Experience Fall in New England with Allied Health Jobs
Don’t miss these travel highlights during your New England assignment
By Megan Murdock Krischke, contributor
Though New England boasts four distinct seasons, with benefits to each, many would argue that late summer and early fall is an ideal time to call the region home. Allied health travelers can do just that, with short-term jobs at some of the top medical facilities in the country--and plenty of time off to experience all that New England has to offer.
In this season, the “can’t miss” attraction is the fall colors. Leaves start to change as early as mid-September in the far north of Maine and typically hit their peak in the Boston area in the third week of October. While simply stepping out your front door or taking a drive to see the fall foliage will introduce you to this colorful treat, kayaking down the Charles River between Boston and Cambridge is a more unique way to immerse yourself in the beauty of the season.
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Things to do in New England
In Massachusetts, Boston, of course, is not to be missed. Rich in history, composed of neighborhoods with unique personalities, and home to several prestigious universities, Boston is an engaging location for an entire assignment or a weekend trip. Locals suggest taking the time to walk the Freedom Trail. This 2.5 mile trail will take you past 16 historical sites, and public tours are available every half hour from 10 am to 4:30 pm. Another local favorite is the Union Oyster House. Located on the Freedom Trail, this National Historic Landmark is the oldest restaurant in the United States and features a variety of seafood dishes.
For baseball lovers, a trip to Boston wouldn’t be complete without taking in a Red Sox game at America’s oldest baseball stadium, Fenway Park.
For those with a passion for the arts and the great outdoors, the Berkshires, three hours west of Boston, might be heaven on earth. It is home to several art museums, including the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as venues that feature theater productions and international dance companies. In the summer, the Boston Symphony often plays at Tanglewood--an outdoor venue that allows concert-goers to enjoy a picnic on the grass during performances.
Beach lovers should carve out time for a visit to one or more of Cape Cod’s 115 beaches, and/or take a ferry to the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Though the water is chilly, it is possible to swim. Whether or not you choose to get wet, Cape beaches are great for gathering seashells, romantic walks and simply enjoying the crash of the surf. Galleries, boutiques, antique stores and eateries can be enjoyed in the small towns and villages throughout the Cape region.
If you’re visiting New England for an allied health job, a visit to Block Island, a 10-minute ferry ride off the coast of Rhode Island, could quickly rank at the top of your list of favorite weekend getaways. The Nature Conservancy listed this little island as one of the “12 Last Great Places in the Western Hemisphere.” With more freshwater ponds than there are days in the year, and 17 miles of beaches, this island is home to a unique balance of flora and fauna; it allows visitors to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life.
New England offers an abundance of activities to outdoor enthusiasts, from gathering seashells to paddle boarding to hiking. New Hampshire boasts both a Lakes Region and the White Mountains Region. Fishing, swimming and boating are favorite pastimes in the Lakes Region. While hiking or gondola rides can take you to the sweeping views of New Hampshire’s mountain peaks, it is even possible to schedule a moose safari!
Indoor pursuits are also popular. In fact, New Hampshire is a great destination for shoppers because the state doesn’t charge sales tax.
The Connecticut Wine Trail features 25 wineries that all offer tastings. If your goal is visit all 25, it could take you several weekends, but if you only want to visit a couple, you won’t have far to go. No matter where you are in the state, you will be within 45 minutes of one or more wineries.
Connecticut also boasts a number of casinos, which of course have 24-hour gambling, but also live performances, great food, luxurious spas and an abundance of shopping. Vermont has unique attractions, as well, ranging from covered bridges and maple syrup farms to a great variety of bed and breakfast inns.
For more ideas of how to spend your time off in all six of the New England states, visit DiscoverNewEngland.org.
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