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Thread: Headed to the Northeast (US) this June/July. What should I see?

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    I agree the Ben and Jerry was not impressive, but the town of Stowe, near by, is amazing! You can squeeze a quilt shop there too. The Shelbourne Museum is great and near by is also Strawberry and Rhubarb (name may have changed recently) quilt shop.

    Have fun!

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    If you need a break between Boston and DC, Philadelphia has some well know attractions. The Liberty Bell and Independence Hall are close together and there are usually story tellers and other actors around to give tours and explain the area history. Parking can be a problem, but tour busses are available. Sounds like a great trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts
    in Vermont you must see the Shelburne Museum just south of Burlington - a fantastic collection of quilts.

    And don't forget Keepsake Quilting in the lakes region of NH. Great shop.
    That is just what I was going to say!

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    I know you will get some wonderful tips from people who actually live in the areas that your will be visiting, but I thought I would tell you about some places I've enjoyed as a tourist:

    Mystic Conn (Mystic Seaport)
    Salem Mass (Witch trial history)
    Bar Harbor Maine (eating lobster by the water at a lobster
    pound)
    Freeport Maine (LL Bean)
    http://www.fdr.net/home (Campobello--FDR home)

    Those are what come to mind right now of neat things we saw.
    Have a great trip!

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    Quote Originally Posted by susie0808
    On your way to DC you could also detour thru NYC and see a broadway show. There are some really good ones out there.
    We've all (except DD) have been to NYC, so we're going to skirt around it. That is a destination vacation that could take up the entire two weeks! We'll send her there another time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug
    Oh...and Salem, Ma...wonderful history...witches...and Plymouth Rock...and the plantation. And I love Gloucester MA http://www.gloucesterma.com/
    My sister lives on the Martha Vineyard - its expensive to bring your car over and back.
    OOhhh Salem .....witches. Sounds interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QBeth
    While in Vermont, consideer going to the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory! It's a wonderful tour on how the bears are made, repaired, etc.

    As for Ben & Jerry's, I wasn't impressed. People tell me it used to be better a few years back before it was bought from the original owners. Also, the tour, if I remember correctly, involved a lot of stairs.

    Just MHO.
    Thanks, I'll check on the stairs. My mom probably won't be able to do that.

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    I KNEW you would come up with some great ideas. I'm thinking this will need to be a two month vacation rather than two and 1/2 weeks.

    THanks for the ideas and keep them coming!

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    Come up to the north shore of Boston. Marblehead is beautiful, lots to see and do (4th of July weekend in the Marblehead Festival of Arts) and lots of history. Only 16 miles north of Boston.

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    Really depends on where you cross over into NH. If coming across 89 into NH there's an awesome quilt store in Henniker, Quilted Threads.

    If you go to the NH state website, you can look by region there and there is tons of stuff to see here. :-D

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    Not many folks mentioned Maine.The coast line is lovely.Food is good in many places,try haddock chowder,lobster,crab,oh and scallops are the best.Of course I have never had them anywhere but Maine.Clams are geat too.Just have to get the correct chef in order to get the best anything. MHO is that the plainer they are the better they are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by booklady
    Quote Originally Posted by QBeth
    While in Vermont, consideer going to the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory! It's a wonderful tour on how the bears are made, repaired, etc.

    As for Ben & Jerry's, I wasn't impressed. People tell me it used to be better a few years back before it was bought from the original owners. Also, the tour, if I remember correctly, involved a lot of stairs.

    Just MHO.
    Thanks, I'll check on the stairs. My mom probably won't be able to do that.
    I have to say I agree with Qbeth, unless you are like a MEGA ben and jerry fan. and they only give you a tiny sample at the end. I think they should have an ice cream buffet :-)

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    A MUST is Ipswich for the famous Ipswich clams.
    Or Revere Beach for Kelleys lobster roll.
    Oh how i envy you- i am originally from Mass. and would love to be going with you. Have a great trip- and stay safe.

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    Ditto on the Boston traffic. It can be hairy! even for a seasoned driver. We live near Boston and would strongly advise using the "T" which can take you around Boston with many stops along the way. You could also do the Trolley or the "Duck Tour" which stop at many great spots. You can get on and off as many times as you want. You can then gauge how long it might take to walk to the next stop of just do a short walk and return to the spot where you got off. PM me with questions.
    Also: Fourth of July is going to be very crowded so get in town early. Most of all enjoy the area.
    Keepsake Quilting in NH has to be one of your stops and there are great chairs outside the shop for DH :)
    Quote Originally Posted by Radiana
    Must try to get to Plymouth Plantation, it's a recreation of the original settlement. There are people there who take the part of the settlers going about their day. We loved that place.

    Just a word to the wise about Boston.........Unless things have changed since we visited, traffic is a little crazy. It's a wonderful place with lot's to see and do but it's not easy to dr

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobo2000
    If you are driving thru PA in the way to DC,stop thru Lancaster, Intercourse, and Bird in Hand, they all have fantastic quiltshops and great food served family style as this is the heart of Amish Country. REmember, the Amish close everything on Sunday.
    The Kutztown Folk Festival is the week of July 2-10. A must see for beautiful Quilts!

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    It sounds a marvelous holiday, specially with healthy parents in that age group. May it be a everlasting memory, enjoy every moment and give them a dear hug. Wish I could see those falls!

