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    New England - Trip Advice

    Hi all,
    My fiance and I are hoping to get married late Sept this year, and are wanting to go to New England for our honeymoon, to see the Fall and the lighthouses. From the UK we'd fly in to Boston, but otherwise we're not really sure to go. It will probably be the first couple of weeks in october. Can anyone suggest any quaint towns, B&Bs, quilt shops, walking spots, country fairs or anything else that we should try to get to on our trip over?
    Any advice greatly recieved! Thanks!

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    Go to New Hampshire and go into the famous Keepsake Quilting store. You will think you died and went to Heaven as soon as you walk in their door...that is how it felt to me on my first visit.

    You have plenty of time to do lots of research on the States in New England.Vermont is beautiful too. In Bennington they put the original Dear Jane quilt on display every Fall.
    "In this age of information, ignorance is a choice".

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    Be sure you have hotel reservations in advance. It is prime foliage season and especially on weekends there may be no rooms available for walk-ins.
    Acadia National Park is a wonderful place to see, also drive up or down Route 100 in Vermont. Ditto on Keepsake Quilting. Mt. Washington Cog Railway in NH is unique. Shelburne Museum in VT has a large quilt collection among many other things, including an old Lake Champlain steam boat that came over land to its final home at the museum. Kancamaugus Highway in NH is a famous drive in foliage season but may be crowded.

    Cape Cod in MA is beautiful. Boston is a nice city for walking.

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    In our US libraries there are usually good selections of photograhic books of scenic tours of world places including New England. Perhaps your library has a selection like this for you to browse through. You can order pamphlets from each state that will tell you about their tourist spots, geographical highlights, etc. including coupons for places to stay and eat and have other information. Your best bet is from research on the area. You sound as if you probably know the location and history of the lighthouses now. I don't know how long you are staying but thank goodness New England is small because you are wanting to tour the coast and the inland areas. You will need good planning.
    Best wishes to you on your marriage.

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    Our favorite small town in NE is Rockport Mass. Very picturesque. Pictures of it are often found on jigsaw puzzles and promotional ads, etc. The best part is the fabulous clam chowder that you can eat right on the docks, where the fishing boats come in. It is the most delicious NE clam chowder!

    Cape Cod, Acadia National Park, and the city of Boston are also beautiful areas to see. Just driving through the NE countryside anywhere is fantastic!

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    How much driving are you willing to do? Arcadia is a good distance from Boston. Are you planning to stay in a hotel in Boston? Very pricey$$$$. Outside the city may be better for travelling. Are you history buffs? Quincy has the birth places of John Adams and John Quincy Adams and the family mansion to see. Plymouth has the Mayflower and "Plymouth Rock" and a great reenactment of Plimoth Plantation(dressed characters and all). A great place to eat on the water in Plymouth is East Bay Grille--not cheap but excellent--I've enjoyed the cod twice! PM me when you are closer to your trip and maybe we could meet for a lunch!
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    Keep in mind that the fall foliage peaks moving from north to south, and by early to mid-october the trees may be mostly bare in the northernmost areas, so plan to follow the color as it moves south. I am in northern Berkshire county in Western Massachusetts, and the best foliage is usually the first week of October. There is a local celebration and fall foliage parade in North Adams, Mass. which will be on Sunday, October 6, 2013. While there you could visit Mass MoCA, the Massachusetts Museum of Modern Art, the Francine and Sterling Clark Art Institute, and many other local attractions. There is a nice bike trail, the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail ( https://www.google.com/search?q=ashu...w=1366&bih=577 ), 11.2 miles, from Adams, Mass to Pittsfield, Mass which is a beautiful, relaxed ride through pretty countryside, and I'm sure there are bike rentals locally. There are many nice B&B's in the area including the Harbour House Inn in Cheshire, Mass which includes a view of my house on the mountainside opposite it! And from my house I can see Mount Greylock, which is the highest of the Appalachian Mountains in Massachusetts, and on a clear day you can see New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire from the summit, which is an easy car ride accessible from two nearby towns, with a nice lodge
    ( http://bascomlodge.net/ ) and restaurant at the peak, a great place to photograph the fall colors. Each year on Columbus Day hundreds of locals hike the mountain on the Greylock Ramble. Transportation to the trail head is provided in Adams, Mass. So, you can see there is plenty to do around here whether you prefer cultural events or physical activity. I can't say enough about how beautiful it is around here, and hope you put it on your itinerary.

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    There isn't a corner of NE that isn't beautiful. It's full of B&Bs, quaint inns and gorgeous little towns. I love Cape Cod, but there are beautiful little towns all the way along the coast. If you head inland, there are mountains in western Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire. You should decide if you want to stay near the water or head inland - that will help you make decisions about where to stay. You can't go wrong no matter what you decide!
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    We love Rockport...I agree..go to the state park there its beautiful. a bit of a walk put worth it and no people...ocen, rocks and boats. Keepsakes is ok...but only if you plan on going to that area...it is by the lake right up across the road. The white mountains in NH are awesome!!! Loon mountain is worth the trip and take the ride to the top of the mountian. Main is pretty by the coast. Boston in the City...is Outstanding...go to the Northend...the buildings are beautiful..I do recommend the duck tour.
    Quote Originally Posted by Central Ohio Quilter View Post
    Our favorite small town in NE is Rockport Mass. Very picturesque. Pictures of it are often found on jigsaw puzzles and promotional ads, etc. The best part is the fabulous clam chowder that you can eat right on the docks, where the fishing boats come in. It is the most delicious NE clam chowder!

    Cape Cod, Acadia National Park, and the city of Boston are also beautiful areas to see. Just driving through the NE countryside anywhere is fantastic!

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    Please come to Vermont - we have lots of scenery to treat the eye. And if you do, come to A Quilter's Garden in Montpelier, Vermont, the smallest state capital in the country. I agree with all of those who recommend Acadia Park in Maine, but I am guessing you see lots of ocean at home - why not come see out Mountains? I can't guarantee peak foliage - but October is the best chance for the beautiful leaves.
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