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October trip from Boston to Maine

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October trip from Boston to Maine

My husband and I would like to drive from Boston October 14th up to Maine and have a romantic trip. We have until October 25th. Would like help in seeing the coast and eating lots of lobster in local places

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Your dates are toward the tail end of the Fall Foliage season, which will mean that some of the seasonal lodgings, outdoor restaurants, etc. will likely be on reduced hours or closing for the season. But you should still be able to easily find good/great lodging and great seafood -- with the advantage of no crowds and less traffic to share it with.

With the amount of time you have available, I'd take a look at something like the following -- Oct 14 -- Boston to Ogunquit or Kennebunkport.... stops on your way north in Rockport, MA or Portsmouth NH will be possibilities.... not a long drive, but with the amount of time you have, no need to knock yourselves out either. Would definitely plan a stop at The Nubble Lighthouse in York ME on your way north. Overnight Ogunquit or Kennebunk --

Oct 15 -- Spend the morning checking out Perkin's Cove and Marginal Way (paved walkway along the ocean cliffs) in Ogunquit and Dock Square and Ocean Drive in Kennebunkport. Then on to Portland for an afternoon arrival -- some great hotel choices (and likely some very good rates for the time you're coming) in Portland's Old Port District -- an area of restored commercial buildings than now houses an eclectic collection of shops, botiques and some great restaurants -- fun to stroll around the cobblestone streets...and immediately adjacent to the waterfront/harbor (our personal favorite is the Regency Hotel -- independently owned and very well-run) but other good choice also available. Overnight Portland with a great seafood meal somewhere in the Old Port....numerous good choices.

Oct 15 -- Take the short ride out to Portland Head Light lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth (a classis Maine lighthouse and great photo op), then maybe back to Portland to tour Victoria Mansion or take a Casco Bay Lines Ferry ride to one of teh nearby islands (great way to get a different view of the city). Overnight a second night in Portland for more great Old-Port seafood.

Oct 16 - Head north along Rt 1 to Camden-Rocklan area, with a possible stop at the L.L. Bean flagship store in Freeport or a visit to the Admiral Peary Actic Exploration Museum at Bowdoin College in Brunswick. More seafood possible at lunchtime in Brunswick, or a smaller Maine village like Damariscotta or Wiscasset -- or for a great soup-and-sandwich, check out Sarah's on the right-hand side of Rt 1 at the bottom of the hill in downtown Wiscasset. Arrive in Rockland/Camden mid-afternoon and, if the weather is good, take a ride up the Mt Battie Auto Road in Camden Hills State Park (just north of downtown Camden on Rt 1) for a great view, or walk/hike the Rockland Harbor Breakwater to the lighthouse at the end. Rockland is a great "foodie" town with plenty of seafood options.... Overnight Camden-Rockland

Oct 17 -- North again on Rt 1 -- but only after taking a minute to check out Camden Harbor -- totally different feel/look in October than mid-summer, but interesting just the same. As you head north, watch for signs for the Penobscot Narrows Bridge Observatory, just south of Bucksport -- you'll see the bridge on the horizon as you approach it. It's an enclosed, two-story observation deck built into one of the towers of a major suspension bridge -- great experience and great view! Then on to Ellsworth and down Rt 3 to Bar Harbor in plenty of time for your lodging check-in and planning for dinner. In fact, you should arrive early enough to stop at the Acadia National Park Visitor's Center -- in Hull's Cove on your right as you come up a hill before you get to Bar Harbor itself. Rangers there can help you plan a great Park visit. Overnight Bar Harbor

Oct 18 -19 - 20 - 21 Touring Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, and the rest of Mount Desert Island (including the villages of Northeast Harbor, Southwest Harbor and Bass Harbor) -- while some of the summer cruises etc may be winding down, there's still plenty of great scenery and history to see and enjoy... and, since you have the time, be sure to include a day-trip further down the Maine coast to the Schoodic Point portion of Acadia National Park -- many of us think it is even more scenic (and far less visited) than the major portion of the Park near Bar Harbor. Overnight in Bar Harbor (or other neaby location).

Oct 22-23-24 -- Start picking your way back south -- with stops at places you missed on your way north, or places you want to see again. Overnight accommodations that time of year should be readily available and you can plan your trip to include anything you may have missed on the way north due to bad weather.....

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2. Re: October trip from Boston to Maine

thanks so much for the info, sounds like we are going to have a terrific trip

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