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New England

Oh New England, you have my heart.  

It took me a while to appreciate your loveliness but I swoon at your rugged coastlines, historic homes, endless fresh seafood and commitment to the best things about fall.  

I moved to Utah and was blown away by its mountains, amazing skiing and endless beauty and felt lucky to live in and experience such an amazing part of the country.  But New England, I missed you dearly.  Whoever said absence makes the heart grow fonder was right and our time apart solidified my love for your summers (and strengthened my hate for your long dreary winters).  As far as I am concerned when summer rolls around, New England is the only place to be.  

6 states with everything from mountains to beaches, lobster boats and 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, endless supplies 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.  

Disclaimer:  One could say I am on a mission to make everyone love New England as much as I do.  Oceans, mountains, seafood and great people... its all here. 

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


Acadia National Park
 Iron Rung Trails

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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