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Self Portrait With Tidepool

One of the great ways to enjoy a long weekend in Rhode Island is to take a leisurely cruise around Ocean Drive. Last weekend, my dad did just that. Along the way, he got out to explore the glorious scenery at Brenton Point, home to myriad tide pools. Here are a few he discovered.

Brenton Point Tide Pool, Newport, RI

Ocean Spring: At the edge of the shore, this one is constantly replenished by incoming waves.

Brenton Point Tide Pool, Newport, RI

Home For a Day: This one was created once the tide went down below the edge of this rock. I wonder if it will dry up before the tide returns to its level.

Brenton Point Tide Pool, Newport, RI

Little Universe: This one is  filled with seaweed and algae. So mysterious. What lies within?

{Photos by John L. Sunderland}

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{Photo by Diana-B}

Bristol, Rhode Island is a quintessential New England town on Narragansett Bay. With picturesque streets lined with colonial houses, cute shops, and great restaurants, the locale makes a fun day trip, or home base for a weekend of exploration. I just discovered this “Tree Guide” on the city’s official website. What a great way to tour the town, while learning about some of its lovely beeches, lindens, English oaks and American elms!

Blazing hues begin to adorn the New England landscape, and our thoughts turn to Vermont. Here, a mountainous countryside dotted with sugar houses, dairy farms, and hay bales provides a most exceptional look at the changing fall foliage. Why not take a drive up north this season and stay at one of these five Vermont Bed and Breakfasts? Each of them offers rooms for under one hundred dollars, and if you’re lucky you’ll start your day with a plate of pancakes smothered in the freshest maple syrup in the world.

1824 House Inn, Waitsfield
www.1824house.com

I’d love to snuggle up in one of this elegant inn’s eight rooms. They feature antique headboards and fluffy featherbeds, and each one is named after a county in Vermont such as Chittenden and Caladonia. The inn itself sits at the heart of Mad River Valley, and offers guests easy access to picturesque villages filled with art galleries and antiques shops.

Johnnycake Flats, Roxbury
www.johnnycakeflats.com

Wthin this creme colored, red-shuttered house, four pretty rooms feature wide plank wood floors and handmade quilts. This B&B offers a tranquil escape with its sixteen acres of land covered in gardens and forests,  but it is also just a short drive from the shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions of Montpelier, Northfield, and the Mad River Valley.

Nye’s Green Valley Farm, Jeffersonville
www.nyesgreenvalleyfarm.com

Llamas, goats, and sheep greet guests as they arrive at this colonial farmhouse thirty minutes from Stowe. A stagecoach tavern in the early 19th century, the house was purchased by the inn-keeper’s great-grandfather in 1867, and its classic, country interior has been lovingly restored. Antique rockers, cupboards, and a piano decorate the living room, and patchwork quilts cover the three beds upstairs.

The Hidden Garden’s Bed and Breakfast, Hinesburg
www.thehiddengardens.com

Surrounded by twenty-six acres of woodlands, this Champlain Valley retreat offers the perfect escape for those who like to hike, fish, canoe, or simply be immersed in nature. The contemporary Post & Beam home lies just south of Burlington, within close proximity to Shelburne Farms, the Vermont Teddy Bear Company, and the shops and restaurants of scenic Church Street.

Silver Maple Lodge and Cottages, Fairlee
www.silvermaplelodge.com

This 18th century farmhouse has been an inn since the 1920s. The main house includes seven cheerful rooms, but I’d opt for one of the pine-paneled cottages that surround the property. Three include working fireplaces, providing the perfect place to cozy up after a brisk fall day exploring Quechee Gorge, Maple Grove Maple Museum, the Calvin Coolidge Homestead, and other Hanover area attractions.

My aunt Susie is thinking about taking a trip up to Maine one night in October. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to help her scout out a place to stay. So, after a few hours, I came up with a long list of nice looking options. Here are five of them. All charming, all under $100.

Puffin Inn, Ogunquit
Belgian waffles on the enclosed porch of this patriotic home in the coastal town of Ogunquit, sounds like a delightful way to start a morning. After October 23, rooms are just $79.
www.puffininn.com

The Chapman Inn, Bethel
This 1865 home was built by a retired sea captain, and looks out over Bethel’s historic town common. Rooms are furnished with antiques, and start at just $89 in October.
www.chapmaninn.com

Atlantic Birches Inn, Old Orchard Beach
Beautiful birch trees surround this blue-shuttered Victorian, giving the inn its name. The beach is just a two-minute stroll away, and after October 14, three of its ten rooms go for $96.
www.atlanticbirches.com

Wolf Cove Inn, Poland
If I ever stay at this romantic B&B situated on the edge of a lake, I’ll keep my windows open and breath in that fresh, pine-scented air all night. After September 6, rooms start at just $86.
www.wolfcoveinn.com

Pine Crest B&B, Gorham
An elegant Victorian in the village of Gorham, Pine Crest offers a gourmet dinner every Friday night in its restaurant. Rates start at just under $100, but only midweek, starting in December.
www.galenmoses.com

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