Autumn Fall Foliage in New England

New England’s brilliant fall foliage lures leaf peepers far and wide every autumn.

Discover New England – History & Heritage

After all, what’s better than experiencing a panorama of fiery colors, hiking down wooded trails and enjoying the quaint townships of the New England countryside? You just need to decide when to go and where to stay.

New England towns are ready to cater to the needs of fall travelers, whether you want to stay in a historic clapboard inn, a B&B or a posh hotel.

Here are a few of our fall foliage places:

Acadia National Park, Maine
Acadia National Park is located along Maine’s northern rugged coastline, about 50 miles southwest of Bangor. With a diverse vista of woodlands, lakes and mountains, the park is ablaze with color in the fall.

Hike trails by foot, bike or horseback, and be sure to see the view from Cadillac Mountain. For a taste of small town life on the American seacoast, stay in one of several nearby villages, including Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor or Seal Harbor.

Camden, Maine
There may be no prettier combination of shoreline, village, forest and mountains than Camden, Maine. Situated in the middle of Maine’s rocky coast, Camden is a jewel of vivid color in the fall.

The town itself has a tall ships harbor, superb dining, and plenty of shopping and antiquing. Nearby opportunities include vineyards, apple-picking orchards and hiking and biking trails.

The Green Mountains and Route 100 Scenic Byway, Vermont
The Route 100 Scenic Byway is 138 miles of natural beauty hugging the Green Mountains as it stretches from Vermont’s border with Massachusetts up to Canada. Route 100 passes through 20 towns of historical significance, cultural interest and small town charm, including Stowe, Warren and Weston.

If you want to get your ice cream fix, visit Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory in Waterbury.

Woodstock, Vermont
Charming and wholesome, the 18th century town of Woodstock, Vermont, doesn’t have a traffic light or a chain store in sight.

That makes the center of town a great place to stroll, shop for one-of-a-kind arts and crafts, or enjoy gourmet restaurants, bakeries and pubs. Experience the working farm culture, hike nearby trails or play the 18-hole masterpiece golf course.

Kancamagus Highway and Exeter, New Hampshire
The Kancamagus Scenic Byway spans 34 miles from Lincoln to Conway, New Hampshire, with breathtaking views of the White Mountain National Forest, Swift River and Sabbaday Falls.

The pristine area offers numerous hiking trails and campgrounds. Less than two hours from Conway is the historic town of Exeter, which features its quintessential general store, many excellent cafes and art galleries, and nearby covered bridges.

Peak foliage timing changes every year, so check with your travel professional on the color forecast and special deals, especially midweek getaway packages.

25 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Twenty-five years ago, the Berlin Wall came tumbling down amid shock and glee when the East German government announced the lifting of travel restrictions on November 9, 1989.

Berlin Wall photo by Andy Piper

Erected almost overnight in 1961, the iconic symbol of the Cold War once divided not just Germany, but the world. After three reinforcements during 28 years, the barricade was finally, and literally, torn down by the people nearly as fast as it went up. Once 87 miles long, today only bits and pieces remain as symbols of freedom, of triumph over oppression.

In 2014, special events and exhibitions will mark the anniversary throughout Berlin. While you should work with your travel professional on a customized itinerary, here are a few things to consider in commemoration of this historic event.

The Berlin Wall Light Installation, November 7-9, 2014
To celebrate a “symbol of hope for a world without walls”, thousands of illuminated helium balloons will run more than seven miles across the center of Berlin, from the former border crossing at Bernauer Strasse through Mauerpark, then near the River Spree and the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, Potsdamer Platz and Checkpoint Charlie.

At five spots, white balloons will be released to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall. If the weather cooperates, the light installation will be visible from outer space.

Berlin Wall Memorial
For a deeper understanding of the divided city of Berlin and a chronicle of the Cold War period, visit the Berlin Wall Memorial and Documentation Centre.

Learn about the Wall’s construction, impact and dramatic events. Evocative indoor and outdoor displays include historical films, original documents and news from the period. From the watchtower, you can see preserved parts of the border facility and a memorial to victims.

