Favorite New England destinations?

June 21st, 2007

Casey and I are very late this year in getting together our anniversary plans… Like this blog, and the dust bunnies around the house, there as a lot that has just been abandoned since the Ravelry monster took over.

Anyway, we really want to have a special weekend away- yes, THIS weekend. So, I am asking you guys- are there any cool places within reasonable driving distance of Boston that you would recommend? We are going to the Berkshires next weekend to meet up with my parents so that part of the state is out. We will probably go for Saturday and Sunday night, or just Sunday night depending on the cost of the accommodations.

– I’d like a place that has some sort of activities- walking in the woods, bike riding, etc. We have been very sedentary lately, working on the site and I would like to move a little!

– We love eating good food.

– Would prefer some place relatively romantic and pretty.

We were looking at Nantucket (eek- expensive!), and Provincetown and are really up for whatever- doesn’t necessarily have to be a beach location…

PLEASE HELP! Please! 🙂

(ps- I miss blogging!)


63 Responses to “Favorite New England destinations?”

  1. Carole Says:

    Dale and I always enjoy hanging out in Plymouth.

  2. Sonja Says:

    I’ve never been, but my mother in law swears that one of the nicest vacations she ever took was to Ogunquit, Maine.

  3. Shelagh Says:

    Portsmouth, NH; Portland, ME, Peaks Island, ME – that’s a good one for a day trip or a paddle. There’s the quaint city piece, with some groovy, romantic restaurants, and outdoorsy stuff right near by…RI is the other direction with Newport, Wickford, Little Compton, Block Island – a little, and cheaper Nantucket. OK it’s different than Nantucket, but a sweet little place and perhaps it won’t be too over run with visitors.

    Happy Anniversary! From the weirdo in the WEBS line at the Harlot gig 🙂

  4. scout Says:

    What about Stowe, VT or Portsmouth, ME?

  5. elisa Says:

    Portsmouth is a great suggestion – if not there, perhaps Newport, RI, or hey – Newburyport is a lovely little town!

    Now, get outta here and enjoy your anniversary! Congrats!

  6. maryse Says:

    yeah what everyone else has said. what about burlington VT? hell, what about Canada?

  7. Susan Says:

    I’d second Ogunquit or that area; my husband and I love to go up to Maine (and frequently do on the spur of the “I’d-really-like-lobster-for-lunch” moment). Wells or York might have less expensive accommodations. There’s shopping (Kittery & along rt. 1/1A–check out the Stonewall Kitchen outlet), beaches, seafood, fishing, the Rachel Carson Wildlife preserve, . . .

    We’ve driven up rt. 1 in the off-season and found inexpensive (in the $60 range, at the Ogunquit River Planation) hotels pretty easily; at this point, I imagine they’ll be a bit more expensive, and that calling ahead would be better. Hotels.com seems to have some reasonable deals when I searched “Wells, ME”.

    It’s less than a 2 hour drive, if you take 95 up to Maine, so it’s do-able as a day trip, as well.

    There are even a few yarn stores, if you’re still in the mood after all that Ravelry-ing: The Yarn Sellar, in York, the Custom Shop, in Kennebunk, and The Yarn Basket in Portsmouth, NH.

  8. Nicole Says:

    I second Ogunquit, Maine, and would like to add Block Island.

  9. Rachel Says:

    I agree with Ogunquit. I like Newport better, but you might have a tough time finding a room there for this coming weekend.

  10. watershed Says:

    Maine Maine Maine! Definitely Ogunquit, but also Freeport area (both Ogunquit and Freeport are super touristy though) and up the coast along Route 1. The Bath/Brunswick area (where I grew up) is great with wonderful beaches nearby (Popham and Reed State Park) and historic B&Bs. Further up Route 1, Wiscasset is really beautiful. Acadia is wonderful for hiking and camping but it is quite a drive!

  11. Kelly Says:

    Woodstock, VT is lovely – national park for hiking in, sheep at Billings Farm, Simon Pearce and Farmer’s Diner close by in Quechee for good food – the town’s website is http://www.woodstockvt.com/. Happy anniversary, wherever you end up!

  12. Jen Says:

    My husband and I went to Provincetown, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard last summer… Provincetown was fun, but not exactly romantic/relaxing – it’s a bit more rambunctious. Nantucket we hated – expensive, snooty people and nothing to do. Martha’s Vineyard was fantastic – we wished we would’ve stayed there the whole trip!

  13. Heather Says:

    Absolutely – Portsmouth, NH. Best restaurants in New England! I’ll give personalized recommendations if you want! The beach is right here too!

  14. frecklegirl jess Says:

    Yes, we love Portsmouth! Unfortunately, we go there all the time- Casey’s family is from the seacoast NH area.

