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35 Day Road Trip Atlanta GA to New England

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35 Day Road Trip Atlanta GA to New England

I have posted my entire trip report on the Road Trips forum for those interested in reading my complete "volume".


It was time to head for Jackson, New Hampshire and we took route 91 to Brattleboro, Vermont then to Keene, New Hampshire, then route 93 to Lincoln, New Hampshire through White Mountains, finally arriving in the pristine village of Jackson. We stopped in Keene and walked around downtown, it was the Monday of Memorial weekend and everything was closed. We couldn’t even find somewhere to have lunch! We continued on to Lincoln looking forward to a late lunch. There were very few cafes and we found a Mexican, we don’t like Mexican food at the best of times and the food here was just awful! I left the place without having eaten and was so disappointed. My husband had to remind me that we were driving through what was probably the most scenic part of our entire trip. The sun was out and we were in the mountains! And to our amazement a black bear ran across the road right in front of us!

We arrived at the Inn at Jackson and when I got out of the car I was enveloped by a swarm of small black insects. I wish we had been prepared with insect repellent, our innkeeper was disinterested that I react violently to insect bites. When a guesthouse is aware that biting insects may cause a problem to their guests I would expect they would have a supply of repellent. After all many provide complimentary shampoo and body lotion which I never use. The inn is really a beautiful mountain retreat - you can read my review on tripadvisor.That night we dined at Christmas Farm Inn. Monday is “buy one entrée get one free” so our meal was extremely good value.

We woke to a wet day so our mountain sightseeing was once again in rain. The mountains are beautiful any time but the weather hampered our desire to walk in the forest. We had delicious sandwiches and fresh juice for lunch at Peach’s, North Conway and reminisced as to whether this was the same café where we had breakfast during our last visit 14 years ago. Rain once again provided an excuse to visit a factory outlet and New Hampshire is tax free!

That night there was a spectacular thunderstorm, knocking out the power in North Conway. We were fortunate that Jackson still had power and we were able to have dinner at The Wentworth, an elegant inn just a few minutes drive down the road. It was a wild night and the restaurant was almost empty but we enjoyed the music, the meal and the service.


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1. Re: 35 Day Road Trip Atlanta GA to New England

I read your postings on the Maine forums and it sounded like you enjoyed your trip there.

Just curious how you knew the food was awful at the Mexican place in Lincoln if you left without eating.

Black flies are certainly a known 'hazard' of the great outdoors in the White Mountains at certain times of the year. Knowing you 'react violently' to biting insects, it would be reasonable to assume you would carry insect repellent with you, as to be prepared and not expect a innkeeper to provide it.

Blueys Beach...
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2. Re: 35 Day Road Trip Atlanta GA to New England

The food certainly looked unappetizing but I did attemp to eat it! As far as repellant is concerned I always carry some when traveling to a country known for mosquitoes. In this case I was unaware of the black flies after all we are Australian. My point is that a good inn would consider the welfare of their guests and have an emergency supply until guests are able to procure their own. I'm a person who always shares with others in need if I have the means. By the way we loved White Mountains !

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3. Re: 35 Day Road Trip Atlanta GA to New England

Glad you enjoyed the trip and you made two good choices for dinner in Jackson.

Blueys Beach...
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I would like to see Jackson in the snow, in fact many areas we visited. For many years I've dreamed of a White Christmas but I am aware that snow often arrives after Christmas. When the Northern Hemisphere has an extreme weather event we see it on the news. When there's a lot of snow we see people stuck at airports and cars going nowhere on snowed-in roads. Where we live we don't even get a frost so the idea of well below zero temperatures is a bit daunting. Hopefully one day I'll have the courage to take the chance.

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5. Re: 35 Day Road Trip Atlanta GA to New England

Marj, so sorry you found that Mexican place -- although it is one of the first you find when coming from the Kanc. Yep, it is awful. I tried it when it first opened. Never again. You were unlucky, there are lots of better places in town!

Blueys Beach...
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Thanks Loon,

By the time we arrived in Lincoln we were pretty hungry and grabbed the first place we found open on the Monday of Memorial weekend. The server, I think the wife of the cook, looked shocked when I told her I couldn't eat the "whatever it was supposed to be"! It wasn't exactly cheap food and there was no offer to replace or refund.

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