New England is comprised of six states: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Though many consider that it is at its most glorious in the fall, New England is a wonderful travel destination at all times of the year, because of its history, its special relationship with the sea, its back roads and scenic beauty, its changing seasons, and the great diversity between traveling the coast and the valleys and mountains. On our website we feature a wonderful selection of New England hotels, luxury inns, bed and breakfasts and romantic resorts. Our list of New England lodging accommodations and places to stay represents our selection of the best properties for New England travel. A wide range of New England lodging are included: some are great bargains, others very costly; some are in cities, others in remote locations; some are quite sophisticated, others extremely simple; some are decorated with opulent antiques, others with furniture from grandma’s attic; some are large hotels, others have only a few rooms. The common denominator is that each place has some special quality that makes it appealing. The descriptions are intended to give you an honest appraisal of each property so that you can select accommodation based on personal preferences. nnWe have driven the back roads and scoured the cities of New England to develop four driving itineraries throughout the region. These itineraries explore; our history from Boston to Lexington and Concord, the scenic coast of Maine, the fishing harbors of Cape Cod and enticing islands of Nantucket andn the back road beauty of New Hampshire, Vermont and Connecticut. Our time consuming research, driving the long ardous miles as well as witnessing the beautiful scenery and eating the magnificent food are reasons Karen Brown is considered one of the best travel guides.

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General Info and Resources

Itineraries:

Though the same thread of “Yankee” (as defined by many) culture is woven throughout all six states, there are distinctive differences between the states themselves. Within each state, there are areas that are markedly different in terrain, weather patterns, and tourist attractions. These differences make for delightful trips. This book guides you on journeys that show off this diversity, and gives you the opportunity to choose the experiences you most want to have. Boston: A Grand Beginning describes our recommendations for what to see in this wonderful gateway city to New England. Five detailed driving itineraries (Sturbridge & The Connecticut Shore; Byways of Coastal Maine; Cape Cod, Nantucket; Martha’s Vineyard & Newport; Route 7 & Much More, and New Hampshire Beckons) describe routes through the various regions of New England, so that you can choose a journey through an area that fits both your time and travel constraints. Tailor these itineraries to meet your own specific needs by leaving out some sightseeing if time is limited, or linking several itineraries together if you wish to enjoy a longer vacation. Though several itineraries use Boston as their point of origination, and this is a logical starting point for travel to Cape Cod and the Berkshires, they may be accessed at any point en route and from any of the various points at which you may arrive in the northeast. Your entry into New England will probably depend on your destination—Manchester, New Hampshire—for ease of access into Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont; Providence, Rhode Island—for visiting Cape Cod, the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, and the small but activity-rich areas of Rhode Island; Hartford, Connecticut—for trips to the western portions of Connecticut and Massachusetts, and north into Vermont and New Hampshire; and Albany, New York—for alternative access to the western parts of New England. Although New York City is located at least an hour’s drive (more if you travel during congested commuter hours) from Connecticut and the start of the itinerary travels up the western side of New England, its airports may provide the best airfares and schedules for the international traveler, as well as the more distant U.S. traveler.



Car Rental:

Our itineraries are designed for travel by car. If you are staying in any of the major cities at the beginning of your trip, it is not necessary to pick up a rental car until you leave the city or just before any day trips you can make only by car, since public transportation systems are so convenient and all of the cities are great for walking. Ask your hotel if there is a car rental office nearby—if so, you might find out if that particular company can give you rates as competitive as any other. If you are really lucky, as with some of the rental companies, you might even have your car delivered to your hotel. There is no question that the less time you have to spend getting to your car and then turning it in at the end of your trip, the happier you will be. Inquire when you make your car reservation about all the add-on charges, and don’t be surprised at how much they increase the total rental cost. Do check to see if your home or car insurance or your credit card will provide you with coverage in the event of an accident.



Driving:

New England is not particularly large—in the central portions six hours of driving will generally take you from east to west or from south to north, unless you stretch out New England and try to go from southern Connecticut to the tip of Maine (more like a ten-hour trip). We have indicated in our itineraries a daily pace that we believe will make for a pleasant and comfortable trip, allowing you time to enjoy not only the scenery, but also the historic sights along the way. Allow more time if you want to do a lot of shopping, or if you have a special interest in any particular area.



