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Help With Itinerary? VT-NH-Boston

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Help With Itinerary? VT-NH-Boston

My family, including boys 11 and 13, will be flying from Richmond into Boston on 8/7. and immediately getting a car to head north before heading back to Boston for 3 days. Could some folks check my itinerary and make suggestions....especially rain contengencies? Not-too-fancy restaurant suggestions would be helpful.

Day One: Arrive at 8:30 am at Logan airport, drive to Quechee, VT and Woodstock. (If it is real early and everyone is hungry, maybe hitting Lou's in Hanover, NH for a late breakfast). See Simon Pierce glass blowing and the gorge and covered bridge. Possibly the maple sugar and cheese farm in Taftsville. Overnight at Shear Luck Farm B&B in Norwich, VT. Dinner? Walk around Dartmouth in the evening?

Day 2: Is Dan & Witts or King Arthur Flour worth a stop before we leave Norwich? Head to Rock of Ages Granite quarry in Graniteville. Cold Hallow Cider Mill in Waterbury Center. Ben & Jerry's in Waterbury. Two nights at Lareau Farm Inn, Waitsfield.

Day 3) Alpine Slide at Stowe. Shelburn Museum outside of Burlington. Free (?) ferry ride on the lake. Winooski Lake Monsters baseball game that evening (?). Overnight at Lareau Farm Inn.

Day 4) Travelling toward NH, Cabot Creamery, lunch at Polly's Pancakes in Sugar Hill, NH, and drive on Kancemangus Highway. Franconia Notch? Diana's Baths? Two nights at Covered Bridge House in Glen, NH. Dinner where?

Day 5) Cog Railway at Mt. Washington if it is a clear day. Do the Alpine Slide at Attitash only if we couldn't get to the one at Stowe. I think the B&B has some tubing down a river on their property!

Day 6) Here is where I need some help.....I would love to do the Shaker VIllage in Caterbury Center, but a drive down the Maine coast to Boston may be more fun for the rest of my family. Maybe to to Algonquit? Would traffic prohibit this? Marblehead? Return car late, get our weekly T pass, and check into the John Jeffries House for three nights.

Day 7) Fenway Park tour. Paul Revier House and Old North Church and some of the Freedom Trail. Fanuil Hall? Swan Boats? North End places to eat? Prudential Center Skywalk?

Day 8) USS Constitution. Harvard Yard and Museum? MIT Museum? RED SOX GAME!!! Yes, I have tickets!

Day 9) 9:00 PM flight home. Maybe do the Harvard/MIT tours this day and the Freedom Trail on Day 8?

Thanks y'all!

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I would skip the Cog railroad. It's expensive ($59/adults), smokey, slow and they only give you 5 minutes at the top.

If you really want to go to the top of Mount Washington hike the Tuckerman's Ravine trail (about 10 miles from Glen) at Pinkham Notch - it's a 3 1/2 hour hike. We started hiking this when the kids were 5, 8 & 11. Bring water and snacks. It is a tough hike but worth it!!

Or you can drive up the Mount Washington Auto Road to get the same view as you would on the Cog. They offer a shuttle if you don't want to drive your own car. We usually hike up and take the shuttle down.

If it's trains that you love try the more reasonabally priced Conway Railroad (45 minute ride from North Conway to Conway starts at about $13.50)

You may want to check out WildCat. They have a new thrill ride that looks more fun than the Alpine Slide. We didn't take the ride but watched people for a bit yesterday afternoon.

There are lots of dinner choices near Glen, depends what you want:

There are lots of great places right in Jackson Village (near Glen):

Shannon Door Pub - Irish food, excellent pizzas and have 2 Irish guys with guitars on Fri/Sat - they accept only cash but have an ATM machine inside.

J-Town Deli - great place for picking up groceries, good lunch sandwiches/picnic food, breakfast is okay, not great but it is a great place to sit on Sunday with a newspaper and meet some of the locals.

Thompson House Eatery - mid to upscale dining - great food especially their salads.

Wilcat Tavern - fun on Tuesday nights, its an open Mike nite. They have a fine dining establishment and a pub. Both have great food. Under new ownership and I have to say it's gotten even better.

