ice cream factory, from covered bridges and a presidential birthplace to a dog chapel. Here are a dozen things to do in VT that are absolute must-sees.
How To Eat Lobster tutorial. With the lobster's tail spread open, grasp the lobster in the middle with two hands and break the tail away from the body with one decisive twist. What's that green stuff? And the bright red bits? I'll tell you. Page 6.
Plymouth Rock is New England's most visited rock! Pilgrim Memorial State Park in Plymouth, Massachusetts, home of Plymouth Rock, is visited by nearly a million people each year.
Massachusetts fall foliage driving tours. Massachussetts offers scenic routes for leaf lovers to drive and explore. Fall foliage driving tours in the Berkshires, Cape Cod, more.
Salem, Massachusetts, travel guide. Visit America's spookiest city! October is an especially bewitching time for a visit to Salem, MA. Find Haunted Happenings, lodging, attractions, more.
Carving my first white pumpkin was a bit of a challenge, not only because I selected this tricky pumpkin with dreadlocks pattern but because the white pumpkin had thick flesh dense with seeds. Click next to see a photo of this jack-o-lantern at night. Page 8.
Haunted Graveyard is back at Lake Compounce in Bristol, CT, for Halloween 2013. Plan your visit to the Haunted Graveyard, southern New England's largest Halloween attraction, and save with a discount coupon.
Making your own leaf rubbing is a great fall craft project that allows you to preserve memories of your fall trip to New England.
The extra effort was worth it. My dreadlocks pumpkin looks really cool at night. Page 9.
Connecticut brunch places. A guide to the best Sunday brunches at restaurants in Connecticut.
I bought a special, color-changing pumpkin light that made this cool pumpkin even cooler at night. Page 11.
Six Flags New England coupon and discount offers to help travelers save money on admission to New England's premier amusement park, Six Flags New England in Massachusetts.
JackoLantern Spectacular is a fall tradition at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island. These Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular pictures provide a look at the amazing jackolantern carving designs on display.
Fall songs for your fall playlist. Create a fall playlist for your New England fall foliage road trip with these suggested fall songs.
I had a tiny bit of trouble carving this pumpkin (I was rushing on Halloween afternoon!), but I'll bet you can't tell--even in daylight--that his nose is held together with a staple. Click next to see him illuminated at night. Page 10.
Pumpkin girl photo. Carved jack-o-lantern pumpkin girl picture and carving pattern. Page 12.
Scenic New York routes and driving tours that will take you to New York State's best fall foliage viewing this autumn.
A Walk in Time is the theme of the 2010 Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular in Providence, RI, and after the Charlie Brown and creature carvings, visitors begin to hear loud rustling noises in the trees and to see jack-o-lanterns carved with dinosaur scenes. Page 7.
The Boston North Shore is a New England coastal region that holds many surprises for visitors. Plan your North Shore vacation with this guide to the 10 most memorable things to do on the Massachusetts North Shore, starting with a sail around Gloucester Harbor aboard the schooner Thomas E. Lannon.
New England Fall Foliage Central is your New England autumn hub with expert advice on fall travel ideas, New England fall foliage peak times, fall events, leaf peeping day trips, driving tours, foliage reports and hotlines and more.
What do you call someone from Connecticut? Connecticuter? Nutmegger? Connecticutian? There are actually several names used for Connecticut residents; here's a look at the best and most acceptable terms.
A walk along The Freedom Trail is one of the best ways to get acquainted with Boston and to see the city's historic landmarks. Here's a guide to The Freedom Trail for Boston Visitors, plus a virtual photo tour of the stops along the route.
If you can't get to New England, you can still be among the throngs of leaf peepers, thanks to the magic of Fall Foliage Web Cameras. Here are a dozen leaf cams for your viewing pleasure.
Here's a look at upcoming dates for Patriots' Day for 2014 - 2018, along with a guide to Patriots' Day traditions throughout New England.
