Scenic Summer Drive in Southern Vermont

A scenic drive through the Green Mountain State, with rivers and streams for company.

By Bill Scheller

What’s New at New England Spas?

Make wellness a priority during the summer of 2023 with these new offerings from destination spas in New England.

By Kim Knox Beckius

The Best Lobster Rolls in New England in 2023

Two of our food writers put their heads together to narrow down the very best lobster rolls in New England in 2023.

By Amy Traverso

Scenic Summer Drive in Connecticut

Rural beauty meets classic small towns in this northwest Connecticut scenic drive.

By Joe Bills


Spring Veggie Pasta with Creamy Cauliflower Sauce

This spring veggie pasta dish made with seared mushrooms, tender asparagus, and a creamy cauliflower sauce, is easy enough for everyday but absolutely delicious.

By Yankee Magazine

Grilled Chicken Thighs with Salsa Verde

Trust is. You’re going to want to add Tiffani Faison’s grilled chicken thighs topped a salsa verde drizzle to your summer cookout repertoire.

By Yankee Magazine

Lemon Possets with Mascarpone Cream

An elegant, custard-like lemon dessert that’s perfect for summer dinner parties.

By Yankee Magazine

Strawberry Rice Krispie Bars

The addition of freeze-dried strawberries in these Strawberry Rice Krispie bars makes for a fun and pretty variation.

By Yankee Magazine

Spring Veggies with Taleggio Fonduta Dip

Late spring veggies are the perfect accompaniment to taleggio fonduta, an Italian sauce similar to Swiss fondue but much lighter in texture.

By Yankee Magazine

Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp

This strawberry-rhubarb crisp is a classic spring dessert that’s very easy to throw together with just a little bit of prep.

By Yankee Magazine


Built to Last: Ode to the Cape Cod House

Year in and year out, nothing says New England like a Cape Cod house.

By Bruce Irving

Perfect New England Gifts for Mom

Surprise your New England-loving mom on Mother’s Day, her birthday, or any day.

By Kim Knox Beckius

Get Inspired By These Charming New England Summer Cottages

A charming collection of New England summer cottages from the pages of Yankee.

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.