Most picturesque town and inn in New England!

Old Nov 18th, 2002, 12:23 PM
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Up for Kathy.
Old Nov 18th, 2002, 12:42 PM
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I'll add to the recommendation of Woodstock. IMHO, the prettiest town in all of New England, and I've seen just about all of them.

Also want to add that CT also has one of the prettiest most photographed New England towns - Litchfield. It's green is quintessential New England, as well as many other spots in CT, Danbury is not one of them, that recommendation ws obviously someone's idea of a joke.
Old Nov 18th, 2002, 02:17 PM
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I would seriously consider dropping the drive to the coast from Vermont if you are coming in December. The seacoast is quite barren this time of year, and the drive could be tricky, especially if you are not used to winter driving. If you do want to see the coast, I would recommend Portsmouth NH since there will be things open there, and it's an easy drive to the beaches of NH and southern Maine. I would not go to Bar Harbor - this is a long drive, even in good weather. As for places in Vermont - Woodstock is quite charming (touristy by local standards, but still nice), and surrounded by some very beautiful countryside. The Marshland Farm at Queechee is a nice, medium sized country inn and restaurant a few miles outside Woodstock that offers cross country skiing and snowshoeing on premises. Another very nice place is the Inn at Sunapee in Sunapee NH. The Sunapee area of New Hampshire is very scenic, with a ski area and a beautiful lake nearby, and is close to Hanover NH with all the great restaurants and shops that this college town has to offer. If possible, try and fly into Manchester NH or Burlington Vt. Both very easy airports to deal with.
Old Dec 11th, 2002, 02:49 PM
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Old Dec 12th, 2002, 06:01 AM
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As a transplanted Houstonian, now in NYC, I LOVE New England. Definitely a change of scene from S. Tex! A few thoughts:
One thing you probably want to see is snow. In the past few years, snow has been sparse, particularly in southern New England, but even in VT. However, this year, there's been a fair amount of snow - even in NY! That might factor into your thoughts.
If you're set on the seacoast, Chatham, MA (Chatham Bars Inn or Wequassett Inn) is a very nice, quaint town. Bar Harbor, ME beats Boothbay or Kennebunkport, but it is very far and probably quite cold in the winter. For Maine at this time of year, probably Kennebunkport (White Barn Inn) is the best.
From Chatham, Manchester, VT or Woodstock, VT are both very nice and both about a 5-hour drive. I somewhat prefer Manchester because IMHO the natural scenery is nicer and the hotels are better (Equinox - resort type, or Wilburton Inn or 1811 House for fireplace rooms). However, the town of Woodstock is quainter, and the Woodstock Inn there is nice.
Closer than VT, but not quite as nice, are Lenox, MA (Wheatleigh is beautiful hotel) or Litchfield, CT (about 1/2 hour away in Washington, CT is the Mayflower Inn, supposed to be wonderful).
Have fun!!
Old Dec 12th, 2002, 06:03 AM
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Sorry, meant to add that I think many of the places in Chatham close for the first 3 weeks of January, but otherwise the town is open.
Old Dec 12th, 2002, 09:25 AM
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Old Dec 12th, 2002, 10:03 AM
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Lenox, MA
Woodstock, VT
Nantucket, MA
Camden, ME
Old Dec 12th, 2002, 10:58 AM
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The Franconia Inn is wonderful and right in the middle mountain/ski country.

Any number of places in Newport, RI are nice and in the winter Newport is very nice and quiet.

Kennebunk, ME is beautiful.

Have fun,

Old Dec 12th, 2002, 12:07 PM
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As first time visitors to New England, we are considering either Stowe or Woodstock for an overnight stay next Fall. Both seem wonderful. Looking for a picturesque village setting as Philip is. Any preferences between the two for warm weather residents? Thanks.
Old Dec 12th, 2002, 12:25 PM
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I think Woodstock is nicer than Stowe, and easier to get to. I prefer Manchester, VT over both.
Old Dec 12th, 2002, 04:12 PM
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Woodstock VT and Kennebunkport Maine.... White Barn Inn is the best, with 5star restaraunt. There are plenty of other lovely choices if that's too much! GL and let us know what you come up with.
Old Dec 12th, 2002, 07:06 PM
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Do yourself a favor and go to Stowe, Vermont. It's a quaint and beautiful place. Many things to do, particularly winter sports like skiing and snowmobiling. Stay at the Trapp Family Lodge. First rate, with incredible views. You feel like you're in Austria. Excellent restaurants of all different levels and cuisines. You won't be bored. I lived in New England for 20 years and haven't found anyplace that has more scenery, restaurants and activities in one place. Do yourself a favor and stay there.
Old Dec 12th, 2002, 07:15 PM
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Vous must come to Fort Kent, Maine it is gas before you go to Canadar.So what marque of snow sled you ride?We fix all kinds.Sled dogs welcome .
Old Dec 18th, 2002, 01:22 PM
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Inquiring minds want to know . . . so, Philip, have you made a decision on where it'll be???

Old Dec 19th, 2002, 05:51 AM
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