Planning a trip to New England? Jo from our USA team reveals her personal highlights and top tips.
New England is a fantastic destination at any time of year, from the long hot summer days, to the snowy winters where you can ski on the amazing mountains in the area.
Of course, the most beautiful time is the Fall – with the stunning colours of the foliage and the beautiful sunny days with a nip in the air.
Boston Logan International is the ideal gateway for New England: United fly direct from Heathrow and also offer good connections via EWR from Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dublin.
I would recommend at least 2 days in Boston and the trolley tours are great for an overview of the city, when you purchase your ticket they offer a 2nd day free. The guides are so informative and have a fantastic sense of humour, great fun.
We started our trip in style with stay at the Fairmont Copley Plaza, right on Copley Sqaure in the city's fashoinsble Back Bay area and not far from the famous Boston Common. One of Boston's "grande dames" , it's stylish and elegant yet very welcoming.
Boston has a fascinating history which is explained on the Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile walking trail and a great way to explore the city. Just follow the red line that leads to many of the historic sites including Faneuil Hall, Beacon Hill and USS Constitution.
Boston is also known as a city of sports fans, with the Boston Red Socks, Boston Celtics and New England Patriots who won the Superbowl in 2017. Even those who aren’t big sports fans should try and watch a game – it’s truly a once in a lifetime experience – we should be able to assist you with booking tickets, to take the hassle out of planning activities while in New England.
With a maritime history and strong Irish connections, there are plenty fantastic bars and restaurants all around the city. You have got to try Clam Chowder, lobster and of course the tasty Samuel Adams beer that’s brewed locally. For dessert - it’s Boston Cream Pie delicious!!!
After immersing yourself in Boston’s sights. sounds, and tastes, it’s time to hit the road. Take the short hop back to Boston Airport, pick up a car and start to explore. Once leaving the city the roads are wide and you can enjoy all the fantastic views and the Fall colours as you drive along.
A lot of the towns have very familiar names Manchester, Portsmouth, Derry, Exeter, Essex etc., all relating to the ‘founding fathers’ who colonised this part of America hundreds of years ago.
Self-drive is the best way to see the New England states, as you can stop for that perfect Fall photo en-route and decide each day where you are going to stop for lunch - maybe a local restaurant or pick up some food froma takeaway, supermearket or deli (New England has lots of designer delis and gourmet stores) and eat al fresco out in the wilderness - picnic spots in parks and in scenic settings are plentiful.
- Salem – Massachusetts – the location of the famous Salem Witch trials. A great place to visit in the Fall. Haunted happenings are a full month of Halloween celebrations in October. Celebrate in America’s spookiest city, just a short drive (or boat trip) from Boston.
- Mount Washington in New Hampshire - ascend on the world’s first mountain-climbing cog railway and enjoy the amazing views.
- Stowe in Vermont – with a covered bridge, white-spired church, weathered barns, and ski trails down the mountainside, Stowe is everybody's image of Vermont – think of the film White Christmas! It is sold as a ski resort but when I visited it in the Fall it was stunning. The foliage complemented the buildings and there were beautiful artisan shops selling local produce and crafts.
- Ben and Jerry’s Factory Vermont – a great afternoon seeing how the ice cream is made. Good fun for all the family.
Did you know?
- Vermont, has the highest number of authentic covered bridges per square mile in the United States - 100. Why are the covered? To protect the wodden structure from the extremes of summer heat and winter frost.
- Don’t forget your tax-free shopping in New Hampshire
- Plan your route and book your accommodation before you go so you can ensure you get to see all the highlights of New England in the Fall. Things get booked up very quickly.
- Make sure you have your camera or enough free memory on your phone to take photos of the beautiful foliage and make some amazing memories.
- Foliage maps and apps are great guides and directing you to where the best leaf colours are at any particular time. Even the TV weathermen advise where the best Fall colours are!
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Happy holiday planning!
Jo , your New Engalnd specialist