• Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery - NH

With its location in the White Mountains and an abundance of outdoor activities, any time of the year is a great time to book a stay at the 40-room Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery — a boutique hotel spread out across six different buildings. The craft beer-savvy, however, seek out a Brewers Weekend. The special event – held a few times a year – includes a hands-on experience learning how to brew beer in the onsite brewery. The weekend ends with a celebratory beer pairing dinner.

  • Trapp Family Lodge - VT

The Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont delivers an Austrian experience so authentic, you might find yourself belting out, “The hills are alive with the sound of music” after a few too many pints from the onsite Bavarian-inspired brewery. Drink order tip? Try the GABF medal-winning Bohemian Pilsner. Everything about the mountain resort has that Old World feel from afternoon tea to fine dining restaurants specializing in hearty dishes like saddle of venison and Wiener schnitzel – food designed to quench your hunger from an afternoon of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

  • Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Ale House Inn is another hotel housed in a former brewery where guests are welcomed with a pint of beer from nearby Smuttynose Brewing. The building, originally built in 1880, is the setting for this chic inn conveniently located in the heart of downtown Portsmouth. When you’re not busy enjoying a pint at the hotel, you can explore area shops, restaurants, and breweries with the inn’s free bicycle rentals. Foodies will love the discount Ale House Inn guests receive at nearby Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School.

  • Bar - New Haven, CT

To those in-the-know about New Haven's pizza prowess, it should come as no surprise that the city's best bar also serves one of the best (dark horse) pies around. But this isn't the charming mom-and-pop eating environment provided by the rest of the city's apizza purveyors -- it's full of sweaty revelers, thumping bass, and more good times than you can shake a pizza peel at (not advised in such crowded quarters). That's because BAR is not just a restaurant, but also: a dance club, an indie music venue, the location of multiple bars, and a fine microbrewery. Yeah, it's pretty much a one-stop night out for most. Just don't sleep on the mashed potato pizza. Literally though, don't sleep on it -- a night spent dancing and drinking at BAR is sure to take a lot of you.

  • Oasis - Portland, ME

Maine may rarely, if ever, reach desert-like temperatures, but you won't have time to ponder such incongruencies at Portland's most perpetually buzzing bar, what with the giant Jenga and Connect Four happening on the main floor, the live music and also-giant "beer pong" (think dodgeballs and buckets) going down on the back patio when it isn't snow-covered, and the debauched dancing happening on the more club-like upper level. Because who doesn't consider a Jenga victory, a little throwback Mario Kart (they have that too), and some mutually consensual grinding with friendly Mainers to be the components of a perfect evening? Oh, one more component: cheap 24-ounce beer cans in paper bags.

  • Portsmouth Gas Light - Portsmouth, NH

If your dad drove by the crowds lining up outside this spot inside the 1837 home of Portsmouth Gas and Light, he’d absolutely turn to you and say, “Boy, that place must be lit!” And though cringingly awful he’d also be right, as the third-floor nightclub here draws literal lines-around-the-block even when the New Hampshire weather isn’t ideal. Up there you’ll find the brief- strobe-lit moment where Portsmouth feels like South Beach, where bachelorette parties fill the VIP and New Hampshire nightlife amps up as far it’s getting. In the basement, wood-fired pizzas and cold beer flow freely in the pizza pub. Out back, you’ll find a sprawling back patio, where happy hours turn into all night affairs during the warm New England summers.

  • Dusk - Providence, RI

Providence, Rhode Island is most certainly a college town. Dusk -- the most fun bar in said college town -- is certainly not a college bar. It's a nightclub skewed towards the metal/hardcore scene with an ambiance fit for Nosferatu. It's a jet black oasis of unabashed positive energy floating in a see of fratty bars and Irish pubs. Understandably, this type of setting may seem a little intimidating for some. But fear not (despite the overall theme of "fear" this place exudes), this bar/venue is one of the most welcoming, warm, and inclusive wells of fun and camaraderie in our Nation's smallest state. Don't abandon all hope, ye who enter dusk. If you like (or can even stand) the music, you're guaranteed to have a wildly good time.

