How do you choose your autumn vacation plans? There are so many factors to think about, from lodging to activities to New England food specialties. A vision of hot buttered lobster just planted itself in your mind, didn’t it?
These are my tips for choosing and if I forgot anything let me know!
Tips for Picking Lodging
First, I can’t list every motel, hotel, B&B and Inn throughout New England. So in the past, I have told you to put yourself in the path of peak fall foliage. I want to be run over by the wave as the fall colors head south. You can do this by reading this article on using Zone Planning to work from.
The idea isn’t to time it, so you are in a particular spot the day you expect Peak fall colors. Instead Pick a location because you will be near it! I feel I’m successful if I only have to drive 30 or so minutes before finding great fall colors.
So using Zone planning to choose locations and what might be near to this location you can start to narrow events and attractions. How about calling the Inn/Hotel? When you choose the lodging, call them and see what they know is going on during your stay.
New England food specialties
When I’m on the road I’m happy to find a family diner. You know the ones, usually they are made from reflective aluminum airplane styled sheets, have on the inside, pictures from the 1950s on the walls and their milk shakes are to die for! I rarely pass one up and Yankee Magazine has a great list of “the 15 best roadside diners in New England”.
I know most people think lobster rolls when they arrive in New England (or before). As far as I know you can find them almost anywhere and they range from, with mayo, without mayo and the same goes for celery. My favorite lobster rolls come in a buttered AND toasted New England roll. If you’ve never had a New England roll, head right out and do so.
Basically its a hotdog roll with the sides cut off. They butter the sides and toss them on a frying surface for a minute until they turn a golden brown. Think about a toasted cheese sandwich and its the same principle (minus the cheese). Once toasted put in the ingredients of choice…
Since I don’t have a list of my own of preferred places making the worlds greatest lobster rolls, here is a another article by Yankee Magazine. They have their “Best lobster rolls in New England” article. I think you’ll find something to chew on in there.
Tips for picking fall foliage activities
Where to start? Harvest festivals are a great way to experience New England life and my third tip, New England food specialties. You arrive early in Sept and spend a day at the Big E fair (starts on 18 Sept – 4 Oct) with food, fun, animals, rides, and entertainment, morning, noon and night.
Fairs and festivals
Family fun during your autumn vacation
Have Kids, will travel. Young kids (or kids of any age) will enjoy Clark’s Trading post, Storyland, or Santa’s Village. Click the links and make sure that you check when these places close down. If you are showing up in Mid October, many of the places in New Hampshire close for the season.
How about a train ride for the old train aficionado in the family? Check my page on train rides New England.
I’ve ridden a few but there are many groups that keep these old locomotives on the line and running. Most all kids (myself included love to ride the rails and experience life from the 1800s through the 1900s.
Oldest churches in New England
Sometimes we just don’t know where to start. Here is a list based on one query. what and where are the oldest churches in New England?
- First Parish Church in Dover, Oldest congregation founded in 1632 (Congregational/United Church of Christ)
- Newington Meeting House is the oldest church building in New Hampshire (1717, Congregational).
- First Church in Plymouth, Oldest congregation founded 1620 (building 1899), (Puritan, Congregational, now Unitarian Universalist)
- First Congregational Church of Marshfield, gathered in 1632 (same building since 1838) (Congregational) 
- First Baptist Church in Swansea, Oldest Baptist congregation in MA, founded in 1663 (Baptist)
- First Parish in Cambridge, founded on February 1, 1636 at the First Church (Evangelical, now Unitarian Universalist)
- Old Ship Church, Oldest church building, built 1681, (Puritan, Congregational, now Unitarian Universalist)
- St. Michael’s Church (Marblehead, Massachusetts). Oldest Episcopal Church in New England on its original foundation, built 1714, and still used daily year-round. A National Historic Landmark.
- Old North Church, Official name: Christ Church in the City of Boston. Oldest standing church building in Boston, built 1723 (Episcopal) a National Historic Landmark significant for its role in the American Revolution.
- First Congregational Church and Parsonage (Kittery, Maine), Possibly the oldest church building in Maine, built in 1729 (Congregational).
- First Parish Congregational Church of York, Maine. Oldest church congregation, (Congregational/United Church of Christ) founded before 1672, organized in the Congregational tradition by Shubael Dummer.
- Abington Congregational Church, Oldest church building, built in 1751 (Congregational/United Church of Christ)
- First Church of Windsor, Oldest church congregation, founded in 1633 (Congregational/United Church of Christ)
- Lakeville Methodist Church, Oldest standing Methodist church in New England
- First Baptist Church in America, oldest congregation in RI, founded in 1638 (building 1775) (Baptist).
- Six Principle Baptist Church, one of the oldest Baptist church buildings in the U.S., built in 1703, (Baptist)
- Trinity Church, Newport, oldest Anglican congregation in RI, founded in 1698 (building 1726) (Episcopal).
- Great Friends Meeting House, oldest church building in RI, built in 1699 (Quaker).
- Old Narragansett Church, Wickford, oldest Episcopal church building in New England (1707).
- First Congregational Church of Bennington, Oldest congregation, founded in 1762 (Congregational)
- Rockingham Meeting House, one of the two oldest church buildings, built in 1787 (Congregational)
- Thetford Meeting House, Thetford Hill, one of the two oldest church buildings, built in 1787 (Congregational)
Well that does it for today. If you have your own inspiration of what to build an itinerary around then I hope you would share it with the class. Maybe I’ll showcase your itinerary so everyone can benefit from your inspiration.Jeff "Foliage" Folger You can purchase images by visiting my Fine Art Gallery websites
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I started with Yankee Magazine as their first blogger on everything fall foliage. Now I blog on my own blog on my favorite subject, telling leaf peepers where the fall foliage is showing up in New England and helping them (to some extent) plan their fall foliage vacations.