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VisitingNewEngland.com is an online work of love that
brings you local perspectives on New England travel. Eric
Hurwitz, a lifelong New England native and award-winning professional
journalist, takes the traditional New England "Yankee" work ethic to
the highest level by creating and producing most of the design,
writing, photography and proper, traditional, ethical marketing (in
other words, we disseminate original content that we truly what we
believe in, based on the people, places and things we experience in New
England!) at VisitingNewEngland.com. We started in 2001 and, since
then, have brought an entertaining and informative blend of New England
travel information to the public -- based in New England, of course,
not some home office far away from our region!
About New England
So, welcome to New England! Our region consists of six states, all
equally impressive but ultimately with their own charming
personalities: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode
island and Vermont. What is most striking about New England is its
endless beauty in so many diverse expressions. Consider the icicle blue
waters and rocky coasts that beautifully frame Nubble Light at York,
Maine. Nubble Light is indeed one of America's most photographed
lighthouses, and once you see it you'll know why. Imagine yourself
hiking Mt. Katadhin in Northern, Maine, and being able able to see
hundreds of miles away to Quebec or the great historical city of
Boston. See yourself in the "real" part of Cape Cod where the pace is
leisurely, the breeze sugar sweet and the salt air gently embracing.
The anchor of this memorable New England vacation destination is the
Cape Cod National Seashore with its 43,604 acres of shoreline,
including sand dunes, lighthouses, historic structures, beaches, nature
trails and picnic areas. Additionally, don't forget to visit Martha's
Vineyard and Nantucket, two islands that take you away from all the
stresses of every day life and into idyllic locations of ocean beaches,
charming village-like settings, and undeveloped coastal splendor.
Rhode Island and Connecticut are also no slouches when it comes to
unwinding. Find yourself on a deserted beach in South County Rhode
Island, walking miles and miles by the warm and healthy sea. Tour the
"FarmCoast" towns of Tiverton and Little Compton where the mix of farms
and coast create a truly spectacular, memorable setting. Bike the
pristine environs of the "Quiet Corner" of Northeastern Connecticut
where stunning village greens surround stately old houses and a slower
pace of life forces one to relax. A great example is Woodstock, a
million miles from nowhere, with no stores, no gas stations and no
traffic lights -- just one beautiful home after another. It's truly a
classic New England town.
Revel in the rolling green hills of Vermont, complete with many cows
and fewer people. Here, you will find picture-perfect postcard
villages, where life is relaxed and the Green Mountains scenery often
spectacular. Of particular interest are the lovely small towns of
Stowe, Newfane, Weston, Woodstock and Waitsfield. And what about New
Hampshire? We could writ a book on the wonders of this beautiful state!
It's hard to pick just one area to visit, but if we had to choose one
area, it would be the White Mountains region. This timeless vacation
destination feature dramatically scenic rugged mountains with the apex
being Mt. Washington with an elevation of 6,288 ft. In the White
Mountains, the skiing is fabulous in the winter at myriad ski resorts,
spring refreshing after a long, cold winter, summer just ideal with
hiking, swimming and other recreational activities, and the fall
flat-out stunning with its colorful fall foliage. Many famous,
family-friendly resorts and attractions reside here -- the latter
including Santa's Village, Storyland, The Flume, Clark's Trading Post
and the Mt. Washington Auto Road.
New England cities must not be missed from the Old Port Exchange shops
and restaurants and classic tree-lined brownstone building streets of
Portland, Maine, to the world-class historical, educational and scenic
environs of Boston, Mass. Providence, R.I., is a big city alternative
to Boston, with its high-rises, academia and concentration of colonial
homes, especially on Benefit Street. Let's not forget the charming
Portsmouth, N.H., a small city with big seaside historical charm.
There's nothing quite like strolling through Portsmouth on a hot,
summer day with its eclectic mix of people and stores. It's a lively
city, typical of the New England lifestyle, and one loaded with great
restaurants. Burlington, Vt., is also quite a small city with its
located on beautiful Lake Champlain, the presence of the University of
Vermont and a fabulous downtown pedestrian-friendly Church St.
marketplace with its incredibly appealing mix of shops, restaurants
(many outdoor cafes), entertainment, street vendors and interesting
architecture amongst the myriad buildings. Newport, R.I., is
world-famous and quite appealing -- a tour of the mansions, a scenic
drive along Ocean, a day at Easton's Beach, a walk along the Cliff Walk
overlooking the ocean, and a highly-developed downtown that seems to
joyfully go on forever with a fantastic mix of shops, galleries,
boutiques, museums and restaurants. We could go on and on about New
England, but you'll just have to read more on our web site!
VisitingNewEngland.com stresses the "who, where, what, when, why and
how," foundation of journalism with an emphasis on the "why" and "how"
-- the detailed catalysts to help you plan your New England travel.
This approach, combined with a "living room conversation" type of
storytelling gives the reader a translation of the great feeling of
being in New England. Our experiences as lifelong New Englanders have
created an understanding of life beyond the most heavily-marketed New
England vacation spots. The hidden New England gems, and the nuances
and the subtleties behind every mountain, body of water, village green
and skyscraper in New England are what makes a visit to New England so
special. Ultimately, this is not your basic cookie-cutter,
assembly-line, vanilla New England travel and vacation planning
information guide. Like New England, VisitingNewEngland.com offers
great diversity, from a staff that knows you want the most out of your
New England vacation.
We have something for everyone interested in learning more about New
England. If you haven't noticed lately, some New England communities
and publications have gone upscale with very little respect to the
"plain folk." We will never head in this direction of thinking that we
are above others, or that a vacation is meant as a portfolio, of sorts,
to impress others. Vacation and travel, to us, is about enjoying life,
as equals, with friends and family. While you will see some great
upscale ideas on our site that we highly recommend, you will find a
fair and balanced travel guide here that keeps all classes of people in
mind. We appreciate the hard-working people who earn their money
everyday and deserve to go on vacation, so you will never be excluded
from the mission of this site. We are one of those families. Consider
us your neighbor, the "local" who knows all the best places to visit in
Knowledge is the most potent communicator. We have probably all
benefited, for example, from the suggestions of a "local." Their
responses might have brought you to the right diner, the quiet beach,
or a hiking trail unknown to the marketing teams writing about New
England from, as mentioned before, outside the region.
VisitingNewEngland.com is like your online version of the "local"
recommending the best places to visit.
We are honored you are here, and, therefore, want to honor you with the
best New England travel and vacation planning information possible.
Eric at VisitingNewEngland
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