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Christmas at Castle Hill

Get into the Christmas spirit at Christmas at Castle Hill. Florists, garden clubs, and designers will incorporate the 2016 theme–The Twelve Days of Christmas–into their decorating plans for the 59-room mansion at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate. The mansion will open for holiday tours December 2-4, 2016.

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34th Annual Roseland Cottage Fine Arts and Crafts Festival

Historic New England’s Roseland Cottage hosts one of the leading juried fine arts and crafts shows in New England, featuring 175 local artisans and their wares: jewelry, painting, printmaking, woodwork, pottery, clothing, metalwork, and much more. Enjoy live music, a food court, and first-floor tours of Roseland Cottage.

RambleFest

Held during the peak of the Fall Foliage season, RambleFest is a celebration of autumn in the Berkshires. Held out of doors, this festival includes live bands, local food, craft beer & wine, and outdoor recreation and craft vendors. Historic tours in a vintage horse drawn trolley, pumpkin decorating for

Behind the Scenes Auto Tour at Heritage Museums & Gardens

Behind the Scenes Auto Tour at Heritage Museums & Gardens

Go behind the scenes with curator Jennifer Madden for an exclusive peek at Heritage’s antique automobile collection in storage. During the tour, Jennifer will share little-known facts and stories. Participants will be admitted to “Employees Only” areas, and will be able to get up close and personal with the cars.

27th Annual Milford Pumpkin Festival

The Milford Pumpkin Festival is one of the most highly anticipated annual events in New England each Fall, drawing 35,000+ people to historic downtown Milford, New Hampshire, each October.Our 27th year will see a continuance of creating a family-oriented, community-based festival. The event, traditionally held over the Columbus Day weekend

A Dinner Samuel Huntington Would Recognize

Hitch up your carriage and go “over the river and through the wood” to the Huntington Homestead. Smell gingerbread warming near the fire and observe a farmhouse dinner Samuel Huntington would be satisfied with. Tours available.

Rubber Ducky Derby

13th Annual Rubber Ducky Derby.. yearly fund-raiser for Ben’s Mill in Barnet, VT. Rubber Ducks swim at 11AM. Tours of the old (circa 1872) at one time water powered, now temporarily run by a gasoline engine mill on the Stevens River. Machines demonstrated, Blacksmith on duty.

Edward F. Searles Estate Tour

Edward F. Searles Estate Tour

Discover Pine Lodge, the private realm of the philanthropic millionaire, Edward F. Searles. His stunning architectural landmarks define the city of Methuen, MA. Journey through the labyrinthian corridors and marvel at architectural works that embody the finest periods of arts and interiors.

*This is a walking tour. Narrow corridors and stairs

Fall Foliage Tour

Backroad Discovery Tours offers guided tours designed for people who only have a day or two to spend in the area, & who wish to explore the region’s best-kept secrets! These tours, given in a comfortable 10-passenger tour vehicle, will present a delightful overview of the area & will offer

Cheese & Apple Tasting Event

Our Apple & Cheese Tasting is a celebration of local food and drinks! Admission ($8) givers you access to tasting some of the Northeast Kingdoms best Cheeses, Meats, Breads, Veggies, Fruits, Ciders, Beers, Spirits, Wines, Meads, and other refreshments!Cider Making and TastingApple Orchard ToursHeirloom Vegetable ExhibitMake Dried Apple Rings

Fall Festival and Art Show at Beaver Brook in Hollis, NH

Beaver Brook Association invites the public to our 36th Annual Fall Festival & Art Show. Artwork by dozens of Regional Artists will be on display at Maple Hill Farm. The featured artist is Paul MacFawn of Nashua, NH.In addition to the fabulous display of Artwork, there will be activities

Great Road Open House

Six historic sites along seventeenth-century Great Road in Lincoln, Rhode Island, host special tours and displays. Arnold House, Blackstone Valley Historical Society, Hannaway Blacksmith Shop, Hearthside, Saylesville Meeting House, and Valentine Whitman Jr. House.Sites are open free to the public from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tour the sites, explore

Tour de Farms | Vermont Bicycle Farm Tour

Tour de Farms | Vermont Bicycle Farm Tour

ACORN’s Tour de Farms is one of Vermont’s oldest cycling farm tours and follows the pastoral landscape of the Champlain Valley. This year’s Tour has two routes: its flagship 30-mile route and a brand new, family-friendly 14-mile route. Over 25 local farms, food businesses and restaurants will be participating. Sample

Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst

Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst returns on September 16, 17, 18, 2016 showcasing items you just can’t find at the mall! This semiannual curated shopping event is located in the beautiful Hudson Valley, along the banks of the inspiringly beautiful Hudson River, which National Geographic, Fodor’s and Time Magazine have all

Dinner on the Ashuelot Covered Bridge

Dinner on the Ashuelot Covered Bridge

NH Covered Bridge #1 over the Ashuelot River.

5pm-6pm is Social Hour and the Sheridan House Museum/Winchester Historical Society (which is right next to the bridge) will be open for tours.

A catered buffet meal will be served starting at 6pm. If you’d like to drink something other than water, bring your

Behind the Scenes Auto Tour at Heritage Museums & Gardens

Behind the Scenes Auto Tour at Heritage Museums & Gardens

Go behind the scenes with curator Jennifer Madden for an exclusive peek at Heritage’s antique automobile collection in storage. During the tour, Jennifer will share little-known facts and stories. Participants will be admitted to “Employees Only” areas, and will be able to get up close and personal with the cars.

