New England Fall Foliage Tour

We are often asked to write a couple of travel stories on must do trips that you do whilst you are in the United States.

One of those things on many people’s bucket list is to do a tour of New England in Autumn. New England is the north east corner of the United States and consists of the states Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

It is known to have amazing foliage over the autumn period showing all the beautiful colours you see on postcards.

My husband, my mother in law and my son decided to embark on an 8 day trip of New England.  A word of warning, the prices do jump over this peak period, so it is best to book in advance.

We went the last week of October, and we just made it in time to see the fall foliage, I would recommend doing it early October so that you see don’t miss it in the northern states.

Flying options include flying into Boston, Portland Maine, and Manchester NH.  This gives you access to great spots in New England.

Our first stop was Kennebunkport Maine, this was a small coastal town with great seaside appeal.  We stayed at the Kennebunkport Inn http://www.kennebunkportinn.com/ which was really adorable.  It was so close to everything and it provided a great breakfast.  There are many things to do in Maine, but you should try Maine Lobster, Maine Salt Taffy and see the beach.  Whilst these are not Australian beaches, it was still gorgeous to see.

We dropped in for lunch in Portland, Maine.  This is a great city and worth a long weekend visit.  We visited their famous lighthouse, Portland Head Light and Fort Williams Park.  It is apparently one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world.

Our next stop was to the White Mountains, New Hampshire.  This was beautiful, we stayed at the ski town North Conway.  The accommodation options are huge here, we stayed at the Red Jacket Mountainview Resort http://www.redjacketresorts.com/mountain-view-resort.php.  This was a large style resort in a beautiful location, but I would try and stay somewhere a little smaller for the ease of parking, checking in etc.

We took a trip to Mount Washington on the Mount Washington Cog Railway http://www.thecog.com/ .  This was amazing, it took just under 3 hours.  There was a 40 minute train ride to the top of the mountain, then you stayed at the top of the mountain with the snow and the amazing views for an hour, then took the 40 minute ride down.  It was a must do tourist spot whilst you are in the White Mountains.

A short drive later, we arrived in Vermont, in the cutest village called Woodstock.  This town has been called “The Prettiest Small Town in America” (Ladies Home Journal Magazine). And it was definitely beautiful.  There was lots of cute shopping and antique store options, a great coffee shop and book store.  Our accommodation was the Shire Riverview Hotel http://www.shiremotel.com/ I found that this was really cute and well priced.

We then drove to Manchester in Vermont to stay in the Green Mountains.  This was gorgeous.  We stayed at a beautiful old hotel called the Wilburton Inn http://www.wilburton.com/ where you were served a great breakfast in the dining room looking out over the mountains.  It was divine.  The town is beautiful, and there is quite a lot do here including outlet shopping (if you wish).

Our next stop was Litchfield Connecticut.  This was beautiful and you could see that there was some money in this town.  Our accommodation was the Litchfield Inn http://www.litchfieldinnct.com/ .  It was undergoing some needed renovation when we were there.  We took a short half our drive to Kent Falls National Park.  This was gorgeous for viewing your fall foliage and it also gave you a spectacular waterfall.

Newport Rhode Island was our second last stop.  Unfortunately for us, the weather turned and it was pouring with rain.  I imagine that this would be a great spot in Summer as it a very scenic along the harbour. Our hotel was in a great location, the Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina http://www.thenewport-hotel.com/ .  Newport has many mansions, some like the Breakers are open for tours http://www.newportmansions.org/explore/the-breakers .  This city has a lot packed into a small distance, so it is easy to look around.

Our final destination was Boston, Massachusetts.  This is a city that I would definitely like to get back to for a longer break as there was so much to do here.  Our favourite tourist spot was a visit to Fenway Park with a tour of the stadium http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/ballpark/tour.jsp.  We stopped at the food court at Quincy Market, adjacent to Faneuil Hall.  This was a great spot for a quick lunch in a good atmosphere.  There are many accommodation options in Boston, but it is best to book ahead of time as the prices sky-rocket over this period and many places book out.

This was a great vacation.  The drives between villages are often an hour long, and are along beautiful highways and roads with gorgeous trees and autumn foliage.  I recommend that everyone who is living Houston for a long period make the trip up to New England one autumn.

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2 Responses to New England Fall Foliage Tour

  1. Nikki Edge says:

    We to recently travelled to Boston and loved it. We found a great alternative to a hotel on VBRO.com. We found this option cost effective as three of us were traveling and it was cheaper then two rooms. It also gave us the freedom to do some cooking of our own. Our apartment was located in the Back Bay area which was walking distance to Newbery Street, a great place for boutique shopping and dining. Our favorite restaurants were Atlantic Fish Company (seafood) and La Voile (French). We also did a tour of Harvard University and found it to be quite interesting. The tours are free and more information can be found at http://www.harvard.edu/visitors/calendar.

  2. Finding Houston says:

    Thanks Nikki, renting an apartment is definitely the way to go in expensive cities like Boston & New York when you are there for more than a few days.
    Some of our other New England/Boston recommendations include: Shopping on Newbury St and walking the Freedom Trail in Boston; extending your visit further north to beautiful harbor towns in Maine such as Boothbay Harbor, Southwest Harbor and Bar Harbor. Also in Bar Harbor area taking in the beauty of one of the US’s best National Parks in Mount Desert Island and doing a Lobster Fishing tour with Lulu Lobster Boat.

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