The Wentworth & Inn at Thorn Hill - both are fine dining and very good.

The Red Fox Pub - casual, affordable and really cheap good Sunday brunch. They have a kid's only room where families sit and kids can run around and do what they want - play with toys, watch movies, etc.

Yesterdays - awesome breakfast!!

Outside of Jackson try:

Horsefeathers in North Conway - has been around for years, great place, great food - casual dining but serve some unique foods. Try the Asparagus Crab Bisque.

For a great Sunday Brunch (a bit expensive but well worth the price - need reservations) stop by the White Mountain Hotel in North Conway (off of West Side Road at Hales Location). While there take a drive up Cathedral Ledge for great views of the valley.

Also check out Mae Kelly's Cottage Restaurant North Conway - good food (Irish) - the owners are very nice. Lots of locals go here on Friday evenings to sit out on the deck, have a few drinks and listen to the band.

For an Italian meal check out Bellini's in North Conway. The owner Vito is very personable and goes out of his way to make sure his guests are happy - if you are from Italy this is probably not a good choice as it is not as good as the meals I have had there - but close!!

We have also had good meals at Delaney's Hole in the Wall, North Conway (they serve everything but have great sushi).

The 1785 Inn (North Conway) is very upscale & expensive but the food was great.

The Lobster Trap is good if you are looking for seafood (casual dining on Westside Road in North Conway).

Pick up a copy of The Mountain Ear - it's a free weekly newspaper that comes out on Thursdays that lists all of the local events/happenings and will give you more food options.

Also - A good overview is offered by the Five-Mile Circuit Drive up Route 16B into the mountains east of Jackson, a loop worth driving both directions for different perspectives. Look for spectacular glimpses of Mount Washington, and stop for a picnic, a swim or a stroll through the picturesque cascades called Jackson Falls, part of the Wildcat River just above the village.

Try to get up early or stay out at sunset. If you take a right out of Jackson Village and head to Gorham at early and late hours you are bound to see some Moose. Just drive slowly and keep your eyes in the woods. They seem to come out only in the spring and fall. We did this drive in April and saw 7 moose in a 10 mile drive. At the bar that evening we met a man who had seen 18 that evening.

If you make it out to Gorham (about 20 miles) have dinner at Libby's Bistro - the owner graduated from the same culinary school as I did. Call first as they are not open every night and its small so you may need reservations - really great food!!

North Conway traffic can be brutal - get a good map and use the road only locals know about to get around the center. North/South Road to the Intervale Crossroad back to Rt 16 to get to Glen - or from Conway take West Side Road to Bartlett then 302 to 16 to Glen. North/South Road is fastest.

I had posted some info on Boston awhile back, I am copying it here since you will be in Boston too:

Take a stroll along the Charles River (great views, people watching and sailboats). In May you'll start to see ducklings if you get over there early enough.

- Walk down Charles Street (quaint shops) and Newbury Street (pricey shops)

- Walk through the Boston common (see the frog pond - http://www.bostoncommonfrogpond.org/) and public garden and take a ride on the Swan Boats (get there early in the morning so you don't have to wait in line) http://www.swanboats.com/new/welcome.shtml

During your walk through the public gardens (Charles Street entrance), don’t forget to stop by the duckling monument put up to honor the classic story of a family of Mallard ducks in downtown Boston from the book -Make Way for Ducklings- by Robert McCloskey, Viking, 1941, A Caldecott Medal winner - if you are there on mother's day there's a kids parade through the park.

A copy of the book makes a great gift for kids. It can be found at most Boston gift shops. I give it to all new mothers as part of the shower or christening gift.

- Spend an afternoon in Harvard Square (lots of shops, really great people watching and lots of history)

- Take a Duck Boat Tour. This is the best way to ride by all the sights. It is a land and water tour which you can catch at the Prudential or Science Museum (reserve ahead). Not only do you get to see the harbor but you get to ride in it (all kids on board get a chance to drive the boat for a minute or two). The guys who ride are really animated, in costumes and tell little known historical stories (like the great Boston molasses flood). http://www.bostonducktours.com/

- Eat dinner in the North End (Italian section) and then have desserts at Mike's Pastry (or look for a quaint coffee shop). Over by the water there is usually a group of older Italian men playing outdoor bocce ball - it's great to watch – on a hot summer night I have watched them for hours. They don’t seem to mind being photographed.

