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On the Road: The Best Fall Foliage in New England

Program Number: 20031RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/22/2014 - 10/2/2014; 9/19/2016 - 9/29/2016; 9/26/2016 - 10/6/2016; 10/3/2016 - 10/13/2016; 10/10/2016 - 10/20/2016;
Duration: 10 nights
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Price starting at: $3,199.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road
Meals: 25; 10 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt    

Journey the backroads and byways of New England to experience the best of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont during a fall foliage adventure through the region’s most picturesque countryside and into the history and culture that are the foundation of the American experience.


• Take an in-depth look at the ecology of New Hampshire’s White Mountains and their highest peak’s extreme weather patterns.
• Trace our nation's cultural history through the collections of American art at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art and the Shelburne Museum.
• Savor the tastes of New England with a culinary exploration of Portland, Maine and a lobster dinner.

Activity Particulars

Climbing a few flights of stairs, standing for up to one hour, walking over paved and unpaved surfaces up to two miles over the course of the day.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Boston, Mass., 2 nights; coach to Ogunquit, Maine, 2 nights; coach to North Conway, N.H., 2 nights; coach to Burlington, Vt., 2 nights; coach to Grafton, VT, 2 nights; coach to Boston, Mass., departure.

Coordinated by Road Scholar.


Home to many of America’s “firsts” — subway, park, public library — Boston is the oldest American metropolis with a dazzling array of historical lessons at every turn. From harbor to hillside, street to storefront, Boston offers history at its finest.

Full-service hotels and charming, historic inns.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Chris Lewey

Chris Lewey is the founder of RAVEN Interpretive Programs. He has led natural history excursions for Maine Audubon Society and the National Wildlife Federation, is a naturalist for the Appalachian Mountain Club and teaches ornithology for the National Audubon Society. A native New Englander, Chris has taught biology, ecology, and ornithology in both N.H. and Maine. He has appeared on several television programs including Animal Planet's “The Most Extreme” series and ABC's “Good Morning America.”
Jim McAllister

Jim McAllister is a Salem historian, photographer, author and teacher, and serves as a historic consultant to the City of Salem and the Hawthorne Hotel. A graduate of Stonehill College, his photographs of Salem have appeared in numerous publications, and he is the author of “Salem: From Naumkeag to Witch City” and co-author of “Salem: Cornerstones of a Historic City.” Jim has appeared on both the “History Channel” and “Home and Garden TV.”
Meals and Lodgings
   Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
  Boston, Massachusetts 2 nights
   Anchorage by the Sea
  Ogunquit, Maine 2 nights
   North Conway Grand Hotel
  North Conway, New Hampshire 2 nights
   Courtyard Burlington Harbor
  Burlington, VT 2 nights
   Grafton Inn
  Grafton, VT 2 nights
 Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: In the heart of historic Back Bay stands an equally legendary landmark. Built in 1927, The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers is a member of Historic Hotels of America, and recipient of the Successful Meeting Pinnacle Award for delivering excellence in meetings. With an unmatched location, the hotel are adjacent to the Public Garden with its Swan Boats and the chic boutiques, art galleries and restaurants of the world-famous Newbury Street. Rich in history, the hotel offers the same luxury, hospitality expertise, service and splendor today that have attracted United States Presidents, international corporations, and celebrities in the past.
  Contact info: 50 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116 USA
phone: 617-426-2000
  Room amenities: Electronic Key System, High Speed Internet, Voice mail, Data Ports on Phones, Cable TV, In-room Pay Movies, 24 Hour Room Service, Iron and Iron board, Wake-up calls, Hair dryer, Alarm clock, Windows can be opened
  Facility amenities: Every guestroom offers full room service, voice mail, modem lines, movies and more. Guest room amenities include a courteous, full service concierge staff, travel services and fitness facilities.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Varies based on availability A limited number of rooms are available at a Road Scholar group rate if booked in advance to your program start date. For all other Hotel needs please call Road Scholar at 617-521-5373 For pre and post night reservation: Online: Book online at Phone: Call Boston Park Plaza reservation agent Esther Lo at 617-457-2423 (Mon-Fri 10:30am-6pm EST) Make sure to state your program number (this is a 4 or 5 digit number) and that you are with the Road Scholar group.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Anchorage by the Sea
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The Anchorage by the Sea is located directly on the Marginal Way overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and can be accessed conveniently from the property. Once a dirt trail with difficult terrain, the magnificent Marginal Way is now a paved footpath. Winding along the rocky shoreline for 1 ¼ miles from Ogunquit’s downtown area to the quaint fishing village of Perkins Cove, the Marginal Way boasts some of most spectacular coastal views in New England. The Anchorage is conveniently located within walking distance to beautiful sandy beaches, Ogunquit Village, Perkins Cove, museums, art galleries, specialty shops, and fine restaurants.
  Contact info: 125 Shore Road
Ogunquit, ME 03907 USA
phone: 207-646-9384
  Room amenities: All rooms have air-conditioning, Wi-Fi Internet access, cable / satellite television, direct-dial telephone, refrigerators, hairdryers, flat-screen television, in-room safes, alarm clock, radio, private bathroom with bathtub and shower. All rooms are non-smoking.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar; Wi-Fi Internet access, concierge desk, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hot tub, Jacuzzi, sauna, spa services. The hotel is a regular stop on Ogunquit trolley route.
  Smoking allowed: No

