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Best New England Fall Family Vacation Resorts

New England fall_foliage_img. by Bob Atkins at selectregistry.com

New England fall family resorts: the New England states have wonderful resorts with many fun activities for families. We’ve put the best of them all in one place! We’ve also added a list of the best New England kid friendly restaurants. Also be sure to check out our post on Top 10 New England Fall Family Vacation Activities for lots of ideas on what to do. Read on to see our picks for the best New England kid friendly restaurants and fall family vacation resorts, this should make your trip simple to hash out.

Planning may not be the most fun part of your New England fall family vacation, but with the fall foliage as popular as it is (yes, it’s legendary), there will be many other “leaf peepers” (as they are lovingly referred to) that inhabit the area during this time.  So planning is a necessity.

In these extremely popular areas, you’ll want to make lodging reservations at least several weeks ahead, especially during the weekend days. Columbus Day weekend (Oct 8-10, 2011) is another time in which advanced booking is advised throughout the region.

Fall is also an excellent time to see the New England coastline area – weather is often still warm and beautiful, and the summer crowds are gone. It’s a perfect time to walk the beaches, explore antique shops, specialty boutiques, and get the best table on those dockside patios. You’ll find beautiful fall colors here too, even along the roadways. See our Top 10 New England Fall Family Vacation Activities here.

For some extra fun, get the kids this great book:

Peepers, a wonderful children’s picture book by Eve Bunting,  about two boys who come to appreciate the beauties of nature in the fall under the influence of the visiting leaf peepers. James Ransome’s beautiful paintings of autumn in New England complement the text perfectly.

Best New England Kid Friendly Restaurants:

courtesy of; visitingnewengland.com – Thanks for the super picks!

The Rainforest Cafe, Burlington Mall, in Burlington, Mass.The best kid friendly restaurant in the New England area. It’s fun, loud, and a fun family dining experience you can’t miss. It’s tropical atmosphere, complete with lifelike mechanical animals hanging out in the jungle, makes for a one-of-a-kind dining experience at this well-known, family oriented chain.

Bliss Brothers Dairy in Attleboro, MA. (711 Park St.,Tel. (508) 222-2884), is like a Friendly’s that never modernized with a large old-fashioned tiled dining room with counter seating and booths. A major distributor of dairy products in the northeast, Bliss Brothers is a great sandwich and ice cream family restaurant that also serves up breakfast and dinner specials.

Piccadilly Pub (various Massachusetts locations) is a Massachusetts chain that has a British theme and a wait staff that takes the time to acknowledge kids, make them laugh, and calling them by name (by astutely picking up on the parents calling their kids names). The attention to detail and general well-trained, polite waitering and waitressing makes the Piccadilly Pub a solid place to get solid pub-style food.

Kowloon Restaurant, in Saugus, MA (948 Broadway, Tel.(781) 233-0077), a massive Chinese restaurant with a river with colored lights running through the restaurant, waterfalls, canoes on the ceiling, colorful Asian Pacific murals, a gift shop and pinball games in the entrance way. There are six colorful dining rooms that seat around 1,200 people. The food is better than most of its genre, with a knack for making tasty Cantonese, Szechuan, Sushi, Polynesian and Thai dishes.

Prince Pizzeria and Bar, in Saugus, MA (517 Broadway, Tel. (781) 233-9950), with a giant “Leaning Tower of Pizza” out front. The lively bustling atmosphere, a kid-friendly staff, some of the best Italian-style pizza in the area (including a pizza buffet).

Bugaboo Creek (various New England locations) resembles a large rustic Canadian lodge, has talking animals on the walls, great homemade bread, an attentive wait staff, quick service, great chicken fingers for the kids and well-prepared steaks, fresh salmon and roasted chicken for the adults. Bugaboo Creek goes the extra mile for the kids.