- Depending on what you like, stop by Charleston to see the Constitution, Bunker Hill Monument and then stop by the Warren Tavern for lunch or dinner (small, quaint and great food - gets a little too crowded for me on Wednesday nights) – Tavern on the water (same owners) in the Charlestown Navy Yard is also fun.

- See a Red Sox Game and get a tour of Fenway Park (sometimes you can get tickets using the Craig site website – kind of like EBay but free and organized by location - http://boston.craigslist.org/)

tickets: boston.redsox.mlb.com/ticketing/index.jsp…

tour: boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/ballpark/tour.jsp

- Head up to Gloucester (whale watches), Newburyport (shops/food), Portsmouth NH (shops/food), Salem MA (check out some of the witch museums), Rockport (quaint shopping and picture taking ) or down to Cape Cod or Newport RI – there is a ferry service found in between the aquarium and the Marriot Longwarf you can go out to the harbor islands and hike (mostly flat) or take a fast ferry to Provincetown.

Side trip websites:

Rockport: http://www.rockportusa.com/ (day trip)

Newburyport: http://www.newburyportchamber.org/ (day trip)

Portsmouth: http://www.portsmouthnh.com/(day trip)

Salem: http://www.salemweb.com/(day trip)

Gloucester: http://www.cape-ann.com/gloucester.html(day trip)

Newport: http://www.gonewport.com/ (stay overnight)

Cape Cod: http://www.capecodchamber.org/ (stay overnight)

Nantucket: http://www.nantucket.net/ (stay overnight)

Martha’s Vineyard: http://www.mvy.com/ (stay overnight)

White Mountains, NH (need at least 3 days): http://www.visitwhitemountains.com/

- If you do a day trip to Salem to visit the witch museums (take a train/blue line – the traffic is crazy all summer) visit the Rockmore Floating Restaurant. You catch a small boat out to it from Pickering Wharf – they have burgers, salads, etc. The best is throwing your French fries to the fish swarming the area (because they know about the French fries) – also great views back to Salem.

- Boston has a lot of great parks. My favorite is the Back Bay Fens. Local residents who don't have a yard take a spot and turn it into their own garden. There are literally hundreds of these, all beautiful (near Kenmore Square).

This site lists many of the parks:


Another favorite: The Arnold Arboretum is a 265-acre botanical garden and educational research facility run by Harvard University. Over 5000 kinds of trees, most originating from northern temperate forests, are featured. Two of the arboretum's highlights include the Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection and the Lilac Collection. In 1872, the Arboretum's first director, Charles Sprague Sargent, designed the grounds in collaboration with the landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted as part of Boston's Emerald Necklace park system http://www.arboretum.harvard.edu/

- You may also want to consider a day at the Science Museum. If you don't want to take the entire day you can get tickets to their Omni theater which is quite good (a few hours for a show).

- The JFK library is also great. http://www.jfklibrary.org/JFK+Library+and+Museum/General+Information/Visit+Directions+and+Public+Accessibility.htm

- Then there's the aquarium & IMAX theater (although I have been to much better aquariums in other cities - the best in Valencia, Spain)

- The Museum of Fine Art http://www.mfa.org/ and the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum http://www.gardnermuseum.org/ are also nice.

- I'd skip Fanuel Hall and the Cheers Bar and stay away from all the dives on Route 1 and Revere Beach.

One other thing, check out:

Formaggio Kitchen

244 Huron Avenue

Cambridge, MA 02138

tel: (617) 354-4750

toll-free: (888)-212-3224


It's just outside of Harvard Square (maybe a mile? - you can walk, drive or take a bus) and has amazing stuff!!! Granted none of it seems to be native to Boston but they have tons of stuff from Europe (mach of which is exclusively distributed to them) - cheeses (that you can taste), wines, olive oil, pasta, bread, pastry....

Great sandwichs too - good little shop to stop at for picnic food and sample some cheeses....

They also have other locations in South Boston & NY, although I have never been to them.

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