New England Six States One Fabulous Fall
In New England's six states September and October sees the leaves turn to amazing shades of gold, scarlet, purple, and yellow. This fly drive holiday will show you the best of the famous fall foliage; the exact best time is hard to predict and will vary from north to south but generally the last 10 days of September and the first two weeks in October should be best. As well as the fall foliage you will be seeing the covered bridges, the picturesque white churches and all that is loved about New England.
If you would rather not drive, ask Frontier America about coach and train tours.
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Sebago to Holderness
Continue into New Hampshire, through the rugged scenery of the White Mountains stopping in North...
Holderness to St Johnsbury
Then start the drive north to the quintessentially New England village of Woodstock. Woodstock is...
St Johnsbury to Shrewsbury
Today you leave the White Mountains and travel into the Green Mountains. On the way you will pass...
Shrewsbury to North Adams
Today you will drive through some of Vermont’s most photogenic villages: geographically con...
Newport to Sandwich
Leave Newport and head for South Shore Beach and Little Compton. Three centuries of history becko...
Nicknamed “The Museum Town”, Sandwich offers several outstanding attractions: He...
Fly to Boston and spend a couple of days enjoying this historical and vibrant city. Be sure to explore the Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market among the many highlights.
2 nights Boston
Boston to Sebago
Collect your car and follow the coast through New Hampshire to Maine and the charming resort town of Kennebunkport where we would suggest a stop for lunch.
The popular holiday destination, where the Bush family has had a home for many years is known as “The Kennebunks” and includes Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Arundel, and Cape Porpoise. In the fall, the fiery foliage contrasts brilliantly with the blue of the Atlantic Ocean.
TIPS - Horse-drawn carriage rides are a fun way to see the historic district of Kennebunkport.
Head inland to Maine’s unspoiled mountains and Sebago Lake. This lake, whose name means “great stretch of water”, covers some 45 square miles Nearby are smaller bodies of water: all reflect the surrounding woods, which are dazzling in autumn. Cruise on a paddle steamer: The Songo River Queen II departs from Naples and heads along Long Lake.
TIPS - A short but steep trail leading to the summit of Douglas Mountain gives wonderful panoramic views over the White Mountains and Sebago Lake. .
2 nights Migis Lodge.Close
Sebago to Holderness
Continue into New Hampshire, through the rugged scenery of the White Mountains stopping in North Conway for some retail therapy and the pretty village of Jackson.
1 night Manor on Golden Pond in the heart of New Hampshire Lake District.
Holderness to St Johnsbury
Then start the drive north to the quintessentially New England village of Woodstock. Woodstock is chock full of charming Americana, including a covered bridge smack in the centre of town and a village green surrounded by restored Georgian, Federal Style and Greek Revival homes.
A ride on the Mount Washington Cog Railway is strongly recommended today. This 3-mile long trestle is the steepest railway track in North America and takes you to 6,288 feet; the summit of Mount Washington.
Arrive into St. Johnsbury, home to Albert Bierstadt’s gigantic “Domes of the Yosemite” painting; the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium; and the Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild shop, with works by 100 local artists.
TIPS - The Maple Museum explains the mysteries of sugaring and maple syrup.
2 nights Rabbit Hill Inn.
St Johnsbury to Shrewsbury
Today you leave the White Mountains and travel into the Green Mountains. On the way you will pass through Cornish; previously a summer artists’ colony. Most famous was sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens who created the famous statues of Lincoln; you can visit the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, his former home, studio, artworks, and garden.
TIPS - You can drive almost to the top of Mount Ascutney; you will have to walk the last mile to the summit but the views are spectacular and you might see the hang gliders!
TIPS - You can, if you take the old 12A, cross the Cornish-Windsor Bridge, the longest wooden covered bridge in the U.S.A.
1 night at the Crisanver House.Close
Shrewsbury to North Adams
Today you will drive through some of Vermont’s most photogenic villages: geographically confusing as you will pas Londonderry, Peru, Weston and Grafton all within a few miles. There are handsome homes, country stores, artist’s studios and farms with red barns and cows.
TIPS - Explore the forest: Hike, drive, cycle or ride a horse in the enormous natural playground that is the Green Mountain National Forest.
