Travel date 10/18/14. Looking for travel tips regarding where to stay day of arrival. Arrive from Calif. to JFK 3 p.m. & pick up car. Would like to drive 1-2 hours before stopping in CT for 1 night to recharge. General trip outline is then continue north to Vermont Green Mountains stay 2 nights. Continue to New Hampshire White Mountains for 2 nights. Continue to Portland, ME 2 nights. On to Boston 2 nights. Back to JFK return car, public transport to Manhattan for remaining 6 nights. Prefer smaller towns, non-chain hotels, 3 or 4 star properties. Suggestions for 1st night stay, Green Mtns, White Mtns. stay for day trip bases appreciated. Thank you!