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exploring new england

we are visiting Boston in early October and would like to go off for 2 or maybe 3 days into New Hampshire or Vermont to see the scenery & fall foliage. covered bridges etc. Don't want to spend all the time in the car but we want to cram in as much as possible. any ideas??

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1. Re: exploring new england

I suggest the White Mountains of NH. In particular the area around the State Park on Rte 93 ... Lincoln, Sugar Hill, the Flume Gorges, the Cannon Mountain Tram, the Kancamagas highway (a National Park Service scenic route through the mountains) etc. Also ... lots of lodging in that area.

The drive from Boston would be about 3 hours (unless you try to do it on a Friday afternoon/evening).

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3. Re: exploring new england

Three observations: (1) the topic of fall foliage trips comes up a lot, and if you do a search or even just look back for several days on this board, you might find other posts about this topic, (2) also look at the frequently asked questions/ summaries on the Massachusetts board, and (3) during the foliage season, many hotels and motels have multiple night minimum stays, so do plan ahead. Sometimes it is hard to find one night at a spot, and so you might want to stay in one location but do some driving loops. One spectacularly beautiful spot is southern and central Vermont. Woodstock is hardly a secret, but any where near Woodstock is going to be really wonderful at that time of year.

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4. Re: exploring new england

Check out the NH forums for info specific to that area

Here is a starting point for things to see in the Mount Washington area.

tripadvisor.com/GoListDetail-i19621-Circling…

The key to visiting this area is to see well not see lots. at least to me anyway.

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5. Re: exploring new england

many thanks for your ideas. I'm think we need to narrow our choices down to one area. the drive along the Kancamagus highway and the Flume gorge sound really good. Any suggestions where to base ourselves( b & b or motel ) and also do you know how long is the drive up there from south boston.

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6. Re: exploring new england

I would suggest you base yourself in North Conway, Jackson, Lincoln or Woodstock.

How much are you willing to pay? Here's a few suggestions with prices (and amenities) all over the place.

Places I've stayed and been satisfied with:

North Conway:

White Mountain Hotel and Resort

The School House Motel

The White Trellis Motel

Jackson:

The Eagle Mountain House ( the first time I saw the Eagle was in the mid-80s and it was closed ... It was an overcast day and I was on a beginner's cross country ski trail nearby and all I could think was "The Shining". I've never seen the movie, but this hotel fit how I envisioned it by reading the book -- lol! It's since been renovated and I've stayed there several times and LOVE it.

The Wentworth Resort

In Lincoln/Woodstock:

You may be able to rent a condo at Loon Mountain for a few nights

Woodward's

Parker's Motel

Woodstock Inn

Happy Planning ...

Also, for one of your days, I would recommend this trip:

Get up fairly early and get on 93N, stop in Sugar Hill at Polly's Pancake Parlor for breakfast. (I don't know if they still do this but all the times I've been there and orderd pancakes ... they only serve you half of them and then a short time later, they arrive with the other half ... nice, fresh and hot! :D ) Then continue up 93N to the State Park --- walk thru the Flume Gorge, take the Tram to the top of Cannon and visit some of the other 'scenic views' that are marked and right off the highway ....

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7. Re: exploring new england

Brilliant. thanks for your list. I don't know if my wife would stay in "the Shining" hotel - too descriptive!! love the recommended trip - not used to eating pancakes for breakfast though.

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8. Re: exploring new england

No pancakes for breakfast? That's about the only time you'll find the on a menu around here unless you specifically go to a "pancake restaurant" or a place that serves breakfast all day.

Consider it an adventure ... pancakes and pure maple syrup. If you get to Polly's too late, you'll have a long wait ... perhaps you'd want to consider Polly's for lunch ... they aren't open for dinner.

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9. Re: exploring new england

I'm going on a diet this minute.... well, from tomorrow for sure! I hope you don't mind if I keep picking your brains in the next few months....I tend to get so excited about any travel planning..... for now

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10. Re: exploring new england

If you stay in Jackson, NH, the Christmas Farm Inn is another great option for lodging:

http://www.christmasfarminn.com/

You might also consider visiting Lost River, one of our favorite places in NH:

http://www.findlostriver.com/htmdoc/about.htm

Also, watch out for moose when driving along the Kancamagus...