Date : Oct. 02 2019
That wonderful time of year when the air is crisp, and the leaves are showing off their splendid fall colors will soon be here and is not to be missed! Taking a fall foliage cruise in New England, Canada, and Nova Scotia is the most luxurious way to experience this season. This is a perfect trip for all of us with an appreciation for history and picturesque locations. Many luxury cruise lines provide fall foliage cruises. They fill up fast, so if you missed 2019, next year is an option to be considered. The ports of call will vary depending on the sailing you select, but here a few of the most popular:
Quebec City- The city is one of the oldest European settlements in North America. French influence still echoes from the language, cuisine, and architecture. Explore the rich history and culture as you walk through the quaint streets, churches, cafes, and abandoned military fortifications. These sights will give you a new appreciation of this ancient city. Journey through the Old Town and muster up the will power to avoid buying the eclectic array of items in the shops. You'll be glad you didn't miss this shopping spree!
Halifax, Nova Scotia- is known as the city of trees. For a panoramic view of the region head to the Halifax Citadel, constructed in the early 19th century. For a photo opportunity, take the Frog Pond Trail for a half-hour hike and immerse yourself in the fall season colors. End the day with a visit to the Seaport Farmers Market which is best known for its local fish and fall produce.
Newport Rhode Island- Located between a rocky coastline and a picture-perfect harbor, this is a must-see. At the turn of the 20th century, Newport regained importance as a resort for wealthy industrialists: the Astors, Belmonts, and Vanderbilts. Their ostentatious summer cottages' modeled after European palaces elevated Newport to the position of "Queen of Summer Resorts." Visit at least one of these mansions; then walk the shady cobblestone streets to view more Victorian homes.
Bar Harbor, Maine- The French explorer, Samuel de Champlain, was credited with discovering the area he named "Isles des Monts Deserts" which translates to the "island of barren mountains." The locals refer to the area as "where the mountains meet the sea." In 1916 conservation-minded residents came together to purchase an estimated 33,000 acres of land and donated it to the government as Acadia National Park. Typical tours of the park include guided walks, bike trips, and horse-drawn carriage rides winding around the 1,530-foot high Cadillac Mountain (the highest point along the North Atlantic Seaboard).
Saguenay- Home of the imposing Saguenay Fjord. Experience Canada's Saguenay National Park which winds its way through the St. Lawrence River and meets the ancient glaciated foothills of the Laurentian Mountains. During the fall season, the water is tinted a rich tea color due to the fallen leaves and pine needles of the forested slopes. Hiding in the hills are wolves, bears, deer, lynx, beaver, moose, and other animals.
New England Cuisine- New England's cuisine was influenced by the English during the colonial period. Foods such as succotash, Indian corn, and green corn were colonial staples. Other groups such as Native Americans have also greatly influenced the cuisine. Enjoy an array of dishes such as clam chowder, lobster, and other types of seafood.
Canadian Cuisine- While in Nova Scotia and Quebec, there are a variety of foods to savor. A few local favorites are clam chowder and scallops (fried, baked, or grilled) In addition, save your appetite for other local dishes such as the Nova Scotian classic Hodge Podge, Lobster, and the official snack of Halifax- the Donair.
There is certainly a lot to consider, but your friends at Reid Travel are here to help you with all the details for a perfect trip. Give us a call and together we'll add some color to your fall experience.