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Featured Destination: The Mohawk Trail to Coastal Maine Botanicals

Reminiscing about the gorgeous Fall colors seen last Fall while driving The Mohawk Trail in Massachusetts.

My girlfriends and I began our trek by car in the State of New York just South of Albany where we crossed the Hudson River (yes, the same River that flows South through Manhattan!) Shortly after crossing into Massachusetts and following along The Berkshires, we found our first stop, Hilltop Orchards, also home to Furnace Brook Winery, but the real attractions are their Craft Apple Ciders and delicious cider donuts, served warm straight from the oven!

The next day, Fall Colors exploded along our drive through The Mohawk Trail, as did the blooms at Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, the final stop in Massachusetts before heading North to Maine.

We steered clear of Boston for this trip and headed North via I-495 N and I-95 N into Maine.

We passed cities you may have heard of, like Ogunquit and Kennebunkport, to be explored another time. Our goal was Maine Lobster for dinner in Portland and we scored at Becky’s Diner in the working waterfront district. The place is owned by none other than Becky, a working business owner since 1991, and a Mother of six! Delicious food at reasonable prices, she uses only the freshest ingredients and locally sourced seafood available. This is a must try!!

Giant Trolls Exhibit at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

The next day we headed to Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, another beautiful destination for colors of Fall. To our amazement, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is currently hosts to a Giant Trolls exhibit, “Guardian of the Seeds”, by Danish artist, Thomas Dambo. We found it to be an extremely fun and educational scavenger hunt. Children and Adults immersed themselves in this connection with nature that comes with our highest recommendation!

Explore Massachusetts and Maine this fall or winter with expert travel advice!

In this piece we explore The Mohawk Trail, the first scenic road in New England. The trail spans 50,000 acres of state parks and forests, and is perfect for families or groups of friends traveling in the fall or early winter.

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