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50 New England Fall Budget Travel Ideas for 2019. Updated Aug. 2019.

50 New England Fall Budget Travel Ideas for 2019. Updated Aug. 2019.

Here are 50 fun, affordable New England fall travel ideas that can be done on a tank of gas, starting from Boston, Mass. 1. Take a mini-train ride into the apple orchards at Belkin Family Lookout Farm in Natick, Mass.…

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Why You Should Visit Castle Island in South Boston, Mass.

Why You Should Visit Castle Island in South Boston, Mass.

Boston, Mass., tourists are drawn to the bustle of the city, given all its well-preserved history, modern amenities, dining scene, arts and culture and about a million other things.  For those that need a temporary escape with lots of green…

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Swan Boats in Boston Are Just Ducky

Swan Boats in Boston Are Just Ducky

Booking.com A 15-minute Swan Boats in Boston ride through the Public Gardens area in Boston, Mass., is a wonderful low-cost spring and summer travel attraction that has taken on a legendary and beloved status for residents and visitors. The timeless joy of…

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10 Reasons to Love Marginal Way in Ogunquit Maine

10 Reasons to Love Marginal Way in Ogunquit Maine

Booking.com Marginal Way in Oqunquit, Maine is often considered one of New England’s greatest seaside cliff walks. It is definitely one of those “bucket list” New England travel destinations, and here are some of the reasons why… 1. The views…

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Hollis, N.H., Offers a Timeless New England Fall Travel Experience

Hollis, N.H., Offers a Timeless New England Fall Travel Experience

There are many ways to get into the New England autumn spirit, but, for me, Hollis, N.H., in southern New Hampshire has always been one of the most colorful leaves amongst fall travel destinations. This small town located just west…

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Fenway Park Tours is an All Star Boston Attraction

Fenway Park Tours is an All Star Boston Attraction

When it comes to Boston, Mass., travel attractions, Fenway Park Tours hits it out of the park. Going on a guided tour at America’s most beloved ballpark to learn about an important part of baseball history is almost as much fun…

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Hotel Discounts Offered Right Now for Your New England Vacation

Hotel Discounts Offered Right Now for Your New England Vacation

Booking.com Now is a great time to book a room for your New England summer, fall, winter and spring vacations, but with so many online choices which is the best route to choose when looking for great local hotel discounts?…

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New Book Reveals Remarkable Town Commons in Massachusetts

New Book Reveals Remarkable Town Commons in Massachusetts

Read the Only Book on Town Commons in Massachusetts My first book, Massachusetts Town Greens, takes you on a journey to the best town commons in Massachusetts, and I can hardly wait for you to read it. I created this…

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See the 2019 October Pumpkin Patch at Epiphany Parish of Walpole, Mass.

See the 2019 October Pumpkin Patch at Epiphany Parish of Walpole, Mass.

The Epiphany Church of Walpole, Mass., will hold its annual Pumpkin Patch throughout October 2019 at 62 Front St., across from the Walpole Town Common. Hours will be announced soon. A seemingly endless supply of pumpkins will soon arrive in…

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Boston Public Garden: Spectacular Flower Gardens, Swan Boats

Boston Public Garden: Spectacular Flower Gardens, Swan Boats

If you feel wilted from trying to find the right Boston travel attractions, then the solution to blossoming your “Hub of the Universe” vacation is by visiting the Boston Public Garden in the heart of the city. It’s really the…

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Affordable Vermont Destinations: Londonderry and Weston in the Green Mountains

Affordable Vermont Destinations: Londonderry and Weston in the Green Mountains

Looking for affordable Vermont destinations, but not sure they exist?  No worries, I have found you some solutions. Sure, the the most popular Vermont destinations can get rather pricey, especially during peak vacation seasons. Fall and summer seem most notorious for…

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Exploring the Bridge of Flowers, Glacial Potholes in Shelburne Falls, Mass.

Exploring the Bridge of Flowers, Glacial Potholes in Shelburne Falls, Mass.

The one-of-a-kind Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls, Mass., is a must-see New England travel attraction as this former trolley bridge features 400 ft. of more than 500 varieties of flowers, shrubs and vines! The best times to see the…

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4 Peaceful Massachusetts Town Commons to Enjoy Fall Foliage

4 Peaceful Massachusetts Town Commons to Enjoy Fall Foliage

While the crowds of tourists flock to New England’s most popular fall foliage destinations, you can feel good about taking in the colors in small, uncrowded Massachusetts towns that most people don’t even know exist. Have you ever heard of Wendell,…

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9 Amazing Apple Picking Farms in New England for the Fall Season

9 Amazing Apple Picking Farms in New England for the Fall Season

The 2019 apple picking season is upon us in New England, and what better way to experience this fall treasure than to visit a local farm? Here are nine amazing apple picking farms in New England that are at the “core”…

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The 6 Best Independent Bookstores in Massachusetts

The 6 Best Independent Bookstores in Massachusetts

Sometimes, it’s hard to get a good read on modern bookstores. Now don’t get me wrong, these bookstores generally offer a tremendous selection of books, a clean logical layout, good customer service and some excellent deals. What’s not to like?…

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Spectacular Scenery at Maine’s Acadia National Park Loop Road

Spectacular Scenery at Maine’s Acadia National Park Loop Road

Booking.com Seeing some of the most spectacular scenery on the eastern seaboard costs about the price of drive-in movie theater admission, thus making it the “must-see, feel-good New England travel destination” of the spring, summer and fall.” What a tremendous…

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Step Back in Time at Historic Deerfield Village, Mass.