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    Yes. While in Plymouth, try to get out on a whale watch ! you will love it. You can get the boat right there near Plymouth Rock. I'd skip VT and go to Cape Cod, take the fast ferry out to Nantucket Island ans walk around, or take the bus around the island for as little as $1.50 pp.
    Cape Cod is beautiful, and if you do take a whale watch, you can look over to the entire "back side" of the Cape from Provincetown all along the shore if it is a nice clear day. I think it is Bill's Whale Watch servie we've taken many times. Bring a camera !

    Edit: Are you going 4th of July? .... ut oh .... you will be in mega traffic all along the shoreline of the northeast coast at that time. If you can go after the 4th, you will like it a lot better.

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    I see that you already have Niagara Falls on your list. I would suggest the Frank Lloyd Wright house in Buffalo. Buffalo has some of the best historic architecture in the state. Ellicott Square Building, Guarantee Buildng, St Paul's and St Joseph's and Our Lady of Victory Basilicas. The Kodak Mesuem in Rochester and Abbey of the Genesee just south of Rochester, Thousand Islands and the Castle, St Laurence Seaway Locks. Guess you can tell that i think that New York State has a lot to offer tourists. Have a safe trip.

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    Come to Bar Harbor, ME. Acadia National Park is here and it is gorgeous! Pink granite mtns., blue lakes, green pines. So much to see and do! Best LOBSTAH! Your Mom can go on Ollie's Trolley to tour the island, see a lot and not be tired. You all can go on a Whale watching cruise and/or a cruise on an old Schooner. There are two great quilt shops here plus a huge Marden's with a very large fabric dept., also a Super Walmart which may have fabric by that time. The Mardens and Walmart are on your way in to Mt. Desert Island.
    The town and other villages on the island have some very nice shops and places to eat.
    There are many bed & breakfasts here as well as hotels, campgrounds. Make reservations in advance. Google.
    If you do decide you are going to be here, PM me! I will give you my phone number.
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    Quote Originally Posted by booklady
    We're headed to Connecticut via Niagara Falls. Then to Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Down to Boston for the 4th of July. Then on to visit relatives in Wash DC before heading back to the Midwest.

    My DD, my elderly parents (80) and I are driving. I was excited to see Niagara Falls on the way (just a little out of the way). Dad is excited to spend the 4th in Boston (he's hoping we can listen to the Pops on the waterfront and watch the fireworks).

    So far we have Ben & Jerry's on the list of "must see". And I discovered we could stop by the big quilt shop in New Hampshire. And I'd like to find a good stop for lobster in Maine.

    Mom and Dad are pretty good for travel. Mom's legs give out sometimes but she is perfectly happy to sit on a bench or the car to people watch or read a book if she doesn't feel up to the event of the day.

    Any other suggestions?

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    You have got to do the Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds Tour at Niagara Falls. Cave of the Winds Tour is the best - you are up close and personal to the Bridal Falls...the mist is all over you. I loved it. Also, I am just outside of Washington DC. The Smithsonian Musems are the best and they are free. The Spy Museum is great also but there is a charge. Check with your Congressional Rep and see if you can get tickets for a White House Tour - free. All of the great sites in DC are free - The Capital Tour, The Washington Monument, Vietnam Memorial, Arlington Cemetary (burial place of the Kennedys). Washngton DC is a great place and so much to see. Enjoy your vacation.

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    Before you get to Washington DC, do make a detour through the Lancaster area, fabric here is cheap, cheap, cheap for the best, best fabric out there. There is also a quilt museum in Bird in Hand.

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    If you are into US history, when you come out of PA stop in Gettysburg. Purchase the car tour CD at the gift shop and you can drive through the park, stopping, or not, at all the sights. We have gone with the kids and stopped so they could climb on things and then gone as far as they could pay attention.

    When in DC try to hit the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress and take their tours. They are right next to each other and across the street from the Capital. Amazing architecture!

    Check out the www.Kennedy-center.org for tickets. *I think* Wicked is playing around the time you are here :-D

    Have a fantastic time. It sounds amazing!

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    If you can, go over to the Canadian side at Niagara Falls. The entire side along the river road and around the Falls is a provincial park and is the site of the Ontario Gardening College so the students have lots of area to practice on. The rose garden is beautiful and in the spring thousands of daffodils and tulips are on display. There is a tunnel that takes you under the Falls and opens up to the water flow. You can easily spend a day there, either spending a little or a small fortune. I grew up close to there and spent many Sunday afternoons in the park. Don't forget your passport if you plan to cross.

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    My DH and I visited Plymouth Mass last summer and I agree it is a great place to see.

    Also, if Rick Steves has a guide book for that part of the country, I recommend it. We are planning a trip to the UK using his very helpful advice. He has all kinds of info I didn't expect - like how long the bus/train rides are, where the laundromats are (cuz he recommends only 5 outfits per person - saying [in effect] to pack light and wash often) as well as info on "out-of-the-way" tourist attractions.

    Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug
    Travel the coast...many really neat houses and towns along the coast of MA, NH, and Maine. Vermont has many craft stores and Burlington Vermont down town is like a little boston. Lake Champlian is a must in Vermont..lots of old time towns in like Barnet Vermont and your cell phones may not work in some areas. Beautiful mountian. Now in NH...the White Mountains is the place to be/see...http://www.visitwhitemountains.com/ win
    Oh, Carolaug, you just made me so homesick watching the slideshow of the White Mountains. That is where I was born and raised. In fact, the picture of the Swift River Bridge is less than a minute from my house up there.
    You are right about the drive through the White Mountains. Truly awesome. Mount Washington is a must see.

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