Updated: May 9
A LIST OF ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING TO DO ON YOUR BIG DAY
RAE ANN PHOTO | ELOPEMENT & WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | NEW ENGLAND & BEYOND
NEW ENGLAND ELOPEMENT ADVENTURES
- Plan your elopement in the White Mountains, my favorite mountain range! I know all the great spots.
Attend a parade
- Attend Burlington's Mardi Gras Parade. This is one of the most iconic things to do in New England.
Go apple picking
- Head to one of New England's multiple apple orchards and enjoy the foliage.
Attend a hot air balloon fest
- Enjoy Vermont's Craft Hot Air Balloon Festival. Every June Vermont holds a craft hot air balloon festival in Quchee VT. The Festival features over 20 hot air balloons and 50 craft artisans!
Get cider donuts
- Head over to Cold Hollow Cider and grab some classic and delicous cider donuts and apple cider.
Attend a jazz fest
- There's Burlington's Jazz Festival and nothing can beat it!
Drive up Mount Washington
- Take a drive up Mount Washington on the auto road and enjoy the views.
Visit a sugarhouse
- Take a maple syrup tour of one of Vermont's many sugaring farms. My favorites are Bragg Farm and Morse Farm in Central VT. You can also get sugar on snow in the Winter!
Hike to Flume Gorge
- The Flume Gorge is a natural gorge located in Franconia Notch State Park in New Hampshire. Th 2 mile walk will take you past cliffs, waterfalls and beautiful views.
Drive up Cathedral Ledge
- Access road opens May 1st at this beautiful spot in Conway NH. You can also hike it year round and is a 2.8 mile hike. The best times to visit are April through November when foliage is at peak.
Visit Bish Bash Falls
- Hike up to Bish Bash Falls and enjoy this natural cascading waterfall as well as the rock pools surrounding it! Bish Bash is located on the border of New York and Massachusetts in the Catskills.
Ride the gondola
- Head to Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont to ride the gondola and enjoy some of New England's best views.
- Go sailing on Lake Champlain with the Adirondacks as your backdrop!
- Bike along the Island Line Bike Trail that parallels Lake Champlain in Burlington! It's 13.4 miles long following the Island Line railroad, built by the Rutland Railroad in 1901.
- Pick blueberries in Maine and even enjoy some classic and delicious Maine jam.
Rent an Airbnb
- Level up your getting ready location in a castle, treehouse, tiny house, cabin, boat or even a lighthouse. View some examples here. Also awesome because you have a place to stay after your wedding and can make it a weekend get away!
- Go for a gentle tubing ride on the Saco River which passes through Maine and New Hampshire.
Go ice climbing
- If you are adventurous and well trained in ice climbing or it's your hobby head over to Franconia Notch for some ice climbing!
- It's your day after all, celebrate it with some champagne! Pop it on one of New England's mountains or in your backyard!
Go white water rafting
- Adventure at Maine's Kennebec River for some white water rafting!
Dance in the rain
- New England has some pretty crazy weather sometimes but,I heard rain is good luck on your wedding day! Might as well make the best of it and dance in it!
Go for a swim
- You ever just want to jump in some water in your wedding dress, on your fricken wedding day! Heck ya, let's do it! YOLO.
Pack a picnic
- Pack a picnic and head out for the beach, mountains, park...etc. This is the most romantic when it's sunset with some candles!
Cook a meal together
- Stay home and cook a meal together after your wedding or cook over a campfire! Or you can cook a meal for your family and bring it to your location to have and share.
- Star gaze under twinkling lights and the light of the moon!
- Pack up some kayaks and head to your favorite pond (there's lots of them in Central Vermont!).
- If you love listening and playing music with each other, I encourage you to play some tunes! I'm a musician myself so I embrace it.
- Sparklers are so fun! Make it magical and light them during a sunset sendoff after your elopement or around a campfire!
- Head to the slopes for some sledding!! Embrace your inner kid and let loose!
- Go fly fishing in the Litchfield Hills or in one of the ponds of Central Vermont. Grab your gear and head to the river.
Go to a sunflower festival
- Head to Farr Farm in Huntington VT and enjoy some sunflowers.
- Make reservations at a local restaurant! My all time favorite is the Daily Planet in Burlington!
- My favorite place is the Burlington Bagel Bakery in Vermont! There are multiple locations.
Have a first look
- Take the pressure off and have an intimate moment with your partner before your elopement.
Go for a scenic drive
- Go for a drive along the Kangamangus, Connecticut Coast Scenic Drive, Green Mountain Byway, Park Loop Road ME, Rangeley Lake Scenic Byway, Jacob's Ladder Scenic Byway etc.
Make some cocktails
- Try your hand at that new cocktail you've been wanting to try.
Do a wine/beer/cider tasting
- Head to your local brewery/winery/cidery and enjoy some samples. My favorite ciderys are Stowe Cidery and Cold Hollow Cider Mill.
Enjoy a creemee
- Head to your favorite local creamery and grab some ice cream or "creemee" as they call it in Vermont. Ben + Jerry's offers tours.
- Visit your local ski area and head down the slopes! My favorite place is Bolton Valley and my home mountains are Pat's Peak and Crotched Mountain in New Hampshire.
- Enjoy some popovers at Jordan Pond House in Acadia National Park.
Go to a farmer's market
- Get up early and head to one of New England's many farmer's markets to see the sights and eat the best food!
Enjoy a dessert
- Create a dessert and share it together! It can be anything you want.
Grab pizza and beers
- This is one of my favorite things to do. It's simple and so romantic!
Make some s'mores by the campfire
- Grab some graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate and melt some s'mores by the fire as you tell stories, share memories and look at the stars.
Make some art
- Take a class blowing class at one of New England's many glass studios including Burlington's Bern Gallery.
Catch the sunrise or sunset
- Head up the mountain of your choice to catch the setting sun to finish off your elopement. Or head out early to start the day with a bang and catch the sunrise.
Go whale watching
- Head to Bar Harbor, ME to do some whale watching!
Get snowed in
- Unfortunately you can't control the weather, especially in New England. Embrace the snow and head to a tucked away tiny house of cabin and sit by the fire with a nice book.
Climb the cliffs
- Off the coast of Rhode Island are the Mohegan Bluffs, you can climb to the top and stand on some rocky cliffs for beautiful views. After you're done, hike back down and relax on the beach.
Take the ferry
- Enjoy a ferry ride to New York from Burlington or Portland to Peak's Island.
Take the train
- Head over to Crawford Notch in Conway and take the Scenic Railroad's Mountaineer through the mountains! You can also take the Mount Washington Cog Railway. On a clear day you can see all the way to the Adirondacks!