What could be more exciting than to visit New England in the Fall to witness the rich tapestry of colours unfolding in the woods and forests? Perhaps the inclusion of Canadian ports of call. Combining these two great holiday destinations gives the visitor an insight into the diverse culture and way of life of our cousins across the pond.
As you sail past the Statue of Liberty you’ll want to pinch yourself and ask, “Am I really here?” So much to see and do, visit the Empire State Building, or the Bohemian Greenwich Village. Art lovers will surely find M.O.M.A. a must. Reflect at the Ground Zero Memorial and relax in the shade of Central Park. A huge choice of restaurants and bars will provide you with time for a quick bite perhaps before pressing on to the famous stores on Fifth Avenue for just a tad of shopping!
Remember the Boston Tea Party – the blue touch paper for the start of the civil war? But Boston today is a charming city with its diverse architecture, where you can take the hop on/off trolley to see the sights or perhaps visit Cambridge, home of the 400 year old Harvard University. If you go in the fall you’ll be enthralled by the soft pink foliage mingling with sulphur yellow and copper, russet leaves. A great photo opportunity!
The rocky shore of Casco Bay is permanently protected by the eighteenth century Portland Headlight lighthouse and offers unrivalled views of this spectacular coastline. If you build up a thirst you might want to find time to try a free sample at the Allegash Brewery, or you may discover a Fair or Festival as you stroll along the waterfront. The traditional timber buildings house many delights: antiques, souvenirs, jewellery and clothing, as well as authentic craft items.
With its maritime history, Halifax is the birth place of Samual Cunard so you may want to visit the Maritime Museum to learn more. Don’t miss an evening stroll along the Waterfront Boardwalk after a day perhaps enjoying the lovely Public Gardens or visiting the quaint red wooden houses at the fishing town of Lunenburg. Or you might visit pretty Peggy’s Cove where freshly caught Lobster for lunch could be on the menu.
The French influence remains strong in this vibrant city dominated by Chateau Frontec a nineteenth century traditional style building where you can “prendre du café” after soaking up the atmosphere in the tree-lined squares. Here, artists exhibit their work much like the Place du Tertre in Paris. The cuisine will have a French flavour and you will have to remind yourself that this is Canada not France. The Quartier Petit Champlain dates back to the seventeenth century and is full of shops, street cafés and restaurants.