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    Default Last minute trip, Mid April Boston - Maine - Boston, help and recommendations!!


    Am looking to get some help and recommendations on a late booked road trip as below, I hope that someone can assist with some pointers.

    Wife and I will be flying into Boston on the 11th April and staying there for 2 nights. We then have a hire car and 7 more nights to explore the Maine coast before returning to the Boston area on the 20th for our flight home on the 21st. This is what we have been thinking so far, any comments or suggestions are welcome. Leave Boston on the Saturday morning and drive north, but not too far, maybe stopping for the night in Salem, Rockport or Gloucester. We intend to book accommodation in advance for this night as it's a Saturday and I believe it's a State holiday that weekend so maybe busy (?).

    Question - any recommendation to which town to stay in on that Saturday night? Hotel / B&B recommendations also welcome, budget will be up to $150 a night hopefully less. We are both early 40's and enjoy eating out, going to bars and would like to chat to friendly locals during our trip. During the day happy to potter about and look at nice views.

    After that Saturday night we have no fixed destinations or places to visit although we would like to keep to the coast. We realise that the weather probably won't be great in April so not planning on going too far north, probably as far as Portland as I hear it's a foodie city.

    Personally I want to make sure to see Ogunquit and Kennebunk as they look lovely. We don't want to plan too much as if we find ourselves somewhere that we really like we want to be able to stay an extra night without worrying about getting to the next hotel booking.

    Question - other than the places I have mentioned, any other must see Maine towns on our way up to Portland?
    If we have time on our hands after that, we may come back down south of Boston and try and see some of Cape Cod or Rhode Island. Is it feasible to travel from there to Logan airport on the Sunday morning in time for our evening flight or should we aim to stay closer?

    Many thanks


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    Tucson, AZ

    Default Some of My Own Favorite Spots

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    I lived for about a dozen years on the Maine/New Hampshire coast and traveled a fair bit during my time there, so let me share a few spots that I found most interesting. Just north of Boston, Cape Ann is a wonderful little retreat especially Rockport (although parking is a real problem) and Halibut Point State Park. And a little farther north Plum Island State Park is a great place to hike. Yes, that weekend in April is a state holiday in Massachusetts, Patriots day celebrating the beginning of the Revolutionary War, but aside from Boston where the Boston Marathon will be run and the Red Sox will be opening their baseball season, it shouldn't be too bad.

    Working on up into New Hampshire, check out Odiorne State Park, the 'island' town of New Castle, and Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth. Also, Newick's in Dover and Warren's in Kittery are good places to experience a good old New England lobster dinner. Moving 'Down East' into Maine, check out the Nubble in Cape Neddick (York) and Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth, and walk the Eastern Promenade and the waterfront in Portland. Be sure to stop in at L.L. Bean's in Freeport, visit Colonial Pemaquid south of Damariscotta, and take the ferry from Stonington out to Isle au Haut.

    As you might be able to infer from the above, I would recommend that you not try to retrace your steps and get through Boston and down to Cape Cod or Rhode Island on this trip, particularly since Logan Airport is on the north side of Boston and you'd have to get through the city yet again to reach your flight on Sunday morning if you're 'down south'.


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    Thanks AZBUCK, plenty of ideas there to keep us busy!

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    Providence, RI is only 45 minutes to Logan..Great food up on Federal Hill (Providence) you wouldn't want to miss..Also they have Twin River Casino that has great entertainment in Lincoln RI and is a very easy commute back to Boston. The Hampton Inn just built a new hotel close by and is very nice and reasonably priced. It is located in Smithfield RI, easy highway access

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