Annual Codman Estate Fine Arts and Crafts Festival

This annual event at Historic New England’s Codman Estate features the works of more than 100 artisans, including wooden furniture and toys, pottery, photography, paintings, jewelry, glass, and clothing, and much more. This juried event is a favorite of crafters and shoppers alike.Also enjoy live entertainment and Codman Estate tours.

September Secret Garden Tour

This September, the annual Newport Secret Garden Tours opens its gates to a plethora of stunning gardens “On & Off Bellevue Avenue and the Ocean Drive” in historic Newport, Rhode Island. Join the Benefactors of the Arts on September 9, 10 & 11 for this self-guided tour featuring at least

Samuel’s Colonial Breakfast

See and smell a breakfast Samuel Huntington was most likely familiar with in 1747. “September brings the fruit so sweet; apples ripe from summer’s heat”. Tours available. Good will donations welcomed.

Pomham Rocks Lighthouse Tours

Enjoy the rich, historical sights of the upper reaches of Narragansett Bay and the Providence Harbor! Our two hour, narrated tours of the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier, the Providence Industrial Harbor and the Pomham Rocks Lighthouse is the ONLY Rhode Island tour to offer access onto the lighthouse grounds. Along

Classic Tractor Expo

Bring the family and join the fun at the Classic Tractor Expo, August 26-28, 2016. Previously the New England John Deere Expo the name has changed. As the event has grown over the years it now includes all makes, models and colors of antique tractors. You

Farm Day presented by the Historical Society of Glastonbury

Farm Day presented by the Historical Society of Glastonbury

In celebration of Glastonbury’s rich agricultural history, the Historical Society of Glastonbury is proud to once again present its annual Farm Day on Sunday, September 18th from 1:00pm-5:00pm at the Welles-Shipman-Ward House, 972 Main Street, South Glastonbury.

This fun-filled family day includes intriguing historic trade demonstrations such as weaving, dress making,

Pomham Rocks Lighthouse Tours

Enjoy the rich, historical sights of the upper reaches of Narragansett Bay and the Providence Harbor! Our two hour, narrated tours of the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier, the Providence Industrial Harbor and the Pomham Rocks Lighthouse is the ONLY Rhode Island tour to offer access onto the lighthouse grounds. Along

Pomham Rocks Lighthouse Tours

Enjoy the rich, historical sights of the upper reaches of Narragansett Bay and the Providence Harbor! Our two hour, narrated tours of the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier, the Providence Industrial Harbor and the Pomham Rocks Lighthouse is the ONLY Rhode Island tour to offer access onto the lighthouse grounds. Along

Swan Island takes part in Richmond Days Celebration

Time: Ferry/truck tours at 11:15am, 1:15pm, 3:15pm and 5:15pm from mainlandFee: $5 per person. 5yrs and under are free.Each tour will leave the Swan Island landing in the island ferry and travel across the river for a 2 hour tour; returning directly to the dock.Once back at the dock, you

Behind the Scenes Auto Tour

Go behind the scenes with curator Jennifer Madden for an exclusive peek at Heritage’s antique automobile collection in storage. During the tour, Jennifer will share little-known facts and stories. Participants will be admitted to “Employees Only” areas, and will be able to get up close and personal with the cars.

Antique Auto Show

See more than 200 classic and antique cars, trucks, and motorcycles from all over the region at Historic New England’s popular annual auto show. Featuring entertainment by the New Liberty Jazz Band, museum tours, and a raffle. Rain or shine.

The Decade That Roared: A 1920s Rhode Island Experience

For Rhode Island and America, the 1920s were a time of exciting new technologies, unprecedented cultural change, and growing pains. This summer, Hearthside House brings the stories of the 1920s to life….from early jazz, dance crazes, fabulous fashion and live radio, to prohibition, speakeasies, intolerance and scandals.The all-day opening of

Pomham Rocks Lighthouse Tours

Enjoy the rich, historical sights of the upper reaches of Narragansett Bay and the Providence Harbor! Our two hour, narrated tours of the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier, the Providence Industrial Harbor and the Pomham Rocks Lighthouse is the ONLY Rhode Island tour to offer access onto the lighthouse grounds. Along

Bastille Day Craft Market and French Cafe

All day outdoor craft market and French inspired “Table de Patisserie” offering fresh baked take home goodies in downtown Orleans on Cape Cod. Join friends and family on the lawn of the famous French Cable Station Museum overlooking beautiful Town Cove for a celebration of Bastille Day including displays of

FOUR DAYS OF DOG SHOWS ! VT Scenic Circuit

FOUR DAYS OF DOG SHOWS! The Woodstock & Green Mountain Dog Clubs will be sponsoring an official AKC Event – “Good Old Fashioned Dog Shows” with Conformation Classes with Best in Show; Companion Events, Obedience & Rally, for both purebred and mixed breed dogs. Best Puppy & Best

Behind the Scenes Auto Tour at Heritage Museums & Gardens

Go behind the scenes with curator Jennifer Madden for an exclusive peek at Heritage’s antique automobile collection in storage. During the tour, Jennifer will share little-known facts and stories. Participants will be admitted to “Employees Only” areas, and will be able to get up close and personal with the cars.