East Side Gallery
The East Side Gallery is one of the few remaining sections of the Berlin Wall left standing.

Located near the center of Berlin on Muhlenstrasse, the open-air gallery is nearly a mile long and consists of 105 paintings from artists around the world. While parts of the mural have been marred by graffiti, the art remains a fascinating, colorful and moving international memorial to freedom.

Walk the Wall
Follow the double cobblestone rows throughout Berlin to trace the path of the Wall, designated periodically by copper plates “Berliner Mauer 1961-1989” (mauer is the German word for wall). See the Brandenburg Gate, the Holocaust Memorial, the Topography of Terror, Checkpoint Charlie and more.

The cobblestones are not continuous as the “infamous death strip” has now been replaced by modern high-rises and multiplexes, so you will need a map or, better yet, a Mauerguide, which is a handheld map with GPS, audio and video.

Etihad Airways Raises The Bar On Luxury

Competition for the jet set has never been richer. And, with on-board chefs, nannies and butlers, luxury travel has never been so, well, luxurious.

Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways

Travel first class with Etihad Airways

The bar for first-class service and posh surroundings was recently raised a notch by Etihad Airways, a high-end Mideast carrier that caters to the rich and famous on routes to or through some of the world’s wealthiest cities, like Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Indeed, Etihad is one of several fast-growing airlines that leverage hubs in the Gulf to connect passengers to cities on other continents.

Business Class

Travel in First Class or Business Class on Etihad Airways:

  • Chauffeur service – A fleet of luxury cars and chauffeurs provide discreet, safe door-to-door service.
  • Etihad butler – A butler is onboard to manage any in-flight or post-flight planning needs that can’t be handled by flight attendants.
  • Onboard three room suite or private apartment – Designed for up to two passengers traveling together, The Residence features a living room with leather sofa, a separate bedroom and on-suite bathroom. Or try the private First Apartment, which includes a flat-screen TV, wardrobe and bar, as well as a leather armchair and ottoman that opens into an 81-inch long bed.
  • Business class – User-centered design yields a surprising sense of space and convenient storage areas. The seat converts into a bed with a special mattress so you can relax on long-haul flights. An 18-inch touchscreen TV with noise-cancelling headset delivers new movies and classic entertainment.
  • Pre or post-flight spa treatments – Treat yourself to a beauty treatment, massage or realignment at the Sixth Senses Spa, available in the lounge of all Etihad destination cities.
  • First class lounge – Enjoy on-screen entertainment on a Bang & Olufsen flat screen TV, spend time in the cigar lounge or champagne bar, and freshen up with a spa-like shower while your clothes are ironed and your shoes polished.
  • Food – World-class chefs can prepare your favorite dish, as well as other gourmet meals or snacks in five-star ambience, accompanied by a hand-picked boutique wines.
  • Airport family room – The family room is stocked with toys, books and TV to entertain your children. And if you need a break, qualified nannies will watch your kids for you.
  • Airport business amenities– Stay connected and keep business operations moving with Apple computers, broadband Internet connection and printing facilities.

First Class

Etihad offers flights from several U.S. cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Washington, Dallas, Chicago and San Francisco.

Introducing Delta Studio’s free entertainment service

Delta announced its latest effort to improve the customer travel experience Monday with the introduction of Delta Studio.

Delta Studio

Delta Studio entertainment services

Delta Studio entertainment services

With its latest investments in inflight products, including the complete installation of seat-back entertainment systems on all long haul international aircraft in 2013 and 140 additional mainline domestic aircraft with in-seat video screens, Delta is the clear leader in delivering personal entertainment selections.

With Delta Studio, customers will have access to free entertainment on more than 1,000 aircraft through a combination of seat-back systems or on demand video streaming on board the airline’s wifi equipped aircraft beginning August 1st.