With a candle to illuminate his features, my Artist Jack o' Lantern doesn't look half bad. Now, all he needs is a scarf and a palette of paints. Page 15.
Girl pumpkin picture. With her puckered lips and long glowing hair, my girl pumpkin is ready for a big night out... on the porch. Page 13.
Connecticut fall foliage driving tours. Head out on Connecticut's scenic roads this autumn for the best fall foliage views.
Tanglewood 2014 guide. There's no better place in all of New England than Tanglewood to spread out a picnic blanket and listen to live music as the sun sets and the stars unveil themselves. Here's your guide to Tanglewood 2014 including concert schedule and ticket information.
This dapper pumpkin looks ready for a night on the town. Page 4.
October in New England is the best month of the year! Here's your guide to October events, fall foliage, places to visit, weather and Halloween attractions.
Yankee Candle in South Deerfield, Massachusetts, is the second most visited tourist attraction in New England. Here is your guide to visiting Yankee Candle Village, the company's New England flagship store.
This beret-wearing pumpkin proved harder to carve than I'd expected. If I had it to do over, I would have enlarged the pattern a bit more. Page 14.
During autumn in New England, getting there is half the fun. Here are some fall foliage day trip ideas within two hours of New York City.
New England is famous for outlet shopping. Find the best bargains and deals at outlet stores in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire & Vermont.
Plan your New England pumpkin picking outing with this guide to pick-your-own pumpkin patches in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, New York.
The Simple Smile pumpkin looks wicked adorable glowing in the dark at night, too. Page 7.
Fall day trips from Boston. If you live in Boston or are visiting the city during fall foliage season, here are suggested fall day trips you can take by bus, or set out in your car for scenic autumn destinations within a two-hour drive of Boston, Massachusetts.
Speak like a Mainer. Learn Maine lingo and how to speak with a Maine accent. If you're planning to vacation in Maine, here's how to speak like a native Mainer so you'll fit in up north.
My husband gets all of the credit for this carved double pumpkin! Inspired by a spread in Good Housekeeping's October 2009 issue, he carved this skeletal double jack o' lantern free-hand the eve before Halloween. Page 16.
Spider pumpkin carving pattern. Carve this giant spider into your Halloween jack-o-lantern.
New England fall foliage driving tours and suggested scenic routes. Don't leave autumn drives in New England to chance!
All this dapper pumpkin needs now is a top hat and cane... and a girl pumpkin to take out on Halloween eve. Page 5.
New England fall foliage day trips. If you're looking for day trip ideas this fall, this is your place for autumn travel ideas!
This ghost pumpkin is ready to greet guests who visit our home during the Halloween season. Page 17.
At night, a candle lights up this ghost pumpkin's welcoming message. Page 18.
As the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular trail continues, children and adults marvel at the animal carvings. Be sure to tell your kids before you go, though: The zoo is closed. These orange animals are the only ones they're likely to see. Page 8.
My brother, who carved this pumpkin with a simple smile, said this might be his 'favorite ever jack-o-lantern.'. Page 6.
Spider pumpkin. This white pumpkin was soft and easy to carve, which made it a great choice for carving this spider pattern with its thin legs. Page 21.
Maine Wildlife Park photo tour and tips for visitors. The Maine Wildlife Park in Gray is the one place in Maine where you're guaranteed to see a moose.
Hot Apple Cider Streudel drink recipe. An alcoholic hot cider recipe featuring vodka, cinnamon and a caramel-dipped apple slice.
I know you are wondering: How much does a giant pumpkin weigh? This champion pumpkin, which was on display but not destined for racing, weighed 1,254 pounds. Grown by Dan and Holly Boyce of Benson, Vermont, it set a Big E record in 2010. Page 2.
Memorial Day date 2014. When is Memorial Day? Here is your guide to upcoming Memorial Day dates for 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 to assist your travel planning.