Hydrangea Festival

The Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival returns, celebrating the iconic plant that makes Cape Cod so stunning in July. See our expanded Hydrangea Display Garden, go to workshops, book signings, and plant sales, and tour the garden, which includes over 150 spectacular species and cultivars.All Hydrangea Festival events are free with

2nd ANNUAL CAPE COD HYDRANGEA FESTIVAL

Hydrangeas are Cape Cod’s signature blooms.These magnificent plants featuring stunning blue, purple, pink and white flowers are show-stopping during the Cape’s summer. Mop-head flowers are large round flower heads resembling pom-poms. In contrast, lace-cap flowers bear round, flat flower heads with a center core of subdued, fertile flowers surrounded by

Gallery in the Garden Silent Auction, Art Exhibit Opening and Guided Tour

The Morrill Homestead’s annual Gallery in the Garden art show and silent auction has become a much-anticipated annual arts event, one that features the works of many fine artists from the Strafford community, the Upper Connecticut River Valley and beyond. Artists express the world around us through works that range

Rita Coolidge

Rita’s credentials are the stuff of legend. Among them was a husband and wife duo, Delaney & Bonnie. When the pair signed their record deal, Rita suddenly found herself on big-time pop music’s leading edge. Joe Cocker enlisted her in that role and as a featured soloist on his

June Secret Garden Tour

Join us June 17-19 for self-guided walking tours of private gardens located in historic Newport, Rhode Island. Each tour features about a dozen beautiful gardens. The tours run daily from 10 am. until 5 pm and tickets are good for any or all days of the tour, allowing for inclement

Pomham Rocks Lighthouse Tours

Enjoy the rich, historical sights of the upper reaches of Narragansett Bay and the Providence Harbor! Our two hour, narrated tours of the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier, the Providence Industrial Harbor and the Pomham Rocks Lighthouse is the ONLY Rhode Island tour to offer access onto the lighthouse grounds. Along

Anheuser Busch Brewery Tours and Gift Shop

Anheuser Busch Brewery Tours and Gift Shop

Visit the home of Budweiser, The Great American Lager, in Merrimack, NH. Your complimentary tours include a visit to the Brew House, Lager Cellars, Packaging Facility and Clydesdale Hamlet, home to the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales. If you are 21 years of age or older, sample a few of our products

Armistead Cottage

Lounge on the spacious porch, or stroll to the Bellevue mansions or Cliff Walk. Victorian antiques and stained glass adorn guestrooms. Co-owner Romana Zawarti prepares gourmet breakfasts and gives guided tours of her “carrot museum,” a collection ranging from Christmastree lights to root-veggie action figures. Rates: from $119 May and

Benefit Street

Stroll through the heart of historic Providence, leaving plenty of time to loiter at each corner and gawk at the 18thand 19th-century homes. The John Brown House (nearby on Power Street) and the reading room at the Providence Athenaeum merit extra time.Yankee Magazine April 2005Tour Benefit Street (contact Providence Preservation

Berkshire East Canopy Tours

Berkshire East Canopy Tours is New England’s greatest zip line adventure. With three tours to choose from, BECT has something for everybody from the first warm weekends of spring till the end of the foliage. Ask for the Valley Jump Tour to experience the thrill of a lifetime on some

Bioluminescent Night Paddle

Sure, there are daylight tours of East Penobscot Bay, but the rewards for joining “Kayak” Karen Francoeur on a two-hour, fully outfitted night paddle in Castine Harbor include seeing glow-in-the-dark phytoplankton in the water and identifying constellations lighting the sky. BEST NIGHT PADDLE.

Block Island Ferry

Block Island Ferry

Sail away on the Block Island Ferry! Take a high-speed ferry to Block Island from Pt. Judith, downtown Newport AND now Fall River State Pier. Step off the boat to sandy beaches, historic sites and unique shops. Come for a day or stay longer at Victorian-era hotels. All ferries have

Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory

It’s about a one-mile hike on a paved road or through the woods to the 635-foot summit of Great Blue Hill, where the 1885 weather observatory is still going strong. Tours mix old-fashioned science with up-to-date technology and include a visit to the roof for 90-mile views on a clear

Blueberry Hill Inn

Then there are the gems in that crown. For me, the ultimate experience of the Catamount Trail includes great skiing and a stay at one of the 13 inns that dot the route. This is the sugar and spice of the Catamount Trail: the rugged backcountry, bookended by the comfort

Boston by Foot

Boston by Foot is the best way to see Boston: up close and personal. Boston by Foot tours encourages visitors to walk around Boston and explore the city in a way they might not be able to from a bus, cab, or train. Since its founding in 1976, America’s Bicentennial

Boston Harborwalk

Best Alternative To The Freedom TrailA nearly 40-mile network of waterside paths from East Boston to Dorchester: Start with the Charlestown branch and head down through the North End to Fort Point Channel, stopping at historical sights (U.S.S. Constitution), bay-view restaurants (Sensing and Sam’s), and museums (the ICA and the

Boston Light

Boston Light

Boston Light is located on Little Brewster Island in outer Boston Harbor. The current lighthouse dates back to 1783, and is the second oldest working lighthouse in the United States (after Sandy Hook Lighthouse, in New Jersey). Boston Light was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964. The first lighthouse

Boston National Historic Park

You can certainly navigate the Freedom Trail on your own: Just follow the red line on the sidewalks. But you’ll learn a lot more about Boston’s role in the Revolutionary War and the growth of a new nation by taking a 60-minute tour led by a knowledgeable and enthusiastic park

BTV Flea

The city’s burgeoning South End Arts District hosts a bustling flea market on the third Sunday of each month from May through October, featuring antiques, handicrafts, artwork, brewery tours and tastings, and lots of food. Best Browsing

Butterfly Farm

Best ZooThis breeding farm is home to hundreds of species hailing from New Guinea to Costa Rica. Scientists lead informative tours of these “flying flowers.” Open June through August, but closed on cloudy and rainy days.

