7 Recommendations For Your Next Trip To New England

The historic cornerstone of the United States, New England is filled with awe-inspiring scenery, rich culture, and abundant opportunities for recreation, making it the perfect place for an all-American vacation. If you're headed to the region, consider visiting the places listed here, which range from innovative restaurants to venues for unique outdoor activities. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.

7 Worthwhile New England Destinations

Name Location About
Katahdin Cruises and The Moosehead Marine Museum Greenville, Maine Offers a glimpse into the days of steamboating and the heritage of the Moosehead Lake Region, telling the story of the region's marine and lumbering tradition with a display of artifacts and treasures
MET Back Bay Boston, Massachusetts Restaurant by Kathy Sidell, blending new American cooking with contemporary continental cuisine while embracing quintessential New England ingredients
Kimpton Taconic Hotel Manchester, Vermont Boutique hotel surrounded by mountains, offering couples, families, and wedding parties a free-spirited take on a New England escape
Classic Harbor Line Boston, Massachusetts Classic-style charter boat and tour boat fleet, providing sailing experiences aboard various luxurious vessels
Michael's on the Hill Waterbury Center, Vermont Restaurant located within a circa-1820 farmhouse, surrounded by acres of rolling lawns, forest, and perennial gardens, and serving farm-to-table cuisine
King Pine East Madison, New Hampshire Part of the Purity Spring Resort, located on a pristine private lake, it offers skiing, ice skating, and snowtubing, plus ski and snowboard camps
Mei Mei Boston, Massachusetts A sibling-founded restaurant and food truck catering business serving up creative Chinese-American cuisine made from locally sourced and sustainable ingredients

Discover New England

Timeline of Massachusetts History

  • 1620: Pilgrims arrive and establish a settlement
  • 1630: A group of Puritans, led by John Winthrop, establish the Massachusetts Bay Colony
  • 1632: Boston named capital of Massachusetts Bay Colony
  • 1634: Boston Common is first public park in America
  • 1636: Harvard College established
  • 1639: First Post Office in U.S. established in Boston
  • 1692: Salem witch trials
  • 1756 - 1763: The Seven Years War
  • 1773: Boston Tea Party
  • 1775: First battle of American Revolution fought at Lexington and Concord
  • 1776: Declaration off Independence is signed
  • 1780: John Hancock is first elected governor
  • 1783: Treaty of Paris is signed
  • 1786-1787: Shays' Rebellion
  • 1788: Massachusetts admitted to the Union
  • 1796: John Adams elected president
  • 1820: Maine separates from Massachusetts
  • 1826: First American railroad built in Quincy
  • 1840: Typewriter invented by Charles Thurber in Worcester
  • 1845: First sewing machine made by Elias Howe in Boston
  • 1876: First telephone demonstrated by Alexander Graham Bell in Boston
  • 1877: Helen Magill White of Boston University becomes the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in the U.S.
  • 1891: Dr. James Naismith invents basketball
  • 1919: The Great Molasses Flood
  • 1925: Edith Nourse Rogers becomes the first woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives
  • 1960: John F. Kennedy, born in 1917 in Brookline, elected 35th president
  • 1985: Harvard University celebrates 350th anniversary
  • 2003: In Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, the Supreme Judicial Court rules that the state must legally recognize same-sex marriages
  • 2006: Legislature enacts first plan in the U.S. for Massachusetts citizens to receive universal health insurance coverage

Winter Activities at King Pine

In Depth

There are few regions of the United States that have as rich of a culture and as fascinating of a history as New England. It's a popular vacation locale in both summer and winter, thanks to the plethora of things to do. In no particular order, here are several suggestions for places and activities worth checking out on your next New England trip.

First up, #1 is Katahdin Cruises and The Moosehead Marine Museum. This organization offers a glimpse into the days of steamboating, as well as the heritage of the region. The primary exhibit, the Steamboat Katahdin, cruises daily from late June through mid-October. The ship travels along Moosehead Lake, which is the largest in Maine, while a narration of the region's history is told.

The Moosehead Marine Museum displays the story of New England's marine and lumbering traditions with a collection of artifacts and treasures. It contains an array of steamboat memorabilia, logging relics, and early photographs of the Moosehead area. Not only does the museum house exhibits, it also serves as the ticket office for Katahdin cruises.

