What to Do in New England

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New England: The Bucket List

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Early Season Skiing at Killington, Vermont

Sometimes it's the ritual that matters. Vermont's Killington Ski Area is one of the East's iconic ski areas, and it makes a point of having the longest season in the East, as well as being among the first, if not THE first, to open every year. To be honest, that first day ...
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Maine Windjammers off Rockland (Photo by Stillman Rogers)

Sailing on Maine Windjammer Angelique

My husband Tim is a sailing ship nut who could happily spend day after day standing on a swaying deck watching the sails billow and the shore slide past. Born a century earlier, he might have run away to sea as a cabin boy. But would 12-year-old Mary and I ...
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The first recorded slave ship docked in Portsmouth Harbor in 1645 (© Stillman Rogers)

Walking the Black Heritage Trail in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

We northerners tend to think of slavery as an institution peculiar to southern history, not to our own. But in fact, it was not at all uncommon for New Englanders to hold slaves. After all, New England ports -- including Portsmouth -- were the northern point of the infamous "Triangle ...
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Old Orchard Beach Maine (Photo copyright Stillman Rogers)

Riding the Carousel at Maine’s Old Orchard Beach

Has the merry-go-round at Old Orchard Beach shrunk? I’m sure the horses used to be bigger, so tall that my father had to boost me up to mount them. Apart from the size of the carousel, it’s just like I remember, though – maybe cleaner and not quite so tacky, ...
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New England: Travel Facts

Main International Airport: Boston. Other airports: Bradley (Hartford/Springfield), Manchester-Boston (NH), Burlington (VT), Bangor (ME).
Currency: U.S. dollars.
Population: 14,400,000.
Capitals: Boston, Massachusetts. Hartford, Connecticut. Montpelier, Vermont. Augusta, Maine. Providence, Rhode Island. Concord, New Hampshire.
Climate: Northern temperate. Increasingly long and snowy winters as you go north and/or gain elevation . Temperate summers.
Languages: English. French is spoken in some pockets near the Quebec border.
More facts: U.S. immigration and tourism visas are explained by the U.S. Department of State.
Time zone: Standard time for New England = UTC – 5. See World Clock for seasonal adjustments.