Best Cozy White Mountains Inns and Hotels

When the weather gets chilly, book a snuggly stay at one of these cozy inns in New England’s most spectacular mountain region, the White Mountains.

By Yankee Editors

This Could Be Your Family Beach

[Sponsored] With miles of pristine shoreline, North Carolina’s Corolla Outer Banks provides the perfect setting for generations to reconnect.

By Yankee Magazine

Best New Restaurants in Boston in 2023

The following guide outlines which, in our opinion, are the best new Boston restaurants in 2023—a list that could fill your calendar.

By Amy Traverso

What It’s Like to Be a Fall Foliage Tour Guide

What does it take to be a New England fall foliage tour guide? Let’s find out.

By Ian Aldrich

Where to See Fall Foliage This Weekend | 2023

Every week during foliage season we’ll tell you where to find the best fall color.

By Yankee Staff


Donut Shop Apple Fritters

These apple fritters have a delightful, pull-apart texture, almost like a monkey bread.

By Amy Traverso

20 Best New England Cideries

From rustic farmhouse pours to polished artisanal vintages, hard cider goes down easy at these apple-centric producers.

By Yankee Editors

Best Breweries in Vermont

Whether you love the hoppy zing of an IPA or the creamy, roasted flavors of a stout, these 10 Vermont breweries offer first-class ways to wet your whistle.

By Yankee Editors

How To Use Sugar Pumpkins

Do you know how to use sugar pumpkins? Here are a few ideas!

By Amy Traverso

Wild-Food Recipes for Foragers

Give “forest to table” dining a try with two dishes inspired by foraging.

By Yankee Editors

What Exactly Is “Pumpkin Spice” and How Is “Cider Donut” Different?

What, exactly, is pumpkin spice? And will it ever be unseated as fall’s dominant flavor?

By Amy Traverso


New England Architecture 101 – Queen Anne

Think of the Queen Anne Victorian as a dreamy medieval dollhouse.

By Aimee Tucker

New England Architecture 101 – Second Empire

You can tell a Second Empire Victorian by its low-hipped roof.

By Aimee Tucker

New England Architecture 101 – Colonial Revival

The Colonial Revival comes in many styles, but all pay tribute to America’s earliest homes.

By Aimee Tucker

New England 101

Where is New England?

Tucked into the northeast corner of the United States, New England is a region of tall mountains, rich farmland, salty seacoasts, and everything in between. Steeped in history and full of spirit, New England is home to some of the nation’s most popular cultural attractions, parks, universities, and sports teams. Four distinct seasons and the perfect assortment of big cities and small towns make New England a favorite travel destination.

What are the New England States?

New England is made up of six beautiful and diverse states. In the northeast corner is Maine. Next to Maine, on its western border, is New Hampshire. On the other side of New Hampshire is Vermont. Beneath New Hampshire and Vermont is Massachusetts, and beneath Massachusetts are little Rhode Island to the southeast and Connecticut to the south.

Map of New England

Map of New England

Guide to the New England States

Connecticut. Connecticut is the southernmost of the New England states, making it the closest to New York City. Nicknamed “the Nutmeg State,” it’s known for its old money, red chowder, the insurance capital of Hartford, superior thin-crust New Haven pizza, and the fictional Gilmore Girls town of Stars Hollow.

Maine. The largest of the New England states, Maine is also one of the most popular among tourists. Nicknamed “the Pine Tree State” and “Vacationland,” it’s known for its thick forests, rocky coastline, wild blueberries, scenic lighthouses, lobster boats, and mega-author Stephen King.

Massachusetts. Thanks to the bustling hub of Boston and a rich colonial history, Massachusetts is the most frequently visited of the New England states. Nicknamed “the Bay State,” it’s known for its top-notch universities, baked beans, clam chowder, Cape Cod’s summer paradise, Plymouth Rock, and the Kennedys.

New Hampshire. Bearing a kick-butt state motto (“Live Free or Die”), New Hampshire is the rebel of the New England states. Nicknamed “the Granite State,” it’s known for its primary-season political clout, White Mountains (including Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast), Adam Sandler, and Lake Winnipesaukee.

Rhode Island. This isn’t just the smallest of the New England states — it’s the smallest state in America. Nicknamed “the Ocean State,” Rhode Island is known for its 400 miles of coastline, Newport mansions, johnnycakes, and Brown University.

Vermont. Vermont is famous for its progressive, environmental vibe. Nicknamed “the Green Mountain State,” it’s also known for its ski mountains, craft beer, dairy farms, Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, and Champy, the mythical Lake Champlain water monster.