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Mel's Inside New England: New England Travel

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Hi, I'm Mel Allen, Yankee's editor. Summer is just about here. That's proof. These are our black flies, we call them no-see-ums, so you can't really see them, but they're here. And our May/June issue is always devoted to travel, and we have probably 250 of our best, and we have 120 events to go to, but even I find that a bit dizzying. So I wanted to just tell you, these are my six things I know I'm going to do this summer, one in each state.

Now, in Maine, where I lived for ten years, the place I know I'm going to go back to Higgins Beach. It's about seven miles outside of Portland on Route 77. This is just pure beach. There's no big hotels, there's a couple little cozy inns. But you walk along this beach at low tide, and there's a shipwreck from the late 1800s sitting right there on the beach, and especially if you have kids, they love to explore it.

In Vermont, my favorite place in the summer has to be Burlington. Bring your bike, they have an eight-mile long bike path that hugs right along Lake Champlain. You see the Adirondack Mountains to the west, you make sure you pack a bathing suit. There's about six state parks, where as you go along, you stop, and you go into the Lake Champlain cooling water, and you get back on your bike.

In Massachusetts, there's only one way I love going to Provincetown in high summer, and that's taking the high-speed ferry from Boston. Takes you 90 minutes, you get right off at the dock in Provincetown, you avoid all that congestion on Commercial Street. Again, either bring a bike, or rent a bike, and you spend the whole day in Provincetown unencumbered by worrying about a parking spot. Take the ferry back at 7:30 at night, and you're right back in Boston.

In Connecticut, I love, on sultry summer days, to go tubing on the Farmington River. Two and a half miles of ripples, and some, kind of quicker rapids, and some slow floating places. You go with your friends, the water is cool but not cold, and it's one of the really great, fun experiences of summer.

In Rhode Island, I always make sure every summer that I take in one full WaterFire performance. It's really a living sculpture. It's been 15 years that they've been doing this in Providence, and it's one of the most memorable things I've ever done in New England. You go there at twilight, and there's going to be a hundred bonfires lit along the rivers in Providence. And you see, oh, thousands of people walking along. They have this incredible music system playing, and you feel like you're transported into a whole 'nother place. It's not New England, it's not even America. It's just it's own, special, living sculpture called WaterFire.

Right here in New Hampshire, I'm just going to stay right here, probably in the Monadnock region, there's the second-most climbed mountain in the world, I can almost see it from where I'm standing here, it's Mount Monadnock. But instead of the climb being the reason I'm doing this, I'm really climbing Monadnock in order to come down and go swimming at Thorndike Pond, which is open to the public after you've climbed. Get really refreshed at Thorndike Pond, and then get in your car and drive just a few miles to Jaffrey, and make sure you go to Kimball's Ice Cream, it's the place that everybody here goes to, and you will get the largest scoops of ice cream for the money anywhere.

These are my favorites that I'm going to do this summer, but there's so much about New England that you can explore. What makes New England special is how compact we are. You can go from mountains to ocean in just an hour or two. So be sure to go to our website, yankeemagazine.com/travel, and have a wonderful summer.

This is Mel Allen.

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