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Falling in Love with New England

This time last year, I spent a week blazing a scenic trail through the lovely, leafy states of New England...

Picture this: I’m in Massachusetts on 31st October, and things are getting spooky. Halloween is a big deal across the States, but nowhere more so than in Boston’s neighbouring town of Salem, where the notorious witch trials were held in the 17th century. Tonight, the witches are on the streets again, as are monsters, vampires and characters from cult horror flicks. In a lively bar, I raise a glass with Freddy Krueger and a human-size cat. You’ll never see a town embrace Halloween quite like it.

From ghosts to coasts, I head north through pretty maritime towns, stopping for the night in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Sitting amid the charming – and sales tax-free – shops of Congress Street, the Thirsty Moose Taphouse draws me in. And with more than 100 tap beers to try, it’s hard to leave.

Continuing up the New England coast, I reach Mount Desert Island in Maine, home to Acadia National Park. Best come earlier in October to see the fall colours in all their glory, but even now the forest is alive with deep sunset shades of red, yellow and orange. You could lose days here exploring the tree-lined roads and uncovering hidden coves and lakes, but I head straight to the summit of Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the North Atlantic Seaboard, for an incredible view.

Before flying home from Boston, I make a quick detour south to Rhode Island, passing over two suspension bridges to reach Newport. I work up an appetite wandering the yacht-filled harbour and stop in at the Brick Alley Pub & Restaurant. Lobster mac ’n’ cheese, washed down with a punchy double IPA, makes for a delicious end to a perfect Journey...

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Written by Chris Steel

If you can climb it, ride it, dive it or jump off it then I’m into it. I choose my destinations based on what I can do when I get there and I’m happy to share what I’ve discovered along the way. Street food that is unexpectedly spicy, jellyfish-infested waters, unforgettable landscapes, meeting local people who love where they live… the world is an amazing place, so you’re bound to pick up a few stories while you look around.

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