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New England’s three
northern states of Vermont,
New Hampshire and Maine
were the birthplace of
America’s love affair with
skiing and boarding. For more
on the popular ski resorts,
turn to our Ski & Board
Special on page 9. But, you
don’t have to hurl yourself
down a mountain to have fun
in winter: try cross-country
skiing or snow-shoeing, sign up
for horse-drawn sleigh rides and
snowmobiling, go ice skating on
frozen ponds and waltz round
city-centre rinks.
For many, winter is the most and out across the
romantic season of all. Skies are region. Others include:
clear, the air is clean, the scenery is the daffodil festival at and the White Mountains.
right out of a Christmas card – Blithewold, in Bristol And classic American
quite the best time to stay in a RI; lupin festivals in amusements are here too: water
country inn, with roaring log fi res, Franconia NH and parks and amusement parks, with
hot apple cider and four-poster Deer Isle ME; the thrill rides galore. Yup, even in New
beds. Winter is also a great time to dogwood festival in England. So all you need is shorts
explore cities such as Boston MA Fairfi eld CT; and lilacs at the Americans. President Obama and a T-shirt, swimming trunks and
and New Haven CT, Portland ME, Shelburne Museum, Shelburne VT. and his family followed tradition a costume.
Newport and Providence RI. All And when the snows are melting, by spending their vacation on But those long summer nights
have outstanding art galleries and during that March/April in-between Martha’s Vineyard MA; the Bush are also perfect for outdoor
theatre, shopping and restaurants. time, New Englanders make maple family has summered in Maine concerts, Enjoy the world-class
And, did you know that seafood is syrup, tapping the trees and boiling on their Kennebunkport estate Boston Symphony Orchestra in
at its best in winter? the sap to make liquid gold. Did for over a century; 19th-century the Berkshire Hills of western
you know that a curl of white aristocrats holidayed in Newport’s Massachusetts and the biggest
SPRING smoke rising in the woods could mansions; Rhode Island’s South names in jazz at Newport RI,
New Englanders do have one thing well be a sugar shack? County has miles of beaches with its long-established summer
in common with the Old Country: that are perfect for little ones. But festival. Check out the folk music
they love to garden, and they love SUMMER New England also has towering in Maine and Vermont, hop to
fl ower festivals, celebrating with a On the same latitude as Rome and mountains and hundreds of lakes the pop on the shores of Lake
riot of blossom and blooms. New Madrid, New England has long, and ponds (as they call them): Winnipesaukee NH, more jazz in
for 2010 is the Boston Flower & hot summers. That’s why New Vermont’s Lake Champlain and Hartford and the Litchfi eld Hills,
Garden Show (March 24-28), just England was – and still is – the No the Green Mountains; New CT. What do you need? Just a picnic
one of dozens of shows indoors 1 summer holiday destination for Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee and a blanket to sit on.
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