Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont

Old Jul 26th, 2010, 09:58 AM
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Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont

Travelling to the above for month of September in RV - Any suggestions for spots not to miss and restaurants.
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Old Jul 26th, 2010, 11:07 AM
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what are your interests??? any kids??

acadia national park

coastal maine...kennebunk, york, etc

pickity place in nh is nice

hiking in white mountains

i love burlington, vt

cabot cheese tour, ben and jerry's tour, vt teddy bear tour

go apple picking and have unpasturized cider

sorry....typing with a baby on my lap
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Old Jul 26th, 2010, 11:25 AM
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This is a pretty broad topic - there is a lot of scenic countryside to see in these 3 states. Here are some ideas off the top of my head:
The Maine seacoast - lots of rocky coast, some sandy beaches, many lighthouses - Ogunquit, Kennebunkport, Boothbay, Camden, Acadia.
New Hampshire - Rugged mountains, small towns, beautiful lakes - Jackson, Littleton, Sunapee, Hanover, Lyme, Peterboro, Wolfeboro, Canterbury Shaker Village, Mt Washington Auto road
Vermont - Unspoiled, bucolic - Woodstock/Billings Farm, Waitsfield, Stowe, Middlebury, Mt Ascutney Auto road
etc,etc,etc
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Some Maine lobster shacks are open weekends only after Labor Day so I would make sure to spend a weekend in Maine. These are the shacks with picnic table seating. If you are interested in organic living, I would include a visit to the Common Ground Fair that's held around the 3rd weekend in Sept in Unity ME. Most people think of lobster when they think of Maine but I would also include a visit to the Cole Transportation Museum in Bangor ME. Logging was very important.

VT: the great Vermont Corn Maze in Danville - pretty close to Littleton NH just above the White Mountains. Shelburne Museum.

All of the above suggestions by the previous are great.
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Old Jul 26th, 2010, 12:46 PM
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la burdick chocolates in walpole, nh

restaurants: i've heard good things about richard's bistro and cotton in manchester, nh. saffron bistro in nashua, nh is good. lucia's tavola in brookline, nh is good. polly's pancake parlor up in the white mountains gets a lot of publicity.

if you have kids you can visit storyland or santa's village in the white mountains...and clarks trading post.

i'm sure there are great places for white water rafting but i've never been.
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Our son and daughter in law live in Manchester NH so we go to the area each year and try to pick a different place to visit.
Richard's and Cotton Restaurants in Manchester are both very good, both in food and atmosphere. We have been to Kennebunkport and Camden Maine and enjoyed both. This past May we went to Smuggler's Notch VT(don't think your RV would make it thru the Notch), but it is a very beautiful area and close to Stowe. We went to Burlington VT on a day trip and enjoyed Lake Champlain and the Church Street area of shops and restaurants. We also went to Newport RI and this is a great area to explore-we especially like the Cliff Walk.
We are already trying to decide where to visit when we are in NH next year. Have fun.
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the hidden gems thread has some great info about the monadnock region of nh....check it out!
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Mmm cider donuts in Stowe. The Otter Creek brewery in Middlebury.
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Just jumping on here...hope that's ok.
Want to see these same places but not at peek leaf season. How's the weather in May? Are most things open then?
Thanks!
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TAW it's better to start your own thread because there can be too many questions/tangents.

Hiking is iffy in May because of black flies. They weren't bad this year because of the drought but most years you don't want to be in the woods.

Some places don't really get going until the tourist season starts. Might be open weekends only. Check schedule at lobster shacks and places like Canterbury Shaker Village. OTH there are some great events in May. Depends on your interests.
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Re attractions, shops, and restaurants in this region: you can only absolutely, positively count on finding everything open in July and August. Many things are indeed open from Memorial Day to Columbus Day (as dfrostnh said, sometimes only on weekends after Labor Day), but there are both shorter and longer exceptions.
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Ideas for Restaurants:

VERMONT
Middlebury - Storm Cafe

Brandon - Cafe Provence, Cattails

Burlington - Trattoria Delia, A Single Pebble (Asian), Leunig's Bistro, Skinny Pancake, The Rotisserie

Vergennes - Black Sheep Bistro

Bristol - Bob Cat Cafe

Quechee (Near Woodstock) - Simon Pearce

MAINE
Bar Harbor - Trenton Lobster Pound, Jordan Pond House (in Acadia NP)

Camden - Waterfront Restaurant

Let me know if you have questions about any of these!
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Additional Vermont Restaurants:

New Haven (5 miles north of Middlebury)- Tourterelle

Shelburne - Cafe Shelburne

Waterbury - Hen of the Wood

South Hero- Blue Paddle Bistro
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