Weather:

There’s a saying in New England “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a few minutes.” While the weather may be changeable, there are certainly some guidelines that will be helpful to the traveler in planning a trip. In the winter months of December through March, you can expect everything, from snow and ice to sleet and freezing rain. Temperatures often get down to zero and below, and there may be days, even weeks, when there is little snow and just brisk cold weather. Traditionally, in the latter half of January, there is even a period of warm weather, deceiving everyone into believing that winter is over. The spring months of April, May, and June are wonderful—with all of New England sprouting forth with bulbs of every description, and flowering shrubs and trees. The newness of everything with the green freshness of spring is hard not to love. However, occasionally in the spring there is a taste of winter weather that will remind you that the decision to bring a coat on your trip was indeed a very good one. Summer is a lazy time of year and generally has lovely weather, but there will be rain showers. Summer can also get hot and humid—on those days you’ll welcome the pair of shorts and short-sleeved shirt that you brought, and you’ll be grateful that your rental car and your hotel are air conditioned. Many a traveler will say that New England is best in the fall when the days are long and warm, the evenings are cool, and the foliage begins to turn.



Cooking Classes:

Wonderfully, many hosts/chefs of the New England hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts we recommend in Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island have introduced cooking classes for guest participation.  The New England cooking programs vary from day classes to week-long stays; most are “hands on” requiring that you don an apron and test your own culinary talents and many include instruction not only in the kitchen but at the markets, bakeries and butcher where you will learn of local products that both influence and define the regional specialties and cuisine.  These New England cooking classes allow us to challenge the “chef” in all of us.

The cooking classes in Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island vary in program, length and size. We personally find the classes where you settle in over a period of time the most rewarding. Time affords the opportunity to get to know other guests/students, the chance to relax and truly enjoy the culinary course.  Most people we talk to cherish their memories of cooking classes; love the opportunity to transcend the role as tourist; get to know their host more intimately as they share strategy in the kitchen; feel part of a community, and they all say they leave having forged life-long friendships.



Spa:

Health and fitness are important to us all, but we don’t necessarily have the time and or the energy to follow through with our resolutions during our day to day routines. However, a New England vacation often affords the luxury of time lacking from our daily lives, and many of the hotels, inns and bed and breakfasts we recommend in Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, provide spa and fitness facilities and programs to enable guests to pursue a healthy regime.

More and more New England resorts, hotels, inns and even bed & breakfasts are responding to the demands and requests of their guests. Many places to stay in Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island offer spa and fitness facilities that range from a room with basic exercise equipment to a full-service spa with staff to provide massages, mud baths, wraps and even personal trainers.



Long Term:

Many of the New England hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts we recommend in Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut or Rhode Island, in addition to rooms rented on a nightly basis have an apartment, a cottage or even a villa that they offer on a long term vacation rental basis.  Often these accommodations do not offer the same services as the traditional overnight rentals.  Many, for example, are termed “self-catering” which basically translates to “limited service”: breakfast may or may not be included; maid service may be provided once a week as opposed to daily; heating charges may be additional based on your usage, and in some cases it may even be necessary to provide your own linens.

Historically our research in New England  has focused our evaluation of properties based on their traditional overnight accommodation. Since, there is so much information you will want to consider before committing to a long term vacation rental that we have encouraged the hotels, inns and bed and breakfasts that we recommend in Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut or Rhode Island  to share information on long term rentals. It almost seems more important to understand just what you are renting in New England when you commit to a rental of a week as opposed to a one or two night reservation.



Wedding Facilities:

New England with its diversity of regions offers every desirable setting for a memorable wedding or reception. Imagine getting married on a gorgeous beach in Maine, in a charming New Hampshire or Massachusetts village enhanced by the glorious colors of fall foliage, on a Vermont ski slope with a backdrop of snow covered peaks, or in a seaside village along the Rhode Island or Connecticut Shore.andnbsp; For every wonderful setting and landscape, New England also offers a wealth of fabulous inns and hotels to host your wedding, your reception and offer romantic overnight accommodation for your guests and your honeymoon. The greatest problem New England presents a bride and groom is the burden of deciding where to get married!andnbsp;