New England early september
Replies: 24 - Last Post: Jul 16, 2012 6:04 AM Last Post By: maxcampbell
Jul 14, 2012 12:45 AM
New England early septemberThanks to help on my previous thread self & wife, both 58, English, on first trip to USA now decided on New England - flying in (1st september) & out (16th september) of Boston, hiring a car.
Definite places to visit so far are Cape Cod; Mystic Seaport; Acadia.
Where else? As said in previous thread, want small town "real" america, not cities. Expect to move every couple of days, staying B&B's eating at budget diners etc.
Jul 14, 2012 5:49 AM
1Drive north from Acadia/Mt. Desert Island along the coast and stop to visit the fishing villages en route. Cross over the short bridge to Campobello Island, New Brunswick. There are B&Bs and motels on the island. Visit President Franklin D. Roosevelt's boyhood summer home/mansion and tour museum. Drive out to lighthouse on east side and watch the Bay of Fundy's world's highest tidal fluctuations and watch the whales swimming in on the waves following fish. Take a whale-watching boat ride.
There are many boat rides that you may take offshore from Mt. Desert Island to nearby smaller islands with tiny fishing villages. Each of the villages on Mt. Desert Island has its own unique charm -- Northeast Harbor has sailing races; Southwest Harbor has lobstermen and fishermen; Bar Harbor is very touristy, but fun. Visit the lighthouses and hike the trails in Acadia National Park.
Jul 14, 2012 7:35 AM
What are your interests? History? Art? Music? Food? Hikes? Bikes? Remember, we don't know you, and what we like may be what you hate.
Your travel time may be on the edge of leaf peeping season in Maine.
Also, Monday, 3 September is Labor Day. That weekend (Fri-Mon) is the unofficial end of hte summer travel season. Accordinly, places get busy, especially in parks and coastal areas.
Jul 14, 2012 11:36 AM
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Jul 14, 2012 12:26 PM
5Be aware that B&Bs in New England are generally not budget accommodation. They tend to be tastefully furnished historical houses, many of them designed for a romantic weekend in a scenic spot.
Cape Cod is in a different direction from everywhere else, and the traffic is legendarily bad. A quick look at a map will tell you why. If you insist on going there, do it last. Don't fight the Labor Day traffic on your arrival. In fact, don't fight the traffic at all. Take a boat from Boston Harbor to Provincetown either for a daytrip or for a longer stay. Or you could live like a local and experience a full-blown, miles-long holiday traffic jam. Your call.
Jul 14, 2012 12:38 PM
6Thanks for that - I realise CC is south, whereas the rest is north, but sitting here the distances don't look too bad. "Live like a local" comment was after getting wound up by the bazooka guy.
OK, get it re B&B's, thanks - so budget is what, motels? Don't want chain hotels - wouldn't count as "real".
Jul 14, 2012 4:40 PM
7from Portland Maine, drive east on route 302
through the Whiite Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire.
Sept, is a popular time to visit
make sure you book accomodation now for the weekends
otherwise you'll be driving hundreds of miles south to find
Use Google MAPS to workout your route, distances and timings
Edited by: yofletch
Jul 14, 2012 7:23 PM
Jul 14, 2012 7:41 PM
Jul 14, 2012 7:48 PM
10max, if you want this thread to devolve into flames (and many here are willing to oblige), keep at it.
Or would you like to try again?
But if you find an imaginary one, please let me know. I might want to take a picture.
Jul 15, 2012 1:49 AM
11Well, bzookaj, just feedback, you know, but your sig line comments, no doubt meant as hot tips to get people to ask the right questions, just really rubbed me up the wrong way. I think I'd only broken one of your rules - the "real" thing, and it's just shorthand to try to show that we want to see & experience the stuff away from the tourist track.
We brits see so much of the USA on TV & film - I want to see the bits just out of shot - the bits the locals use, not the stuff put up only for tourists, and I'd even put it in inverted commas, to indicate that I was aware of slightly dodgy use.
But hey, thanks for the tips about route 302 out of Portland, and route 1 north of Acadia, and we shall leave Mystic / Cape Cod 'til the end of the trip, away from labor day.
Can't see the other replies while I'm drafting this, but I am putting lots of ideas into Google maps, so thanks to all contributors.
Jul 15, 2012 4:06 AM
12There are no chain hotels north of Mt. Desert Island along Route #1, as I recall. Maybe a couple of chain motels. Mt. Desert Island offers a variety of lodging choices -- the best options would be just before you arrive at the entrance to Acadia National Park, about 3 miles before Bar Harbor. I did not drive on Interstate-95 north of Portland, as I recall, because it is a toll road and I was pulling my travel trailer, which would have added to fees. I did drive through Freeport, Maine, which has the L L Bean sportsmen's anchor store plus high quality outlet discount stores. There are very scenic, tiny villages north of Freeport along Route #1, that are worth exploring and maybe spending one night. Cabella's sportsmen's store is also near Freeport and worth seeing, if only for their huge dioramas of taxidermy trophy animals.
Jul 15, 2012 10:01 AM
13The OP has been asked what his interests are, yet seven posts later he cannot tell us.
Bazookaj is not the only person that requests that information, pretty much every poster here does. That is because people spend a great deal of their free time, out of the goodness of their hearts, giving FREE advice and itineraries, researching and posting links to much helpful information for people they don't know. It is very helpful for them to know specifics about your trip so they don't waste their precious time posting things they think you may enjoy, only to find later in the thread that the person has already been to the places and done the things suggested, or has no interest in same. I see it happen all the time in this forum, and really have to hand it to the regular posters here for their infinite patience in dealing with people like you who are too lazy to research any part of their own vacation but leave it to others to do it for them, and then insult people like Bazookaj for asking that you help us by using the least effort on your part to provide a few details. I am really blown away by people who have so little curiosity about their own vacation that they do minimal research on their own before posting here.
I happen to live in New England, and would be willing to give you some information, but since I don't know what you want to do while you are here except "live like a local," will not bother wasting my time to tell you some of the cool things you could do while visiting. If you want to live like a local, here's an itinerary: go to the grocery store, pharmacy, library, bank, Walmart, Target, Burger King, gas station, movies, concerts, historical sites, hikes, drives in the country, beach, mountains, mow the lawn, weed, walk, swim, watch TV, shovel snow . . .
Jul 15, 2012 10:11 AM
"You're a tourist just like everyone else, not visiting royalty."
I suggest you read the FAQ OP as well. Note specifically item #3.
If you come back and indicate your interests, we can help you better. And we do want to help.
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