One of the best things about the photo-and-video-sharing app Instagram is the way it enables armchair travel to dreamy, far-off destinations. And for millions of people around the world, those ideal destinations are found in our own beautiful New England. To give these Instagram fans a curated look at the best of what our region has to offer, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite accounts that excel at New England travel inspiration (plus a few Yankee
-family accounts for good measure). The Instagram community is teeming with talented photographers, both professional and amateur, so compiling this list wasn’t easy, and we by no means consider it complete. To continue this journey of discovery, we hope you’ll share and link to your own favorite Instagram sources of New England travel inspiration in the comments.
10 New England Travel Accounts to Follow on Instagram
Brian McWilliams takes full advantage of the changing seasons as he highlights Boston’s stately side in scenes snapped mostly on his daily commute. Spend a few minutes scrolling this brick-and-brownstone-heavy feed, and it won’t be long before you’re planning your own visit to Beacon Hill
or the Boston Public Garden
In addition to serving as editor in chief of @mainetheway
, a vibrant Maine-focused Instagram account turned print quarterly
(its name is a riff on the state slogan “The Way Life Should Be”), Cam Held also manages his own feed of scenic shots capturing the heart and soul of Maine.
Thanks to Nantucket native Georgie Morley’s feed, a virtual escape to the famous Massachusetts island’s shingled cottages, sandy dunes, and summer hydrangeas is never more than a few clicks away.
Based in Kennebunkport, Maine, Jackie Greaney and partner Paul J. Havel (@pjhavel
) have put together vibrant feeds that are downright fun to follow. While the pair are most often drawn to spots along the New England coastline, frequent jaunts to New Hampshire and Vermont (plus appearances by their pup, Poppy, and some creative stop-motion videos
) help make their work appealing to any New England daydreamer.
Based near Portland, Maine, James Lynch draws on his love for the outdoors to capture multiple sides of his home state, from a summer sunrise on Tumbledown Mountain to winter sea smoke at Portland Head Light. Even more impressive? He’s still in his teens.
Husband-and-wife team Kiel James Patrick and Sarah Vickers (@sarahkjp
) keep their combined one million Instagram fans firmly rooted in an aspirational New England state of mind. Along with growing and promoting their Newport, Rhode Island–based clothing and accessories business
, their stylish and spirited feeds (which often include baby Harris and dog Bennie) are a showcase for New England travel. (In fact, we liked one of their summer images so much that we put it on Yankee
’s May/June cover!)
Based in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, Kyle Finn Dempsey captures rustic images of cozy cabins and warm firelight, as well as beautiful seasonal drone footage. It all combines to create an irresistible mental escape, so get ready to find yourself itching to book a wilderness-inspired Airbnb getaway.
If you’ve always dreamed of traipsing around the White Mountains of New Hampshire with fellow outdoor enthusiasts (and perhaps even a spunky canine companion or two), Cait Bourgault’s feed will make you really, really happy. We also love that she is a cofounder of @alpinewomencollective
, a group that “empowers women to seek adventure” through organized hikes and camping weekends.
Who says New England travel inspiration has to come from landscapes? Architecture and history buffs will love this colorful feed from Deb Cohen. Though based in West Hartford, Connecticut, she covers an impressive amount of territory as she discovers and shares New England’s many lovely homes, windows, porches, stoops, and, yes, front doors.
For the ultimate scenic escape, you can’t beat Susan Garver’s landscapes of Maine and its wild crown jewel, Acadia National Park
, which are so rich and vivid you can almost hear the waves crashing and smell the pines.
New England Travel Inspiration from Yankee
If you’ll allow us a few moments of shameless self-promotion…
This is the official Instagram account of Yankee
and its website, NewEngland.com. In addition to promoting new print issues
, special events, the Weekends with Yankee
TV series, and staff snapshots, we love to re-gram New England travel photos taken by our talented Instagram community and tagged with #mynewengland
contributing editor, Krissy O’Shea also works as a freelance photographer and stylist. She shares her work and words on her blog, Cottage Farm
, and on her Instagram feed, where a mix of food, florals, linens, tablescapes, and scenic shots provide a dose of elegant tranquility.
As resident foliage expert for Yankee
and NewEngland.com, New Hampshire’s Jim Salge guides readers through 12 weeks of online foliage reports
each year, highlighting the season’s forecast, development, and best leaf-peeping activities. But he is also a talented photographer, and his Instagram feed is filled with stunning landscapes from New Hampshire and Maine.
Which New England travel accounts on Instagram are your favorites? Let us know!
This post was first published in 2018 and has been updated.