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  • Travel: East Coast Gems

    East Coast resort towns like Newport, Rhode Island, have said goodbye to summer crowds and segued into their colorful autumn season. Sailing and sand castles give way to leaf-peeping and harvest fairs all over New England and farther south.
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    Tour the historic mansions, formerly owned by industrial giants and coal magnates, many now preserved under historic trusts or donated as museums. Three not to miss: Marble House in Newport Rhode Island (pictured), the Vanderbilts' Breakers, and Rosecliff, built by a silver heiress the townspeople called simply "Tessie."
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    A former whaling port now turned historic summer colony, just 30 miles off the coast of Mass., has become a haven of the wealthy and celebs wanting a break from the spotlight. All of Nantucket Island is on the National Register of Historic Places, so while you'll never be short of creature comforts and wonderful food, you'll be happier staying in a charming inn and exploring on a bicycle.
    Nantucket Chamber of Commerce/Michael Galvin
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    Fall on Nantucket is characterized by its gloriously colorful leaf-change and pleasant "Indian summer" temperatures. Spring season really kicks off with the annual Daffodil Festival Weekend in April, when three million daffodils come into bloom.
    Nantucket Chamber of Commerce/Michael Galvin
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    People who haven't spent much time on the East Coast are often heard to inquire, "What are the Adirondacks?" thinking that perhaps it's a collection of villages like the Hamptons. In fact, the Adirondack Region covers six million acres of upstate New York. It's a wilderness area and parkland bisected by the Hudson River, with more than a hundred villages contained within its borders.
    Lake Placid CVB
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    This is Long Island's wine region, located on the East End of Long Island, overlapping with the Hamptons geographically but, fans promise, a million light years away in terms of ambience. Nearly 40 small wineries are dotted around the countryside, as well as inns and restaurants and parks.
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    At harvest season, wine buffs can sign up for Harvest Wine Salons?short-intro-to-viticulture classes which take place Saturdays in September at different wineries. September and December bring Vine University, a two-part intensive course in at-home winemaking. February brings the popular annual Winterfest Jazz on the Vine (pictured).
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    The Adirondack Wilds offer 1 million acres without a stoplight or a fast-food joint. Regions like Lake Placid have become famous destinations in their own right. History is made exciting here through a variety of experiences including Garrison Ghost Tours at Fort Ticonderoga and French & Indian War reenactments at Crown Point. The waters and woodlands offer outdoor adventures in every season.
    Lake Placid CVB
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    Located right where the tri-state suburbs overlap with New England, Litchfield County meets people's happy medium between a "scene" and a retreat. The quaint and charming landscapes here are often more ritzy than meets the eye: for example, this photo is not the humble farm it seems, but instead, a guest cottage at design resort Winvian, a former farm now turned into an $800/night luxury retreat.
    Image courtesy of Winvian Resort
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    Harvest season brings a series of old-fashioned country fairs and farm festivities to this region. A dozen or so are scattered throughout Litchfield County. Bring the kids or your friends for a day of tasting, handicraft shopping and mingling with the real farmers who grow all that great local/regional/sustainable produce you normally only see in Whole Foods.
    Jim McElhomol
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    Stowe, VT comes into full-color glory in fall, with the turning of the autumn leaves. But right when the beach resorts shutter up in preparation for winter, this town prepares for the ski season. Stowe Mountain Resort is oft referred to as the "winter sports capital of the East" due in part to the aesthetics of the village and the location that's so convenient to East Coast city folk.
    Image courtesy of Stowe, VT
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    Get out in the wilderness for fishing, hiking, and in fall, a swirl through the autumn leaves. The Toll Road is a great scenic drive.
    Image courtesy of Stowe, VT
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