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Seasons

Even more than its rich history and comforting cuisine, the four distinct New England seasons of spring, summer, fall, and winter are arguably the region’s biggest draw. Each has its own appeal, but it’s the change in color, sound, flavor, and temperature that have made New England a true year-round destination.

Winter in New England combines the warmth of a crackling hearth with the red-cheeked glow of a day spent skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, or enjoying one of the region’s many bustling cities or charming towns that balance the colder temperatures with tempting eateries, cozy inns, and holiday celebrations that take place throughout the month of December.

In spring, New England is awash in green buds and colorful crocus, daffodil, magnolia, and lilac blossoms. It’s the perfect time to beat the crowds with an off-season visit to a favorite summer destination like Kennebunkport or Nantucket, while annual spring traditions like the April Boston Marathon and a handful of festivals celebrating everything from maple sugaring to sheep shearing give a long-awaited excuse to get out stretch your legs.

Summer in New England means cold, clear mountain air, salty ocean breezes, buttery lobster, crispy fried clams, and an unlimited supply of ice cream. Whatever it is you enjoy the most about being outdoors in the summer — from boating, hiking, and golfing to swimming, strolling, and sunbathing — New England has it. Admire the views from the top of Mount Washington in New Hampshire, sample artisan cheeses at the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival, explore the rocky coastline of Maine’s Acadia National Park, or take in a concert at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island.

In fall, the curtain rises on a stunning grand finale. Drawing tourists from across the globe, the annual New England fall foliage season pairs brilliant leaves in shades of red, orange, and gold with harvest fairs, apple picking, pumpkin carving, and ghoulish fun for Halloween. Consult our live New England foliage map or follow one of our expert New England foliage drives to make the most of your leaf-peeping experience, or settle back and enjoy the show through one of our colorful fall foliage slide shows.

Search the New England Today site for inspiration, guides, and recipes suited for each season, plus winter, spring, summer, and fall slide shows of the many cities, towns, and landscapes that make our region so memorable.

The stunning four seasons of New England await!

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