New England News

Re-opening News

As travel resumes, please know that New England is ready to welcome you.

The five states that form Discover New England are open for business and look forward to welcoming you with the recommended health protocols in place to ensure a safe visit and memorable experience.

For the latest travel guidelines for each state, please check the links below.

What’s New from Discover New England – 2021

Newly Designated National Scenic Byways Announced

Six new National Scenic Byways have been designated in Discover New England’s member states and include three in Maine, three in Massachusetts and one in Rhode Island. The new byways include Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters Scenic Byway, St. John Valley Cultural Byway/Fish River Scenic Byway and Bold Coast Scenic Byway; Massachusetts’ Battle Road Scenic Byway (All-American Road), Mohawk Trail Scenic Byway and Old King’s Highway (Route 6A); and Rhode Island’s Revolutionary Heritage Byway.

Connecticut

Martin Luther King Jr. in Connecticut Memorial (Simsbury)
Unveiled January 18, 2021, the memorial serves to educate people about the struggle to obtain equal rights, and how MLK dedicated his life to that cause.

Harbor Yard Amphitheater (Bridgeport)
Coming in 2021 and situated on the banks of the Long Island Sound, the HYA promises to be an exciting new venue for live performances.

4D Theater at The Maritime Aquarium (Norwalk)
The 179-seat 4D theater that will feature 3D digital projection, proprietary 4D sensory seats and other in-theater special effects is opening soon. The new theater will be multipurpose and have a stage for lectures and other presentations.

American Mural Project (Winsted)
The largest indoor collaborative artwork in the world—a mural 120 feet long, 48 feet high and up to ten feet deep is coming to Winsted in 2021.

The Lloyd (Stamford)
Opened last summer in the former home of Hotel Zero Degrees in the heart of downtown Stamford, the boutique hotel features 94 guest rooms outfitted with West Elm furniture and luxurious amenities. The local Metro North and Amtrak Station are a stone’s throw from the hotel.

Maine

Glamping Comes to the Acadia National Park Area

  • Under Canvas Acadia will be the brand’s first ever Northeast location in Surry, Maine, near Acadia National Park. The glamping resort, set to open May 2021, offers 63 safari-style canvas accommodation tents on elevated decks with private baths within, situated on 100 acres and more than 1,200 feet of untouched Maine coastline. The season for this camp is May 13 – October 31.
  • Terramor Outdoor Resort opened August 2020, with 2021 being their first full season. The thoughtful retreat is committed to authentic, immersive experiences in nature, blending the romance of a camping adventure with the amenities of a luxurious getaway. The 60-acre property features curated experiences, 64 luxury canvas tents set among the trees, oriented around a lodge featuring a bar and restaurant and store.

Batson River Brewing & Distilling (Portland)
Inspired by Maine’s outdoor heritage, the new Batson River Brewing includes a floor-to-ceiling fireplace and two stylish full bars. The warm, friendly venue is a bonus to an amazing menu including curated signature cocktails.

Maine Tasting Center (Wiscasset)
Opening in May 2021, the Maine Tasting Center will be a one-stop shop for learning, tasting and buying all that Maine produces. Visitors will be able to learn about local food products and industries, enjoy cooking lessons and purchase Maine products.

The Maine Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine (Portland)
The new museum plans to celebrate the grand opening of their new location in the popular Thompson’s Point area of Portland during the spring of 2021, doubling the size of the museum’s previous location. .

New Hampshire

Hobo & Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad (Laconia)
Rail Bike Adventures are now available with the Hobo & Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad, offering an experiential activity pedaling along the rails. Enjoy the beauty and history of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region as you pedal your two- or four-person rail bikes along a rail line that dates back to the mid-1800s.

Strawbery Banke Museum (Portsmouth)
Strawbery Banke Museum has partnered with the city of Portsmouth to create a major new exhibit, “Water Has a Memory: Preserving Strawbery Banke and Portsmouth from Sea Level Rise.” The exhibit examines the consequences of sea level rise, telling the story over time and showcasing a project by the UNH Geospatial Mapping Lab and the City to collect the data needed to define and monitor the issue.

