A Fantastic New England RV Trip
I once had a dream trip in the works that would take me to the New England states I need for my USA bucket list, and give me content to write about four states that I don’t have represented on our blog. Nothing was as exciting for the entire year than this partnership that would get me much closer to my 50 state bucket list, and the RV trip showcasing New England’s beauty was a guarantee.
Thanks to COVID19, my trip was postponed to 2021. As I looked at the itinerary, to dream about how fun it would have been, the trip details were too good not to share. If you are looking for an epic road trip from New Jersey to Maine, with stops in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Vermont, this is for you. I’ll be rooting for you to have a great time, but deep down inside, green with envy for a moment.
New Jersey and Connecticut
My dream New England RV trip started in New Jersey for a night at the Camp Taylor Campground in Columbia. It would be a nice start to my five state New England RV trip as we (didn’t know if my daughter, husband, or a friend would be joining me) enjoyed the campground amidst the northwest New Jersey mountains. I would want to try the inflatable boats that you can take onto their pond—how fun does that sound? You can even hike part of the Appalachian Trail and take an educational wolf tour at Lakota Wolf Preserve in Camp Taylor. You can hear the wolves howling at night at your campsite.
Stop number two was to Mystic, Connecticut, home to the Mystic Seaport. I’ve read about this gorgeous area of the country for 20 years or more. The sheer beauty of Mystic is off the charts! I would stay at the Mystic KOA, a family resort that offers all the modern conveniences that you could want. Set amidst reproduction Colonial buildings and thick, stately maple and apple trees, I dream of making s’mores over an open campfire and exploring the nearby Rhode Island beaches. The property is 250 years old…very cool. It also has a pool, fishing, hay wagon rides, and mini-golf.
Uber would get me over to Foxwoods Resort Casino for some gambling and sightseeing at the Mystic Aquarium and Seaport Museum.
Massachusetts and Rhode Island
Leaving Mystic, we would drive the coast up toward Foxboro, Massachusetts, yes, that Foxboro, home of the New England Patriots. Along the way, we would stop by the rich and famous lifestyles to see the Newport Mansions in Rhode Island. I toured two of them awhile back, and if you’ve never been, the mansions are the most gorgeous homes in America. The men who built America once lived here: Rockefeller, JP Morgan, Vanderbilt, and Carnegie.
Providence is another option to stop for a bit and walk around Brown University’s campus, see the historical houses and world-class museums, and ice skate in a beautiful setting. In the past, I was there and would not think twice about going back for a sprinkle donut and coffee milk, signature Rhode Island items.
Once in Foxboro, our home away from home would be Normandy Farms Campground. This is a premier campground in New England, located between Boston and Cape Cod, with four swimming pools (holy cow!), sauna, double jacuzzi, and many activities. It is one of the premier camping resorts in the whole world! If you are interested in going there, you can also rent cabins, yurts, pop-up trailers, and safari tents, which sounds super exciting. Maybe I could try bocce or pickleball for the first time, or enjoy disc golf. There is also volleyball, tennis, basketball, horseshoes, and an enormous fitness center. I’ve never fished in New England, so that sounds interesting, too.
Some of the cool events at Normandy Farms are the spring food truck festival, Hawaiian luau weekend, BMX bike jam, casino weekend, and pirate weekend.
When we leave Massachusetts, our journey takes us to Maine, one of my favorite states. If you haven’t been there, you are in for a real treat. I regularly traveled to Maine in my younger days and became an avid recycler in the late 1980s thanks to this forward-thinking community’s progressive movements.
Red Apple Campground in Kennebunkport, Maine, will be perfect for spending a few days exploring one of my favorite regions of New England. This town is extra special to me because I honeymooned there. Red Apple has a heated saltwater pool, recreational room, foosball tables, shuffleboard, an adult-sized swing set, games, and lots more. I was very curious to partake in the campground activities, including dancing, pot luck suppers, bingo, cards, and karaoke.
Enjoy the charming town of Kennebunkport (five minutes away) of the day as you shop in the adorable boutiques, take a boat ride, munch on fresh lobster, and see Walker Point, the Bush family’s summer home.
After soaking up the saltwater and scenery, our RV trip will head west to our final stop, Morrisville, Vermont. We will park for the night at the Mountain View Campground on the Lamoille River. The campground features two pools, a hot tub, billiards, corn hole, mini-golf, and a long list of Lodge activities. My husband and I have recently started riding our bikes daily. We can hop on the 93-mile trail to exercise, though we can’t ride nearly that far yet. Mountain View’s camp store offers supplies like ice, snacks, firewood, cold beer, and wine to make things convenient.
My travel companion and I may even spend the day relaxing on the Lamoille River to try out the tubing trail. I would never come to Vermont and not visit Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory. About twenty minutes away in Waterbury, you can see where the magic happens and sample many of the tasty flavors.
I’m not going to let COVID19 take away my dreams or plans for making this future trip a reality. I will enjoy the thought of it, and in 2021, take myself through these six states and find out what a New England RV trip is all about.
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