Casey Farm

Guided tours include the farmyard of the 1750 house, the Casey family cemetery, the path down to Narragansett Bay, the gardens of this working farm, and the English-fair–style farmers’ market. Saturdays, June 1–Oct. 15, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.; $4.

Cedar Hill Cemetery

Best Historic Resting PlaceDownload a map or cell-phone audio to take a self-guided tour. Group tours pass sculptured memorials that mark the final resting places of well-known souls such as Wallace Stevens, J. P. Morgan, and Katharine Hepburn.

Coastal Growers Market

Best 5–Farmers’ MarketsCasey Farm, a Historic New England-owned organic CSA operation, boasts sweeping views of Narragansett Bay, giving its free-range cows and pigs some of the best real estate in the Ocean State. The staff tends the fields and sells the bounty at the market, along with dozens of other

Codman Community Farms

Best Family EscapeThese two neighboring farms are a great way to introduce city kids to cows, sheep, and pigs, while giving parents an easy spot to pick up locally grown, organic produce, eggs, and meat. Tours and workshops also available.

Collinsville Canoe & Kayak

Right next to the store, dip your paddle into the smoothly flowing Farmington River in a rented canoe or kayak. Or join guided day tours around the state to Great Island in the Connecticut River or along the coastline of Long Island Sound. BEST CANOE & KAYAK.

Colt State Park

Best ParkTake your choice of shore or meadow–with nature trails at the south end, access to the East Bay bike path, boat ramps, a rocky shoreline, and a hut staffed with rangers who lead eco-tours in the summer.

Connecticut State Capitol

Connecticut State Capitol

The Connecticut State Capitol building in Hartford is a Federal-style restoration that comes alive with guides in period costume and Joseph Steward’s Museum of Natural and Other Curiosities (including a unicorn’s horn, a mummy’s hand, and a two-headed calf). Nearby, at the gold-domed State Capitol (860- 240-0222; cga.ct.gov/capitoltours), you can

Copley Square

Copley Square

Copley Square is located in Boston’s Back Bay, and it is the quintessential town square. Named for painter John Singleton Copley, festivals, farmers’ markets, concerts, and gatherings of all sorts have been held in Copley Square for years. And it’s the prime place for sight-seeing: Trinity Church, Boston Public Library,

Currier Museum of Art

Currier Museum of Art

Here you’ll find works by Picasso, Monet, O’Keeffe, Wyeth, and more, plus decorative arts and fine examples of New Hampshire’s historic craft tradition, as well as tours of nearby Zimmerman House (reservations required), designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Voted Best Art Museum. The Currier Museum of Art, the state’s largest

Custom House Maritime Museum

Choose a cruise to see three local beacons, or opt to sail over to climb the 119 steps up Harbor Light in hopes of viewing a total of seven lighthouses. Guided tours of the still-operating Custom House are also offered. BEST LIGHTHOUSE TOURS.

Cycle Blackstone Leisurely Bike Tours Pawtucket

Pedal your way through the natural, cultural, and historical treasures of the Blackstone Valley. Led by Bob Billington, head of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, participants (all fitness levels welcome) get a real insider’s dose of local lore. BEST BIKE TOURS.

Discover Colonial Newport Walking Tour

Sundays @ 10:30 in April & MayHear stories of remarkable entrepreneurship and religious diversity during Newport’s colonial period.Purchase tickets and depart from the Brick Market Museum & Shop. Tours last approximately 75 minutes and depart weather permitting. Reservations are recommended. 401.841.8770.$15 per person, $10 NHS members & active duty military,

Doris Duke’s Rough Point Mansion

Doris Duke’s Rough Point Mansion

Rough Point was the Newport home of Doris Duke – heiress, art collector and Newport preservationist. Still decorated as it was during her lifetime, the mansion is home to a remarkable collection of French furniture, European art, Chinese porcelains, and Turkish carpets. The tour includes the 2011 special exhibit Dressed

Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

Best Family EscapeThese two neighboring farms are a great way to introduce city kids to cows, sheep, and pigs, while giving parents an easy spot to pick up locally grown, organic produce, eggs, and meat. Tours and workshops also available.

Ecopelagicon Nature Store

Best Eco-ImmersionGet in touch with nature by perusing the books, games, music, videos, camping supplies, crafts, gadgets, and gifts here; then rent a kayak for a paddle on adjacent Haley Pond. Lessons are available, as are guided tours on other area waterways.