  • Red Square - Burlington, VT

You might picture your average Vermonter as a syrup-guzzlin', NPR-supportin', beanie-wearin' outdoor enthusiast. And you aren't wrong! But they do know how to have fun -- specifically in the crunchy college town of Burlington, where the Red Square has developed a reputation as the college bar people actually want to go to after they snag their diplomas. The Red Square, with its eclectic (but always dance-y) music selection, surprisingly good live bands, cheap beers, and overall air of unchained revelry, acts like a magnet for fun-seekers in Burlington: everyone out and about is drawn to the Red Square at one point or another in the night. Can it get a little "bro-y" in there? Sure. But sometimes, you can look past a few pairs of plaid shorts in the name of a good time.

  • The Griswold Inn - Essex, CT

1776 was a good year for America. The Griswold Inn shares a birth year with the U.S., and the Tap Room that’s still used today was built in 1735. President George Washington, Mark Twain and Albert Einstein have all stopped by for a taste of the Gris’, and you can too.

  • Jameson Tavern - Freeport, ME

Without Jameson Tavern, there would be no Maine, probably. It’s alleged that the papers that made Maine independent of Massachusetts in 1820 were signed here. That’s where it earned the nickname “The Birthplace of Maine.” And it’s a good thing Maine did break off, because if Jameson Tavern was still in Massachusetts, its 3-hour, $3 happy hour would be illegal under Massachusetts’ anti-happy hour law.

Warren Tavern - Charlestown, MA

The Warren Tavern was the first building to be rebuilt in Charlestown after the British burned the city down during the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775. Paul Revere was partial to the bar, as was George Washington. There’s also the Green Dragon in Boston, which was founded in 1654 and is known as the “Headquarters of the Revolution.” While it’s older and still open, it’s no longer in its original location.

  • The Hancock Inn - Hancock

The Hancock Inn is just a year younger than Hancock, and was the first tavern, sleeping place and restaurant in the state. Franklin Pierce, the only president to come from New Hampshire, loved the spot. Now there’s whirlpool tubs and jacuzzis in the rooms, but also, you know, history.

  • The ‘76 House - Tappan

The building was put up in 1668, turned into a tavern in 1754, and was used as a meeting spot for Americans long before thoughts of independence were taken seriously. It earned the nickname as “the listening post of the Revolution” for its role in passing news, and was even briefly a prison for the traitorous spy Major John André.

  • White Horse Tavern - Newport

A home is a home until it turns into a bar. A man named Francis Brinley built his home in 1652, and 21 years later it served its first legal drink. Leading up to the Revolutionary War, it served as the colony house meeting place for the General Assembly, and was only briefly vacated when Hessian mercenaries sent by the British took it over. Today, the bar has a focus on rum, just like the colonials of yore would expect.

  • Ye Olde Tavern - Manchester, VT

Ye Olde Tavern has had its ups and downs over the years. Originally called The Stagecoach Inn, it served as the headquarters for the movement to sell alcohol in the state in 1902 (Vermont had a pre-Prohibition prohibition from 1850 to 1902). The original uneven floorboards and slanting doorways are still a fixture today.

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  • Newport, RI

Although typically thought of as a summer destination due to its beaches and nautical vibe, Newport has much to offer those visiting in the fall. Wine lovers will appreciate the harvest festivals held by Newport Vineyards (October 27-28) and Greenvale Vineyards (November 10). In a nod to the town’s coastal backdrop, Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival also takes place each October. The town’s iconic Cliff Walk is quite pleasant in autumn, passing by the stunning mansions of Newport’s gilded age. After finishing the cliff walk, stick around to tour the mansion’s interiors and get a taste of the good life. Before the weekend is over, be sure to grab a meal at local mainstay, The Black Pearl, featuring a menu packed with all manner of seafood favorites.

