New England Skiing

Hitting the slopes comes sooner than you think to New England, with the hard core skiers having their ways of staying on top of which mountains are opening first with up to date weather conditions and predictions.

New Englander´s old and young live by the Farmer´s Almanac. An annual publication each year since 1792.

2016 Farmers almanac

There´s a tough and ruddy Vermont saying, “Mad River Glen, Ski it if You Can.”

“Ski Magazine” once wrote of Mad River Glen as being one of the most challenging terrains in the eastern United States.  Modernized like every other bit of information these days ski apps are where it´s at.

Aside from Vermont´s infamous daunting trails at Mad River Glen at least 10 other resorts are as appealing in Vermont alone. If planning an average family winter holiday one must consider aspects such as housing, pricing, lift tickets, lessons, dining and children´s activities. Some of the more family oriented resorts are Killington, Stowe, Smuggler´s Notch, Sugarbush, Boltan Valley and Jay Peak to name a few. And these are in just one state in New England. Folks tend to focus on Vermont as their destination when vacationing for skiing, however New England is more than Vermont and just across her borders are the White mountains of New Hampshire with great skiing further south at Pat´s Peak and Mont Sunapee. North and at the tip of New England Maine is known for it´s annual loyal white powder fan club at Sugarloaf Mountain and Big Squaw.

Here´s to a happy head start to all you ski bums out there, Happy Trails!

Beauty of Autumn in New England

Beautiful Autumn

I fell in love with New England because of the fall. I’ve even heard that people from across the United States travel to New England states, from Connecticut to Maine, just to see the changing of leaves in October and November. I don’t blame them, it’s a truly fetching sight.

Boston is known for being the largest most thriving city in New England, mostly because New York City doesn’t quite make that regional boundary. Today, Boston is filled with universities and intellectual prowess, some of the worlds finest hospitals and shopping thoroughfares tied perfectly into the brownstone streets that once housed America’s founders. It most certainly offers insights into the tumultuous past that it once had. There are districts relegated to ethnic immigrant backgrounds, from the North End (vastly Italian neighborhood) or Southie (predominantly Irish). There’s even a neighborhood, Beacon Hill, on which all of the original law makers from the state house resided, and you can still see the rich legacy it possess. For instance, current US Secretary of State John Kerry has a property on “the hill”.

See blog for insider tips to Boston!

There’s really no shortage of sights in Boston. I find most of its beauty laden in the insights each street corner has to its past. From blue collar working class neighborhoods and their tenement housing, to the prestige and class offered in the upper class, it’s easy to see how this city might have worked before. As a tourist, it’s easily accessible with a wide variety of historical tours and university tours, with the main attraction being Harvard University located just beyond the limits over the Charles River in Cambridge.

 

Along the seaside

fish

“Call me Ismael”! This is Moby Dick’s famous opening line from Herman Melville’s long story on the fishing industry commencing out of the island of Nantucket, one of New England’s last almost uncharted islands. Almost completely undeveloped, Nantucket to this day offers similar sights and scenes that the main characters of Moby Dick might have witnessed before endeavoring upon the deep ocean to hunt whales. Bars, seafood restaurants, wooden houses and a lot of woods. That’s what I would say characterizes a majority of this island scenery.

The fishing and whaling industry lines the entire coast of New England. Starting in Connecticut, it reaches all the way up until the border with Canada in Maine. Pockets of industry hubs, such as town in Cape Cod, or Bar Harbor, Maine, line the whole coastline and lay insight into what a lifestyle might have consisted of. Most towns even have the old houses of ship captains which always had a “widows walk”, or mostly a large terrace covered up on which the wives of ship captains could see all ships coming into the harbour at any time, waiting to see their husbands ship approach.

Local fishing blog!

Along with that, there are always beautiful harbors filled with fishing and recreational boats. Not to mention the unending seafood options. That was always my favorite part. The creamy New England Clam Chowder filled with seafood, or even a lobster bisque. The area is well known for both oysters and lobsters, so if that’s what you’re interested in, you’ll find a piece of heaven up there.

Beyond the fishing industry, there are even museums or sites from the founding of America, such as plymouth rock in Massachusetts where some of the first settlers landed.

The towns have mostly not changed and still offer every insight to an earlier lifestyle that you might look for in your travels. I certainly found what I was looking for!