Fenway Park

Fenway Park

Best 100-Year-Old Baseball ParkThe oldest active Major League field, Fenway Park turns 100 this season and has earned the right to be quirky. The 37-foot wall in left field (“the Green Monster”) is an artifact of the design constraints of the 1912 lot–likewise, the short right-field foul line that ends

Florence Griswold Museum

Florence Griswold Museum

Florence Griswold’s boardinghouse became the epicenter of American Impressionism when she hosted preeminent painters in the early 20th century. This 11-acre museum complex strives to remain Creativity Central, with a packed calendar of programs like Make-a-Painting Sundays, Art Bar happy-hour workshops, outdoor festivals, and changing exhibits. Best Arts Hub–Yankee Magazine,

Gansett Cruises

Board the M/V Gansett, a beautifully rehabbed wooden lobster boat, for a 90-minute narrated tour showcasing the area’s top coastal sites, plus a complimentary taste of Del’s lemonade, a quahog stuffy, or a coffee cabinet. BEST HARBOR TOURS.

Goodspeed Musicals

Goodspeed Musicals

This wedding-cake lookalike is home to a Tony Award-winning stage. Man of La Mancha and Annie were pre-Broadway hits in this 398-seat theatre. Backstage tours further amaze. Voted BEST MUSICAL THEATRE.

Enjoy the beauty of the historic Goodspeed Opera House – home of the American Musical! Set along the tranquil Connecticut

Guided Island Tours

BEST PERSONALIZED BOAT TOURRegistered Maine Guide and professional biologist Captain Walt Reed crafts custom tours for guests aboard the Gael. Among the possibilities: lighthouse viewing, bird and wildlife sighting, island hopping, or circumnavigating Deer Isle.

Harkness Memorial State Park

Best Mansion By The SoundFormal gardens border the park’s Roman Renaissance mansion, both open for weekend tours. Cross the wide lawn to walk barefoot along the Long Island Sound surf.Sure, the 230 seaside acres are magnificent, as is Eolia, the former summer mansion of philanthropists Edward and Mary Harkness. But

Harvard University Student-led Tours

The university allows public tours; you’ll get a candid glimpse at Ivy lore without having to fret over an application. It’s free and lasts an hour, focusing on Harvard Yard—the school’s oldest section and the hub for freshman dorms—and Widener Library, Harvard’s largest. Tours run Monday through Saturday. BEST FREE

Hildene

Hildene

Presidential son Robert Todd Lincoln built his Manchester summer retreat here in 1905. Home to Lincoln descendants until 1975, this Georgian Revival mansion features family furnishings, a 1,000-pipe organ, landscaping by an Olmsted protege, and a restored 1888 Pullman rail passenger car, a legacy of Lincoln’s presidency of the firm.

Historic Guilford Walking Tours

Enthusiastic, knowledgeable guides lead two well-researched tours focused on Early American history and architecture. An extra treat: iPads loaded with historic photos. BEST SMALL-TOWN WALKING TOURS.

Inn Victoria

Inn Victoria

Welcome to our home, rated as Yankee Magazine’s Editor’s Choice (2009). Relax and enjoy the simple pleasures of this magnificent romantic victorian home and the community of Chester, VT. Your romantic getaway can easily include: hiking trails, shopping, waterfalls, covered bridges, GREAT food, fly fishing, hot tubs, wine and cheese

JFK Sites

JFK Sites

JFK Sites in Boston take you through more than four decades after Camelot, and John F. Kennedy, the 35th president, still casts a long shadow in Boston. The John F. Kennedy National Historic Site (617-566-7937; 83 Beals St., Brookline) chronicles Kennedy’s birthplace and early childhood. You will learn more about

Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott

Immortalized by Louisa May Alcott in her beloved 1868 novel, Little Women, Orchard House (c. 1690) provides heartwarming accounts of the Alcott family’s legacy in the fields of literature, education, philosophy, the arts, and social justice through quality guided tours, unique educational programs, and lively living history events year-round, and

Lowell National Historical Park

Lowell National Historical Park

Tours and exhibits at Lowell’s red-brick mill buildings tell the story of the birth of the Industrial Revolution and its impact on our country. For a more personal brush with history, stop downtown at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum (115 John St.) and imagine spending your days engulfed by the

Maine Balsam Fir Products

BEST SCENTED SOUVENIRInhale deeply while pawing through the bargain bin and browsing the one-room balsam-scented store adjacent to the barn where the products are hand-crafted. Choose from pillows, oils, soaps, and more. Tours are available; just ask.

Maine Foodie Tours

Best Portland NibblesGraze through America’s foodiest small city on a guided culinary walking tour ($45) or trolley tour ($47). Tours begin at Old Port Wine Shop.

Maine Maritime Museum

Maine Maritime Museum

Spread out on 20 riverside acres are five original 19th-century buildings from the Percy & Small Shipyard, a late-Victorian home, a contemporary museum, and plentiful hands-on exhibits detailing Maine’s rich seafaring heritage. Reserve in advance for a Bath Iron Works yard tour. Best Maritime Museum-Yankee Magazine May/April 2015Maine Maritime Museum

Maine’s MidCoast

Maine’s MidCoast

Maine’s MidCoast: an engaging mix of New England tradition and modern eclecticism along scenic Coastal Route 1 from Brunswick on Merrymeeting Bay northeast to Searsport on Penobscot Bay.Long a place of inspiration and beauty, Maine’s MidCoast welcomes visitors to watch the action at their working harbors, where commercial fishing boats

Merrill Auditorium

The Kotzschmar Organ, at Merrill Auditorium, is a fitting symbol of Portland, Maine—a community that, although only 64,000 residents strong, refuses to be a musical suburb of Boston. Its tradition of symphonic self-sufficiency is largely credited to Hermann Kotzschmar, a 19th-century Prussian immigrant who for 50 years brought the best

Moose Country Safaris & Eco Tours

Owner Ed Mathieu has been a Maine Guide since 1989 and knows where to find those big, ungainly critters in the Moosehead Lake region. Choose from tours by water or road, or pair moose sightings with other wildlife sightings, birding treks, or outdoor adventures. BEST MOOSE GUIDE.

