New England Summer 2013
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Jun 16, 2013 5:55 PM Last Post By: LindseyHansen
Feb 10, 2013 8:34 AM
New England Summer 2013Hello!
My boyfriend and I are planning a week-long trip to New England in either July or August of this year. We are from western PA and are 23 and 24 and we will be driving our own car. We are interested in nature, scenery, hiking, culture, a little bit of history, and we love places that are walkable. We are not interested in museums, clubbing, or really any sort of nightlife as we are both essentially non-drinkers. We are also not foodies in the slightest, and will be bringing food from home, and eating at cheaper places to keep costs down. We would like to try to keep our hotel costs around an average of $125, which from what I have seen online seems to be manageable; we don't mind staying further out of Boston to pay a little less. We are okay with driving in city traffic. Our tentative itinerary is as follows:
Day 1: Arrive Boston in late morning. Explore Boston.
Day 2: Explore Boston, drive to Kennebunkport, ME in the evening.
Day 3: Explore Kennebunkport, ME.
Day 4: Drive from Kennebunkport, ME to North Conway, NH in the morning.
Day 5: White Mountains.
Day 6: White Mountains.
Day 7: Leave North Conway, NH in the morning.
In Boston we plan to walk the Freedom Trail, go to the New England Aquarium, walk around Chinatown and the North End. Is a day and a half enough time for this? We chose Kennebunkport for its proximity to our other destinations as well as the nearby Wildlife Refuge that looks like it has some nice walks, and the town looks quaint and pretty too. Is there another town we should go to instead? I've heard good things about Bar Harbor and Acadia, but it it's a lot further north for our time frame, and I don't know that the one full day we have allotted to Maine would do it justice. We also considered cutting out Maine in order to spend more time in Boston. We plan on using North Conway as our base for doing day hikes in the White Mountains, and plan on visiting the outlets too. Based on our interests, is there anything we should change? I know it's a tight schedule, but we only have 7 days and neither of us have been to New England before. We appreciate any and all advice!
Feb 10, 2013 9:01 AM
1For your interests, you MUST find a way to work Acadia in. What I'd do is this: Skip Kennebunkport altogether, and steal a day from the White Mountains. The White Mountains are nicer than what you've got in Pennsylvania, but not by leaps and bounds. So I'd do this:
Day 1: Arrive Boston, see Boston.
Day 2 (AM): More Boston. PM, drive up the coast to Maine. You do the math as to how far up you want to drive.
Day 3: Finish drive to Bar Harbor; one hike in Acadia.
Day 4: Acadia.
Day 5: Drive A.M. to New Hampshire.
Day 6. Hike in White Mountains.
Day 7: Leave.
Chinatown in Boston is pretty small and not very good as far as Chinatowns go. If you've seen the one in New York, or even the one in Philadelphia, the one in Boston is almost comically small. As for the North End, the Freedom Trail goes right through it.
Feb 10, 2013 9:02 AM
Meant to say: "nicer than the mountainous areas you've got in Pennsylvania."
Feb 10, 2013 9:06 AM
Or a little farther to Portland.
Feb 10, 2013 9:20 AM
4The ladder trails in Acadia are a must if you are going to Maine.
The Cliff Walk in Newport is one of America's great walks.
Are you not interested in Mystic Seaport?
Have you considered attending WaterFire in Providence? A night time event that takes place every two weeks in warm months. See Last year's schedule:
Feb 10, 2013 9:31 AM
Feb 10, 2013 10:02 AM
6Thank you for all the suggestions! We have been to the Chinatowns in both Toronto and NYC, so it is good to know that Boston's will not require nearly as much time...we're now thinking that we definately do not need any more time in Boston than have have already. We will definately consider Acadia now that it seems it is worth the extra driving even if we would only be there a day and a half.
Thank you for the suggestions for WaterFire and the Mystic seaport. Although I love maritime history, it is not really my boyfriend's cup of tea, so that's probably out. WaterFire looks really neat too, but I'm not sure we have the time to make the detour.
Feb 10, 2013 1:12 PM
Feb 11, 2013 6:29 AM
8Massachusetts has no sales tax on clothing
see.....PREMIUMOUTLETS.COM / WRENTHAM M.A.
one hours drive south-west of downtown Boston
on I - 495.
A good place to stayover outside Boston is Burlington M.A.
there is a good number of affordable hotels as well as a good
size mall and close by an LLBEAN retail store.
enjoy the White Mountains.
Feb 11, 2013 12:27 PM
Jun 16, 2013 5:55 PM
10I think you have a great itinerary! Then again...I live in Kennebunkport and spend my weekends and summers in the White Mountains. The other comments about Acadia are great, but that should be a seperate trip. Fitting in Acadia would be a ton of time in the car.
Here's a few pieces of advice:
- Boston - Freedom Trail is a great long walk. You'll see a lot of the big sites and pass historic sites. There are great places to eat along the way too. Boston has a great science museum and aquarium also.
- In Kennebunkport - go to Kennebunk (gooches) beach for a beach day, have a lobster roll (my favorites are at the Arundel Warf Restuarant (outdoor seating), Clam Shack, or Allison's. Also, walk from the 'port down Ocean Ave to view the Bush Estate and back. This is a great walk along the river and ocean. One day you should drive up to Portland to check it out. It's a nice little city. Drive out to Cape Elizabeth (5 min from Portland) and see the Portland Head Light. George Washington commisioned this lighthouse and it's gorgeous. I wrote about it on my blog here: http://thefreelanceadventurer.blogspot.com/2012/11/portland-head-light.html
- In the Whites. Make sure you drive up to the Pinkham Notch Visitor center. Take the short "square ledge hike" across the road (.5 miles) to get a glimpse of Mt. Washington. If you want a bigger hike, the staff at the visitor center can help you. Check out my advice about hiking in the Whites on my blog here: http://thefreelanceadventurer.blogspot.com/2013/06/advice-for-hiking-in-white-mountains.html
I think your itinerary is great. You'll see different things but still be able to relax and not spend the whole time in the car. Save Acadia for another trip. For more info about travel in NH/Maine, check out my blog post on Planning Guide to NH/MAine: http://thefreelanceadventurer.blogspot.com/2012/11/planning-guide-for-maine-and-nh-vacation.html
Have a Great trip!
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