My hubby and I are planning a trip to Cooperstown for the Baseball Hall of Fame; we're so close that we decided that we'd go ahead and head on over to the Bar Harbor/Acadia Natl Park area while we're "so close". We've gotten such excellent advice before from the TA forums, so here we are for more. ;-)
We prefer to travel just past the peak season; we're looking at making this trip some time between mid-September to mid-October; we're retired (mid-50's) so we can be flexible with our dates. We are beach-lovers, so that is a priority; we do not have to stay *on* the beach as long as we have a fairly easy/convenient walk to the beach (or short drive if there's no waterfront lodging). We aren't interested in water sports/swimming; we just enjoy walking along the beach. We also enjoy biking and easy hiking. We prefer a little more isolation -- i.e., we aren't big fans of the busy, carnival-ish, touristy kinds of destinations. By the same token, we don't want to be too isolated; we like to be conveniently located (i.e., a short drive) to restaurants, shops, etc.
We're always on the lookout for "budget" lodging; while we want something clean and nice, we would rather pay less for lodging and spend more time at our destinations than to pay more and have to cut our trip a little short -- we don't spend THAT much time in our room, so we certainly don't need anything plush or luxurious. We don't intend to do any cooking, so a simple, clean room is all we need.
Forgive me for the lengthy post -- I just wanted to try to give you all an idea of what we're looking for ... so you all can point us in the right direction. Thanks so much for your help!fall; since we're that far, we want to continue on over to Bar Harbor. We've never been to Maine before, so we'd like some help/advice.