Mount Hope Cemetery

America’s second-oldest garden cemetery is the final resting place for luminaries including Vice President Hannibal Hamlin, painter Waldo Pierce, and gangster Al Brady as well as a filming location for Stephen King’s Pet Sematary. Download a map for a self-guided visit, or join one of the Bangor Historical Society’s guided

Mount Sunapee Adventure Park

Zipline tours, an aerial challenge course, and off-road Segway excursions are ideal for summer adventurers, while chairlift rides are perfect for those counting down to ski season. BEST OBSTACLE COURSE.

Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa

Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa

The candlelit tables surrounded by bins holding 6,500 bottles are undeniably romantic. Food such as lobster–scallop stew and roasted locally farmed venison fit the elegant setting. Gentlemen will want a jacket and ladies will like a wrap, as the wine cellar stays cool all year round. Voted Best Wine Cellar

Museum of Fine Arts

Museum of Fine Arts

When you’re planning your visit to Boston, save Wednesday afternoon and evening for the world-class MFA. Admission is by voluntary donation after 4 p.m., which still leaves plenty of time for you to see the Impressionist paintings, Paul Revere silver, Egyptian mummies, Persian miniatures, and Chinese jades. In July and

Narragansett Bay

Best SailThe prevailing wind here is the “smoky sou’wester.” Experience sailing on a schooner, or grab a genuine sailboat. Sightsailing offers two-hour guided tours.

Native Plymouth Tours

Best Native American PovHistory is traditionally written by the winners, but sometimes survivors have a word or two to add. Get the Native American slant on New England’s first English colony from a guide steeped in the ways of the Wampanoag. Tours begin at Plymouth Rock (Pilgrim Memorial State Park)

Newport Gourmet Tours

From crepes to cocktails, burgers to baguettes, these chef-run walking tours take you behind the scenes at some of the finest kitchens and specialty shops in Newport and Providence. Call for a reservation. BEST FOOD TOUR.

Nobska Point Lighthouse

Nobska Point Lighthouse

Nobska Point Lighthouse was built in 1828 at a price of $2,949.30. It was built in the typical Cape Cod style of its day with an octagonal tower on top of a keeper’s house which had three rooms downstairs and two smaller ones upstairs. The lantern in the lighthouse held

North Light Fibers

Best Wool ShopNorth Light offers raw fleece to finished yarns at a barn in the middle of Manisses Animal Farm, while kids can see a Scottish Highland bull, sheep, llamas, and alpacas. Mill tours and needle felting classes are offered, while non-knitters can choose from shawls and blankets made by

Norton of Jonesport

They don’t know they’re adorable and exotic-looking, but the restoration of these “sea parrots” on secluded islands off the Maine coast has created one of New England’s most anticipated eco-tourism trips. These aren’t beach-lined, bring-a-picnic islands, but open Atlantic shelters for nesting puffins, which are once again, after many generations,

Orchard House

Orchard House is most famous for being the home to the Alcott family, and where Louisa May Alcott wrote the book Little Women in 1868 at a desk that her father built especially for her. Amos Bronson Alcott, Louisa’s father, originally purchased two houses on 12 acres of land in

Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures

Best Abs WorkoutThe gentle waves near Westport make it easier to learn stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), a fast-growing hybrid sport that combines paddling with the core fitness and balance skills of surfing. Osprey offers classes at all levels, from introductory lessons to river and coastal group excursions. After a full day

Otis House Museum

Otis House Museum

The Otis House Museum was built for Harrison Gray Otis (1765-1848), a lawyer who served in Congress, as a mayor of Boston, and was instrumental in the development of Beacon Hill. He was also one of the most important leaders of the Federalists, the United States’ first political party. Otis

Paddle Board Rhode Island

Part workout, part relaxation, part scenic tour, stand-up paddleboarding is gaining traction as the everyman’s new “it” sport. Paddle Board Rhode Island offers creative ways for everyone to get in on the action: sunset paddles, seal watching tours, even a 90-minute hard-core cardio session. BEST WAY TO SEE THE BAY.

Queen City Ghost Walk

Actor/author Thea Lewis offers several different nighttime tours that highlight the area’s haunted past, including a visit to UVM (“one of the most haunted campuses in the country”), a spine-tingling stroll through Lakeview Cemetery, and “Darkness Falls,” a ghostly tour of downtown Burlington. BEST SCARY STROLL.