North Adams, Thanks to MASS MoCA, this former mill town is now one of the most visited places in the United States dedicated to new art. In 1999, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art opened in a vast disused factory complex, offering art, dance, music, film, and more.
TIPS - Fall festivals in North Adams range from a children’s parade, dressage displays, to the arts.
1 night in either the Porches Inn in North Adams which is part of the MOCA or the luxurious Orchards Hotel in neighbouring Williamstown.Close
North Adams to Hartford
Drive through the Berkshire Hills, taking Route 8 Cross into Connecticut, the Litchfield Hills and head for Torrington (75 miles/125 km) where we suggest a lunch stop to see the lovingly-restored Warner Theatre (now an arts complex) is just one of many Art Deco buildings and the No Place Like Home History Museum (local history)
TIPS - Work up an appetite for lunch! Hike the trail: In Mohawk State Forest and adjoining Mohawk Mountain State Park, the higher you go, the better the views – as far as the Catskill, Taconic, and Berkshire ranges.
1 night at the Avon Old Farm just outside Hartford.Close
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Drive east to northeastern Connecticut, dubbed the Quiet Corner where a typical community is Putnam known for its antiques shops, with everything from bric-a-brac to highly collectible furniture. But, this was also an important mill town as you can discover on the River Mills Heritage Trail walking tour.
TIPS - Take the slow road from Putnam into Newport Rhode Island. Explore some of the unspoiled Last Green Valley – the 35-town National Heritage Corridor to see villages such as Wickford with its delightful: churches, Colonial homes, gardens, antiques shops, galleries, restaurants – and a town dock! It was also the setting for local author John Updike’s The Witches of Eastwick – inspiring the Wicked Week festival in October.
Drive south to the very pretty village of Mystic on the south shore of Connecticut. Be sure to visit the fascinating Mystic Seaport, a marvellous living museum showcasing historic vessels including the Charles W Morgan, the last wooden Whaleship in the world originally launched in 1841. From Mystic you can meander along the coast road and over the bridges into Newport.
2 nights in Newport at the Vanderbilt Grace Hotel or the Viking Hotel.
Cruise Narragansett Bay: From Quonset Point, North Kingstown, join a cruise to see lighthouses, islands, the Jamestown and Newport Bridges, Newport Harbour, mansions, historic Fort Adams and more.
Rent a kayak for the afternoon and paddle about Wickford Harbour.Close
Stroll historic Newport: No city in America crams more history into its quaint streets, from Colonial days to the Gilded Age mansions. You will need at least a full day to scratch the surface of all that Newport has to offer.
Newport to Sandwich
Leave Newport and head for South Shore Beach and Little Compton. Three centuries of history beckon in Little Compton, where homes are grand and meadows manicured. On the village green are a post office, library, school, and Wilbur’s General Store (since 1893).
Take highway 6, rather than the interstate and you will pass through lots of very pretty little villages as you head for Sandwich, the first and oldest town on Cape Cod – established in 1639
TIPS - Grape expectations: One of several vineyards along the Coastal Wine Trail is Sakonnet, with its regular tours and tastings of award-winning Chardonnays, and Gewurztraminers.
TIPS - Visit tiny Sakonnet Harbor: A handful of boats still go out fishing from here every day.
2 nights at the Belfy Inn & Bistro or the Dan’l Webster Inn & Spa
Nicknamed “The Museum Town”, Sandwich offers several outstanding attractions: Heritage Museums & Gardens, the Sandwich Glass Museum and the (working) Dexter Grist Mill.
TIPS - Visit a cranberry bog: On farms, run by members of the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association, you can see how bogs are flooded, so that the berries float for “wet picking”. October features the annual Cranberry Harvest Celebration.
TIPS - Take a royal drive: What is now Route 6A is also known as the Old King’s Highway, linking villages, historic homes, antiques stores, and charming B&Bs.Close
Sandwich to Boston
Time to return to Boston for your overnight flight home. On the way, do stop at the Plimoth Plantation; a totally brilliant living history museum where the Pilgrim Fathers first landed in 1620. See the Mayflower II, the Plimoth Grist Mill amongst many fascinating attractions. This will be a memorable last day.Close
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