I'm trying to plan a trip to Blue Hill, Maine later this year - hopefully via Amtrak. It's a bit of a challenge. I'll fly if I have to, but would prefer to do something a bit more relaxed where you have the feel of really going somewhere. Seems a bit too far for a road trip, esp if there's snow. So - the train idea.
Seems the closest I can get to my friend's house (in Blue Hill) via Amtrak would be Belfast, which would be doable. It looks like it could be done in one long trip via an overnight train from DC to Boston, then on arrival in Boston in the morning, transfer to the Downeaster which goes to Portland where they transfer you to a bus to go to Belfast. That would be a good option if Amtrak had a sleeper on the DC to Boston route but for some reason they don't. (What's that about?)
Since Amtrak isn't always on time anyway, I wonder if it would be better to not try to do the redeye from DC, but do the trip in two day legs, with an overnight in Boston.
Also, would I be better off trying to find a bus to Maine from Boston that could get me to Blue Hill?
I don't mind making the trip itself part of the adventure.
Any advice appreciated -- (even if it's just "give it up and fly")