See new england in 3 weeks

Old Oct 6th, 2003, 01:04 PM
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See new england in 3 weeks

l am planning to spend 3 weeks in new
england in the last week of sept-first two weeks in oct in 2004
l plan to arrive in boston by air pick up car
stay two nights and then move on to ?
This is where l need you help how to see
the best of new england in the next 19 days
my only idea so far is to to stay in just three locations and travel out daily to see the sights or should l stay in more locations
all help welcome
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Old Oct 6th, 2003, 01:51 PM
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Highly recommend perusing "New England's Best-Loved Driving Tours". Over 19 days, you'll be able to visit only some of New England; this book will help you figure out destinations most appealing to you and plan your time.

Note that you will be visiting during fall foliage season, which is terrific, but rates for accomodations will be at their highest, except along the coast of Maine and on Cape Cod where the rates go down right after Labor Day.
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First, picking up a car on the first day means you will then pay to leave it in the Boston hotel parking lot (they all charge for parking). I also would consider flying into either Manchester NH or Providence RI. I would also recommend checking out Yankee Magazine's website and suggested drives. I like country fairs and one of the best I have attended is the Common Ground Fair held in Unity (I think) ME sponsored by the organic farmers group. It is held in late September and within decent driving distance of Camden Maine or Bar Harbor. I think I would also opt to go to Maine first while the weather is still mild and you can enjoy the short hike to Owl's Head light (Rockland) and the view from Mt Battie (auto road) overlooking Camden harbor. But since this would be a long drive from Boston, I would suggest your first two nights be in Portsmouth NH. Great eating, history and scenery. Take a harbor or inland river cruise.
Visit mid-week in NH mountains. I'm going to suggest Concord NH as your base because it's one hour from the lakes/mountains, one hour from the coast, one hour from Boston. You can also loop into VT to visit Quechee, Woodstock, etc. From Concord a good day trip could be a drive up Rt 93 thru the mountains with lunch in VT at the Miss Lyndonville Diner. Then head south and return to Concord via Rt 89. Concord NH to Burlington VT is about 3 hours. Although maybe Hanover NH area on the VT line would give you better access to VT.
My third choice of location might be somewhere in CT's quiet northeastern corner. This would give you easy access to Mystic, Providence and Newport RI, and yet not too far from visiting Sturbridge and Stockbridge MA.
Have fun!
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Make sure you go to Newport RI to see the mansions and the ocean and check out Kennebunk Me and Providence RI - and if you can, go up the Kangamangus Highway in NH to see amazing foilage. New England in the fall is magical.
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Old Oct 13th, 2003, 08:50 PM
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If I had 3 wks in Sept I would probably try to fit in

3 nights Boston (weekend preferred)
2 nights Alton Bay, NH
3 nights White Mtns
2 nights Moosehead Lake Maine
3 nights Bar Harbor Maine
2 nights Camden Rockport Maine
2 nights Sebago Lake
3 nights Cape Cod
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clarkgriswolds suggestions are good but it leaves out Vermont, Connecticut and Rhode Island. dfrostnh has a more comprehensive iteninary.

Stowe VT is a very worthwhile destination. VT is not like NH or ME. The topography is different. 5 nights in the NH Alton Bay and White Mountains is overkill. They are adjecant to each other. Staying in North Conway can get you in proximity to both. 3 nights out of your 3 weeks should be enough. You also should see Newport RI for the mansions. Its part of NE and is beautiful. 2 nights there would be good. And CT is also very nice - home of Yale University, Mystic seaport living museum, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos, Mark Twains home.

There's a lot to see in do and you are fortunate to have 3 weeks. I would recommend you check out for more information. Have a great trip.
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Spend a few days in Provincetown...step away from reality and relax in what in the off season is a town that becomes out of touch with the main land....Ptown has great food, graet beaches, walking trails, shopping and offersa casual approach to life that is refreshing. It accepts all life styles with open arms....part of the charm really....just relax, people watch, se some whales, breathe the air....and oh relax.....
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I live in NH and work in VT ... and I'd second the idea of flying into MHT - nice easy airport and good access to northern NE without the hassles. Maybe plan a circular trip, ending up with a few days in Boston where you can drop the car and then shuttle back to MHT for flights.

