Thanks to all the TA experts for their help in planning our trip to New England.
Day 1- Flew Southwest airlines from Birmingham to Manchester, NH. Rental car from Budget. Had a very rainy drive to North Conway. Stopped for lunch in Tilton at Northfield Bakery and Eatery- very good homemade strawberry pancakes. Took route through Meredith which was very scenic. Stayed at the Marriott Residence Inn in North Conway- great new hotel.
Day 2- Drove the Kanc and up Route 3 to Franconia Notch State Park. The leaves were at their peak and absolutely beautiful . Ate lunch at Wendle’s in Franconia-delicious homemade soup and sandwich. Stopped at Robert Frost House and Museum in Franconia. Then drove to St. Johnsbury, Vt. to tour Maple Grove Farms but tour was not open. Headed over to Crawford Notch State Park, Bretton Woods and back to North Conway. Ate dinner at Thompsons House Eatery- excellent food and service.
Day 3- Shopping at Zeb’s in North Conway then drove to Bretton Woods to take the Cog RR to the top of Mt. Washington. Weather in the 60’s at the base but when we got to the summit we were in blizzard conditions with several inches of snow- they even closed the State park while we were there. Ate dinner at the Red Parka- good salad bar but steak was tough and poor quality.
Day 4- Drove to Bar Harbor- got in Fryeburgh Fair traffic and was backed up for about 5 miles. It took over an hour just to make our way around the traffic and head to I-95. Also a lot of construction between Ellsworth and Bar Harbor. Stayed at Bar Harbor Inn- great location but old, worn out rooms and bedding. Walked down to the harbor before dinner. Ate dinner at Galyn’s- excellent lobster.
Day 5- Rained part of the day. Drove through Acadia National Park- stopping at Sand Beach, Thunderhole and Cadillac Mt. Came back to Bar Harbor for a quick lunch at a little diner- Main Street Diner and Market- good chowder, soup and sandwich. After lunch drove over to Southwest harbor and to the Bass Harbor lighthouse. Had reservations for dinner at the Reading Room- excellent Atlantic salmon and bananas foster for dessert and of course an awesome view of the harbor.
Day 6- Shopping in Bar Harbor in the morning then we started our drive down the coast of Maine. We went to the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Fort Knox, then to Camden Hills State Park and went up to Mt. Battie- awesome views of the coast, and then to Rockland. We stayed in Brunswick at the Comfort Inn- good hotel for the price. Ate dinner at the Taste of Maine- do not waste your time or money there.
Day 7- Drove to Cape Elizabeth to the Portland Headlights and toured the museum. We stopped in Kennebunkport for lunch at Alissons- great chowder and lobster roll. Then drove to walk the beach at Ogunquit. We planned to drive into Boston in the afternoon but when we got close to Boston we were in rain and the traffic was very heavy so we headed north to Manchester. We stayed at the Hampton Inn near the airport- excellent choice because a short drive to the airport. Ate dinner at the Buggaboo Steak House near the hotel- good prime rib for a chain restaurant.
Day 8- Flew Southwest airlines back to Birmingham.