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Where to go from Boston for an overnighter to Maine

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Where to go from Boston for an overnighter to Maine

We're trying to plan our holiday to the states in September/October this year. We plan on leaving NYC on 12th October for Boston. We originally were thinking of doing a 3 - 4 day tour to Niagara Falls but after some of the very helpful feedback from the Forums we've decided we'd be spending more time travelling on buses or trains than actually spending at Niagara and that most of the tours are a bit dodgy. So now we're thinking of basing ourselves in Boston, seeing the sights around the city and maybe doing an overnight trip to somewhere in Maine along the coast. I believe you can train to most places but once we arrive at our destination we don't want to have to have a car to see the sights.

Can anyone recommend a coastal destination that we can reach by train and maybe suggest a good B&B (there are 3 of us) or Hotel at that location.

I believe fall in Maine is really beautiful. Would going by train allow us to enjoy great scenery?? or would we see more if we travelled by bus?

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1. Re: Where to go from Boston for an overnighter to Maine

You can take the train to Portland from Boston, with stops in Wells and Saco in between. Train service is scheduled to begin continuing on to Brunswick this fall, but things rarely start when scheduled.

Concord Coach Lines in Portland (which leaves from the same station that the Downeaster Train comes into) continues up the coast of Maine. However, I think you'd be happier with a car if you plan to do much sight-seeing.

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2. Re: Where to go from Boston for an overnighter to Maine

The vast majorty of Maine's coast is not accessible by train, unfortunately. But as CB points out, you can get to Wells, Saco and Portland. Concord Coash does extend further north along the coast and through inland Maine as far north as Bangor. However, if you really don't want to rent a car once you get here, Portland will probably be a better choice....

Scenery is somewhat different between the train and bus, simply because the bus sticks to multi-lane, divided highways that, in general run well inland from the coast. The train tracks run closer to the coast and offer occasional glimpses of tidal inlets, tidal marshes and even the ocean itself. The train takes about two and one half hours; the bus about two, with the major difference being that the train makes stops along the way, while the bus is an express from Boston to Portland with no stops in between. The train tends to be more expensive, but offers on-board food and beverage service.

Once you get to Portland, you'll be able to walk ot take public transportation to most of the major in-town attractions.... including easy access to the Casco Bay Island Transit District, the ferry service that provides transportaiton to and from the islands in Casco Bay.

Neither the train nor bus offer easy, convenient service to the classic "rocky coast of Maine"....but you can definitely spend a couple of enjoyable days in Portland, get a sense of what Maine is like, and, hopefully whet your appetite for a return visit some day....

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3. Re: Where to go from Boston for an overnighter to Maine

If you consider Ohunquit, I would recommend the Trellis House or Blue Shutters, where my family has stayed many times. They are next door to each other near the Marginal Way. Both have great breakfasts and wonderful owners. Many B and B's have packages for a dinner at Jonathan's or other great restaurants. Check the local website for Ogunquit which can link you to the local hotels and B and B's. You can get a taxi at the train station in Wells and they will bring you to Ogunquit which is very walkable to everything. October Days can be gloriously warm in Ogunquit, but then it can be chilly and raw, so be ready for changeable weather on the Maine coast. If you are thinking about October, be aware of the American holiday of Columbus Day weekend around October 12 when many go out for a long weekend for looking at the changing colors of leaves; thus, filling every room north of Boston.

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4. Re: Where to go from Boston for an overnighter to Maine

I just wanted to thank you all for taking the time to reply to my query. They have all been very helpful. We have booked our flights and made most of our accommodation reservations for our various destinations throughout the US. We will definitely be visiting Ogunquit for a stay of 2 - 3 nights. It sounds like the perfect destination to wind down before our flights home.

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