COVID-19 Travel Advisory: Stay up to date with the latest on the coronavirus pandemic.   Learn More >

New England etc. 10 day drive

Old Jan 9th, 2016, 11:51 PM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 67
New England etc. 10 day drive

10 day drive. Hi, We fly into Montreal and then intend spending the first night near by. 2nd night at Coaticook near the border with the USA. 3rd night Franconia, then 2 nights near Portland (this is where I would like suggestions, whether to stay in Portland or near by) 2 nights near Boston, (again I see it is very expensive to stay in Boston I was thinking of Rockport or Salem and then take the train into Boston). Then driving back to Montreal via Woodstock or Lebanon (here I would like help with the nicest place) then maybe Burlington or straight back to Montreal for 2 nights.

Many thanks all help will be appreciated.
lidboymk2 is offline  
Old Jan 10th, 2016, 02:21 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 25,625
check to see if you can take rental car across the border.

I think you should be able to find a trip report by yk about staying in an airb&b in Portland that was within walking distance of some good places. The Old Port Area is fun to walk around. You can park in the parking garage by the boat terminal and also take a mailboat cruise of Casco Bay. Chowhound has lots of recommendations for restaurants. The food tour is ok, not great.

I would spend the extra to stay in Boston instead of spending all the time commuting in unless you were only going to spend one day. It depends on how many of you are traveling together. I would be tempted to stay in Portsmouth NH and take the bus or train in since I like Portsmouth better than Rockport and Salem. I use the bus from Concord NH to Boston occasionally. Parking is free at that bus station.

Lebanon NH is next to Hanover. Hanover downtown is interesting and it's home to Dartmouth College. Woodstock VT is very cute and full of tourists. You could stay in Quechee for less money. We have stayed at the Norwich Inn which is slightly north of Woodstock VT. Love the Inn but it's a little pricey. Other Fodorites have stayed at the Coolidge in White River Junction and said it was ok. I think of Lebanon as being mostly shopping plazas. If you stay in this area and it's a Saturday, the Norwich Farmers Market is great fun. You can plan on buying breakfast or lunch there from one of the food vendors. Several years ago we stayed at a motel in Quechee that was fine but no character.

It really depends on the reason for your trip. You could be missing some great scenery/historic areas. If you want to see museums than maybe Salem MA is a great option for you. If you want boat trips, Portland and Portsmouth would be my choice.
dfrostnh is offline  
Old Jan 10th, 2016, 03:36 AM
  #3  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 67
Thanks, I gathered that I needed to check car rental.
The trip is really for the scenery. I agree about Boston maybe we should find a hotel in Boston for 2 nights with parking as once there we wouldn't need the car. I hate too many 1 nights but we have just 10 days in total.
Museums are not high on the list.
Thanks again.
lidboymk2 is offline  
Old Jan 10th, 2016, 04:35 AM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 16,712
Boston hotels are expensive, but I agree it is better to stay there or in Cambridge than to try to commute back and forth. We have stayed at a B & B in Cambridge called A Friendly Inn that was fine. There is another right next door, the Irving House. In Boston you could try the Chandler Inn

I agree with dfrost about the VT and NH options.

If you have not spent time in Montreal before, I would definitely spend time there over Burlington. The Eastern Townships would also be on the way up from VT.

What time of year are you planning this trip?
Vttraveler is online now  
Old Jan 10th, 2016, 05:53 AM
  #5  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 67
Thanks. We are going end of September. Is Cambridge close into Boston ? Instead of Burlington we could drive from Boston to say Woodstock and then back to Montreal, take the car back and stay in the centre.
Thanks again
lidboymk2 is offline  
Old Jan 10th, 2016, 07:10 AM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 16,712
Cambridge is very close to Boston, across the Charles River and is on the red line of the T (subway). It has interesting things to do including museums that are part of Harvard University, lots of restaurants, etc.

I just realized you said you are staying in Coaticook, QC after leaving Montreal. This is in the Eastern Townships area I mentioned.

