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You Know You're in New England....

Updated on June 8, 2015
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Virginia enjoys her cottage in the NH woods near a lake. It's a beautiful area that attracts weekenders and summer folk.

Stone Walls, Covered Bridges, Moose, Seafood and Other Icons of New England

Visitors are drawn to New England for it's unending forests, rocky seacoast, scenic villages and so much more. The state of New Hampshire's license plates say AMERICA'S VACATIONLAND. From the parade of out-of-state cars towing camping trailers, topped with kayaks or canoes, and with bicycles strapped to the back; summer in New England is indeed America's idea of vacationland.

Over a number of years of summering in Maine and New Hampshire I've taken many photos of what makes New England special to me. I'll share those with you. Even if you can't manage a trip to New England this summer, at least you can vicariously enjoy the wonderful scenery and all the unique characteristics of New England.

Photo of covered bridge taken by Virginia Allain

Canoers, Kayakers and Boaters Enjoy New England's Pristine Lakes

This scene shows Great East Lake that straddles the border of Maine and New Hampshire

I took this photo a couple of summers ago. The lakes in New England are so beautiful and the best way to explore them is in a boat.

Crystal Clear New England Lake

I put my photo on a mousepad using Zazzle.
I put my photo on a mousepad using Zazzle. | Source

When Fall Comes to New England - A lovely song by Cheryl Wheeler (accompanied by great photos of New England)

You can watch this straight through or start it and continue browsing down the page.

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New England Is Famous for Its Seacoast - View of Portland Head Light House in Maine

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Zazzle card showing Portland Head Light House, Maine, Card by catherinesherman

Look for White Church Steeples - This one is in Longmeadow, Mass.

Beautiful fall foliage, a lovely sky and a New England church steeple.
Beautiful fall foliage, a lovely sky and a New England church steeple. | Source

Steaming Lobsters on the Deck

My husband takes care of steaming the lobsters when we have a lobster fest.
My husband takes care of steaming the lobsters when we have a lobster fest. | Source

Bring a New England Clam Bake to Your Home

Look for Covered Bridges - This one is in New Hampshire

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This Guide Helps You Find All the Covered Bridges

New England’s Covered Bridges: A Complete Guide
New England’s Covered Bridges: A Complete Guide

More than a century in age, these make great destinations for a daytrip. I love visiting them.

 

All Over New England You See Old Stone Walls

Many date back to colonial days. If there is forest beyond the wall, then it has been many years since there were pastures and plowed fields there. Perhaps the farmer went off to the Revolutionary War or the Civil War and did not survive to return to his farm.

If you want to make your own low stone wall or border for a flower bed, here are my tips for that.

All Over the Region, You'll See Vintage Stone Walls

This stone wall is in Alfred, Maine and is part of the Shaker community there.
This stone wall is in Alfred, Maine and is part of the Shaker community there. | Source

Outdoor Activity in New England

Kayaking on a lake near Sweden, Maine. Note that big rock.
Kayaking on a lake near Sweden, Maine. Note that big rock. | Source

Look around for Moose

Unfortunately I haven't seen a live moose yet in New England, so I took this photo of a moose statue.
Unfortunately I haven't seen a live moose yet in New England, so I took this photo of a moose statue. | Source

Scenery around the New England States - Photos by Virginia Allain

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Fall colors in VermontA church in Longmeadow.Lots of historic sites in New England. This one is at Strawberry Banke.Sebago Lake in Maine - lots of recreational opportunities in the region.The beach and vintage cottages at Kennebunkport in Maine.
Fall colors in Vermont
Fall colors in Vermont
A church in Longmeadow.
A church in Longmeadow.
Lots of historic sites in New England. This one is at Strawberry Banke.
Lots of historic sites in New England. This one is at Strawberry Banke.
Sebago Lake in Maine - lots of recreational opportunities in the region.
Sebago Lake in Maine - lots of recreational opportunities in the region.
The beach and vintage cottages at Kennebunkport in Maine.
The beach and vintage cottages at Kennebunkport in Maine.

Berry Picking in New England - First it's wild strawberries, then blueberries and finally blackberries

Wear long sleeves when picking blackberries. They have thorns.
Wear long sleeves when picking blackberries. They have thorns. | Source

© 2010 Virginia Allain

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    • SilverLotus1 profile image

      SilverLotus1 

      3 years ago

      home sweet home!

    • Virginia Allain profile imageAUTHOR

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      @gottaloveit2: Finally getting around to following up your suggestion. Lovely song, just the style I love listening to.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      No place in the World has Better Lobster!!

    • gottaloveit2 profile image

      gottaloveit2 

      7 years ago

      What a LOVELY lens, Virginia. You need to link in a song by Cheryl Wheeler called "When Fall Comes To New England." It will go perfectly on here. Great song too.

    • joanhall profile image

      Joan Hall 

      7 years ago from Los Angeles

      I took a week vacation in New England once, mostly Boston. It was in October, so a great time to see the foliage.

    • ChrisDay LM profile image

      ChrisDay LM 

      7 years ago

      Have visited Boston Mass, Reading Connecticut, War of Independence stuff and Plymouth Plantation, plus travelling between. Lovely.

    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image

      MargoPArrowsmith 

      7 years ago

      New England is wonderful

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Aw you made me homesick LOL I miss white birch trees, fried clams, lobster rolls and people who do not pronounce 'r's.

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      kab 

      7 years ago from Upstate, NY

      I spent much of my summers along the New England shoreline when I was a kid. I just spend this weekend in VT.

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      Robin S 

      7 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the tour! Beautiful photos!

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