For purposes of full disclosure, I need to share that I’m a tried and true New Englander. Wherever I go in the world, I always end up back here–right where it all started. Beyond having my roots in New England, I think it’s really a region that has it all. From warm summers to cold winters and with everything in between, each season brings a totally distinct experience and a full host of activities–from hiking to skiing to canoeing to ice fishing and swimming. We have cities, small towns and even gayborhoods. We’ve got great food, theater and certainly no shortage of gays.
One of my favorite vacations–be it late summer or the frigid depths of mid-winter–is an escape to Northern New England. Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine are home to some of the friendliest people and most picturesque views you can find.
Depending on your speed and the season, you can plan an exciting and wild summertime adventure on the Appalachian Trail, which snakes all the way from Georgia to Northern New England and ends in Maine. At 2,180 miles, it’s one of the longest continuously marked footpaths in the world. If you do hike the whole trial, you will have climbed the elevation equivalent of Mount Everest–sixteen times.