I'd suggest planning on heading into Maine and Northern NH/VT at the beginning - we're already getting "possible light snow" in the North now and peak foliage has already passed here in Southern NH/VT by now. Also try to avoid driving the main foliage routes (Kankamangus, etc in NH, Quechee in VT) on the weekends - it gets very crowded and all us natives get cranky! For the White Mountains views, try to avoid the main Conway area - traffic there is always a bit outrageous (the outlet stores have overwhelmed the lack of roads) but there is a lovely little inn near Mt. Washington called the Dana Place Inn (I think) which is tucked a bit out of the way and has wonderful fireplaces, food and a great indoor pool & hot tub to take the Fall chill off.

I'm not a Maine fan, so no suggestions for there but I'd heartily second the idea of a few days in Portsmouth, NH - my daughter and I go there for long weekends and love the great selection of restaurants as well the ocean views.

Staying in Hanover and driving around Queechee would also be on my list - Hanover is beautiful, has good amenities thanks to Dartmouth and is a very short drive over the CT river to Queechee and Woodstock,VT. One really fun thing to do there is the Simon Pierce glassblowing factory (not the restaurant one in Queechee, but the site just south of Woodstock, VT) - they have a super setup for watching their talented folks create the most amazing glassware (sophisticated, not "crafty").

From Hanover area, I'd suggest a drive down Rt 91 toward Brattleboro and 2 great food stops - in Walpole, NH Burdick's Chocolates has opened a restaurant - Walpole is home to Ken Burns' production crew, a perfect NE village look and Burdicks is the most amazing chocolate you will ever taste! (Try there hot cocoa and pastries and you may decide to move to Walpole for that alone!)

For a completely NH experience, on Fall weekends only, just south of Walpole in Westmoreland is Stuart and Johns Pancake House - paper plates, pancakes, waffles and doughnuts made as you order with S&J's own maple syrup - perfect! and the crowd is still local farmers and friends ... wear your John Deere cap and enjoy.

We take visitors to Stuart and Johns' for breakfast then head across the CT RIver to one of the orchards to pick apples ... which is a mighty good way to experience Northern NE.

I'd probably drive south again on 91 straight down to New Haven - see Yale and the museums there and then head east to Essex and the coastal towns then on the Newport. Western CT is pretty built up and the NW corner, while beautiful feels redundant to me after NH/VT .

Also, I don't know Providence at all but I've heard it's become a really fun city so it might be worth checking out.

And the Cape off season is wonderful!

Have a grand time!

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I've lived in New England all my life, and will recommend my personal favorites for your visit!
For the last week of September, I'd start with the rocky coasts of Maine. Ogunquit, Kennebunkport, and Portland are all very scenic and full of great shops and restaurants. Then I'd head west for the foliage tour, including the Mount Washington and Lincoln areas of New Hampshire, and the Woodstock and Queechee areas of Vermont. The Simon Pearce glass factory is great, and I like the exhibits in the restaurant one, as much as the Windsor Factory. There is also the Billings Farm Museum nearby in Woodstock, and the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner, NH en route.
When in the Boston area, I recommend touring the Northshore area. Salem, MA is especially fun prior to Halloween during October. Lots of witch-hunt related tours, spooky "haunted" hours, and psychics, plus a couple great museums (Peabody Essex).
When in Boston, be sure to take in the "Duck Tour," and perhaps walk part of Freedom Trail, or visit the Isabella Stewart Gardiner Museum. There are also some great live theatre and concert performances in Boston.
Be sure to visit Cape Cod, Massachusetts (my favorites are Chatham and the National Seashore in Eastham), and Newport, RI before leaving. The mansions there are just incredible!
Hope you have a wonderful visit, and enjoy your vacation in our part of the world!
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Perhaps Ian and Edge can compare notes!
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