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1 Night Stay

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1 Night Stay

Hi Everyone,

Looking for suggestions of somewhere fun to explore for a romantic 1 night stay to celebrate a birthday. We are in CT and don't want to spend all day driving to our destination so not too far north. Looking to travel in July...

Would love suggestions of towns to consider and why?

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1. Re: 1 Night Stay

Ogunquit is a nice little coastal village in southern Maine (between Kittery and Portland) -- nice walkable downtown, Perkins Cove area of shops and restaurants, Marginal Way trail along the coastal cliffs, about three hours (or a little less) from Hartford, CT.

Or for a slightly larger feel, Portland is a great "small city" -- restored Old Port District offers botiques, shops, brick sidewalks and some excellent restaurants; waterfront is an active working port with numerous kinds of ships/boats coming and going; easy and numerous Casco Bay Island Transit District ferryboats to islands in the bay -- great for strolling or biking in a relaxed but scenic atmosphere; greater variety of lodging possibilities; historici Victoria Mansion; active night-life scene....

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Thank you MainerOnTheGo! I actually was considering that area. Can you tell me more about the islands on the bay? Your comments sound like you can take a boat to explore some islands? Do I understand that correctly? Also, we are kind of hotel snobs. We do not like B&B's. Any suggestion in either area?

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Our go to places for a short road trip from CT are York Harbor, Ogunquit and Portland. Travel time from where we are located is between 3 and 4 hours so nothing horrible. All are very different. York Harbor is small with a nice beach and some short, easy walking trails. It's an easy drive up to York Beach, Nubble Light and Ogunquit. It's also not as crowded as Ogunquit. Ogunquit is a very small, busier town with shops and good places to eat. They have summer theater, sand beaches and, of course, Marginal Way which is lovely. Portland is where we go most often for short trips. We try to stay in town in the Old Port District but even if you can't parking is pretty easy. There is such a variety of things to do. Take the ferry to Peaks Island, walk the eastern promenade, shop, eat at terrific restaurants, good nightlife, a very good art museum, drive over to Cape Elizabeth to see Portland Head Light and then have lobster by the ocean, go up to Freeport to shop at LL Bean. For us it covers such a range of things to do that we just love it. Plus if you can stay in town you can walk everywhere.

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Portland sounds like just what we are looking for. I'll start checking it out.

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For hotels in Portland, the Portland Regency is a good choice. It's an old building, but nice accomodations in the heart of everything. For a newer hotel have a look at the Portland Harbor Hotel. It's probably the most upscale hotel downtown.

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Sunryz --

You can actually take one of several Casco Bay Lines ferry boats to six different islands in Casco Bay, just offshore from downtown Portland. Most of them have year-round residents who actually use the ferry to commute back and forth to work, cultural events, etc.

For more information on the individual islands and the ferry service to get to them, check out:

http://www.cascobaylines.com/islands/

We don't stay overnight in Ogunquit -- it's on the edge of our day-trip range -- so can't really help with accommodations there. Our favorite hotel in "downtown" Portland -- but really in the restored, historic Old Port District, is the Portland Regency Hotel. Despite the fact its name sounds like a major hotel chain, it really is locally owned and operated.... great location with easy access to the Old Port District, the Waterfront, and the island ferries.

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