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Acadia & Cape Cod in September?

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Acadia & Cape Cod in September?

Hi - Also posted in Maine forum. I had hoped to visit in June in order to get decent weather while avoiding the worst of the crowds. June isn't going to work this year so I'm now considering early September i.e. just after Labour Day. We're 50's/60's, active and relatively fit, travelling without kids, and particularly enjoy exceptional scenery and nature. Also moderate hikes, interesting small towns, good food, maybe a museum or 2 and a little bit of shopping for crafts and other unique items.

Coming from Ontario Canada (probably enter from Quebec, return through Buffalo) and I'm thinking we'll head to Acadia first then work our way down the coast to Cape Cod. Planning about 10-12 days, might extend that a few days if necessary.

I dislike really big crowds and congestion and am hoping that by visiting in September these will be somewhat minimized? However, I have found that in some areas things start to close down after Labour Day, restaurants and shops reduce their hours, etc. And I'm guessing weekends will still be very busy. I'd be interested in experiences and advice on this as well as specific destinations and accommodations. Thanks!

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1. Re: Acadia & Cape Cod in September?

I can't give you much in the way of specifics on those locations (but have a popover at the Jordan Pond House in Acadia). However, I think it sounds like a fantastic plan, and I doubt you'll be much, if at all, inconvenienced by closures and shortened hours at that time.

I guess I could mention a few places I've stayed and really liked on the coast:

Wentworth by the Sea, New Castle, New Hampshire (http://www.wentworth.com/)

Inn at Castle Hill, Ipswich, Massachusetts (www.thetrustees.org/the-inn-at-castle-hill/)

Morning Glory B&B, Salem, Massachusetts (http://www.morningglorybb.com/)

Harbor Light Inn, Marblehead, Massachusetts (http://www.harborlightinn.com/)

And, for what it's worth, I highly recommend the towns and areas where those places are located.

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2. Re: Acadia & Cape Cod in September?

Great suggestions above! September is a beautiful time to visit the Cape .Everything is still open, weather is usually spectacular and prices start to fall on accommodations (not the absolute lowest but still pretty good) Brewster on Cape Cod is quite lovely - you will find the Cape Cod Natural History Museum which has wonderful trails through the marshes and flats of Cape Cod Bay. http://www.ccmnh.org/

Many antique shops, artist studios and galleries other good places to eat as well. A favorite is Chillingsworth, an excellent restaurant with a bistro that offers a great prix fixe menu


They also have a several B&B rooms which are reasonably priced.

There is also the Stony Brook Grist Mill and Museum:


Have a cocktail at the Ocean Terrace at Ocean Edge - sit at the bar and watch the sunset over the bay.

Edited: 21 February 2013, 17:37
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3. Re: Acadia & Cape Cod in September?

I don't think that you will see any decrease in business hours unless you come near the end of September. That is when I viist and hours get shorter and even some places are already closed by the last 10 days of the month. Crowds and traffic will be less. Most of the traffic congestion is in the Hyannis area.

If you like moderate hikes there are wonderful nature and hiking trails all over the Cape. Look at cctrails.org, capecodtravel.com or capecodchamber.org/cape-cod-trails.

Wellfleet is an interesting small town on the outer Cape. For museums, try the Provincetown Museum and Pilgrim Monument.

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4. Re: Acadia & Cape Cod in September?

Dear Mat54,

I think you put it very well. I think September is one of the very best months of all, in New England. Just come after Labor Day. You are right, that September travel has increased. But it will be MUCH less crowded after Labor Day, than before. Could a few restaurants be closed? Yes, but I think most will still be open. There will still be a lot of traffic to and from Cape Cod on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. But probably not too terrible. If you're in slow traffic for an hour, that is a small price to pay for a great visit.

Great plan. Both Acadia and Cape Cod -- what a beautiful trip! And you're right to stop in Acadia first, I think.

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