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Lonely Planet Road Trip: New England, by Kim Grant

This guidebook to the six states that make up New England is the fourth (Napa & Sonoma Wine Country, California Highway 1, Route 66) that we have reviewed in the Road Trip series published by Lonely Planet. New England by Kim Grant is another example of great things coming in small packages. The high-quality binding and sturdy, tear-resistant paper provides the perfect vessel for sharing the tips and suggestions that Grant uncovers in her research of this area.

Like in the other books in this series, this one provides a range of possible itineraries from one to two days ("playing hooky") to a full week ("the great escape"). Because of the relatively small trip distances characteristic of this region, the book is organized to encourage a more detailed exploration of the area. This focused attention to detail yields such fascinating tidbits as the location of the "most perfectly sited farm in the world" (near Canterbury in Connecticut) and a high-tide visit to the Thunder Hole in Acadia National Park in Maine. Other notable finds include the Bermudan fish chowder served at the Spotted Cow in Waitsfield, Vermont, and the ultra hip Zinc eatery in Lenox in the Berkshires of Massachusetts.

New England is synonymous with brilliant displays of fall foliage, and the author identifies a number of byways ideal for viewing this annual change of color. She also includes plenty of tips and suggestions for visiting New England in the off-season and provides a good range in lodging and food choices for each section of this six-state region. The book includes nine fold-out maps that show the location of all the eateries and attractions described in the text. This innovative guide book easily fits in the smallest of glove boxes but still packs in a remarkable amount of useful information. The best part? The author's sense of humor bubbles to the top of nearly every description and route discussion. Read it to see what I mean, and let it enhance your next New England road trip.


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