    We’d love to go somewhere we haven’t been before…

    YAY! Keep ’em coming!

  15. Elinor Says:

    OK, I grew up in Hyannis and I can’t believe that I’m recommending anything on Cape Cod because I’m so down on the Cape normally (for living, not vacationing) but there’s a really kickass campground in Brewster on 6A called Shady Knoll. http://www.shadyknoll.com/ Beware of crazy midi action on that site. It’s so clean, in a great location, close to northside beaches, the Rail Trail and Main Street in Brewster is so pretty. It also has a yarn store, btw. Plus, it’s right off of 6A so you can get around to other parts of the Cape without much traffic. It’s pretty cheap too, for Cape Cod. Good luck!!!

  16. Elinor Says:

    Oh I would also add Newburyport. 🙂

  17. Sarah Says:

    Sadly, I don’t have any suggestions, but I miss you blogging too!

    Have a lovely weekend…

  18. Chelsey Says:

    Well…. I’m from the South…. the Lancaster area is nice… and that’s the only place in New England I’ve ever been except Boston when I was two…. haha

    You guys definitely deserve the vacation!

  19. heatherfeather Says:

    i echo the votes for wiscasset, me – brunswick, rockland (beautiful harbor), and portland too!

  20. Rossana Says:

    I vote for Ipswich, staying at or near Castle Hill (Crane’s Beach?). One of my friends was married there and I remember seeing non-wedding-party hikers around the B&B. So pretty. A beach. Water. And loads of fried clams! Romantic!

    Happy Anniversary!

  21. Jenn Says:

    Last summer while we were visiting my in-laws in CT, we took a day and drove up to Franconia Notch in NH. It was nice, I would have liked to stay a little longer but my husband wanted to go over to Mount Washington. But I’m sure there’s hiking in Franconia Notch. There’s big mountains! It was pretty!

  22. knittygirl Says:

    I second Burlington, VT! There are lots of things to do – visit Ben & Jerry’s and the VT Teddy Bear Factory, take a cruise on the Spirit of Ethan Allen, hike Camel’s Hump, or visit the Shelburne Museum. Burlington is also 30 – 45 minutes from Stowe, VT and about 1 1/2 hours from Woodstock, VT so you could go there too. If you’re looking to splurge, the Willard Street Inn is a very pricey but very romantic B&B.

  23. Lauren/knitting in the dark Says:

    Salem, MA; it’s practically Boston’s backyard. Also, Kennebunkport, Maine. Newport, RI – but so expensive!

  24. Helena Says:

    I haven’t been there myself but this place belongs to some friends of mine that moved back to the U.S. a few years ago.

    All my friends that visited said that it’s very nice. Just a suggestion…


    Happy anniversary!

  25. chris Says:

    If you end up near Wells or Bath, ME – Halcyon is not that far away!!!
    Happy Anniversary!

  26. Karen Says:

    I love Portland, ME. And like others said, Newport is great, but expensive. Mystic, CT can be nice too – great seafood and scenery, fun stuff to do for a weekend and probably less expensive. Oh, I believe there’s a yarn store too (although I’ve never been to it). Happy Anniversary.

  27. Sara Says:

    I admit that I find it funny to see all the Maine recommendations since I’m from there and I’m going to recommend elsewhere…

    I second the Franconia Notch, NH suggestion. Gorgeous, gorgeous scenery… plenty of hiking trails… I’ve visited a few waterfalls in that area, too.

  28. elaine Says:

    what about central vermont? i live in the upper connecticut river valley (by dartmouth college, about 2 1/2 hour drive from boston) and there is lots to do up here…hiking, canoeing, etc.

    ping me if you’d like me to elaborate…

  29. elaine Says:

    ps-the upper valley is close to all the vermont recommendations mentioned above…

  30. Sarah Says:

    If you like to bike, Cape Cod has a great bike trail that I’m pretty sure goes all the way up the Cape. We used to go to Brewster for family vacation every summer and we’d spend at least a couple days on the Rail Trail. There’s also a great bookstore there, if you’re looking for reading material. It’s called the Brewster Book Store (it’s right on the main drag — 6? 6A? I don’t remember) and it’s the cutest little house just bursting with books.

  31. Amy Boogie Says:

    Portsmouth is a great location but can also be pricey. (and it’s in NH) There are other lakeside locations in NH that are cool as well. Look around Lake Winnepesauke(butchered spelling).

    One of my favorite weekend spots is Acadia National Park. It’s probably a 4 hour drive for you though. Still it’s not expensive, there is a small main street with good restaurants, then there is the park itself. Hike up the mountain (or drive up and walk aroudn the top) and there are other trials around the lake and such. I have pictures somewhere.

