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KristiMichelle May 25th, 2006 08:18 PM

New England Trip Recommendations
We are interested in visiting the New England States either late summer or early fall. We don't want to go when it's really hot and humid...any advice there? Also, we are interested in cute towns with antique shops, tag sales, unique & yummy restarants & cafes, funky shops and a harbor with working lobster boats. If you have any recommendations we'd love to hear them! Thanks!

irishswampyankee May 26th, 2006 01:13 AM

Boothbay Harbor, ME has many working lobster boats. You can even go out on a tour. There are also outside docks for eating them, plus shops and other harbor cruises. Another idea, but no ocean, would be Rt. 100 through VT for picturesque villages. Early fall (mid Sept) could be quite cool so if you choose that time, just bring a couple of layers.

tovarich May 26th, 2006 02:58 AM

Bar Harbor Maine.Great place and the only National park in N.England; Acadia.Then The White mountain area in N.Hampshire.Jackson is a good place as a base. In VERMONT you have Burlington and Shelburne(visit the great outdoor museum)-Bennington-Mohawk trail in MA and visit at the end the Clark art institute.-In Connecticut visit Litchfield-the Housatonic valley-New Haven university(tour with last year student)-Mystic seaport(great)-Newport Rhode island(visit the Bleakers)-Wood's hole (cape cod)-ferry to Martha's vineyard)-Trip to Provincetown-Then to Plymouth(visit Plimoth plantation)-back to Boston 3 day visit)The first day take the Trolley. Paul

dfrostnh May 26th, 2006 03:56 AM

August can be a wonderful month. The agricultural fairs have started. Lots of people are still having yard sales. Summe theater is still running. You can visit Yankee Magazine's website for some route ideas. You can easily spend a week in just one area of Maine. We like the Camden area. Unless you want to visit Boston, fly into MHT (Manchester NH). You can be over to the coast i.e. Portsmouth NH is less than an hour. If you came in early August, the NH League of Arts and Crafts has a fantastic week long craft fair in Sunapee NH. If you choose late September, the Common Ground Fair in Unity NH (not too far from the coast) is sponsored by the organic farmers association and features some wonderful handmade crafts and yummy organic food. I would split my week between two great places ... the problem is choosing which two places! Best way to eat a lobster is on an open deck. Also in August you can expect to see fresh blueberries sold by the side of the road in Maine.

girlonthego May 26th, 2006 04:05 AM

The Lake Winnipausake area is quite beautiful. I would look at the Wolfeboro Inn. Wolfeboro used to be a small town with cute shops and antique places close by. We went there as kids for vacations. Then a drive up to coastal Maine would be nice.

kaudrey May 26th, 2006 06:10 AM

girlonthego - my parents live in Wolfeboro, and I can say it is STILL a cute little town and a great area to go antiquing. :) I visit there every August and at Christmas. Both are great times to visit!

The town often has craft fairs on the weekends. No lobster boats, though.

ParrotMom May 26th, 2006 06:20 AM

Wickford, R.I. is a cute little town filled with antique shops... Frankly, I think September is a great time for yard sales, flea markets and the best time in N.E.

girlonthego May 26th, 2006 06:44 AM

Some of my best childhood memories were vacationing in Wolfeboro. We rented cabins at the Piping Rock every year for the first two weeks of July. We went to the big carnival in town and Baileys for ice cream. I remember the YumYum shop and Blacks gift shop. I bought many books at the used bookstore. We always thought there was a great mystery(I was a big Nancy drew fan) about the Libby family. Their old home was on the property at Piping Rock. We probably started going in the late 60's and spent most likely all of the 70's there. There were no tv's or airconditioning. I remember wearing sweatshirts at night. I also remember playing charades and games with all of the parents. We used to put on shows on the front porches... Great memories. It was fun to think of all the old places. :)

tracys2cents May 26th, 2006 08:11 AM

September just after Labor Day usually brings perfect weather, and the mosquitoes are gone. So are most of the tourists, so you can tour around without reservations and have a great time. We like Boothbay Harbor the best (Andrew's Harborside Restaurant and the local ice cream factory on the wharf-yum)...but a couple of nights lakeside would be nice if you have the time (Belgrade Lakes or Sebago Lake...check out or

KristiMichelle May 26th, 2006 03:44 PM

Thank you everyone who took the time to reply. I'm getting really excited about our trip. I just discovered this sight & what a fun way to plan a trip! Heck, the planning is half the fun!

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