Hi all! I've been lurking on this forum for a while, because I know that I want to go to Boston/New England in the near future. I have decided that I would like to go around Columbus Day 2011, and stay for 10-12 days. I think I would like to spend 3 days in Boston, 1 day trip to Salem, drive through NH for some leaf peeping, then up to Bar Harbor, and lastly drive down the coast(a day or 2 in Portsmouth) to go back home, being Louisiana. I was wondering how early I should start making reservations and what not. I have some basic ideas of what I want to do, but I mainly want to do everything being very conscious of my budget. I will be going with my mother who will help me split the cost of things. I would love to get a hotel under $150/night and I realize this will be easier to do at my destinations outside of Boston. I would really appreciate any advice for trip planning that anyone can offer. Everyone seems very helpful here. Thanks again!