Scenes From “Vinalhaven: Portrait of a Maine Island” | Featured Photographer Joel Greenberg

Compelling everyday scenes from Maine’s Vinalhaven Island, captured between 1977 and 1987, are beautifully compiled in a new book from photographer Joel Greenberg.

By Aimee Tucker

Baby Love | The Baby Animals Festival at Hancock Shaker Village

Listening to spring’s siren song at Hancock Shaker Village: peeps, squeals, and bleats from barnyard newborns.

By Justin Shatwell

Things To Do In New England in April 2024

Discover the hottest things to do in New England this month, plus travel deals and opportunities to meet our Yankee team on the road.

By Kim Knox Beckius

Be Your Own Best Tour Guide in Provincetown

Just 48 hours in Ptown shows why this Massachusetts coastal getaway is an independent explorer’s delight.

By Yankee Editors

31 Best Spring Things to Do This Spring in New England

Longer, warmer days give even more reasons to explore these colorful, feel-good events and seasonal attractions.

By Bill Scheller


Camden Harbour Inn’s Blueberry Galette

Summer blueberries shine in this simple, beautiful galette recipe from Maine’s Camden Harbor Inn.

By Yankee Magazine

Aragosta Lobster Pasta

A bright gremolata of fresh parsley, garlic, and lemon zest pairs with creamy pasta and delicate lobster in this lobster pasta dish from acclaimed Maine restaurant Aragosta.

By Yankee Magazine

Cider Hill Farm Cider Doughnut Bread Pudding

Cider doughnuts meet bread pudding in a delectable dish inspired by Cider Hill Farm, in Amesbury, Massachusetts.

By Yankee Magazine

Pelham House Resort Clam Chowder

This herb-scented chowder from chef Dan Coté at the Pelham House Resort, is a flavorful take on a New England classic.

By Yankee Magazine

Chang Thai Café Thai Pumpkin Red Curry

This Thai pumpkin red curry recipe from Chang Thai Café is bursting with flavor.

By Yankee Magazine


House For Sale: The Wedding Cake House in Kennebunk, Maine

Take a look inside one of Maine’s most iconic properties on the market right now, the Wedding Cake House in Kennebunk.

By Katherine Keenan

The Throwback | Steve Smith of Renaissance Timber in Cumberland, Maine

Using only an ax, Steve Smith resurrects the centuries-old craft of hand-hewing to bring both history and new life into today’s homes.

By Yankee Magazine

Building the Dream at The Barn Yard

Whether it’s a barn, cabin, pavilion, or home, this Connecticut-based timber frame specialist will make your dream a reality. And build it to last.

By Yankee Editors

New England 101

Where is New England?

Tucked into the northeast corner of the United States, New England is a region of tall mountains, rich farmland, salty seacoasts, and everything in between. Steeped in history and full of spirit, New England is home to some of the nation’s most popular cultural attractions, parks, universities, and sports teams. Four distinct seasons and the perfect assortment of big cities and small towns make New England a favorite travel destination.

What are the New England States?

New England is made up of six beautiful and diverse states. In the northeast corner is Maine. Next to Maine, on its western border, is New Hampshire. On the other side of New Hampshire is Vermont. Beneath New Hampshire and Vermont is Massachusetts, and beneath Massachusetts are little Rhode Island to the southeast and Connecticut to the south.

Map of New England

Map of New England

Guide to the New England States

Connecticut. Connecticut is the southernmost of the New England states, making it the closest to New York City. Nicknamed “the Nutmeg State,” it’s known for its old money, red chowder, the insurance capital of Hartford, superior thin-crust New Haven pizza, and the fictional Gilmore Girls town of Stars Hollow.

Maine. The largest of the New England states, Maine is also one of the most popular among tourists. Nicknamed “the Pine Tree State” and “Vacationland,” it’s known for its thick forests, rocky coastline, wild blueberries, scenic lighthouses, lobster boats, and mega-author Stephen King.

Massachusetts. Thanks to the bustling hub of Boston and a rich colonial history, Massachusetts is the most frequently visited of the New England states. Nicknamed “the Bay State,” it’s known for its top-notch universities, baked beans, clam chowder, Cape Cod’s summer paradise, Plymouth Rock, and the Kennedys.

New Hampshire. Bearing a kick-butt state motto (“Live Free or Die”), New Hampshire is the rebel of the New England states. Nicknamed “the Granite State,” it’s known for its primary-season political clout, White Mountains (including Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast), Adam Sandler, and Lake Winnipesaukee.

Rhode Island. This isn’t just the smallest of the New England states — it’s the smallest state in America. Nicknamed “the Ocean State,” Rhode Island is known for its 400 miles of coastline, Newport mansions, johnnycakes, and Brown University.

Vermont. Vermont is famous for its progressive, environmental vibe. Nicknamed “the Green Mountain State,” it’s also known for its ski mountains, craft beer, dairy farms, Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, and Champy, the mythical Lake Champlain water monster.