 North Conway Grand Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The North Conway Grand Hotel is a modern hotel situated in the Settlers' Green Outlet Village complex, in the heart of North Conway, surrounded by the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
  Contact info: Rte. 16 at Settler's Green
North Conway, NH 03860 USA
phone: 603-356-9300
  Room amenities: 200 rooms with air-conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, cable / satellite television, dvd player, direct-dial telephone, alarm clock, radio, tea and coffee making facility, iron and ironing board, in-room safe, private bathroom with bathtub and shower with grab bar and hairdryer.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar; complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, business center, laundry service, indoor swimming pool, outdoor heated swimming pool, fire pit, fitness center, Jacuzzi and sauna.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Courtyard Burlington Harbor
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Courtyard Burlington Harbor is located just steps away from Lake Champlain, Burlington Town Center, and the Church Street Marketplace
  Contact info: 25 Cherry Street
Burlington, VT 05401 USA
phone: 180-286-4470 x0
  Room amenities: Guestrooms and bathrooms echo Vermont's serene beauty, blending form and function for maximum comfort and productivity. Art by Vermont photographer Shayne Lynn. Cherrywood furnishings. Autumnal colors. Pure Vermont air suffusion. Comfortable linens, warm comforters and premium mattresses. Coffee Maker/Tea Service 32" LCD hi definition TV Hair Dryer Lighted Makeup Mirror Alarm Clock Iron & Ironing Board Mini-Refrigerator
  Facility amenities: Indoor Pool Whirlpool Excercise Room Complimentary Wireless in guest rooms, lobby and public areas Safe Deposit Boxes at Front Desk
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Grafton Inn
Type: Inn
  Description: The Grafton Inn is one of the oldest operating inns in America, having opened its doors in 1801. Some of the most notable guest to visit they inn were, Ulysses S. Grant who came to the Inn on December 19, 1867, while campaigning for his first term as President,Daniel Webster, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson and Ralph Waldo Emerson. It is part of the Historic Hotels of America. Located in the lovely village of Grafton, Vermont, the inn is part of the nonprofit Windham Foundation which is dedicated to preserving the vitality of Vermont's rural communities. A stay at the inn will help to fund the Foundation's many philanthropic programs. The Grafton Inn is famous for its imaginative cuisine, thoughtfully prepared with fresh locally sourced food and exploding with flavor. The Grafton Inn restaurant is part of the Vermont Fresh Network and dedicated to using as many local products as possible. They are working on making the inn fully green, constantly evolving and growing to provide guests with the best service possible, while keeping true to their roots and to Vermont.
  Contact info: 92 Main Street
Grafton, VT 05146 USA
phone: 802-843-2245
  Room amenities: The Grafton Inn offers the quintessential New England experience with its homage to traditional country accommodations and comfortable layout. Participants will utilize the main house and guest houses set close together in the village center. Most of the Inn’s historic rooms house their guests in a charming room with one bed. Rooms with two beds are reserved for our matched roommates. Though all rooms are accessible by a flight of stairs, based on availability, a limited number of first floor or elevator-accessible rooms may be requested for those with mobility issues. All special requests must notify Road Scholar in advance.
  Facility amenities: Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center, seasonal recreation center, offering a variety of activities for all Use of mountain bikes / helmets offered to guests Fitness Center Seasonal swim pond, located behind the Homestead Cottage Outdoor tennis courts Raised, heated paddle tennis court Game room with pool table & ping pong (adjacent to Barrett House) TV located in common areas Complimentary WiFi
  Smoking allowed: No
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3 p.m. Check in to the hotel and Road Scholar registration on the 4th Floor of hotel You will be staying at Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers that night.
  End of Program:
11:30 a.m. Drop off at Boston Logan Airport. Please do not schedule flights before 1:30 p.m. You will be staying at Grafton Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Valet Parking: Prices are subject to change $28 for up to 8 hrs & $48per night. Valet is located at the Columbus Avenue Entrance of the Hotel. Self Parking - Motor Mart Garage: (201 Stuart Street) located directly across the street. $31 per 24-hours.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Boston, Massachusetts
  Nearest airport:  Boston Logan International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Boston, Massachusetts
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details

