My husband and I are from Chicago and we will be driving to Buffalo New York (in a rental) this summer for a friend's wedding (late July). Afterwards, we want to drive somewhere else to spend a week before we fly back to Chicago. We have never been to the East coast before and were thinking along the lines of Vermont? or Maine? We don't want the drive to be any longer than 8 hours or so, but we would love to find the ocean!
We love to do a variety of things, hike, bike, dine-out, shop, lay on the beach, explore the history of new areas... I guess we are looking for a place that will provide all of the above. We would love to stay in either a bed and breakfast, or a nice hotel, but we are young and both teachers...so we want the best deals for our money!!
Please help! I feel so overwhelmed planning this trip as I have no idea what to do and searching online is adding to the problem. I know that potentially, this could be one of the greatest trips of our lives, if we're lucky enough to get the inside scoop from someone out there who knows!
Thanks in advance for your response...and please, the more details the better!
And I know Chicago like the back of my hand so I could return the favor....