You will find Montreal hotel prices better than Boston prices, and it is a great city to explore, with a good public transit system.
Vttraveler is online now  
Old Jan 10th, 2016, 07:45 AM
  #7  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 67
Hi. I have now booked Lincoln in the White mountains for our first night. I will look at Cambridge thanks.
Now looking at where to stay near Woodstock any help please ?

Thanks
lidboymk2 is offline  
Old Jan 10th, 2016, 07:58 AM
  #8  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 67
Is 2 nights in Portland and 2 nights in Boston enough ?
We could have 3 nights in Boston and 1 in Woodstock or visa versa
2 nights in Boston and 2 nights in Woodstock, Help please.
lidboymk2 is offline  
Old Jan 10th, 2016, 09:06 AM
  #9  
cw
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 3,648
Three nights would be good in Boston. Parking can be expensive so check on that when looking at hotels. September and October are popular months in Boston.

The Hampton Inn Cambridge/Boston has free parking and is right near the Lechmere stop of the subway. It's a short ride from there into Boston. It's not in a scenic area but it is safe and convenient.
cw is offline  
Old Jan 10th, 2016, 10:02 AM
  #10  
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 12,437
Late September is a nice time for this drive, but if you're going for "fall colors" it's a bit early, and if you're going for "coastal scenery" I wouldn't pick Portland (it's more of a foodie destination)...unless you're planning to do day-trips out of Portland to Cape Elizabeth, to Kennebunkport, to the Sebago Lakes maybe.

Also Portland might not be particularly budget-friendly while Kennebunkport/Ogunquit area has some great deals late September.

The Winthrop Arms Hotel or the Harrington House B&B are budget places to stay near Boston...you do have to allow for a 25 min commute into the city (bus 15 mins then Blue Line 10mins) and deal with the bus schedule etc.
clarkgriswold is offline  
Old Jan 10th, 2016, 10:21 AM
  #11  
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 16,712
Usually I would say 3 nights in Boston but if you want to see fall foliage longer in northern New England would make sense. The foliage peaks in north central VT where I live very late September/early october
Vttraveler is online now  
Old Jan 10th, 2016, 12:14 PM
  #12  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 67
Thanks Vttraveler. Where would you recommend to stay in Vermont. We have 1 or nights between Boston and Montreal. Someone has suggested Montpellier and someone else Burlington.
Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks
lidboymk2 is offline  
Old Jan 10th, 2016, 12:30 PM
  #13  
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 16,712
Montpelier is a much smaller city even though it is the state capital. Burlington is Vt's biggest city but still very small by most standards. The color would probably be better around Montpelier but really the two are not far apart. It is a busy time of year so good to reserve ahead ASAP

There is a foliage festival in small towns in Northeastern VT the end of September/first week in October with special events, tours, dinners, etc. This is the schedule from last year
http://www.findandgoseek.net/listing...airs-festivals
Vttraveler is online now  
Old Jan 10th, 2016, 12:31 PM
  #14  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 67
As Clarkgrisworld said Portland seems expensive bit we would like to go there so need to find a place outside, Any ideas please ?
lidboymk2 is offline  
Old Jan 10th, 2016, 11:06 PM
  #15  
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 12,437
Outside Portland look at Higgins Beach Inn, or maybe the Best Western Freeport Inn.
clarkgriswold is offline  
Old Jan 11th, 2016, 03:31 AM
  #16  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 25,625
We have stayed at the Elmwood Resort in Wells ME. It's just a former hotel re-done as condos and right on Rt 1 but quiet enough. The advantage is having a real kitchen and LR. Late September is usually a beautiful time of year with great weather. The Ogunquit Playhouse is still running if you want to attend a musical/play.
dfrostnh is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
jeverett
United States
10
Aug 19th, 2019 05:26 AM
joshuatwelch
United States
2
Jun 22nd, 2019 03:44 PM
memellow
United States
19
Sep 22nd, 2014 02:32 AM
scoobydoo15
United States
12
Jul 11th, 2007 03:32 AM
Kallie
United States
8
Aug 8th, 2003 04:39 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

FODOR'S VIDEO