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4 Day Trip in October - with 2 year old

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4 Day Trip in October - with 2 year old

We have the opportunity to make a trip to Maine October 8-12. I am trying to determine the best place for us to stay as a home bast for our trip. What city would you recommend? Any recommendations for hotel/condo/etc? Also any activities for 2 year old?

Thanks so much ahead of time for your help!

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1. Re: 4 Day Trip in October - with 2 year old

What is your budget for lodging? We're staying in Kennebunkport over Columbus Day weekend but have had reservations for a long time. Did you want to go higher north than that? We will also be in Camden the week before. Boothbay Harbor is nice, too.

What do you like to do while on vacation?

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2. Re: 4 Day Trip in October - with 2 year old

Where to suggest you stay will depend a bit on two things:

1. What kinds of things you want to do..... see the coast? Take short, easy hikes/walks? In-town or rural countryside? History? Outdoor activities or inddor? Museums? Time/distance limits for day trips? and....

2. Where you can still find lodging. You're going to be here over the Columbus Day Weekend, the most heavily-booked weekend of the entire fall foliage season. As CAnative pointed out, many people made their reservations for this year's foliage season when they were here last year. That's not to say you won't be able to find lodging, but is intended to make you aware that the most desirable, most popular places may be "sold out."

If you can give us some idea of the kinds of things you might want to see or do, we can start identifying places that would make a good home-base to match those interests. But without knowing a little more, it's tough to make a recommendation -- don't want to end up suggesting a place in the western mountains if your main interest is seeing the rocky coast.....

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3. Re: 4 Day Trip in October - with 2 year old

Wow!! I did not realize this would be such a popular time! I understand we might not get the best lodging, but am willing to pay more if needed. I think we would rather stay on the coast and then be able to take day trips to see the foliage. Is this possible?

Thanks so much!

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4. Re: 4 Day Trip in October - with 2 year old

Can suggest a few "home bases" for you to try -- you can then plan your foliage trips based on where you can get accommodations....

Portland -- on the salt water, but not a "classic" coastal destination because its a fishing and commercial harbor, not a beachfront or rocky coast. However, simply because of its size, it may have more hotel.motel room available that other places.... From there, you could take an easy day trip to the southern Maine coast (Kennebunkport, Ogunquit, Old Orchard, etc). on one day; venture northwest toward the western Maine mountains and even the White Mountains of New Hampshire; and for an even longer jaunt but with an increased chance of foliage, venture north toward Farmington, Rangeley and Kingfield.

Rockland -- heart of the mid-coast and several good restaurants -- from there easy day trips down some of the coastal peninsulas to places like Boothbay, Popham or Owl's Head. Another nice day trip north along the coast to Camden and Belfast. Or inland to/through Augusta and on to the western mountains area.

Belfast -- Further north originally and a bit further away from some of the more popular coastal destinations, but perhaps another good chance for lodging (have had several good stays at the Comfort Inn there). Day trips from there would include Bar Harbor/Acadia National Park; Camden/Rockport area; inland to/through Augusta; and a couple of scenic drives in the Waldo County area.

If those don't work out, I'd try Augusta or Waterville -- again perhaps a better chance for accommodations than directly on the coast. Either one puts you within reach of good day trips to the coast (Belfast, Camden/Rockport, Boothbay region); and a couple of different inland destinations where foliage may be more plentiful (Farmington/Rangeley/Carrabasset Valley; Oxford County/Bethel/Western Maine mountains).

For specific hotel properties, I'd use the Maine Hotels drop-down in the upper left corner of this webpage.....but I'd also take any particular individual reviews with a grain of salt and look for overall trends. Once you narrow down just where you're staying, we can help with specific day-trip itineraries fo get you a combination of coast, foliage, etc.

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5. Re: 4 Day Trip in October - with 2 year old

Your family might enjoy a visit to the

Maine Wildlife Park

www.maine.gov/ifw/education/wildlifepark/

The Fryeburg Fair

http://www.fryeburgfair.com/ (a simple website)

or

The Children's Museum of Maine

http://www.childrensmuseumofme.org/

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