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Road Trip--Burlington VT, Quebec, New Brunswick, Campobello

Road Trip--Burlington VT, Quebec, New Brunswick, Campobello

Feb 25th, 2012, 11:59 AM
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Road Trip--Burlington VT, Quebec, New Brunswick, Campobello

We are starting to plan a summer road trip and want to visit Burlington, VT, Quebec, New Brunswick & Campobello. We are a hardy couple in our 60's, plan on taking 10 to 14 days for the trip and like urban as well as rural vacations. We're looking for recommendations for hotels, B&B's, restaurants and sites to see.
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Feb 25th, 2012, 01:12 PM
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By Quebec do you mean Quebec City or Quebec province (including Montreal?)?
I posted a TR for a short trip my husband and I took to Quebec City last May which includes some restaurant recommendations. The small hotel where we stayed was fine but didn't have breakfast.

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Feb 25th, 2012, 01:24 PM
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I meant the province of Quebec, including Montreal & Quebec City. I should have been clearer. I'll look at your trip report and many thanks.
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We go to Montreal quite often (most recently last weekend for the Montreal en Luminere winter festival).

The Fine Arts museum has a good permanent collection and lots of special exhibits.

Museums we really like in the old part of the city are the Pointe-a-Calliere museum of Archeology and History and the Chateau Ramezay. The latter has a nice small garden to explore even if you don't go in

The Biosphere museum on Île Sainte-Hélène, built inside the Buckminster Fuller geodesic dome from Expo is also very interesting, and there are great views from the top on a nice day. (note this is not the Biodome --I don't particularly recommend that)

We like to stay downtown or in the Plateau neighborhood rather than Old Montreal, but really it is hard to go wrong. There are usually good deals for three night hotel stays in the summer. The Auberge de la Fontaine is a good B & B near Parc de la Fontaine with many good restaurants in the neighborhood.

this thread has lots of ideas for inexpensive restaurants in Montreal
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Feb 27th, 2012, 01:57 PM
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the big markets in Montreal are also well worth a visit--Jean Talon or Atwater
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Burlington VT is a beautiful city, but fairly small. I wouldn't spend too much time here. You'll get plenty of urban time in Montreal, one of the world's great cities. The beauty of Vermont is in it's countryside - do a few nights in a b&b or farm inn. Stowe, Woodstock, Waitsfield are all very scenic (as is most of Vermont). The Round Barn Inn in Waitsfield is one of the most scenic places to stay in New England, but there are scores of other options.
For Quebec, go the bonjourquebec web site and call them to get copies of their free guidebooks for Montreal, Quebec City, and possibly the Eastern Townships. These free books are better than any you can buy. This forum has a wealth of info on both Montreal and Quebec City. There dozens of fun b&b's in the Plateau area of Montreal, many large chain hotels downtown, and many very charming small hotels in the Old city. My personal choice is the Plateau area, but as the above poster stated, any of these areas is great. For Quebec City, try and stay in or as close to the old city as possible.
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Feb 29th, 2012, 02:15 AM
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As noted above, Burlington is a small urban area by any standards outside VT. We still think of it as the big city. The airport is very easy to navigate if you are flying in there.

Shelburne Museum south of Burlington is well worth a visit if you are interested in New England history, and Shelburne Farms is a beautiful spot with some good walks.
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Feb 29th, 2012, 05:25 AM
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This is doable (barely if it's only 10 days) if you're ok with the fact that it's not all that relaxed since you're working with two really rather separate geographic areas. It's the New Brunswick part that's got me wondering, as it's quite a long drive from Montreal or Quebec City to Campobello. Were you planning to fly in & out of Burlington or in one city & out another?

So a week in Vermont/Quebec: 1 day Burlington, 3-4 days Montreal, 2-3 days Quebec City and then 1 full day of travel to Campobello, 2-5 days exploring Bay of Fundy/Acadie Shore and possibly a full day of travel back to Burlington? Do-able but harried.

Personally (I like things more relaxed), with two weeks I'd drop the NB side and maybe explore Vermont, Quebec or even eastern Ontario a bit more in-depth. (Save New Brunswick for when you'll have more time.) Have fun whatever you decide.

Best wishes, Daniel
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