7. Spend a day exploring Plymouth’s Waterfront

Plymouth Massachusetts harbor

As you walk along the quaint Plymouth, MA waterfront, you will come across the Mayflower replica and Plymouth Rock. You will also pass a number of waterfront dining options, including seafood and Italian options. Mamma Mia’s is a fantastic option with an expansive menu of Italian specialties, great service, and an outdoor terrace.

Additional information on Plymouth’s waterfront

Location: Water St. Plymouth, MA 02360

8. Ice skate amidst a snow globe setting at Nestlenook Farms

Nestlenook Farms ice rink - Jackson, NH

If you ever wondered what it would be like to step into the inside of a snow globe, skating while surrounded by a  snowy mountain range, now is your chance! Jackson, New Hampshire’s Nestlenook Farms resort is an absolute winter fantasy for ice skating, from the chime bells to the snow capped mountains surrounding the rink.   This 3 acre Victorian rink provides a perfect setting for holiday and winter recreation.

Additional information on Nestlenook Farms

Location: 66 Dinsmore Rd, Jackson, NH 03846

9. Take a hike through Devil’s Hopyard State Park

Covered bridge at Devil's Hopyard State Park - East Haddam, CT

One of Southeastern Connecticut’s most beautiful parks is oddly named Devil’s Hopyard (the origin is unknown but likely due to a local legend). Photographic opportunities await you at every turn, from beautiful Chapman Falls (a 60 foot waterfall surrounded by trees) to a historic covered bridge. This park offers the perfect fall New England setting – hundreds of trees, striking autumn colors, ponds and streams, and leaves scattered amongst the trails. This gorgeous park is even more incredible during prime fall foliage season. The beauty of the foliage surrounding the waterfall and covered bridge is unparalleled.

Additional information on Devil’s Hopyard State Park

Location: 366 Hopyard Rd, East Haddam, CT 06423

10. Take a whale watching cruise aboard Captain John’s boats

Whale watching in Plymouth, Massachusetts

Massachusetts ranks among the best places in the world for whale watching. Plymouth, a beautiful harbor town, is the perfect place for a spring or summer whale watching adventure.  Sightings here are guaranteed – a major bonus to anyone who has previously been dissapointed due to a lackluster excursion. Don’t worry though; we saw plenty of whales during our trip. And, as an added bonus, the views of Plymouth harbor (including Plymouth Rock) are absolutely gorgeous. Tip: Discount deals can often be found on Groupon.

Additional information on Plymouth whale watching tours

Location: 10 Town Wharf, Plymouth, MA 02360

11. Enjoy a hike in New Hampshire’s White Mountain region

Greeley Ponds trail in White Mountains National Forest

The White Mountains provide year round fun for everyone. New Hampshire is home to Mt. Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast. Driving the Mt. Washington Auto Road is the best way to experience panoramic views of the area. The spring and summer months are a great time to lace up your hiking boots and explore the variety of trails found within the White Mountains National Forest. In the winter, skiing is a popular past time with 10 alpine skiing resorts and 5 Nordic skiing options. Breton Woods, one of the largest Nordic centers in the US, is an excellent option for beginning cross country skiers.

Additional information on the White Mountains National Forest

Location: Mt Washington Auto Road: Rt 16, Greens Grant, Gorham, NH 03581, Bretton Woods: 99 Ski Area Rd Bretton Woods, NH 03575

12. Bike along Cape Cod’s beautiful Rail Trail

Cape Cod Rail Trail in Massachusetts

Cape Cod is home to a stunning bike route that follows the 22 mile path of a former railroad track. It is one of the nicest rail trails in New England, with beautiful natural forest scenery throughout the entire path. I love that this route is tree-lined for the entire distance; being surrounded by such beauty really keeps you motivated to finish. In addition, the route is well-marked and not as crowded as other bike paths in the state. Treat yourself to a snack at Hot Sparrow Chocolate before completing the return route.

Additional information on the Cape Cod Rail Trail

Location: Rt 134 South Dennis, MA 02660