Introduction with Resources

Northern New England

NEW ENGLAND

MAINE

NEW HAMPSHIRE

VERMONT

New England is that smallish, wild area in the northeast corner of the United States that is rugged yet refined. It's a concentrated land of coastlines and mountains, lakes, rivers and forests, wilderness and tightly-packed villages, rural yet housing fine universities and colleges.

Northern New England is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the East, Canada (New Brunswick and Quebec) to the East and North, Massachusetts to the South, and New York to the West. Statistics can be a game in this 3-state area, with Maine sporting 3,478 miles of shoreline, while Vermont is only 41 miles wide at its southern border.

Water turns up everywhere. In summer the ocean, lakes and rivers provide great summer water sports and fishing. In winter snow and ice predominates the landscape for more sports opportunities. In fall, it's the freezing water in the leaves that cause the gorgeous colors on the native deciduous forests.

Other popular activities include harness racing (a New England tradition), shopping and historical explorations.

Accommodating vacationers is an art in New England. The American bed & breakfast was perfected in this region where shelter for travelers was a necessity and hospitality a virtue. And this is the region that first developed the American ski resort for the early East Coast winter sporting crowd. So your choices are varied and the quality tends to be quite high.

Here are some addresses and phone numbers to help you make your choices

VISITORS' BUREAUS

MAINE PUBLICITY BUREAU

P.O. Box 2300

Hallowell, Maine 04347

207-623-0363

OFFICE OF TRAVEL & TOURISM

P.O. Box 856

Concord, New Hampshire 03302

(603) 271-2343

DEPARTMENT OF TRAVEL & TOURISM

6 Baldwin Street

Montpelier, Vermont 05633

(800) VERMONT

FISHING & HUNTING BUREAUS:

DEPT. OF INLAND FISHERIES & WILDLIFE

264 State Street

Augusta, Maine 04333

207-287-8000

FISH & GAME DEPARTMENT

2 Hazen Drive

Concord, New Hampshire 03301

(603) 271-3211

FISH & WILDLIFE DIVISION

Agency of Natural Resources

103 South Main Street

Waterbury, Vermont 05676

PARKS & FORESTRY BUREAUS:

FOREST SERVICE

U.S. Department of Agriculture

PO Box 2042

Concord, NH 03302

(603) 271-3551

DEPARTMENT OF FORESTS, PARKS & RECREATION

103 South Main Street

Waterbury, Vermont 05676

(802) 241-3670

GREEN MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST

231 North Main Street

Rutland, Vermont 05701

802-747-6700

Bed and Breakfast Inns