Boston Logan Airport





Public Transportation


Logan International Airport (BOS) is located approximately 3 miles from the Park Plaza. You can reach the hotel via 4 options •Airport Cab Service (meter rate) •Back Bay Logan Express Bus- Departs ever 20-22 mins. from all terminals with a drop off at Copley Sq. Plaza at St. James st. (2 blocks from hotel) •Boston 's Subway: The "T"- The Boston Park Plaza Hotel is located on Arlington Stop (Green Line) and Back Bay Stop (Orange Line) •Go Shuttle ( / 888-437-4379)


Back Bay Train Station





Advanced Reservations Required


Boston’s Back Bay Station is located 3 blocks from the hotel, The station is serviced by Amtrak, featuring Acela Express and Northeast Corridor regional trains, and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) with access to Attleboro/Providence, Framingham/Worcester, Needham, and Franklin commuter rail lines, and Orange Line rapid transit. There is also a daily Amtrak train (Lake Shore Limited) to Chicago, and access to local bus service.

Driving Directions
  From Logan Airport to Park Plaza: Follow signs to Sumner Tunnel/Boston. Take the ramp onto RT-1A S/William F McClellan Hwy. Merge north onto Interstate 93 and take the Storrow Drive - Exit 26. Follow Storrow Drive and exit left at Back Bay/Copley Exit. At lights, take left onto Beacon St, and then take an immediate right onto Arlington St. The Boston Park Plaza Hotel is the 2nd building on the left after the park.
  From the North to Park Plaza Take Route I-93 South into Boston. Take the Storrow Drive - Exit 26 off of I-93. Follow Storrow Drive and exit left at the Back Bay/Copley Exit. At lights, take left onto Beacon St, and then take an immediate right onto Arlington St. The Boston Park Plaza Hotel is the 2nd building on the left after the park
  From the South to Park Plaza Follow I-93 North towards Boston. Take the Storrow Drive - Exit 26 off of I-93. Follow Storrow Drive and exit left at the Back Bay/Copley Exit. At lights, take left onto Beacon St., and then take an immediate right onto Arlington St. The Boston Park Plaza Hotel is the 2nd building on the left after the park.
  From the West to Park Plaza Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Rte. 90 East) into the city. Exit at Copley Square (22) and follow straight onto Stuart St. Follow to the 5th set of lights and turn left for the Boston Park Plaza Hotel.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrivals: Welcome and Program Overview
(Monday, September 22)
 Afternoon: 3:00-4:30 p.m.: Hotel check-in and then please go to the 4th of hotel for program registration.
 Dinner: Take a short walk around the neighborhood and continue to the Orientation and Welcome Dinner in a nearby restaurant.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Boston: City on a Hill
(Tuesday, September 23)

Note: The Boston field trip is by public transportation and foot. The total walking mileage today is 2 miles, which will be spread over the course of the day with frequent stops and a rest for a leisurely lunch on the waterfront the day will start and end by taking the subway "T" . Not all subway stops have elevators. .

