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New England

Oh New England, you have my heart with your rugged coastlines, historic homes, endless fresh seafood and commitment to the best things about fall.  

When I moved to Utah, I was instantly blown away by the recreation opportunities - I mean those mountains and canyons and the desert, the options to play are endless. I felt lucky to live in and experience such an amazing part of the country. Utah's winters are actually useful with so many options for skiing when you want the snow and escapes to the desert when you want the heat. Spring comes early and the green rolls in quick. But summer? My time our west reinforced that there is absolutely nothing like a New England summer. When the month of June pops up on the calendar, New England is the only place to be. Of course, fall is a very close second with our foliage, pumpkin picking, and cozy backwoods vibes. Winter also has it' perks with some awesome skiing and mountain towns. Spring always takes far too long is is much too wet but theres something about those daffodils in April that make you so hopeful for the year ahead. If you take those seasons, balance the pros and cons as you go, the math is easy - New England is home for me. 
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For anyone new to the notion of New England, it is the area in the northeast which covers six states: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. I've spent a lot of time in all of these states to crown myself with the well earned title of New England expert. Within these six states (which are all relatively close and easy to access) you can find everything from mountains to beaches, hard working lobster boats and relaxing cabins in the woods.

I love the people, how everything moves my kind of pace (fast), and I even adore the "cut to the chase" and "matter of fact" vibe that surrounds all "yankees".  I love the food which includes an almost endless supply of seafood and even made it a point to find the best lobster roll on the shoreline.  So if you love New England too... or if you want a little glimpse on my love affair with this region of the country, you are in the right place.  






NW Corner 

Central Shoreline

Eastern CT

Central Inland

State Parks Visited/Want to Visit:
Housatonic Meadows State Park (Sharon)
Rocky Neck State Park (East Lyme)

Devils Hopyard  (waterfall) East Haddam
Gillette's Castle (East Haddam)

Haddam Meadows (Haddam)
Bigelow Hollow State Park (Diving/Lake) Union
Chatfield Hollow (Killingworth)
Fort Griswold-Groton
Harkness Memorial (Mansion and gardens)- Waterford
Lovers Leap- New Milford
Kent Falls- Kent 
Sleeping Giant (lookout tower)- Hamden
Talcott Mountain- Bloomfield 
Wadsworth Falls- Middletown



Hiking

Acadia National Park
 Iron Rung Trails





Hiking

Southern New Hampshire

Lake Region

Camp & Swim

Ski







Fords Lobsters (Noank)
Lobster Landing (Clinton)
Captain Scotts (New London)
Lobster Shack (East Haven)

Scuba Diving

Fall Fall Fall
Foliage Prediction Map

New England Resorts Skied 
Connecticut:  Ski Sundown

Massachusetts"  Butternut, Catamount, Jiminy Peak 
Vermont:  Stowe, Smugglers Notch, Okemo, Stratton, Killington, Ascutney, Mount Snow



New England/Northeast Bucket List 




































  • Go tubing at Noshoba (Littlefield, MA)
  • Visit America's oldest restaurant in Newport, RI
  • Hike the Long Trail (portions) 272 miles (Vermont) 
  • Hike the Bigelow Range, Stratton, Maine (10th hardest day hike in America)
  • Paddle a section of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail 
  • Visit Kancamagus Highway- New Hampshire
  • Ride the North Conway Scenic Railroad- New Hampshire 
  • Visit Franconia Notch State park- New Hampshire 
  • Sea Kayak at Acadia National Park- Maine 
  • Hike the Precipice Trail at Acadia, Maine
  • Explore the Bold Coast of Downeast Maine
  • Visit some Classic New England Drive-Ins
  • Go to Waterfire in Providence, Rhode Island 
  • Ski Mad River Glen, Vermont 
  • Hike the Connecticut section of the Appalachian Trail 
  • Hut to Hut Presidential Traverse, New Hampshire 
  • Visit Nantucket and Marthas Vineyard- Massachusetts
  • Go whale watching Cape Cod Massachusetts
  • Swim with the sharks off Montauk 
  • Lover's Leap State Park (Bridge) CT
  • Attend a Hot Balloon Festival
  •  Quechee Hot Air Balloon, Craft and Music Festival- White River Junction, VT June 16-18 2017 
          Hillsborough Balloon Festival- Hillsborough, NH July 6-9, 2017 
          Green River Festival -Greenfield, MA July 14, 15, 16, 2017 
          Stoweflake Balloon Festival Stowe, VT- July 
          Great Falls Balloon Festival- Auburn, ME, August 19-21 
          Plainville Hot Air Baloon Festival - Plainville, CT 4th weekend of August 
          Pittsfield Balloon Festival- Pittsfield, NH August

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