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Self catering accommodation

My family are visiting new england this fall with friends. There will be 5 adults and 4 kids (11 to 16 years old). We will have a week and would like to enjoy the fall colours and the coast line. We are therefore looking for self catering accommodation that has minimum stays of 3 days. Do these places exist?

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Yes, you can find self-catering accommodations with minimum stays of 2 or 3 nights, certainly in the fall -- the full-week minimum stay requirements are more common in the summer peak season. One other tip -- the term "self-catering" isn't used much if at all here, rather you might look for the term "housekeeping cottage" or even just "vacation rental."

Some sites you might search, besides googling for Maine housekeeping cottages or Mane vacation rentals, might be:

http://www.flipkey.com/

http://www.vacationhomerentals.com/

http://www.cottageconnection.com/

http://www.onthewaterinmaine.com/

http://www.vrbo.com/

http://www.homeaway.com/

Edited: 14 May 2012, 03:39
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Fantastic. Any suggestions for two locations to stay 3/4 nights each to enjoy colours and coastline. We are flying into Boston on a Thursday and departing 9 days later on a Saturday.

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On the coast, there are lots of options but the major areas (beyond the beaches) are 1) the Portland-Freeport region (Casco Bay islands), 2) the Boothbay Harbor region (penninsulas separated by rivers), 3) the Camden-Rockland area (the Camden Hills), and 4) the Bar Harbor - Mount Desert Island area (Acadia National Park). Any one of these would make a good choice (we are of course partial to the Boothbay Harbor region).

For foliage, timing is everything. While coastal areas can offer good foliage, some of the best views are found in the inland mountains. I am partial to the mountains of western New Hampshire when it comes to foliage, but in Maine some of the major areas are 1) the Rangeley lakes region, 2) the Moosehead Lake (Greenville-Monson) region, and 3) the Bethel region. Each of these areas are unique in their geography and historical/cultural context. Again timing is important. Bethel and Rangeley might have more going for them in the fall because as ski destinations they are perhaps more four-season oriented, whereas Greenville will shut down more as the fall progresses.

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Fall color develops first in the higher elevations of the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the mountains of western Maine, then moves south and east toward the coast. The actual timing of "peaK" color can vary by a week or more depending on the temperature, amount of precipitation, etc.... Color generally is good in the mountains in late September and gets better toward the coast through the end of September and into early October.

Considering the distance from which you're coming, you might want to hedge your bets just a bit and plan to spend part of your trip at an inland destination, maybe near an inland lake, and the rest of it near the coast....increasing your chances of hitting peak color in one place or the other.

If that's not practical, not to worry -- even if you miss "peak" color, there can still be noticeable, good, photograph-able color from a week or so before peak to a week or so afterwards (unless we get a major wind or rain storm that literally blows the leaves off the trees).

My personal favorite spots for great color: Rangeley Lakes region (inland Maine); Belgrade Lakes region (inland Central Maine); Bar Harbor/Acadia National Park (coastal Maine) and Camden (coastal Maine).... all should make good destinations with reasonable chances of finding "self-catering" lodging.

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Thank you for your advice and information. With further consideration we are probably going to drive a clockwise loop from Boston heading west from Boston then north towards the white mountains/Franconia notch before east to the coast. We obviously don't want to spend all the time in the car so perhaps 2 or 3 locations. Any advice welcome. Thanks.

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Given your revised itinerary -- I'd recommend you consider:

Boston (already on your list) -- Lincoln or Jackson, NH (for a day or two in the White Mountains) -- Camden/Rockland on the Maine coast (you don't really have time to see enough of Acadia National Park to be worth the extra driving giving the time you have) -- Portland ME or Portsmouth NH (to see south-coastal Maine) -- Boston.... Will give you a decent mix of mountains-coast without spending all your time just driving....

But since you're coming in foliage season, would definitely get my route determined soon so you can start making hotel/motel/inn reservations. Foliage season is a very, very busy time for them and places fill up quickly.

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Thanks for your further replies. Now we are closer to deciding on itinerary and I am looking for a great beach location for two nights anywhere between Portland, Maine and Boston MA. We will be driving from Fraconia NH and will be leaving afterwards to Boston. The kids are aged 11 to 19.

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Suggest you take a look at York Beach, Wells Beach, Old Orchard Beach, or maybe Kennebunkport as possible destinations. Old Orchard tends to be a bit more honky-tonk-like during the height of the summer season, but reportedly calms down a bit in the Fall. Sorry I can't recommend specific lodging suggestions -- just don't stay overnight in that part of the state.....but those are definitely the most outstanding beaches on that part of the coast.

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