 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Explore historic highlights of Boston, as well as city landmarks that played a role in John F. Kennedy’s political path to the Whitehouse on a guided walking field trip.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch on Boston's Waterfront
 Afternoon: Continue your discovery of Boston as you stroll the streets of the North End en route to the Old North Church Historic Site for a behind the scenes visit.. Listen and learn about the workings of the oldest set of change-ringing bells in North America. Climb the stairs to the bell ringing chamber where the teenage Paul Revere worked as bell ringer and walk amongst the 37 tombs constructed below the floors of the Old North between 1732 and 1860. Learn about the construction of the crypt, view artifacts found in the crypt, and hear the history of those buried there including the Church’s first rector and soldiers killed during the Battle of Bunker Hill and Breed’s Hill.All on your exclusive private guided visit of the Old North Church. Outside of the church visit Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop and the Printing Office of Edes and Gill before returning to the hotel by public transportation at your leisure.
 Dinner: At local restaurant
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: New England’s Maritime History
(Wednesday, September 24)

Note: The total mileage traveled by motorcoach today is 115 miles. Walking and standing outdoors and in historic buildings for two hours on a guided walking tour of Salem’s waterfront.

 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Depart Boston to Salem, Massachusetts From its lucrative maritime trade to the controversial witch trials learn about the remarkable historical, architectural, and cultural heritage of one of America's oldest communities with lifetime resident and historian Jim McAllister. Continue up the rocky coast, through scenic North Shore towns to Gloucester, Massachusetts, America’s oldest fishing port, founded in 1623.
 Lunch: Enjoy typical New England fish and chowder (or vegetarian pasta) on the Gloucester waterfront
 Afternoon: Learn the history of fishing on the Grand Banks then continue to Ogunquit Maine.
 Dinner: Enjoy a specialty of New England’s Atlantic waters at a traditional lobster dinner in the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Anchorage by the Sea
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Ogunquit Outdoors and in Art
(Thursday, September 25)

Note: Walking and standing for 1 hour in the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. Motorcoach access to Perkins Cove is limited. The walk from Shore Road into Perkins Cove is .2 miles, about a 6 minute walk. Embarking and disembarking the lobster boat requires stepping onto the boat and 3 steps.

 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Visit the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, which houses a permanent collection of important paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and photographs from the late 1800s to the present. Included in the collection is an extensive selection of works by artists associated with Ogunquit’s famous art colony of the early 20th century. Then, head out on a one-hour boat cruise to learn first-hand about lobster fishing as well as to appreciate the scenic coastal views from a different perspective. (Weather dependent.)
 Lunch: Your choice to explore local fare.
 Afternoon: Free Time. You may wish to take in the spectacular scenery on a walk along the Marginal Way. Once a dirt trail with difficult terrain, the magnificent Marginal Way is now a paved footpath. Winding along the rocky shoreline for 1.25 miles from Ogunquit’s downtown area to the quaint fishing village of Perkins Cove, the Marginal Way boasts some of most spectacular coastal views in New England.
 Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Anchorage by the Sea
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5: From the Rocky Coast to the Granite Mountains
(Friday, September 26)

Note: The total mileage traveled by motorcoach today is 120 non-highway miles. The Taste of Portland is a combination of riding on the motorcoach and limited walking on cobblestone streets, approximately 1 mile with frequent stops and opportunities to sit, over 3 hours.