Rhode Island State House

Rhode Island State House

On guided weekday tours of this stunning structure, you’ll stand beneath the world’s fourth-largest self-supported marble dome and see treasures like Rhode Island’s original 1663 royal charter and Gilbert Stuart’s iconic Washington portrait. Free. Best Free Tour–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2015The Rhode Island State House is the home of the Rhode

Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages’ Central Vermont’s granite foundations have supplied the world with this durable stone for more than a century. Watch workers cut great blocks of granite from the 600-foot quarry walls; then tour workshops where artisans sculpt statuary and memorials. Voted Best Rock Show.Rock of Ages is a granite

Roger Williams Park Zoo

Roger Williams Park Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the United States and carries more than 100 species of rare animals.The “Fabric of Africa” exhibit lets you watch giraffes and elephants. You’ll also spot zebras, wildebeests, wild dogs, and aoudads (sheep). Informative displays tell how Africa’s people and

Ryan & Wood Distilleries

This first legal distillery on the North Shore since Prohibition shows visitors how the beautiful copper 600-liter (159-gallon) alembic pot still transforms smelly mash into vodka, gin, rum, and rye whiskey. Free tours daily (except Sunday) at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. BEST DISTILLERY TOUR.

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village and Museum

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village and Museum is the only active Shaker Community. The Shakers strive to live a life of work and worship, fulfilling the motto of their founder, Mother Ann, to “put our hands to work and hearts to God.” The community at Sabbathday Lake presently consists of 18

Sea Kayak to the Norwalk Islands

Best Ocean JauntWatch for cormorants, egrets, and oystercatchers at Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge (fws.gov/northeast/mckinney), and search for the Manhattan skyline peeking above the horizon. The Small Boat Shop in South Norwalk offers full-day guided sea-kayaking tours.

SK Tours

Join King expert Stuart Tinker on a private three-hour immersion into the horror master’s world. Tours visit approximately 30 Bangor-area sites related to King and his books and films. BEST TOURS OF STEPHEN KINGDOM.

Sons of Liberty Spirits Co.

Southern makers have the whiskey market cornered, but don’t underestimate Yankee ingenuity. Whiskey begins as beer, and Sons of Liberty’s founder realized that seasonal and craft brews could yield unique spirits. Try “Pumpkin Spice”—it’s made with locally harvested pumpkins and was named “best-flavored” at 2014’s World Whiskies Awards. Tours offered.

Southeast Light

Southeast Light

Built in 1874 to thwart shipwrecks, today the iconic red-brick Southeast Light is a beacon attracting visitors from near and far. Moved back from its precarious perch on the edge of the Mohegan Bluffs in 1993, this National Historic Landmark promises one of the best island vantages; if the guided

Spencer Peirce Little Farm

Just off busy Route 1A, this historic farm rolls back the clock to a simpler era. Genial goats, handsome horses, and immense pigs rush to the fences for attention, and guides offer tours of the 1690 manor house and attached 19th-century farmhouse. Many weekends see vintage games of the Essex

St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church

BEST WINDOW DRESSINGWho knew? Maine’s largest collection of Tiffany stained-glass windows graces this 1878 church, which has 10 originals plus 32 intriguing non-Tiffany ones. Both self-guided and guided tours available.

Stowe Area Association

(#13 tie): Top Foliage TownIt’s hardly off the beaten track, but then again, there are ample reasons why the bus tours head to Stowe come fall: its Old World town center, its inviting mix of shops and restaurants, its walking and hiking trails heading off in all directions.

Submarine Force Museum & Historic Ship NAUTILUS

Climb down into the narrow passageways of the USS Nautilus and imagine a submerged voyage to the North Pole aboard this record-shattering, Connecticut-built vessel. Self-guided audio tours of the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine—which made science-nonfiction headlines by journeying 20,000 leagues under the sea—are the highlight of visiting this U.S. Navy

Sunday River Adventure Park

Play for an hour or all day, choosing from lift-assisted mountain biking, scenic lift rides, zipline tours, twin zips, outdoor climbing wall, disc golf, and a bungee trampoline. Day pass: $25. Best Mountain Playground

Tanglewood Walking Tours

In July and August, stroll the Tanglewood grounds to learn the history of the property and the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer tenure here. Hour-long tours visit the Koussevitzky Music Shed and Ozawa Hall as well as the photo- and memorabilia-filled Visitors’ Center. Free tours offered Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

The Breakers

“I don’t like to brag, but I’m the biggest one,” says the voice on the family audio tour at the Vanderbilts’ 70-room “cottage” on mansion row. Yes, the Breakers is speaking to you. And the same children who rolled their eyes about touring an old house are instantly enthralled. By

The Elms

The Elms

The Elms is a gorgeous replica of an 18th-century French chateau. Built at the turn of the 20th century for a coal baron, it sits poised above 11 acres of sweeping lawn. The gardens are extraordinary: gods and goddesses cavorting in marble fountains, pavilions where ladies took tea, sunken gardens

The Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail lets you immerse yourself in early America on this 2.5-mile journey. Visit churches, meetinghouses, key markers: 16 nationally significant historic sites in all.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2012On Boston’s 2.5-mile Freedom Trail, the birth of the American Revolution comes alive–but only if the tour guide brings it to life.Clearly,

The Inn at Shelburne Farms

Country ease meets Gilded Age opulence. Many guestrooms in the Tudor-style mansion overlooking Lake Champlain feature furnishings original to the Webb family, who summered here on a 1,400-acre model farm that today supplies meats, dairy, and produce to the inn’s elegant restaurant. Voted Best Lakeside Luxury. You could buy the

The Maine Brew Bus

Leave the driving to Lenny, the Maine Brew Bus, as you sip and tour Southern Maine breweries, brewpubs, wineries and distilleries. Tickets includes transportation, tours, tastings, and gratuities. Most tours depart from The Craft Beer Cellar on Commercial St. Best Brewery Tours

The Mark Twain House and Museum

The Mark Twain House and Museum

Sense the humor, happiness, and hard times that reflect Twain’s family life in the home where he wrote his famed novels, stories, essays, and travel commentary. Tours and related exhibits deepen the experience. Voted BEST LITERARY HOME.

