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Hi everyone! It's been a long time since I posted, but I could really use some advice. We are planning on a week long vacation to New England in May. We (husband and I) will be traveling with our five year old twin girls. Because of this I'm trying to find an area or two to base ourselves so we can explore. Long hikes and extreme sports are obviously out. We are looking for a region with enough to do, even if that's just walks around towns or playgrounds some of the time, to keep us busy.

I'm very intrigued by the White Mountains and/or Lake Winnipesaukee. I would also love to explore some of Maine, near Portland. We have never been to either state. We love nature, beautiful scenery, walks, biking and cute/quaint towns. I like the idea of a boat ride on the lake or a gondola up to the top of a mountain, maybe a historic train ride. The area has to be family friendly (no fancy restaurants for us this time around!).

Is May a good time of year to visit? I don't expect swimming weather, of course, but I'm hoping to avoid summer crowds. It looks like we could stay in one area in NH and visit Portland as a daytrip. Is it better to break the trip up into two different areas and spend a few nights near Portland?

We would be flying from Charlotte, using Southwest because we have miles. We could fly into Manchester or Portland.

I would really appreciate any advice or suggestions.Thank you!!


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