 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Depart Ogunquit and head up the coast to Portland Head Light, one of the iconic lighthouses that has served as a beacon to ships since 1791. Explore Portland on an exclusive “Taste of Maine” as you walk through the historic cobblestone streets of the Old Port, in the "foodiest small town" in America! Sample locally-produced Maine cheese, honey wine, a mini Lobster roll, a whoopie pie and more as local producers and restaurateurs explain what makes Portland, Maine so special.
 Lunch: Your choice to explore local fare.
 Afternoon: Depart Portland and leave the rocky coast of New England behind for the White Mountains of North Conway, New Hampshire. A lecture on the ecology of the autumn in the North Woods discusses native wildlife and the northern environment.
 Dinner: In the hotel
 Evening: At leisure
Accommodations: North Conway Grand Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Meteorology, Nature and Wildlife of the White Mountains
(Saturday, September 27)

Note: Please note that the Mount Washington Observatory Museum is located in the center of North Conway and is a different location than actual observatory itself. Mt. Washington is often inaccessible due to weather conditions and is therefore not scheduled in the program. The one-hour walk through estate is on maintained, unpaved trails.

 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: At the Mount Washington Observatory Museum in North Conway, “meet” with observatory meteorology staff via a private video conference for a discussion on their research and what life is like at one of the earth’s most extreme weather locations. Then, drive scenic Route 302 through Crawford Notch.
 Lunch: At the Appalachian Mountatian Club Highland Center
 Afternoon: Learn how maple syrup is produced and how conservation fits into maple sugaring at the Rocks Estate and North Country Conservation & Education Center for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. Then take a one-hour walk through the estate's forest trails, discussing wildlife habitat improvement and sustainable forestry practices while enjoying mountain vistas. Late afternoon return to the hotel.
 Dinner: At the hotel
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: North Conway Grand Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: The Scenic Kancamagus Highway
(Sunday, September 28)

Note: The total mileage traveled by motorcoach today is 144 miles, mostly non-highway.

 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Depart North Conway to travel the scenic Kancamagus Highway, stopping en route for short walks to scenic overlooks, along forest paths and to a covered bridge.
 Lunch: In a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Cross into Vermont and head to the mountains of the Mad River Valley. Along the way learn about what makes Vermont such a special place. Settle into Burlington for the night and walk the welcoming, quaint streets of town.
 Dinner: Enjoy a delicious dinner
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Courtyard Burlington Harbor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: America’s History Through Folk Art: The Shelburne Museum
(Monday, September 29)

Note: The total mileage traveled by motorcoach today is approximately 25 miles. The Shelburne Museum encompasses 45 acres and there is a shuttle bus that circles the property.

 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Investigate three centuries of life in America through the collections of the Shelburne Museum; homecrafts, folk arts, trade tools, transportation, fine arts and furnishings and architecture are displayed in the museum’s 35 historic buildings.
 Lunch: Vouchers are provided for the museum cafeteria, to use at your leisure.
 Afternoon: Continue visiting the museum, then return to the hotel in the late afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Courtyard Burlington Harbor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Back Roads and Villages of Vermont
(Tuesday, September 30)

Note: The total mileage traveled today is approximately 110 non-highway miles.

 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Travel south through the center of Vermont, taking in the rural landscapes and tiny villages along Route 100.
 Lunch: In a quaint Vermont village. Stroll historic streets with iconic white houses
 Afternoon: Continue to Grafton, Vermont.
 Dinner: In the inn
 Evening: A discussion with a town local who provides insight on life in this quintessential New England town
Accommodations: Grafton Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: This is Vermont
(Wednesday, October 1)

Note: Walking on a farm with uneven ground. Be sure to bring comfortable shoes that can handle the terrain.

 Breakfast: In the inn.
 Morning: Learn how cheese, one of Vermont's prize artisanal products is made, then learn - as you taste - about heirloom apple varieties at an organic farm.
 Lunch: Soup and sandwiches at the farm, with apple pie for dessert!
 Afternoon: New England roads are lined with stone walls. Learn about the art and craft of dry stone walling during a demonstration by the Stone Trust.
 Dinner: A special Farewell Dinner to celebrate your journey through New England.
Accommodations: Grafton Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Departures
(Thursday, October 2)

Note: The drive from Grafton, Vermont to Boston's Logan International Airport is 3 hours non-stop.