In addition to seat-back systems, customers flying on Delta’s wifi equipped aircraft will be able to stream movies and TV options right to their mobile devices. By using either Gogo’s video player app or the integrated player within the Fly Delta app for iPhone, customers have a simple-to-access entertainment viewing experience on their own device.

Delta continues to be driven by customer feedback which has consistently placed the desire to be entertained at the top of the list of ways to improve our customers’ time in the air, said Tim Mapes, s.v.p.–Marketing, in a release.

Customers traveling at every seat on international flights and in BusinessElite, First Class and Economy Comfort on domestic flights will have free, unrestricted access to all in-flight entertainment using either their seat-back system or their own portable electronic devices. Customers in domestic economy will have a menu of free entertainment options and premium entertainment for purchase.

“Through the introduction of Delta Studio our customers have yet another reason to choose Delta and a different travel experience,” Tim said.

Delta’s full entertainment line-up for the month of August is available in Sky magazine.

Delta also formally launched its exclusive new Artist Spotlight which started appearing on aircraft featuring emerging artist Sam Smith in June and will introduce Canadian-born songstress Kiezsa in August. The program highlights popular artists by bringing their music to millions of passengers during boarding and deplaning in addition to offering customized channel options on seat back entertainment systems.

Also introduced as part of its effort to improve customer entertainment options was an industry-first partnership with Billboard that started in July. The partnership provides passengers with new ergonomically designed earbuds with better sound quality and improved comfort. The earbuds are complimentary on international flights as well as flights between New York and Los Angeles, San Francisco or Seattle and are offered for purchase on all other flights more than 250 miles.

Delta’s investments in in-flight entertainment and products are part of the airline’s efforts to continue working toward its 2014 Flight Plan goals of earning the J.D. Power award for customer service among network carriers and raising affinity for the Delta brand to a new level.

The Low Down for Carry on Bags

Airlines are cracking down on carry on bags.

This may sound inconvenient, but it could actually be good news if you can travel light. Fewer travelers with overstuffed bags translates into faster, easier boarding.

Packing Carry on luggage

Carry on Bag Dimensions

Although enforcement varies, the current restriction for carryon bag dimensions is 22x14x9 for American, Delta, United and US Airways. AirTran, JetBlue and Southwest are slightly more generous with dimensions set at 24x16x10. Of course, you can also bring a purse, laptop or small personal item, but it must fit under the seat in front of you. Check the policies from the major airlines.

While most major U.S. airlines don’t charge a fee for one carry-on, budget carriers may. Allegiant, Frontier and Spirit Airlines charge anywhere from $25 to $100 per carry-on bag.

You may be surprised to find that your relatively small, wheeled luggage is now too big for the overhead bin. In fact, if it doesn’t fit in the size-wise metal frame at the gate, you may have to go back to check-in, where you’ll likely encounter a fee to check your luggage.

Nearly all the airlines (except Southwest) are charging fees for checked luggage, starting around $15 and running up to $30 apiece for the first bag or two. After that, fees skyrocket: extra, overweight or over sized luggage can cost up to $200 per bag.

Dimension restrictions vary on foreign carriers, so make sure you check out their policies before leaving for an international trip. In addition, while most U.S. airlines don’t have carry-on baggage weight limits, some foreign carriers do (and the weight fees can be hefty, up to and over $150 per overweight bag).

Packing Tips

  • Balance the need for wheels – Wheels and a frame can lighten your load, but they also take up quite a bit of space. To make the most of your carry-on space, consider a soft tote that can expand but still manages to meet size requirements.
  • Use and lose – Disposable items, like shavers and old clothes, are a great way to lighten the load on your return, especially if you have to bring back paperwork or business tchotchkes.
  • Go monotone – Pack one color theme (black or brown) to cut down on the need for more shoes and other accessories.
  • Downsize – Travel-sized toiletries can save a lot of space… and don’t forget that most business hotels have good health and beauty products.

Rethink what you need to bring; Be more discriminating when packing. Make decisions before you put everything in your luggage, as we tend to want to throw in a few extras after a bag is packed. And remember, you can always buy as you go.