  32. Amy Boogie Says:

    Oh yeah, happy Anniversary 🙂

  33. maurene Says:

    Out of all these suggestions I’ve only been to Newburyport and Crane’s Beach! Both of which were lovely, but maybe not far enough for a true holiday? Either way, since I’m a CA girl I will leave all the recommendations to others and just say Happy Anniversary!

  34. Cheryl Says:

    So many good suggestions!
    My husband and I were going to head up to Montpelier, Vermont for our anniversay last week, but we ended up in St. Louis (long story). We were going to dine at the New England Culinary Institute, as they have three “test” restaurants to eat at: Butler’s Restaurant, Chef’s Table, Main Street Grill

    I’m sure central Vermont has loads of hiking and biking and such as well. Happy Anniversary, I hope you find something special!

  35. maya Says:

    I have no idea; I’m glad other people have such great suggetions! But you should definitely paddle a canoe at some point. I dunno, just something different to do…

    Happy anniversary! See you next week maybe?

  36. Kari Says:

    Have you ever seen that movie The Love Letter with Ellen DeGeneres and Kate Capeshaw? Anyhow it was filmed right here in MA and the two towns they shot in look like, well, a movie! I think one is called Manchester-By-The-Sea and once I looked them up on the IMDB. We live in the Berkshires, but plan on having a mini-weekend break there sometime this summer. It looks truly beautiful.

    That being said, the Lakes Region of New Hampshire is always great.

  37. RandomRanter Says:

    Happy Anniversary! I have family in Eastern Connecticut so much of my New England fun has been in the Mystic, Connecticut or Watch Hill, Rhode Island area. There is also Block Island, but I imagine there may be similiar price contstraints to Nantucket there.

  38. Andrea (noricum) Says:

    I was in Ogunquit, Maine once. It’s really pretty. I drove with my cousin from Boston, and don’t remember it being too terribly long… but then I’m also used to driving eight hours to get to the lake. 😉

  39. Bea Says:

    We used to live in New London, CT, and we loved to visit Mystic. I don’t know if it’s still there, but there is a really cool pub called the Daniel Packard Inn. And it’s really pretty, and not too expensive. And, about 20 minutes from there is Westerly, RI. Small town, really good pizza, and a nice beach!

  40. Kirsten Says:

    My husband and I love Boothbay Harbor, ME. We stay at the cutest little inn when we are there – the breakfasts that are included are to die for and the innkeepers are two of the nicest people we have ever met. We’re going back again this summer!


  41. Greeley Says:

    Portland, Maine is always a great easy trip with *amazing* food. We go to the Inn at Thorn Hill http://www.innatthornhill.com/ for a weekend every winter, but I bet there is nice hiking up there in the summer. The food is what makes the Inn at Thorn Hill, I think.

    All that said, Provincetown/Truro area is my favorite place in the whole world.

  42. Suz Says:

    Oh, how i love PTown. Sigh. Provincetown is great for walking, in and out of all those fun shops, tons of good places to eat and the people watching really can’t be beat. On the romantic side there are some great places to stay, whale watching cruises and lovely sunsets.

    I also favor the Northampton area, but of course, no beaches there. The downtown area has plenty of fun shopping, a variety of restaurants from Vegan, to Italian to Mexican and beyond and there’s always something to do. There are two music venues in town, The Iron Horse & Pearl Street as well as the Calvin Theater; a nice pub to hang out in, Fitz Willy’s; and the gardens on Smith Campus are just gorgeous and relaxing.

    Whatever you choose to do, have a wonderful time and enjoy each other’s company! The rest of us will hold down the fort. 😉

  43. bunnysquirrel Says:

    I don’t have any ideas beyond what’s already been mentioned, but I’m so glad you guys are getting some time off for yourselves (leave the laptops at home)! Happy Anniversary!

  44. Betsy Says:

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  45. Adrienne Says:

    Hi! I’m a new reader – stumbled onto your site via Yarn Harlot. My suggestion for a place to go is the Cape – I’m biased, though, I live here! Beach, biking, hiking in Nickerson State Park – we have it all.

    Now, I’m totally going to sound like a stalker, but do I know you in real life? You look soooooooo familiar to me and I’ve been wracking my brain trying to figure out where I might now you from. Of course, it’s always possible that you just look like a few people that I know and somehow they’re all merging in my mind to create one person!

