The leaves are already changing in New England and now is the perfect time to plan your day trips to see the foliage! Here are some great tips for planning a day trip this October.
1 – Plan your dates based on where you are headed.
Remember that foliage arrives earliest where elevation is the highest. Usually New England hits the peak foliage time during mid-October.
2 – Find the perfect spot.
New England offers lots of beautiful scenery including covered bridges, white churches and barns that look beautiful for foliage photography. Find some great places and snap some great shots for your Instagram!
3 – Bring the right footwear.
Hiking is the best way to see the most color. Wear your comfortable walking/hiking shoes so you can climb to some areas for the best views.
4 – Opt for a printed map rather than GPS.
Sometimes GPS doesn’t work in remote areas where the best foliage is. Also, a printed map is just more fun for a road trip!
5 – Stop for festive snacks.
Did someone say apple cider donuts? Hot apple cider? These are necessities for a foliage trip in New England and you’ll find plenty of farm stands that sell both!
The long, sunny days of summer are dwindling! Before we know it the sun will be setting on our beach days and boat rides and the cooler temperatures will move in. Before summer ends make sure to take a look at this summer bucket list and check off as many items as you can…
1 – Visit a local New England beach
2 – Eat an ice cream from your favorite ice cream stand
3 – Toast marshmallows around a campfire
4 – Ride on a boat
5 – Go on a summery, nature scavenger hunt with your kids
6 – Hike your favorite trail
7 – Float down a river in an inflatable tube
8 – Make homemade popsicles
9 – Flip hamburgers on the grill (eat them with all the best summer fixings)
10 – Go camping under the stars
11 – Watch fireworks
12 – Drink an ice coffee from your favorite local coffee shop
13 – Visit a summer farmer’s market
14 – Water-ski or go tubing in a New England lake
15 – Make a salad with vegetables from your own garden
There’s a lot to love about Maine in the summer time. If you haven’t spent a weekend visiting Maine’s islands you should make plans before summer is over! Maine’s islands include Peaks Island, Little Diamond Island, Great Diamond Island, Long Island, Chebeague Island and Cliff Island. Getting to the islands is a quick and enjoyable ferry-ride away. Our residents at Foreside Estates and Princeton on Back Cove love jumping on Casco Bay Lines for a ride.
Whether you are visiting for a day, staying for vacation, or enjoying one of their scenic or music cruises – Casco Bay Lines is your fun and safe connection to the islands of Maine! The regularly-scheduled ferry operates 365 days a year. There are also lots of fun specialty cruises including a sunset and moonlight run. Learn more about the ferry and boat rides you can enjoy at Cascobaylines.com.
Happy Holidays! We’ve had our first snow of the season this year so we’ve all probably pulled out our shovels, gloves and boots! Whether you love spending time skiing in the winter or you only go outside to get to your car, you need to warm up. Here are some tips for drying out your clothes and warming up after spending time out in the snow…
- Have a designated spot in your home (maybe in a back hallway or by the front door) that you can keep a tray for wet shoes and boots. Let your footwear dry after coming inside and avoid tracking snowy footprints in the house.
- Use a drying rack to hang wet clothes in the bathroom or laundry room after you’ve taken them off.
- Speaking of wet clothes…don’t linger in them! Take them off as soon as possible to change into something warm and dry.
- Our feet and hands tend to be coldest after being outside. Step into some warm slippers and hold onto a warm cup of coffee or hot chocolate to warm up.
- You should always wear a hat outdoors in the winter, but if your hair got wet, use a hair dryer soon after changing clothes to keep cold, wet tresses off your neck.
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