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Need feedback/suggestions for our August trip

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Need feedback/suggestions for our August trip

Our family of 4 is planning to head to the Portland area for 3 nights mid to late August for a little family getaway before school starts (dates are flexible).

We were hoping to stay somewhere around $100 a night, but that's not looking likely based on my research last night. We don't need anything fancy or smack in the middle of everything as we'll have our car; just a clean place to shower and sleep. We don't have anything specific planned for this trip yet- we just want to do some nature exploring, enjoy some lobster, maybe take a boat ride. Someone suggested we stay in Ogunquit or Kennebunkport and drive into Portland for the day instead...does it sound like that would be a better plan for us? Any suggestions on where to stay that would be more in our price range? It looks like I can get a hotel for $86 in Portland on Hotwire (think it's La Quinta) but not sure I want to lock myself in.

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Need feedback/suggestions for our August trip

It may be tough to find something at that rate in the summer. The hotels outside of downtown Portland will overall be less expensive than the downtown hotels.

You could take a look at South Portland - Maine Mall/Airport area. Plenty of chain hotels here and a quick 10 minute drive to downtown.

If your focus is on Portland I wouldn't stay in Ogunquit or Kennebunkport. I wouldn't think you'd find the hotels less expensive. In fact they most likely will be more expensive as they are popular destinations. Plus you'll have a 30-45 minute drive into Portland (that's with no traffic). Traffic in both Ogunquit and Kennebunkport can be very slow at times. (Small towns, single lane roads and lots of tourists = a place I avoid if at all possible).

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2. Re: Need feedback/suggestions for our August trip

You could try staying just north of Portland in Freeport. Freeport is the home of L.L.Bean's flagship store. It has many outlet stores but still has a real town center with sidewalks, shops, and places to eat. It looks like The Super 8 motel there has rooms for less than $100. It's a nice safe town and just a quick zip of 15 minutes down the interstate to get to Portland.

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3. Re: Need feedback/suggestions for our August trip

Definitely do not stay in Ogunquit or Kennebunkport unless that is your ultimate destination. Route 1 will be choked in August.

if you're at all amenable to going inland, you might find more nature to explore--and lower lodging rates. See, e.g, http://norsemaninn.com/main/rates/ Just an idea....

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