Lighthouse pumpkin photo. The trick to carving this lighthouse pumpkin is to start from the center of the design and carve your way out, says my husband, whose handiwork is on display in this photo. Page 19.
The Keene Pumpkin Festival achieved a new Guinness World Record for lit jack-o-lanterns in 2013. Carved pumpkins were EVERYWHERE in Keene, NH, as you'll see in my pictures from this record-breaking event.
This authentic New England clam chowder recipe has been on the menu at The Cliff House in Ogunquit, Maine, since 1872.
Lighthouse jackolantern picture. At night, this lighthouse jackolantern really glows, just like the beacons that line New England's shores... only a bit more orange! Page 20.
Chairlift or gondola sky rides are a terrific way to view colorful New England fall foliage. Catch a leaf lift at ski areas in Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire.
A New England fall foliage train tour is an old-fashioned way to experience the beauty of autumn. Here is your guide to scenic fall train tours in the New England states.
Foxwoods entertainment and concerts calendar. Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut offers concerts, night clubs, comedy and a variety of other shows and entertainment to enhance your casino experience. Here's your guide to Foxwoods entertainment venues and getting tickets for upcoming shows.
Are you looking to get away from it all? Here's a sampling of healthy escapes in New England including spas, a yoga center, more.
Buy live Maine lobster cheap! The best place to buy live Maine lobster is Pine Point Fisherman's Co-op in Scarborough, Maine. Lobster Co-op also sells lobster cheap online.
New England fall foliage tours. Leave the planning to someone else, and relax and enjoy a guided biking, hiking, walking, bus, train, cruise or aerial New England fall foliage tour this fall.
Foxwoods dining guide. Before you visit Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, explore the variety of restaurants on-site. From elegant fine dining and steak houses to an all-you-can-eat buffet and other casual options, you can preview menus and find dining specials.
Heady Topper by The Alchemist, a tiny craft brewery in Vermont, has been christened best beer in the world. Learn where to try & buy Heady Topper in VT.
Gorillas may have opposable thumbs, but only humans can carve amazing jack-o-lanterns. Nearly 200 of the 5,000 carved pumpkins on display are this ornate, and even the simpler pumpkin faces are creative and fun. Page 9.
Fall projects for kids including leaf crafts and more fun autumn ideas. Preserve memories of fall with these easy and fun fall crafts projects for kids.
Bus tours are a low-stress way to see New England fall foliage. Let someone else do the driving while you view fabulous fall foliage on an escorted motorcoach tour.
Print these coloring pages before you hit the road on a New England car trip for the kids to color and cut out. These free outline maps of the New England states and region can also be used for school projects.
Which free online driving directions tools are best and most accurate? Travel writer Kim Knox Beckius, who has tested free driving directions services while writing travel books and stories, reviews Mapquest, Google Maps and other online driving directions Web sites.
Hartford's Bradley International Airport is one of the easiest airports to navigate. Here are the best valet parking and self-park options.
Llama fun and interesting facts. Learn more about llamas, pack animals that make perfect hiking companions.
Scenic driving awaits in Vermont, especially during fall foliage season. Where are the best fall drives in Vermont? Author and Vermonter Rachel Carter shares insider tips to help leaf peepers head in the right direction this autumn.
The Budweiser Clydesdales are the beverage industry's most recognizable mascots, and you can meet these famous horses by visiting the Clydesdale Hamlet at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Merrimack, New Hampshire. There are always eight to 10 Clydesdales at the stables, which are open to the public free of charge year-round.
Warty pumpkins are a newly engineered breed that's all the rage. See a picture of a warted pumpkin, discover where to buy warty pumpkins in New England, learn about the company that developed warty pumpkins and learn whether you can carve a warty pumpkin. Page 7.
Find flea markets in Connecticut that operate on a regular schedule. This guide includes indoor and outdoor flea and antique markets.
Photographs and information about five Vermont covered bridges on ta driving tour of Bennington County Vermont. Page 1 of 6.