Goldenrod, in York Beach, MA (2 Railroad Ave., Tel. (207) 363-2621), has a salt water taffy manufacturing area with a full window view, an old fashioned soda fountain (with some wonderful homemade ice cream), a penny candy counter, gift shop and an appealing rustic dining room with beamed ceilings, oak tables and stone fireplace offering a wide variety of breakfast items and sandwiches. The clam chowder, lobster roll, Maine blueberry pie, freshly squeezed orange juice and, of course, the salt water taffy are just a few highlights. Goldenrod is located right across the street from beautiful Short Sands Beach on the Atlantic Ocean, making for a double fun experience.

Wright’s Farm Restaurant in Nasonville, RI, (848 Inman Rd., Tel. (401)769-2856), is a huge multi-dining room family style restaurant serving delicious all-you-can-eat chicken, steak, pasta, salad and fries at an incredible value. The restaurant also has a great gift shop with a significant toy area for the thousands that visit on a given day.


Here are our picks for the best New England Fall Family Vacation Resorts:


527 US Route 3
Lincoln, NH 03251 US Map It
Nestled in the scenic White Mountains of New Hampshire and surrounded by endless recreational activities, it is within close proximity to the famous 34-mile Kancamagus Scenic Byway for fantastic fall foliage viewings, as well as Mt. Washington (the highest New England peak at 6,288 ft.), and beloved New Hampshire attractions like Storyland, Santa’s Village, and Clark’s Trading Post.
4323 Vermont Route 108 South
Smugglers Notch, VT 05464 US Map It
: Stowe
This spectacular corner of Vermont is renowned for its history, outdoor experiences and so much more. You can tour the many quaint, nearby Vermont shops … more
4800 Basin Harbor Road
Vergennes, VT 05491 US Map It
6.9mi/11.0km SW
Located along the shore of Lake Champlain and surrounded by rural farmland, Basin Harbor has spectacular, unspoiled views of the lake against a backdrop … more
70 Essex Way
Essex Junction, VT 05452 US Map It
The Essex Resort and Spa offers all the charm of a classic country resort, only minutes from the shops and dining of Burlington and the recreation of Vermont’s … more
90 Eden Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 US Map It
Perched high on a bluff overlooking the picturesque Frenchman Bay, the Bar Harbor Hotel ~ Bluenose Inn is a stately addition to the view looking back from … more
Wonder View Inn and Suites
50 Eden Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 US Map It
High on a hilltop, Wonder View Inn and Suites is just a minute from downtown Bar Harbor, the ferry to Nova Scotia, and Acadia National Park. … more

11 Tannery Lane
Camden, ME 04843 US Map It
The Camden Riverhouse Hotel is conveniently nestled into the quiet side of downtown Camden Maine. … more
224 Greenmanville Avenue
Mystic, CT 06355 US Map It
The Hyatt Place Mystic is located approximately a quarter-mile from Mystic Seaport, 50 miles from Providence International Airport, and 55 miles from Bradley … more
5 Wheeler Road
Burlington, MA 01803 US Map It
: Woburn
The Hilton Garden Inn Boston Burlington is conveniently located off I-95 and Route 128, 30 minutes from downtown Boston and Boston Logan International … more


37 Beach Avenue
Kennebunkport, ME 04043 US Map It
The White Barn Inn and Spa has been transformed into a luxury hotel, featuring elegant suites and guest rooms that are individually decorated with fireplaces … more
20 South Maine Street
Kennebunkport, ME 04046 US Map It
The Village Cove Inn is nestled amongst the tranquility of manicured grounds, flowering bushes, and towering pines on the banks of Chick’s Cove, only a … more
401 Dorset Street
South Burlington, VT 05403 US Map It
2.4mi/3.9km SE
This upscale property recently completed a multimillion dollar renovation in 2008. … more
1 US Route 4 East
Rutland, VT 05701 US Map It
: Killington – Rutland
Stay at this unique condo style Rutland, Vermont hotel located near Killington Ski Resort, Pico Mountain, Okemo, and various snowmobile trails. … more

  • Thayers Inn, Littleton, New Hampshire
    111 Main Street, Littleton, NH 03561 US Map It The Thayers Inn is located in the heart of the White Mountains, New England, USA, convenient to both I-91 & I-93 and the preferred airport is Manchester-Boston … more




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