Brimming with history and culture, New England is one of the most visited regions in the United States...and with good reason! From snow-capped mountains to sandy beaches, from bustling metropolises to quaint small towns, from Revolutionary War battlegrounds to well-preserved colonial buildings, New England is a veritable treasure trove of sites and experiences you won't soon forget. Our New England vacation homes ensure your stay in America's birthplace will be a memorable one.
New England History and Present Day
Encompassing six states and nearly 72,000 square miles, New England has a unique and rich history. Home to Native Americans for hundreds of years, Europeans settled here after the Pilgrims landed in 1620. Independence from Britain was won after a hard-fought and bloody war. The region became a trade mecca, with whaling, shipbuilding, farming, and manufacturing gaining traction.
Today, the area is home to a diverse populace - it's the birthplace of Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and John F. Kennedy, after all - and topography. You'll find rivers, lakes, towering forests, and bucolic farmland abutting rocky coasts, sandy beaches, and green-tipped mountains. Head to one of our New England vacation rentals today to see for yourself why this is region is so lauded in film, book, and television.
The southernmost New England state, beautiful Connecticut
is smack dab between Boston and New York...and you can only imagine how divided the state is on sports team lines! Despite a Boston-New York rivalry, the state has its own unique character, featuring bustling towns, an Ivy League university, and bucolic splendor. Tube down the Farmington River or kayak among the Thimble Islands. Head to Hartford for some art or Greenwich for some highfalutin experiences.
Coastal Fairfield boasts many a tiny town, from Greenwich to Stamford to New Canaan to Westport. You can shop for antiques or dine on a hearty repast at one of the many delicious restaurants. For a memorable evening, visit the Tony award-winning Westport Country Playhouse. Greater New Haven boasts Yale University and the lively coastal towns of Guilford and Madison. The latter includes Hammonasset Beach State Park, offering three beaches and a nature preserve.
The River Valley has the majestic Connecticut River as its focal point. You'll want to hit the capital of Hartford for the 19-room Mark Twain House & Museum and Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Gillette Castle State Park in Haddam offers a prime spot to admire the river on a warm summer's day.
The Litchfield Hills lure and delight due to their serene beauty. You'll find antique shops, historic homes, and art galleries galore. Mystic Country is home to lovely Mystic, made famous by a Julia Roberts film. You'll also find historic lighthouses and fishing villages that time forgot.
Boasting nearly 5,000 coastal islands, two disputed parcels of land, and a 31-foot-tall statue of Paul Bunyon, Maine is a can't-miss destination
! Explore windswept beaches, dozens of historic lighthouses, and tiny resort towns across 230 square miles of scenic coastline.
The seaside town of Rockland is considered "the Lobster Capital of Maine" and plays host every August to the Maine Lobster Festival. Kennebunkport was once a shipbuilding hub, but is now most famous for the Bush Family Compound and beautiful beaches.
Portland is the state's largest city and features the Portland Observatory and the Wadsworth-Longfellow House, among other notable sites. Camden is picture perfect and hosts the National Toboggan Championships. Hikers head to scenic Bar Harbor and the 50-acre rugged and majestic Acadia National Park.
Lincoln County and the Boothbay Region on Maine's Mid-Coast offer coastal splendor and natural wonders galore, making it a summer playground for New Englanders since the 1800s. It's also home to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.
The cradle of modern American civilization, the scenic state of Massachusetts
has a coast that spans nearly 200 miles, and inland lakes, streams, and mountains. The home of John F. Kennedy, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Dr. Seuss, this state is one of the most visited in the entire region due to its rich cultural tapestry.
Boston is its largest city and features a myriad of historic sites, as well as award-winning restaurants and sporting venues. Tour the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile journey commemorating the American Revolution, admire the accomplishments of our 35th president at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library, or take a walk to Beacon Hill to honor to our country's founding.
If you're looking to avoid the big city, explore beautiful Cape Cod, from gay-friendly Provincetown to tiny Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard to sleepy and quaint Eastham and Chatham. Find inspiration at Walden Pond State Reservation in Concord, home to Henry David Thoreau. Find yourself in Quincy, birthplace of two presidents, and stroll through the Adams National Historic Park. North Adams plays host to Mass MoCA every summer and Springfield is the birthplace of basketball and boast the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The Granite State features towering mountains, lakes in abundance, and historic cities with a lively cultural feel. If you're coming from Boston, you'll be on stunning New Hampshire's small but scenic coast in one hour. Hampton Beach lures summer revelers every year! Portsmouth is considered one of the country's prettiest towns with Victorian homes, outdoor cafes, and cute boutiques. The Strawbery Banke Museum boasts 43 historic buildings recreating life from a simpler time.
Standing at nearly 6,300 feet, Mt. Washington is the highest peak in the entire northeast and is part of the majestic white mountains. Head to the top via the historic Cog Railway or stroll along Flume Gorge at the base of Mt. Liberty. You won't forget your hiking excursion here!
Loon Mountain and Cannon Mountain are a skier's mecca in the winter and boast ziplining and alpine slides in summer. The Great Woods boasts the 127-acre Dixville Notch State Park and its myriad of waterfalls. The Lakes Region shouldn't be missed just for gorgeous Lake Winnipesaukee alone, offering year-round entertainment for guests of all ages and interests! If those options aren't quite to your liking, there are 300 other lakes and ponds in the region as well.
At only 48 miles long, Rhode Island is the smallest state in the union. Unlike its bustling neighbors to the north and south, little Rhody boasts a tranquil coast and bucolic small towns in which to get lost!
Newport is one of the most popular spots in the state due to its grand mansions from the Gilded Age. The Breakers, home to the Vanderbilts, is the most iconic of all. Providence is the largest city, with tree-lined streets and award-winning restaurants. Admire the American Impressionist art at the RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) Museum of Art.
Warwick includes historic Pawtuxet Village, one of New England’s oldest settlements, dating back to 1642. Tour art galleries and shops in Wickford, a 300-year-old village. You've probably seen the work of painter Gilbert Stuart a few times (his portrait of Washington is on the dollar bill), but you can tour his home in Saunderstown.
is one of the smallest and oldest states in the Union. It is also one of the least populous, but it boasts plenty of beautiful towns and activities. Dubbed les verts monts (aka "the green mountains") by Frenchman Samuel Champlain, the state is truly green as far as the eye can see! Verdant hills give way to mountains and cascading waterfalls. The cozy state, which borders New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and New York, is the quintessential outdoor lover's mecca and offers many attractions for all ages.
Freedom and unity, the state motto, come to life in Vermont's historic cities. In the lovely capital of Montpelier, you can stroll through city parks on the banks of the winding Winooski River. Burlington is the state's largest city and boasts art galleries, performance spaces, and the Green Mountain Audubon Center, among other attractions. Waterbury is home to the Ben & Jerry's factory - there's nothing better than savoring your favorite vintage flavor or trying a new one on a hot summer's day!
The greenest state becomes the whitest state when winter descends. The mountain resort town of Killington is famous for a plethora of downhill options for skiers and snowboarders alike. Verdant and lush, the Lake Champlain Islands feel like a world away. From blink-and-you'd-miss-it South Hero to Isle de Motte and historic St. Anne's Shrine, you will truly feel as if you've stepped back in time during your time in this beautiful state.
Bustling metropolises, sandy Atlantic beaches, and lush green forests collide in beautiful New England. Whether you're hoping to explore some new cities or just get away from it all, head to one of our many New England vacation rentals to experience for yourself why this area is such a popular vacation destination!
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