Omni Mount Washington – Presidential Wing Expansion (Bretton Woods)
The Omni Mount Washington, a favorite New England retreat of presidents, poets and celebrities offering New Hampshire’s largest ski area, will be developing new guest rooms in the Presidential Wing set to open in 2021. The expansion of the Presidential Wing will feature 69 new rooms and suites, offering guests the chance to relax in opulent accommodations and breathtaking panoramic views of Mount Washington from private balconies.

Tru by Hilton Manchester Downtown (Manchester)
Tru by Hilton has opened its latest property – a 126-room hotel located at 135 Spring St. in Manchester. The new hotel is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Manchester, within walking distance of the SNHU Arena and a short drive from Manchester Boston Regional Airport and Merrimack Premium Shopping Outlets.

Massachusetts

New Website/New URL Update to visitma.com
The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism has unveiled a refreshed website and changed their URL to visitma.com.

Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport (Boston)
Set to open in early 2021 in South Boston’s Seaport District, the Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport will be a catalyst to development in the area. The 1,055-room hotel features an all-day restaurant, French brasserie, signature Mokara Spa and fitness center, as well as an elevated pool bar and grill with Boston’s skyline as its backdrop.

MGM Music Hall (Boston)
Slated to open during the fall of 2021, the MGM Music Hall at Fenway will occupy roughly 91,500 square feet on four levels to accommodate approximately 5,000 patrons for live performances.

Miraval Berkshires and Wyndhurst Manor & Club (Lennox)
Miraval Berkshires is set on 380 acres, with 100 guest rooms and suites. The property’s centerpiece is its 29,000-square-foot Life in Balance Spa. Also on site is Meadowview Stables horse ranch, offering equine programming, and Life in Balance Culinary Kitchen hosting healthy cooking classes. Concurrent with their opening during summer of 2020, Miraval parent group Hyatt Hotels has added Lenox’s 46-room Wyndhurst Manor & Club. Located in proximity to each other, Miraval Berkshires and Wyndhurst provide guests access to a shared 18-hole golf course.

The Edgartown Inn (Martha’s Vineyard)
This will mark the first full season of the Edgartown Inn with its laid-back retreat vibe adjacent to the bustle of Edgartown Village. Enjoy a locally grown treat in the bright farmhouse kitchen or relax with a cool drink on the inn’s broad porch ideal for catching warm sea breezes. The Edgartown Lighthouse and Chappaquiddick Ferry are an easy walk away.

Official Maritime Salute to the 400th Anniversary (Plymouth)
Postponed from 2020, this large-scale event will take place June 25-27, 2021 paying tribute to the Pilgrims’ journey onboard the Mayflower from Plymouth, England, to the site of Plymouth Colony in the new world.

Rhode Island

Newport Broadway District (Newport)
The Local Broadway District in Newport is known for featuring “six blocks of awesome.” This historic neighborhood has resurged as a funky place to visit, offering some of the area’s best comfort foods and beverages. Cloaked in historic architecture, the streetscape is lined with outdoor dining, making fora hip vibe.

Block Island Getaway (New Shoreham)
Only a half hour ferry ride from the mainland, Block Island offers Rhode Island’s premier island lifestyle. This pork chop-shaped destination is an ideal weekend (or longer) getaway for anyone looking to spend their time eating good seafood, enjoying the fresh air and/or searching for the perfect memento. There are a variety of hotels and inns on the island, so you can relax and spend one night or more in pure island bliss!

Westerly Village (Westerly)
Though Westerly is known for its abundance of shoreline, the beaches are just the beginning. Rhode Island’s southernmost town is also home to a thriving downtown scene brimming with local shops, trendy bars and restaurants. (Not to mention, a pop star with a certain ‘reputation’ was so enchanted by the area that she now calls it home. Shhhh…Miss Swift is very private.)

Down City Providence (Providence)
Rhode Island’s capital city has 39 distinct neighborhoods, but Down City is emerging as the hot spot with  Providence G, a rooftop bar/restaurant offering firepits and an unsurpassed view right in the heart of downtown Providence. Westminster Street is a charismatic, brick-lined metropolitan street bedecked in trees and string lights. Trendy eateries catering to a mixture of professionals and university students fuels the diverse cultural experience.