The Rocks Estate

Balsam firs stretch to the horizon at the 1,400-acre Rocks Estate, a Christmas-tree farm extra ordinaire in the White Mountains, and former home of International Harvester co-founder John Jacob Glessner. Though the two mansions are long gone, many historic buildings remain. His heirs deeded the estate to the Society for

U.S. Lightship Museum

At 148 feet 10 inches, LV-112 was the largest floating lighthouse ship ever built; the thousand-ton vessel, built in 1936, was anchored more than 40 miles southeast of Nantucket to warn mariners off the Nantucket Shoals. Still under restoration, she’s open for tours on the East Boston waterfront. (Call for

University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm

University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm

Vermont’s state animal has a special home near Middlebury, where the strong, clean-limbed descendants of Justin Morgan, the first Morgan horse, are bred and trained. Take a guided tour of the stables; you may want to take a Morgan home, as several are always for sale. Best Horse Farm-Yankee Magazine

Urban AdvenTours

Best City ToursProof that Boston is a bikable city, these varied tours led by experienced cyclists will get you into the action. Routes include the Freedom Trail, the waterfront, the Emerald Necklace, and more.Urban AdvenTours taps into everyone’s inner bike messenger with 21?2-hour tours of the Hub on wheels. Hang

Vaillancourt Folk Art

Vaillancourt Folk Art

Vaillancourt Folk Art has been manufacturing highly detailed, hand-painted collectible chalkware heirlooms from antique moulds since 1984. VFA’s goal is to create that one special gift that is given or received, that will be handed down for generations. VFA is family owned and operated and sells to 500 stores around

Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum

Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum

Open daily year-round for tours, exhibits, performances, lectures, kids’ programs, Victorian Teas, Picnics on the Porch, private rentals, and more. The history includes a connection to Civil War hero Colonel R.G. Shaw (of the film Glory); this 1893 Berkshires “Cottage” was built by the sister of J.P. Morgan; familiar to

Vermont Adventure Tours

Guided rock-climbing tours include the popular cliffs at Rattlesnake Point (above the Falls of Lana) and the more-intense Deer Leap Mountain across from Pico Peak. Courses span the beginner basics of “Rock 101″ to more intense “Self-Rescue Technique” and are tailored to group size and ability. BEST ROCK-CLIMBING INSTRUCTION.

Vermont State House

Best Free TourTours of Vermont’s stately capitol, with its restored Victorian interior, include both legislative chambers, the governor’s office, and the Cedar Creek Room with its Civil War mural. Walk-ins welcome July-October; by reservation the rest of the year. Also self-guided “magic wand” tours.Built of Barre granite in 1859,

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut is home to the largest portion of Wallace Nutting’s collection of original 17th- and 18th-century furnishings, some 550 pieces of furniture, ironwork, lamps, kitchen tools, and other goods, in addition to a sizable collection of the Nutting factories’ 20th-century reproduction furniture,

Weir Farm National Historic Site

Ranger-led and self-guided tours illuminate the life of J. Alden Weir, a member of one of three talented generations of resident painters. Visitors can borrow art supplies or hike this lovely landscape. Voted Best Arty Retreat. 

Willimantic Brewing Co.

Willimantic Brewing Co.

Award-winning living landmark restaurant & pub brewery located in an historic 1909 US Post Office. Extensive menu: from steaks & seafood to hot, hot wings! Many vegetarian selections & large appetizer list. We brew our own handcrafted beers & offer many guest microbrews. Take home a growler. Open 7 days:

Wilson Castle

Here’s a rarity in a state not known for ostentation: Built in the 1870s by a Vermont doctor and his aristocratic English wife, this imposing brick “castle” boasts 32 rooms, 13 fireplaces, and a wealth of stained glass and elaborate woodwork. Tours daily in summer; murder mystery weekends in September.

Winslow Homer Studio

Plan well in advance to tour the Portland Museum of Art’s accurately restored studio on Prouts Neck, a National Historic Landmark, where artist Winslow Homer painted some of his greatest works. Tours depart from the Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland. Best Studio Tour.  

Yale University Campus

Yale University Campus

Touring the Yale University Campus may not make you a genius, but it will give you a glimpse of the roots of American power. Three U.S. presidents attended Yale.Yankee Magazine April 2006After 303 years, Old Eli is still looking good. Take a student-led tour and walk the walk of alumni

Yale University Museums

Yale University Museums

Yale University Museums impress visitors with its substantial collections housed in three separate museums. The Yale University Art Gallery (203-432-0600) impresses with 185,000 objects from ancient to modern times. The Yale Center for British Art (203- 432-2800) houses the premier collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. The Peabody

Zoar Outdoor/Deerfield Valley Canopy Tours

Zoar Outdoor/Deerfield Valley Canopy Tours

Zoar Outdoor is New England’s Outdoor Adventure Resort, offering whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, zip line canopy tours, biking and rock climbing on the Deerfield River in western Massachusetts. Our friendly professional staff, comfortable base camp with onsite camping and lodging and top-notch equipment ensure that your adventure will be memorable.

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