    As I’ve been trying to wrack my brain to come up with how I might know you, I’ve been going through the “things” I’ve been involved with in my lifetime – grew up in and around Philadelphia, now live on Cape Cod, in Philly I was involved with various Quaker things – Friends General Conference, Junior Friends Conference, Young Friends, went to Quaker schools. I was also fairly involved in something called Reevaluation co-counseling. I went to Mt. Holyoke College for a year and the UMass, Amherst. I’m 30 years old and sometimes go by the nickname – Adie.

    I hope you don’t think I’m totally crazy or some creepy stalker! If there’s any chance we grew up together or something drop me a line via email.

    And Happy Anniversary!

  46. Renee Says:

    Ogunquit is gorgeous and there is a spectacular 1 1/2 mile walkway along the rocky coastline called Marginal Way. There are some very good restaurants right in town, within walking ditance of many of the hotels. Although my favorite dining would be the fresh Maine lobsta, delicious! Accommodations may be a little tight this late in the season and tyring to book on a Friday but I do believe you can find something, we usually stay at the Anchorage By the Sea, it’s right on the water (along Marginal Way) and has an outdoor pool and hot tub, plus adirondack chairs on the rolling green lawn overlooking the shore, it’s so relaxing! Ogunquit in the rain, however, is NOT fun, there is NOTHING to do and it may very well rain this weekend 🙁 Well Happy Anniversary none the less, I am sure you and your hubby will have a fabulous time together no matter where you go!

  47. Annie Says:

    I was going to recommend Portsmouth…but then I saw your comment. I hope you had a nice weekend with your husband, wherever you are in NE! And if ever need a knitting buddy when you visit Portsmouth, think of me.

  48. Jessica Says:

    Hmm, I don’t know of anywhere myself, but I’ve heard Maine in the summer is exquisite! And Happy Happy almost-Anniversary!

  49. Chris Says:

    Enjoy your anniversary trip!

  50. Aileen Says:

    You guys have already left for your vacation… but for the future, may I recommend Rockport/Gloucester, MA. Beautiful, right by the water, and plenty of options for good food.

  51. Michelle Says:

    I’m not sure about the driving time, but I love Burlington VT. I went in June and it was warm and beauty. There are outdoor activities along with wonderful food thanks to the culinary institute there.

    Good luck on your vacation plans. Both of you deserve some time away from everything.

  52. Dorothy B Says:

    Happy Anniversary! I hope you are both having a much deserved quiet, internet free, romantic weekend full of fun activities and relaxation.

  53. Romi Says:

    Happy anniversary! 🙂

  54. schrodinger Says:

    I’m a little behind with the blog reading, so late for suggestions, but I certainly hope that you both had a wonderful, relaxing time – wherever you ended up.

  55. Knittingjuju Says:

    It’s a beautiful drive, but Stonington, Maine, and Inn on the Harbor, if they have an empty room.

    Or Mystic?

  56. Penny Says:

    Happy Anniversary! Hope you have fun and relax too!

  57. kayt Says:

    We have always enjoyed Mystic, CT . 🙂

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  59. Deb Says:

    I know you posted this at the beginning of summer but this place is really nice to go to in the Autumn. It’s beautiful. Lots of hiking etc. http://www.stateparks.com/devils_hopyard.html There’s a really nice waterfall. It’s in CT.

    You should let me know if you visit and how you liked it by visiting my blog. http://debsboringlife.blogspot.com/

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  61. chlloe Says:

    I know I am too late for this anniversary, but maybe another one/
    I love the Jackson, NH area. Loads of great places to stay and eat. Canoeing, hiking, golfing, biking, horseback riding, and shopping at the many outlets in nearby North Conway. There are several nice little towns and villages close by and the skiing, in winter is fabulous.
    If you like antique shopping or mini golf there are many many places for that as well.

    The entire area is just beautiful and well worth a trip up there. It is in the Mt Washington valley and has swimming and Story Book Village for the little ones. It is not on the coast so no ocean, but the views are glorious and the waterfalls are breath taking. Several covered bridges there as well.

    It is about a 2 ~ 2 1/2 hr drive from Boston. We have driven up and back on the same day many times.

    Many, many happy anniversaries to you both.

  62. knitrnh Says:

    Just happened upon this post. Now I’m wondering where the anniversary was enjoyed.

  63. chad Says:

    i am a foodie, and one of my favourite places to eat in Boston is in Allston right off the B line in this little hole in the wall chinese style vegetarian restaurant. Yes vegetarian. for some the source of squeemishness for carnivore “BOURDAINIANS” like myself, but the favourite of my friends and i is the NO NAME special at Grasshopper Restaurant. A flavour delight of deep fried gluten in an orange and sesame sauce with fresh veggies served with your choice of brown or jasmine rice! i suggest it with tea and one of the house soups on a cold day. Good,CHEAP, food in a great environment who could ask for more?