The Moosehead Marine Museum displays the story of New England's marine and lumbering traditions with a collection of artifacts and treasures.

Coming in at #2 is MET Back Bay, a restaurant located in the heart of Boston's Back Bay neighborhood. It has been meticulously renovated, but still pays homage to the style and timelessness of the building and surrounding community. The restaurant is able to be reserved for private events, accommodating up to 250 patrons.

The menu blends American cooking with contemporary continental cuisine, embracing quintessential New England ingredients. Classic dishes like New England Clam Chowder or a Prime Skirt Steak are available, as well as family-style Mac & Cheese dishes coated with garlicky bread crumbs. This restaurant also offers a build-your-own Bloody Mary event every Saturday and Sunday, garnished with fully loaded sliders.

Next, #3 is the Kimpton Taconic Hotel. Surrounded by the mountains of Manchester Village, it's centrally located relative to a number of Vermont attractions, like winter skiing and autumn leaf peeping. The location's concierge offers assistance in planning a customized itinerary for each day, and the hotel is well-suited for hosting weddings, with spaces for ceremonies, receptions, and next-day brunches.

Surrounded by the mountains of Manchester Village, it's centrally located relative to a number of Vermont attractions, like winter skiing and autumn leaf peeping.

As well as an on-site boutique. The Kimpton Taconic Hotel boasts a seasonal heated pool, a 24-hour fitness center, and in-room spa services. Additionally, there's no limits on the size, weight, or number of pets that guests are allowed to bring, and the concierge provides a list of nearby animal-friendly attractions.

#4 on this list is Classic Harbor Line, a company that offers sailing tours of Boston Harbor, as well as private yacht charters. This business provides guests with a luxurious, hospitable sailing experience. Daytime, Sunset, and City Lights tours are available, each with a view of the Boston skyline and various historical sites.

The yachts that can be privately chartered are amply sized to host events and celebrations, whether it be a company outing, wedding, or birthday. These ships have a capacity of 40 to 149, depending on which one is selected. All of the captains are Coast Guard certified, and the mates undergo extensive safety and marine training.

The yachts that can be privately chartered are amply sized to host events and celebrations, whether it be a company outing, wedding, or birthday.

The #5 recommendation is Michael's on the Hill, located in Waterbury Center, Vermont. Views of sunsets and the Green Mountains make Michael's a popular stop for photographers and tourists alike. The use of local, sustainable, and organic ingredients is a priority to the business, as well as protecting Vermont's natural environment.

The menu changes seasonally, as the majority of the ingredients are locally sourced. In addition to the normal entrees, Gold and Platinum menus are also available, with various unique appetizer, meal, and dessert selections. Freshly poached lobster and crab cakes that come directly from Maine offer a reminder of New England's specialities.

Up next, #6 is King Pine, located in East Madison, New Hampshire. King Pine is part of the Purity Spring Resort, on the banks of a private lake that overlooks ski slopes. As the mountain is consistently covered in a layer of snow, this resort has offered family camp programs for over 100 years, including skating, tubing, skiing, and snowboarding.

As the mountain is consistently covered in a layer of snow, this resort has offered family camp programs for over 100 years, including skating, tubing, skiing, and snowboarding.

Lessons are offered for both young and old first-time skiers, as well as advanced classes. Activities like sledding on the tubing hill, night skiing, and snowshoe tours allow guests to explore the natural wilderness surrounding King Pine. The lodge boasts an indoor heated pool and hot tub, as well as plenty of rental gear and supplies.

Last, but not least, #7 is Mei Mei, a sibling-founded restaurant and food truck catering business. This company serves Chinese-American cuisine made from locally sourced ingredients. Based in Boston, the three siblings sought to recreate the favorite foods of their childhood while adding modern elements and sustainable practices.

Mei Mei offers virtual classes that teach students how to make authentic dumplings. In addition to selling meal kits for these classes, the menu has Bento boxes, scallion pancake sandwiches, and a wide variety of dumplings. Customers can also make donations that provide a 35-pound grocery box to a family in need.