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Is Columbus Day a three-day event in all of New England?

Old Mar 24th, 2003, 09:59 AM
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Is Columbus Day a three-day event in all of New England?

Wanted to do a week in New England for anniversary but am having trouble securing reservations for the first weekend (10/11 - 10/12) because it is Columbus Day weekend. Now, I'm from Alabama, and that is not a holiday weekend. Our plans were to fly into Manchester NH, and drive to the Maine coast. But with loding a three night minimum, that's not a likely option. So, we thought about going the other way, to Vermont, and then swing over to ME coast. Could someone tell me a great place to stay within driving distance of Manchester airport that might not have a 3 night minimum. Prefer B&B. It is our anniversary after all, so I want something nice. Please help. We have never been to New England, but planning this trip is turning into a HUGE headache.
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Old Mar 24th, 2003, 10:15 AM
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You are planning to come at the height of the foliage season. That is why you are having such a problem getting the accommodations you want. Thus, most places will not take reservations for less than all three days that weekend.
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Old Mar 24th, 2003, 10:19 AM
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Howard is right; it's the foliage that's the problem, not Columbus Day. In parts of New Hampshire, it isn't even a school holiday (and I've never had the day off from work), but in Mass. it's a different story as it must be in Vermont and Maine. Have you tried Portsmouth, New Hampshire?
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Columbus did not discover America. Therefor it is not an event.
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If you want to wind up on the coast, fly into Manchester, Portland, or Boston. Burlington Vt. is a long way to the Maine coast - the ride would be beautiful, but very long. You should have more luck finding a b&b closer to the coast than inland, since this is foliage season. Although parts of New Hampshire are very scenic, Manchester is not really 'charming New England', but a typical urban area, nicer in the outlying towns. Portsmouth is a very nice option, however at that point you are only 20 minutes to the Maine coast anyway. Realize the drive from Manchester airport to the Maine coast is less than an hour. Portland, of course puts you right on the coast. Columbus day is a very minor holiday in New England.
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