Salem in Massachusetts

21 August 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Peirce-Nichols House © Fletcher6/cc-by-sa-3.0

Peirce-Nichols House © Fletcher6/cc-by-sa-3.0

Salem is a historic coastal city in Essex County, Massachusetts, located in the North Shore region. It was one of the most significant seaports in early American history.   read more…

Burlington in Vermont

22 July 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Chittenden County Trust Company Building © Beyond My Ken/cc-by-sa-4.0

Chittenden County Trust Company Building © Beyond My Ken/cc-by-sa-4.0

Burlington is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Vermont and the seat of Chittenden County. It is located 45 miles (72 km) south of the Canada–United States border and 94 miles (151 km) south of Montreal. The city’s population is at 42,000. Burlington is situated on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain, north of Shelburne Bay. It was built on a strip of land extending about 6 miles (9.7 km) south from the mouth of the Winooski River along the lake shore, and rises from the water’s edge to a height of 300 feet (91 m).   read more…

Montpelier in Vermont

17 June 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Vermont College of Fine Arts © Hannahmorris/cc-by-sa-3.0

Vermont College of Fine Arts © Hannahmorris/cc-by-sa-3.0

Montpelier is the capital city of the U.S. state of Vermont and the seat of Washington County. As the site of Vermont’s state government, it is the least populous state capital in the United States. The population is at 7,600. However, the daytime population grows to about 21,000, due to the large number of jobs within city limits. The Vermont College of Fine Arts, the annual Green Mountain Film Festival and New England Culinary Institute are located in the municipality. The Vermont History Museum, operated in The Pavilion by the Vermont Historical Society, and the Vermont State House are attractions. The majority of businesses in the downtown area, mostly retail, are locally owned. The city was named after Montpellier, a city in the south of France.   read more…

Acadia National Park in New England

13 August 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Environment, General, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks

© Someone35/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Someone35/cc-by-sa-3.0

Acadia National Park is a United States national park located in the state of Maine in New England, southwest of Bar Harbor. The park reserves much of Mount Desert Island and associated smaller islands along the Atlantic coast. Initially created as the Sieur de Monts National Monument in 1916, the park was renamed and re-designated Lafayette National Park in 1919, and then renamed once more as Acadia National Park in 1929. Over three million people visited the park in 2016. Acadia is the oldest designated national park in the United States east of the Mississippi River, although two eastern national parks in Ontario are older: Thousand Islands (1904) and Point Pelee (1918). Today, with nearly 2.5 million visitors every year, the park is one of the ten most visited national parks in the United States due to its proximity to the metropolises of the East Coast.   read more…

Kennebunkport in Maine

11 April 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Bush Estate at Walker's Point © flickr.com - John Hoey/cc-by-2.0

Bush Estate at Walker’s Point © flickr.com – John Hoey/cc-by-2.0

Kennebunkport is a town in York County in New England. The population is at 3,500. The town center, the area in and around Dock Square, is located along the Kennebunk River, approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) from the mouth of the river on the Atlantic Ocean. Historically a shipbuilding and fishing village, for well over a century the town has been a popular summer colony and seaside tourist destination. The Dock Square area has a district of souvenir shops, art galleries, seafood restaurants, and bed and breakfasts.   read more…

Marblehead in Massachusetts

23 October 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Marblehead welcome sign © Bkg333/cc-by-sa-4.0

Marblehead welcome sign © Bkg333/cc-by-sa-4.0

Marblehead is a coastal New England town in Essex County, Massachusetts. Its population is at 20,000. It is home to the Marblehead Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Crocker Park, the Marblehead Lighthouse, Fort Sewall, Little Harbor and Devereux Beach. Archibald Willard‘s famous painting The Spirit of ’76 currently resides in Abbot Hall. A town with roots in commercial fishing, whaling and yachting, Marblehead was a major shipyard and is often referred to as the birthplace of the American Navy, a title sometimes disputed with nearby Beverly. It is also the origin of Marine Corps Aviation. A center of recreational boating, it is a popular sailing, kayaking and fishing destination. Several yacht clubs were established here in the late 19th century, which continue to be centers of sailing.   read more…

Theme Week New England – New Hampshire and Maine

25 February 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

New Hampshire - Berlin © Americanadian 8

New Hampshire – Berlin © Americanadian 8

N E W    H A M P S H I R E

New Hampshire is a state in the New England region of the Northeastern United States. It is bordered by Massachusetts to the south, Vermont to the west, Maine and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Canadian province of Quebec to the north. New Hampshire is the 5th smallest by land area and the 9th least populous of the 50 United States. Concord is the state capital, while Manchester is the largest city in the state. Other cities are Nashua, Dover, Rochester, Keene, Portsmouth, Laconia, Lebanon, Berlin, Claremont, and Franklin.   read more…

Theme Week New England – Vermont

24 February 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Stowe © flickr.com - Patrick/cc-by-2.0

Stowe © flickr.com – Patrick/cc-by-2.0

Vermont borders Massachusetts to the south, New Hampshire to the east, New York to the west, and the Canadian province of Quebec to the north. Lake Champlain forms half of Vermont’s western border with the state of New York and the Green Mountains run north–south the length of the state. Vermont is the 2nd-least populous of the U.S. states, with nearly 50,000 more residents than Wyoming. The capital is Montpelier, the least populous state capital in the U.S. The most populous municipality, Burlington, is the least populous city in the U.S. to be the most populous within the state. Other cities are Essex, South Burlington, Colchester, Rutland, Bennington, Brattleboro, Milton, Winooski, St. Albans, Vergennes, St. Johnsbury, Shelburne, Hartford, Springfield, Barre, and Williston. As of 2015, Vermont continued to be the leading producer of maple syrup in the U.S. It was ranked as the safest state in the country in January 2016.   read more…

Theme Week New England – Rhode Island

23 February 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Newport © MVASCO - Michael Kagdis/cc-by-sa-3.0

Newport © MVASCO – Michael Kagdis/cc-by-sa-3.0

Rhode Island, officially the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. Rhode Island is the smallest in area, the eighth least populous, and the second most densely populated of the 50 U.S. states, following New Jersey. Its official name is also the longest of any state in the Union. Rhode Island is bordered by Connecticut to the west, Massachusetts to the north and east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south via Rhode Island Sound and Block Island Sound. The state also shares a short maritime border with New York. On May 4, 1776, Rhode Island became the first of the Thirteen Colonies to renounce its allegiance to the British Crown, and was the fourth among the newly sovereign states to ratify the Articles of Confederation on February 9, 1778. It boycotted the 1787 convention that drew up the United States Constitution and initially refused to ratify it. On May 29, 1790, Rhode Island became the 13th and last state to ratify the Constitution.   read more…

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