Weekend Getaways in New England

It’s impossible to explore all of New England in just one weekend, but a New England weekend getaway will give you a fun taste of what this part of the country has to offer.  Travel through the rough wilderness of Maine, experience the early 1800s in Massachusetts, or imagine living during the Gilded Age in Rhode Island.  These New England vacations will open your eyes to a different way of life: Rent a Cabin in The Forks, Maine The resort Northern Outdoors has cabins available to rent that can fit families of all sizes, but what really stands out about this resort is that it specializes in snowmobiling adventures.  Discover 13,000 miles of Maine snowmobile trails that will take you through evergreen forests and the Appalachian Mountain Range.  You might even see moose or deer while you’re out!  The Forks averages close to 10 feet of snow every year so even if you don’t like snowmobiling, you can enjoy the gorgeous view from your cozy cabin window. Visit Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts Attend WinterFest at Old Sturbridge Village, a living history museum that depicts 19th century life in New England.  WinterFest will begin on Valentine’s Day; stop by on the 14th and find out how chocolate is made or why exchanging valentines became a holiday tradition.  On February 16th, Washington’s Birthday, attend a Washington Birthday Ball and learn dances from the 1800s.  There are a number of other daily events that take place at Old Sturbridge Village, such as dipping candles and printing demonstrations. Tour the Newport Mansions in Newport, Rhode Island The Vanderbilts became American royalty through Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt’s transportation business investments, but this family is often remembered today for its lavish homes.  Go on a self-guided tour of the Vanderbilts’ summer home, The Breakers, which was designed to resemble 16th century Italian palazzos—it’s sure to amaze you!  Marble House, another Vanderbilt summer home, is worth visiting, too.  This mansion was inspired by Versailles and has guided tours.  In addition, other beautiful mansions are available for tours, along with a Servant Life Tour, which will show you what a servant’s life was like at The Elms, another Newport mansion. A New England vacation could be just what you need to get away from it all.  Whether you take a journey to the past or escape in nature, you will feel refreshed and relaxed after your weekend getaway.
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