A living postcard of Americana
Once New England kicks off its thick, white quilt of wintertime snow, it becomes a magical place to wander with covered bridges, quaint towns, colonial architecture, succulent seafood and foliage that bursts into flames of color every fall.
With AutoVenture, you’ll enjoy the private excursion of a lifetime, getting off the main freeways and exploring America’s Northeastern cultural heritage.
Starting in Boston, site of the Freedom Trail and Old North Church, your private guide will drive you north along the coast to see the lighthouses and seascapes of Maine. You can see the Portland Head Lighthouse, which was commissioned by George Washington and first lit in 1791, and was where poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow used to sip drinks with the lighthouse keeper.
Next, you’ll cross over into New Hampshire’s Lake region, driving along a winding highway through White Mountain National Park, and making a stop at the Canterbury Shaker Village. Take a tour and learn about their utopian culture based on pacifism, simplicity, equality and communal living. You’ll be fascinated by their inventions and authentic cuisine. Not every stop is gazing and grazing. You can get your blood pumping with an open-cockpit, bi-plane ride over the lakes and rolling hills of New Hampshire, or take a warm-weather ride to the top of a ski lift to drink in a glorious view.
Your AutoVenture private guide will drive you through Vermont, where the cows outnumber the people. In Woodstock, you’ll walk into a picture postcard town with dozens of photogenic covered bridges sprinkled about the countryside. The stop includes Simon Pearce’s Glassblowing Studio to watch master artisans create crystal glass goblets, wineglasses, candlesticks, and more. You’ll enjoy a hearty lunch by a rushing river, visit working farms, inhale the fruity aromas of apple pressing and top it off sipping flights from local wineries.
Before heading back to Boston, you’ll stop in southern Vermont and western Massachusetts, where you’ll stay a night in forested Pioneer Valley in Massachusetts. Here you can imagine a time when all of New England was a collection of rolling farmlands, wooded forests and small towns. You’ll even visit a quaint little red schoolhouse where Mary Sawyer actually did take her lamb to school, inspiring the nursery rhyme Mary Had a Little Lamb. It’s no wonder that the nation’s first postcard was produced here in 1873. You’ll be in awe at the many wonderful discoveries you’ll have exploring New England with AutoVenture.