New England is one of America’s most popular touring regions, and for 2015 several newly-launched and enhanced tours and trails will offer British visitors the chance to take a fresh look at the six states.
From beer trails to literary inspiration, there are many different ways to explore the landscape, heritage and lifestyle of this fascinating region in the coming year.
Literary tours explore Jack Kerouac’s home town in Massachusetts
A range of walking and bus tours exploring the life, achievements and locations related to Jack Kerouac, the 20th century novelist, are now available in his Massachusetts hometown of Lowell. Discover the buildings and locations which reveal his personal life and which once inspired his famous literary works, including five novels that directly drew on his youth in Lowell in the 1920s. The Jack Kerouac Commemorative artworks and the Pollard Memorial Library are examples of these sites. Tours are available to book for groups of five or more by calling 001 978-501-1021, priced at $10 per person. Visit www.lowellcelebrateskerouac.org for more information.
300 years of history: heritage trail launches in New Hampshire
The new ‘Experience New Hampshire Heritage Trail’ will unearth the history of one of America’s oldest states in 2015. Showcasing the museums, historic buildings and homes of New Hampshire, the trail reveals over 300 years of history and extends from historic Portsmouth to the town of Plymouth. Attractions along the trail include the 1914 Lucknow mountaintop estate (known locally as the ‘Castle in the Clouds’, the American Independence Museum in Exeter and America’s oldest unaltered brick textile mill, Belknap Mill, which dates from 1823. To find out more about the trail, visit www.nhmuseumtrail.org
The Maine Beer Trail Expands
The Maine Beer Trail – which has been at the forefront of the craft beer movement since 1986 – will expand in 2015 to welcome a roster of exciting new breweries and pubs. In total, 60 craft breweries are set to feature on the trail by the end of the year. The Maine Beer School is also set to launch in 2015, introducing novice and expert beer drinkers to the art, science, and personalities that make the state’s craft beers unique. For more information about the trail and the Maine Beer School¸ visit www.MaineBrewersGuild.org
Discover Rhode Island’s wine and heritage from the saddle
A new five-day bike tour along the Coastal Wine Trail of Rhode Island has been launched by Great Freedom Adventures. Winding through charming coastal villages and beaches, the trail stops off at the famous Breakers Mansion – one of the famous ‘Gilded Age’ Newport Mansions – as well as Mt Hope Farm, one of the state’s last grand country estates. Other highlights include sampling estate-grown Cabernet Franc and Pinot Gris in a vineyard listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a lantern tour of historic Newport and accommodation in historic inns. Prices start at $2,150 per person. To find out more about the bike tour, visit www.greatfreedomadventures.com/coastal-new-england-wine-trail-bike-tour.html
On the antiques trail in Connecticut
Discover some of America’s finest and largest collections of antiques on the newly designated Connecticut Antiques Trail. Taking in all five Connecticut counties as well as the town of Hartford (where many of the state’s early antique collectors first lived), the trail combines breath-taking New England countryside with several charming auction houses, local antique shops, outdoor antique shows, events and historic inns. For more information about the trail, visit www.CTVisit.com/AntiquesTrail
Vermont celebrates a “Year of the Arts” in 2015
In 2015 Vermont will celebrate its art, music, literacy and performing arts heritage and offerings with a year-long celebration of events, concerts, art walks, festivals, exhibits, and special openings (to be unveiled over the course of the year). Art festivals in Vermont include Rockfire in June, the Vermont Festival of the Arts in August and the Stowe Foliage Art Festival in October. Of particular interest are the local art walks in some of Vermont’s most charming towns and cities, including Burlington, Montpelier and Brattleboro. To find out more, www.vermontvacation.com.
To learn more about New England, visit www.discovernewengland.co.uk