 Breakfast: In the inn.
 Morning: End of program. Transfer provided to Boston's Logan Airport with drop off at approximately 11:30 a.m. Please do not schedule flight departures earlier than 1:30 p.m. The coach will make drop-offs at South Station and the Park Plaza if needed after the airport, at approximately 12:30 p.m.
Meals Included: Breakfast
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Suggested Reading List

Call of the Coast, Art Colonies of New England

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Coastal Maine, A Maritime History

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Description: A four hundred year history of Maine, focusing on maritime traditions and seafaring, as well coastal settlement and development.

Colors of Fall, A Celebration of New England's Foliage Season

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Description: Capturing the spectacular fall display from the Berkshires of Massachusetts, the Green Mountains of Vermont, the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and the wilds of northern Maine in 75 color photos.

Eyewitness Guide New England

Author: Eleanor Berman

Description: This superb guide to Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a synopsis of the region's attractions. It also devotes a section to Boston. Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this is the guide to carry.

Founding Brothers, The Revolutionary Generation

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Description: A riveting tale of Washington, Madison, Hamilton and especially of Jefferson and Adams. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, it's a fascinating glimpse into the early days of our country.

Insight Guide New England

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Description: For a good overview of the region, you can't go wrong with this guide, noted for its wonderful photography, superb production and outstanding color maps.

Inventing Acadia, Artists and Tourists at Mount Desert

Author: Pamela Belanger

Description: The history of Acadia National Park and especially the artists Thomas Cole, Frederic Edwin Church and others who contributed to its creation. Published by the Farnsworth Library & Art Museum.

National Audubon Society Field Guide to New England

Author: Brian Cassie, Peter Alden

Description: A compact, easy-to-use overview of 1,000 of New England's trees, wildflowers, mammals, insects and other flora and fauna. It also provides an extensive overview of the area's geology, weather patterns and natural sites.

New England Autumn

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Description: Magnificent photographs of farmsteads, pastures, forests, wharves and villages from Maine to Connecticut are paired with the poetry and literature of Dickinson, Thoreau and Waldo Emerson in this pictorial celebration of season. With a 14-page section of maps and practical travel information.

New England Map

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Description: A road map of all of New England, at a scale of 1:600,000.

New England Wildlife

Author: Raymond Leung (Illustrator), James Kavanaugh

Description: This laminated, fold-out, pocket-size guide features illustrations of almost 150 species of fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals.

One Man's Meat

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Description: By the author of "Charlotte's Web," a collection of observant and often humorous essays about daily life on a Maine saltwater farm. A wonderful portrait of coastal small-town life, originally published in 1938.

Reading the Forested Landscape, A Natural History of New England

Author: Tom Wessels, Brian Cohen (Illustrator), Ann Zwinger (Introduction)

Description: In this entertaining, informative book, the history of the New England forest unfolds like a mystery novel. Wessels examines the character of the central New England forest through the clues left behind by fires, logging, storms and economic fads.

The Cider House Rules

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Description: This is John Irving's story of a teenage orphan named Homer Wells who lives in rural Maine. Growing up under the tutelage of Dr. Wilbur Larch, an abortionist and administrator of the local orphanage, Homer must face the moral dilemmas that surround him.

The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier

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Description: A fascinating cultural history of coastal Maine as seen through the lobstering industry.

The Most Beautiful Villages of New England

Author: Tom Shachtman

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The Nature of Vermont, Introduction and Guide to a New England Environment

Author: Charles W. Johnson

Description: Opening with a discussion of the geologic history of Vermont, Johnson provides a lively introduction to major habitats, plants and animals of the state. An excellent survey of natural history.

The Original Vermonters, Native Inhabitants, Past and Present

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Winslow Homer, The Nature of Observation

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