PHOTOS: New England Vacation Week 2017

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7 Seas Whale Watch out of Gloucester, Massachusetts, provides a chance to see 40-ton whales from now through October, weather permitting.
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With more than 200 acres, Applecrest Farm Orchard in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, grows everything!
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Love fried food and seafood on the water? Brown's Lobster Pot in Seabrook, New Hampshire, is a good choice for that.
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If you're into nautical gear, head to Tugboat Alley in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
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Odiorne State Park in Rye, New Hampshire, has 135 acres of rocky shorelines, salt marsh and hiking trails. It's a perfect place to picnic, fish or hit the science center, where your kids will love the touch tank.
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Rye Airfield in Rye, New Hampshire, is a great place for kids to blow off steam on a rainy summer day.
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Totally refurbished with lovely views and luxury amenities, Wentworth by the Sea is a wonderful hotel to stay at in New Castle, New Hampshire.
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The Friendly Toast is a must-visit for breakfast in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
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Hop on the Granite State Growler Bus and hit three to four local craft breweries in just a few hours
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Hidden down an alley way off of Bow Street, Martingale Wharf in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is a waterfront restaurant with killer views of the Piscataqua River, and has fire pits for chilly nights
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Off Piste in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is a great place to get a funny or quirky gift.
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The Music Hall in Portsmouth is the oldest operating theater in New Hampshire.
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The Library in Portsmouth, New Hampshire is a great place to get a steak - and when it comes time to pay, the check will be delivered inside a library book.
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Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, Massachusetts, is a great place for people watching and viewing the Atlantic Ocean crashing on the nearby rocks.
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Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester, Massachusetts is one of America's oldest active art colonies that has been drawing artists and visitors for more than 100 years.
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Bearskin Neck in Rockport, Massachusetts, is where the action happens with people, stores, lobster and ice cream.
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Check out the most photographed shack in the United States in Rockport, Massachusetts. "Motif Number 1" sits on Bradley Wharf in Rockport Harbor.
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Love antique shopping? Head to White Elephant Shop in Essex, Massachusetts, is perfect for bargain hunters.
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The Beauport is a five-star, nautically-themed hotel on the water in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
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7 Seas Whale Watch out of Gloucester, Massachusetts, provides a chance to see 40-ton whales from now through October, weather permitting.
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Woodman's of Essex in Essex, Massachusetts, claims to have invented the fried clam back in 1916.
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Appleton Farms in Ipswich, Massachusetts is the oldest continually working farm in the country, with more than 1,000 acres of rolling hills great for hiking.
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Wolf Hollow in Ipswich, Massachusetts, is one of New England's most unusual attractions
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Cape Ann Golf Course in Essex, Massachusetts, is a North Shore hidden gem
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Crane Beach in Ipswic, Massachusetts, features four miles of sandy shores and gentle surf.
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Love history and appreciate architecture? Visit the historical homes of Ipswich, Massachusetts!
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Russell Orchards in Ipswich, Massachusetts, is a must-stop to or from the beach for their homemade cider donuts
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If you're looking for a hotel right on the sand, look no further than Madison Beach Hotel in Madison, Connecticut.
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The Volsunga IV is an affordable cruise that's part of Thimble Island Tours in Branford, Connecticut.
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How does a brewery located on the waterfront sound? Stony Creek Brewery in Branford, Connecticut, offers great brews and views.
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The Griswold Inn in Essex, Connecticut, is one of New England's most charming and oldest inns.
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Looking for a new way to tour Connecticut's shoreline? Try Shoreline Segways and roll around Guilford's historic village.
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At the U.S. Submarine Force Museum in Groton, Connecticut, you can tour a real nuclear powered sub.
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Like yoga? Try taking a paddle yoga class at Black Hall Outfitters in Old Lyme, Connecticut.
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Want to learn how to surf? Go to Misquamicut State Beach in Westerly, Rhode Island, and enroll in surf school with PaddleSurf
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The Ocean House in Westerly, Rhode Island, is not just a five-star luxury hotel - it's also a cooking school.
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Bannister's Wharf in Newport, Rhode Island, is called America's first resort for a a good reason
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If you like horseback riding, visit Newport Equestrian Academy in Middletown, Rhode Island.
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The Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island is the state's most-visited attraction - and it's free to the public.
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Castle Hill Inn in Newport, Rhode Island, is a romantic spot for honeymooners or guests who want to relax like royalty.
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The views from the Ethan Allen Tower in Burlington, Vermont.
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The castle turret-like Ethan Allen Tower in Burlington, Vermont, offers 360-degree views of the city, Lake Champlain, the Green Mountains and the Adirondacks of New York. Ethan Allen would surely be proud to have this spot named after him!