This New England Thanksgiving Cornucopia of online resources will help you to plan a holiday filled with the old-fashioned spirit and warmth of the Pilgrims' first Thanksgiving. Find recipes, travel ideas, history and ways to add a touch of New England to your Thanksgiving celebration.
Explore these top 10 romantic things to do in Portland and southern Maine for Valentine's Day or any day of the year.
Mystic Pizza, the 1988 movie starring Julia Roberts, put Mystic Pizza restaurant in Mystic, Connecticut, on the map. Visitors still flock here to taste 'a slice of heaven' and to see movie memorabilia.
Here's a Halloween night look at my spider pumpkin. Spooky! Page 22.
10 New England B&B inns with a fireplace in every room, Bed & Burn. Fireplace rooms can be found at many New England inns and B&Bs, but here is New England writer Kim Knox Beckius' guide to 10 New England inns where you'll find a fireplace in every guest room. Nothing is more romantic than lighting a fire in your own fireplace after a day of playing in the snow and enjoying the winter wonderland that is New England.
Hartford's 10 most romantic places. Treat your sweetheart to a romantic evening or getaway in Hartford, CT, or the central Connecticut area with these ideas for romantic CT restaurants, inns, dating places and more.
This Catskills scenic driving tour, excerpted from Backroads of New York by About.com Guide Kim Knox Beckius, takes New York State travelers on a scenic and historic drive through the Catskill Mountains. Backroads of New York, published in 2007 by Voyageur Press, features 28 scenic driving tours in New York State.
Newport mansions Christmas tours and holiday events guide. See the historic and spectacular Newport mansions in Newport, Rhode Island, decked out in holiday finery during special Christmas season tours and events.
Connecticut things to do. Visiting Connecticut and wondering what to do? Here's your guide to the top CT attractions including casinos, museums, beaches, cruises, wineries, America's oldest amusement park and more fun things to do in CT.
Here's your guide to ten nordic centers in Vermont where you can cross-country ski or snowshoe on groomed and natural trails.
Marginal Way is a mile-long pathway that extends from Shore Road in Ogunquit, Maine, to the docks of Perkins Cove. The Marginal Way may not look like much to the casual passerby, but its all-encompassing view of the picturesque town of Ogunquit, Maine, and the feelings of total tranquility that walking the Marginal Way provides make it a definite spot to see in New England.
Best New England beer festivals for summer and fall 2014. Discover a new favorite craft brew at a beer fest in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire or New York.
Learn how to make mincemeat with recipes from New England. Mincemeat is a traditional Thanksgiving dish. Here is an old-fashioned New England recipe, along with one adapted for modern cooks and published in the Old Sturbridge Village Cookbook, if you'd like to make mincemeat at home.
Dreams of Freedom Dateline: 08/09/00 Did you know that historically Boston is second only to Ellis Island
Columbus Day date 2014. When is Columbus Day? Here is your guide to upcoming Columbus Day dates for 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 to assist your fall travel planning.
Five fall festivals in Connecticut for 2013, including the annual Bristol Chrysanthemum Festival, the Connecticut Renaissance Faire, Chowder Fest at Mystic Seaport, more reasons to plan a CT day trip this autumn.
Looking for a cheap B&B or inn? If your vacation budget is tight, sleep on the cheap at one of these ten New England inns with rooms under $100.
Apple picking in New England. Here's a guide to pick your own apple orchards in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont & New York.
New Hampshire flea markets. Find flea markets in New Hampshire that operate on a regular schedule. This guide includes indoor and outdoor flea and antique markets.
Labor Day date 2014. When is Labor Day? Here is your guide to upcoming Labor Day dates for 2014, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018 to assist your travel planning.
Rhode Island fall foliage driving tours. Tiny RI has plenty of miles of scenic driving for fall foliage travelers this autumn.
Boston's Quincy Market, also known as Faneuil Hall Marketplace, is a great place to stop for food during your walk of the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail.