  • Manchester, VT

With its storybook white steeple church, many local shops and restaurants, and fall foliage, Manchester is an autumnal dream. Outdoor sites for adventurous weekend travelers are in no short supply either. At Bromley Mountain, visitors can ride the ski lifts (yes, even in the fall!) over the trees to admire the colors of autumn. The inviting Battenkill River practically urges you to rent a kayak, canoe, or tube. After all that physical activity, try a crafty one: glass blowing at Manchester Hot Glass. Just be sure to call and book a class in advance. Don’t leave town without tucking into a meal at The Chantecleer, a French restaurant in a remodeled former dairy barn that brings the term “rustic chic” to a whole new level.

  • The Library Restaurant - Portsmouth, NH

The Library Restaurant, located in the historical Portsmouth landmark The Rockingham House, is a favorite among locals as well as Boston's North Shore denizens. The Library has earned a reputation for its steaks (the restaurant shares a meat purveyor with many of Boston's top steakhouses) as well as its polished-yet-cozy ambiance, created by decor featuring silver-lined French mirrors, dark wood tones and bookshelves filled with vintage books. Steaks are all cut according to the restaurant's specifications, including the flagship Gentleman's Cut sirloin, a beautifully marbled 16-ounce prime steak whose creamy fat cap imparts a buttery flavor as the steak cooks. Given the New England locale, you'll find local seafood such as New England clam chowder, lobster mac and cheese, and lobster pie, a riff on pot pie. The restaurant's lounge mirrors the warm, clubby feel with a pair of leather chairs flanking a cozy fireplace and a collection of more than 200 types of vodka behind the bar (it's owner Bruce Belanger's favorite spirit), 120 of which are in the bar's dedicated martini list. The restaurant has also won the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator several years running — if you can, peek at the 1,000 bottles on display in the restaurant's private dining room.

  • Fire & Ice - Middlebury, VT

Fire & Ice opened in 1974, starting as a small rock-and-roll bar before evolving over the decades into a steak and seafood restaurant with a locally famous salad bar. The decor is equally renowned, and the building could double as a local history, nautical and sports museum. Fishing and boating are family traditions for Paris Rinder-Goddard and his parents, who founded the restaurant — it's hard to miss the 1921 Hacker-Craft speedboat that's the centerpiece of the "salad ballroom," and you'll notice fly rods, canoes, mounted fish and paddles hanging on the walls alongside antique wooden skis, snowshoes and nearly a thousand black-and-white family photos (some contributed by diners). The steak menu features typical cuts such as sirloin, rib eye and filet mignon, but the restaurant has gained a loyal following for its prime rib and steak Rockport, a butterflied filet that's stuffed with lobster meat and finished with hollandaise. Wash it all down with craft suds from Fiddlehead Brewing Company or Frost Beer Works.

  • 22 Bowen's - Newport, RI

22 Bowen's is the rare steakhouse that manages to be many things to many different people. It occupies an 18th-century commercial wharf building in Newport, so you're just as likely to see suit-clad diners feasting on a five-course meal in one of the main dining rooms as you are to glimpse swim-trunk-clad tourists grabbing a beer and a burger on the patio. If you're opting for a steak dinner, you can order typical prime and dry-aged cuts a la carte or take the guesswork out with the 22B Filet Mignon. Its description reads like an ode to the steakhouse, with pommes puree, haricots verts, mushroom bordelaise and whipped blue cheese. Given the restaurant's waterside locale, it's no surprise that there's an excellent selection of New England seafood, too. Start with the fan-favorite local calamari, fried and served with a kicky three-pepper relish or a chilled New England seafood sampler, which includes lobster, littleneck clams, oysters and shrimp. For the best of both worlds, opt for the Surf & Turf Burger: a wagyu beef patty topped with butter-poached lobster, housemade slaw and truffle aioli, all piled onto a brioche bun.

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