Step Back in Time at Historic Deerfield Village, Mass.

  Historic Deerfield Village, Mass., possesses historic authenticity, preservation and an overall appeal that most other New England historical towns cannot match. That’s quite an accomplishment, given the incredible history that resides in the six-state New England region. Incredibly, all…

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The Cliff Walk, Newport, R.I. – Updated Sept. 2019

The Cliff Walk, Newport, R.I. – Updated Sept. 2019

Is it just me, or is the The Cliff Walk in Newport, R.I., the best coastal walk in New England? Other than Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine and Coast Guard Beach on Cape Cod, you’d be hard-pressed to find a…

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Monastery in Wrentham, Mass., Sells Handmade Chocolates

Monastery in Wrentham, Mass., Sells Handmade Chocolates

Chocolate lovers, your prayers for the most delicious chocolates can be answered by visiting a Cistercian monastery in Wrentham, Mass., that has its own on-site candy making facility. Mt. Saint Mary’s Abbey is not only home to approximately 50 nuns, but…

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Steaming Tender in Palmer, Mass., Right on Track as a Great Railroad Station Restaurant

Steaming Tender in Palmer, Mass., Right on Track as a Great Railroad Station Restaurant

Our past few restaurant experiences have been real train wrecks but not Steaming Tender in Palmer, Mass. We are all aboard with its incredible railroad station restaurant theme, friendly service and excellent food, all based on a first visit. Ideally…

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5 Underrated, Beautiful New England Fall Foliage Destinations

5 Underrated, Beautiful New England Fall Foliage Destinations

If you love the New England fall foliage season but would rather “leaf” behind the overwhelming tourist crowds, have no worries. New England offers many less traveled, beautiful autumn destinations that will allow you to focus better on what you…

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Enjoy Free, Inexpensive Museum Admission in the Boston Area

Enjoy Free, Inexpensive Museum Admission in the Boston Area

We have found that expensive admission prices have been on prominent display at many museums recently, so thank goodness there are several in the Boston area that charge very little, if anything at all to enjoy some fine culture (admission…

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World’s End in Hingham, Mass., Defines Scenic Beauty Near Boston

World’s End in Hingham, Mass., Defines Scenic Beauty Near Boston

The views at World’s End in Hingham, Mass., promise instant memories every step of the way. Everywhere you look, the scenery acts like a greatest hits collection of the best of rural, coastal New England travel. The 251-acres feature tree-lined,…

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Brookfield Orchards Branches Out Beyond Just Apple Picking

Brookfield Orchards Branches Out Beyond Just Apple Picking

Many New England apple orchard destinations have a short seasonal life, often closing to the public soon after apple picking ends. Brookfield Orchards in North Brookfield, Mass., has a different business “core,” staying open year-round. While the fall experience here…

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Short Sands Beach, York Beach, Maine: A Perfect Summer Companion

Short Sands Beach, York Beach, Maine: A Perfect Summer Companion

Booking.com New England has so many great beaches, but my favorite is Short Sands Beach in York Beach, Maine. Framed by rocky coast, magnificent old oceanfront homes, arcades, and a lively, small downtown, Short Sands Beach best captures the essence…

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Park Street Books, Medfield, Mass., is the Largest Kids Bookstore in New England

Park Street Books, Medfield, Mass., is the Largest Kids Bookstore in New England

Park Street Books in Medfield, Mass., is certainly on the best sellers list when it comes to offering children’s books. As the largest children’s book store in New England, Park Street Books experienced an exciting new chapter in its business…

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Visiting Nantucket on a Budget

Visiting Nantucket on a Budget

Some people feel that the Cape Cod island of Nantucket, although an amazing place, is a bit too pricey for the simple traveler or the family who is bit more cost conscious. Today I am here to tell you how…

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Falling in Love With the FarmCoast of Rhode Island, Massachusetts

Falling in Love With the FarmCoast of Rhode Island, Massachusetts

  Recently, I experienced a day trip I’ll never forget. A one hour drive to the FarmCoast of Rhode Island and Massachusetts revealed a one-of-a-kind combination of farms, villages, beaches and harbors — far removed from the fast-paced environment that…

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Walpole Town Forest in Walpole, Mass., Offers Scenic Serenity in Suburbia

Walpole Town Forest in Walpole, Mass., Offers Scenic Serenity in Suburbia

The Walpole Town Forest in Walpole, Mass., proves that the wise, old phrase, “seeing beyond the trees” is not always necessary to gain valuable perspectives on life. Outside the trees in this grand old forest, many Walpole residents experience  increasing…

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Hot Chocolate Destinations to Love in New England

Hot Chocolate Destinations to Love in New England

There’s something about hot chocolate and winter that go together. You think of roaring fireplaces, dimly-lit rooms with Christmas decorations, and coming in from the frozen New England tundra for something warming. To validate this winter-was-made-for-hot-chocolate theory, just think of…

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Why You Should Rent a Vacation Home on Cape Cod

Why You Should Rent a Vacation Home on Cape Cod

Cape Cod, Massachusetts, is one of the ultimate New England travel destinations to rent a vacation home. A 70-mile stretch of vacation bliss, Cape Cod features beautiful, expansive sandy ocean beaches and scenic winding roads through charming, tree-lined small towns…

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