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The Ethan Allen Homestead in Burlington, Vermont, gives a glimpse at the frontier life of the Revolutionary War folk hero. Visitors can also explore walking trails, traditional 18th-century gardens and enjoy living history demonstrations.
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"Wild Spaces: Open Seasons" is one of the summer offerings from the famous Shelburne Museum. The exhibit spotlights works by American masters that portray hunting and fishing.
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Ride the elevator inside the state-run Bennington Battle Monument to enjoy views of Vermont, Massachusetts and New York from 177.7 feet up; a number commemorating the battle fought in 1777 that's considered a turning point in the Revolutionary War.
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Hildene was the summer home of Robert Todd Lincoln, the son of President Abraham Lincoln. Today, the Manchester, Vermont, estate promotes ecology and land stewardship, and features gardens, a large trail network, a dairy operation and exhibits on the life and career of Lincoln.
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55 different destinations state-wide make up the beautiful network of Vermont State Parks. While some focus on day-use recreation, 38 provide a range of camping opportunities.
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Vermont Adaptive offers "sports for every body," empowering people with disabilities to explore the outdoors with specialized equipment and guidance. The non-profit operates statewide and year-round.
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The Canteen Creemee Company in Waitsfield, Vermont, crafts "Next-Level Sundaes" packed with add-ons and locally-sourced ingredients.
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Raise a glass to the Austrian-style lagers at the Von Trapp Bierhall. It's the newest addition to the Stowe, Vermont, destination started by the family Hollywood made famous in "The Sound of Music."
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Raise a glass to the Austrian-style lagers at the Von Trapp Bierhall. It's the newest addition to the Stowe, Vermont, destination started by the family Hollywood made famous in "The Sound of Music."
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The workshop at Simon Pearce in Quechee, Vermont, gives visitors the opportunity to admire the skilled work of master glassblowers as they shape beautiful glass creations.
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The workshop at Simon Pearce in Quechee, Vermont, gives visitors the opportunity to admire the skilled work of master glassblowers as they shape beautiful glass creations.
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Explore a scenic stretch of the Connecticut River on kayaks, canoes, tubes or rafts from Great River Outfitters in Windsor, Vermont. The outfitters suggest you keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, including the possibility of eagles overhead and otters in the water!
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The Path of Life Sculpture Garden is a crafted landscape in Windsor, Vermont, designed to invite contemplation, relaxation and recreation. It's also a great spot for a picnic!
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Get up-close-and-personal with beautiful insects from around the world in "Butterflies: Live!" at the ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont, through Labor Day.
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Young children will love feeding the animals at the historic Retreat Farm in Brattleboro, Vermont, which now educates the public about agriculture. The property also hosts a variety of special programs and is home to a network of nature trails.
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Explore Maine's hopping craft beer scene by getting on board this bright green bus in Portland.
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With the Maine Brew Bus, you'll have experienced guides drive you to multiple breweries during a four-hour tour and learn how Portland has become the nation's craft brewing capital
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A Gelato Fiasco's two Maine locations in Portland and Brunswick, you can choose from thousands of recipes on rotation
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If you're lucky, you'll catch enough lobsters to take one off the boat of the Lucky Catch and get it steamed for a lobster dinner at the nearby Portland Lobster Company in Maine at a discounted price.
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If you came to Maine for lobster, hop on the Lucky Catch to learn how to catch your own!
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The captain of the Lucky Catch, which you can hop on in Portland, Maine, has years of lobstering experience in Casco Bay.
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The entire family can easily spend a day at the 5,000-acre Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine.
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At Eventide Oyster Co. in Portland, Maine, you'll have award-winning lobster rolls.
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Eventide is also known for its oyster selection, which is locally-sourced and served with unique sauces like kimchi and pickled red onion.
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A twist on the Maine staple, lobster rolls at Eventide are served on a steamed Asian bun
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At the Axe Pit in Westbrook, Maine, you can channel your inner lumberjack and learn how to throw an ax at New England's only ax throwing range.
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Maine Bay Cycle in Portland gives you a chance to take a boat ride around Portland Harbor, powered by your feet
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Maine Wildlife Park in Gray is the one place in Maine where you're guaranteed to see a moose. The park has 30 native-to-Maine species, including black bears, a bald eagle, lynx, mountain lions, a beaver and more
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Pick your own blueberries in Limerick, Maine, at Libby & Son U-Picks, which, depending on the season, you'll find acres of berries, apples and peaches.
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Go on a moose safari at the North Country Rivers camp in Bingham, Maine, which has a variety of outdoor adventures, including white water rafting and ATV riding.
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Can't decide where to go for dinner? Why choose one when can sample several of Maine's best restaurants with the Maine Foodie Tours
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Explore Portland, Maine's Casco Bay by paddle with Portland Paddle. Get a guided tour, take lessons or simply rent a sea kayak or paddle boat on Portland's Eastern Prom, next to East End Beach.
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