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Thread: Travel advise please

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    Senior Member Jaynie's Avatar
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    My husband & I are planning a two/three week vacation to the New England area to see the fall foliage this year. We are thinking probably the 1st week of October. All you quilters in that area,..give me some advise and MUST SEE places. We have planned this trip for five years and looks like we will finally get to go. We will travel with our 5th wheel camper, so if you know of any great Rv parks let me know. thanks for all your help!!!

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    Sounds like so much fun!! We plan on visiting that area, once I get to retire. Enjoy the color, take lots of pictures for us!

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    Wow, have a great time on your trip, take lots of pictures

    hope you get to stop by some quilt shops on your travels

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    New England is breathtaking in the fall. You will love it! There are lots of LQS. You may want to visit Keepsake Quilting in Center Harbor, NH. Have a wonderful trip!

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    I am watching this thread because you are describing a dream trip to me.
    Like you, I would love to take a leisurely trip all through New England. I miss the fall colors of my youth in Chicago.

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    I'm partial to NH (born and raised), and also love Vermont. I would recommend driving the Kanc in the fall. Read all about it: http://www.kancamagushighway.com/

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    Thanks for starting this topic! We're hoping to do the same thing in 2012, so I'll be lurking, watching all the great advice.

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    Thanks so much for this link. I checked it out, and it's got lots of useful info and links.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kathios
    I'm partial to NH (born and raised), and also love Vermont. I would recommend driving the Kanc in the fall. Read all about it: http://www.kancamagushighway.com/

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    Old Sturbridge Village - folks living in the 1830s
    http://www.osv.org/

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    Make sure you have reservations - I know the motels fill up quickly, not sure about RV parks but it wouldn't hurt to plan in advance. Unless you like Walmart parking lots, lol.

    I second the Keepsake Quilting and Kancamagus (but there will be LOTS of traffic on it). Shelburne Museum in Vermont has a great quilt collection. Also the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell.

    I would definitely include Cape Cod, you might also like Newport RI. Plimoth Plantation is on the order of Old Sturbridge village, if you like history.

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    If you travel near Philadelphia Make sure you stop by Olde City Quilts! Have a great time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by redkimba
    Old Sturbridge Village - folks living in the 1830s
    http://www.osv.org/
    My first thought too! Absolutely wonderful place to visit, especially in fall, so full of history taking you back in time. Sturbridge, MA.

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    If you are interested the Dear Jane quilt is displayed at the Bennington Museum then in Bennington Vt. http://www.benningtonmuseum.org/stic...rch_highlight3

    I also recommend the Kankamangus Hwy in NH and you are so close to Keepsake quilting. There is a Jellystone campground RV park in the area as well. I have camped there a couple of times during the Laconia motor cycle rally. It has been a long time but when I did, it was clean and well maintained. Lake Winnipisaki (sp?) should be beautiful that time of year.

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    Check carefully your timing, by then some of the far N may be gone! We've got friends in Franconia NH and I'm pretty sure that would be too late. DH just called out end of Sept to Mid Oct in the White Mtns.

    Google fall foliage in NE, this site was one that popped up:
    http://www.yankeefoliage.com/peak-foliage-forecast-map/

    but there were a whole bunch more.

    Almost any road in NE will be beautiful, we like the Mohawk Trail & Rt 2 In Ma, since they are further S you might have better luck if you are going to do 1 st week.

    Just keep in mind that it's a natural event and the weather plays a huge role in the turnig of the leaves and that's the weather all year, how much rain the trees got, etc. As it gets closer, keep checking.

    My favorite are the sugar maples, they turn that bright crimson red...set off by the bright yellows...

    If you've never been to NE you also might like to take day or more trip to Nantucket (our favorite) or Martha's Vineyard. Both really neat places.

    Enjoy it, maybe we'll cross paths, we're usually back visiting family that time of yr, we have a wedding in the Finger Lakes of NY in late Sept :)

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    thanks everyone...I already had the Bennington Museum & Keepsake Quilting on my list..(I started a little notebook of places I read about or that are recommended)'greenini' I especially appreciate your recommendations...I had wondered if we should start out the last week of SEpt. We are hoping to find a couple of central location in NE to park our rv and just do day trips from there for 3/4 days, then move a little further for 3/4 days. Don't want to have to pull up and move the 5th wheel every day. Keep the ideas coming you guys, I'm getting really excited!!!

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    Jaynie,
    Camping in the NE can tend to get expensive if you park in commercial RV places. They have a smaller window of time to get $, plus things including utilities, taxes, etc are very expensive.

    We love the Burlington Vt area mostly due to the Shelburne museum, tho I wasn't overly wowed by the quilts they've got up right now, there is so much else there it is well worth a couple of days, entry fee is good for 2 days.

    I know you will love it esp. if you can find a centralized location to drop the 5th wheel and cruise around in the truck. It may very well get chilly so pack warm jackets and rain gear...we were out in W Mass in the fall and it started to snow...we were at the Bridge of Flowers an old trolly bridge planted with flowers another cool place to check out if you're in W Mass at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenini
    Jaynie,
    Camping in the NE can tend to get expensive if you park in commercial RV places. They have a smaller window of time to get $, plus things including utilities, taxes, etc are very expensive.

    We love the Burlington Vt area mostly due to the Shelburne museum, tho I wasn't overly wowed by the quilts they've got up right now, there is so much else there it is well worth a couple of days, entry fee is good for 2 days.
    I know you will love it esp. if you can find a centralized location to drop the 5th wheel and cruise around in the truck. It may very well get chilly so pack warm jackets and rain gear...we were out in W Mass in the fall and it started to snow...we were at the Bridge of Flowers an old trolly bridge planted with flowers another cool place to check out if you're in W Mass at all.
    Thanks for the info...that is exactly what we had in mind,....find an RV park in a central location that we could do day trips from for 3-4 days, then move on to another location and do the same.
    Still hoping for more of my QB friends to give me suggestions. Maybe give me predictions on best time to be there. It will take us a few days to get there from west Texas, so we really need all the help we can get as to when we should leave here to arrive at the peak foliage viewing time.

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    Latest update...we leave early Wednesday morning. I have posted a few times asking for suggestions & ideas for our trip and the board has been so generous. You all have suggested lots of places to see, things to do and places to go. We are beyond excited and thank yo all from the bottom of our hearts for all your help. I will be posting photos along the way so look for post about our trip. And again thank you all so much!!!

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    we're on our way too. my 28 year old nephew is getting married saturday in seneca falls, ny so we're in winchester, va heading there, but it's raining today. it's been cloudy the whole way up, we're taking our time....

    hope you have a wonderful trip and see lots of color!

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    Safe journey to both of you!

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    Check out the Big E - it is the New England State Fair. It has a building for each state and will have all the information and help you will ever need or want. Also the fair is great!! Go on a weekday as the weekends are packed.

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