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By Kim Knox Beckius


A Visit to (Not So) Super Secret Ice Cream in Bethlehem, New Hampshire

In the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire, Super Secret Ice Cream is working hard to make your “farm to cone” dreams come true.

By Aimee Tucker

Where to See Fall Foliage This Weekend

Every week during foliage season we’ll tell you where to find the best fall color.

By Yankee Staff

Best Connecticut Beaches

When it comes to beach escapes, Connecticut may fly under the radar compared with its open-ocean neighbors — but these top 10 destinations reveal a shoreline worth stopping for.

By Yankee Editors

One Man’s Crusade Against the Term “Nor’easter”

Do you call the storms that so often hit New England “nor’easters?” The late Maine reporter Edgar A. Comee would have wanted a word with you.

By Mel Allen

Step into the Salem Witch Trials Era with PEM’s Spellbinding New Tour

Drawing on the Peabody Essex Museum’s vast archives and expansive campus in Salem, Massachusetts, the Salem Witch Trials Walk tells the real story behind one of New England’s most notorious

By Ian Aldrich


What Exactly Is “Pumpkin Spice” and How Is “Cider Donut” Different?

What, exactly, is pumpkin spice? And will it ever be unseated as fall’s dominant flavor?

By Amy Traverso

10 Great Recipes for Garlic Lovers

From creamy garlic pasta to pull-apart buttery garlic rolls, these recipes are perfect for those who love a little extra garlic.

By Katherine Keenan

Mushroom, White Bean, and Spinach “Scampi”

This vegetarian “shrimp scampi” made with mushrooms, white beans, spinach, and lots of fresh minced garlic is an easy weeknight dinner.

By Yankee Magazine

Walnut-Rosemary Glazed Roasted Pumpkin Wedges

This roasted sugar pumpkin wedges recipe is a tasty way to enjoy pumpkin in its pre-pureed form. You’ll find these edible pumpkins at many supermarkets and most farm stands. They

By Yankee Magazine

Mom’s Pumpkin Sheet Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

The perfect pumpkin cake bars for fall are generously spiced and topped with cream cheese frosting.

By Yankee Magazine

Apple-Pumpkin Muffins

These simple apple-pumpkin muffins combine the best flavors of fall in one

By Yankee Magazine


How the Victorian Became the Official House of Halloween

How the stately Victorian mansion became the blueprint for haunted houses.

By Yankee Magazine

5 Luxury New England Farmhouses for Sale

These five turnkey properties will unlock your dream of agrarian elegance.

By Joe Bills

House for Sale: A 1959 Connecticut Mid-Century Modern

This fabulous fifties Connecticut home is a mid-century modern dream.

By Aimee Tucker

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.