The cost of everything seems to be going up these days, but in New England some of the best attractions remain open to the public absolutely free of charge.
This Thanksgiving trivia quiz is a fun test of your knowledge of holiday history, facts and traditions. You'll gobble up this Thanksgiving trivia quiz if you're a Who Wants to Be a Millionaire fan.
New England fall foliage travel planning guide. It's the trip you've dreamed of--New England in the glorious autumn. Fall is New England's busiest tourism season, so planning ahead can ensure a picture-perfect fall foliage vacation.
How to get to Foxwoods Resort Casino by car, train, ferry, bus or motorcoach.
This pumpkin's silhouette of a cowboy riding off into the sunset was one of my favorite jack-o-lanterns on display. Once you reach the entrance to the quarter-mile Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular trail, you can proceed at your own pace, stopping for photo ops. Page 15.
Clam chowder recipes from New England. Find a recipe for a chowder favorite with this collection of popular New England clam chowder recipes from famed New England restaurants and inns, plus recipes for low-calorie, low-fat, crock pot and other chowder varieties.
New England fall festivals guide 2014. Celebrate autumn at fall festivals in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island & Vermont.
Litchfield, Connecticut, makes a great fall foliage home base. Discover Litchfield, CT, inns, dining, scenic drives, attractions, fall day trips, fall festivals.
New Hampshire things to do. Considering a New Hampshire trip and wondering what to do? Here's your guide to the top NH attractions including scenic drives, beaches, tax-free shopping, family amusement parks, historic sites, America's Stonehenge, the Anheuser-Busch Brewery and more fun things to do in New Hampshire.
Founder John Reckner, members of his family and a posse of jack-o-lantern artists who have joined the pumpkin carving crew over the years call themselves Passion for Pumpkins. It's an apt name for a group whose obvious love for this event shines through. Page 13.
Corn mazes are cropping up all over New England. Find corn mazes in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island or Vermont this fall.
Ever seen a pumpkin tree? We discovered this rare breed at Tougas Family Farm, an apple orchard and pumpkin patch near Worcester in Northboro, Massachusetts.
Reggae legend Bob Marley is one of many musicians immortalized in orange at the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular in Providence, RI. Glenn Miller, the Beatles and Kurt Cobain are there. Page 25.
Mulled Cider Recipe: Add a new twist to hot mulled cider with a very New England ingredient--Vermont maple syrup! This cider recipe comes from the Vermont Maple Foundation's Official Vermont Maple Cookbook.
Sweet, fresh New England apple cider isn't just for drinking! Cooking with apple cider is a healthy treat. Cider makes an excellent cooking ingredient for baked goods, poultry, meats and more! Try these apple cider recipes.
Pumpkin chucking is an extreme squash sport that captivates audiences. Want to see pumpkins fly? Find a pumpkin chucking festival with this guide to pumpkin chucking events in New England and beyond.
Grilled lobster is a treat! If you are searching for a grilled lobster recipe, here are the basics of how to grill lobsters.
Christmas Tree Shops locations in New England. Find Christmas Tree Shops locations in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Page 3.
Keep kids occupied on fall foliage road trips with this free fall leaf coloring page.
This tree leaf identification guide is designed to help you ID some of the leaves you'll see on your visit to New England during fall foliage season. The kids can color the pictures and even play a game of Leaf Bingo by trying to find one of each.
Most of the pumpkins that racers row in Vermont's Giant Pumpkin Regatta weigh about 1,000 pounds. As you might imagine, carving a giant pumpkin is no easy feat. It takes a team, a serious knife and some strategic planning. Page 3.
Christmas at the Hudson Valley mansions. New York's Hudson Valley is home to some of the region's finest architectural masterpieces, and these mansions are spectacular when decorated for the Christmas holidays. Enjoy Christmas tours and events at Wilderstein, Vanderbilt Mansion, Boscobel, Lyndhurst, Clermont, more.