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July New England trip report

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July New England trip report

We spent 2 weeks in New England. It was our first time to visit the area. We flew into/out of Boston, & rented a car for the trip (Thrifty was quite disorganized for a major car rental place at a major airport).

Our itinerary was:

Friday July 8

Arrive Boston (BOS)

Danvers/Salem, MA -

Overnight Essex, MA--- Essex River Inn

Saturday July 9

Overnight Booth Bay Harbor, ME---Cap’n Fish Inn

Sunday July 10

Drive to Bar Harbor, ME

Overnight Bar harbor---Cromwell Motel

Monday July 11

Acadia NP

Overnight Bar harbor---Cromwell Motel

Tuesday Juily 12

Acadia NP

Overnight Bar harbor---Cromwell Motel

Wednesday July 13

Acadia NP

Overnight Bar harbor---Cromwell Motel

Thursday July 14

Drive Bar Harbor, ME to Twin Mountain, NH (White Mountains)

Overnight Twin Mountain---Profile Deluxe Motel

Friday July 15

Overnight Profile Deluxe Motel

Saturday July 16

Overnight Profile Deluxe Motel

Sunday July 17

Drive Twin Mountain, NH to Cabot, VT

Drive to Stowe, VT

Overnight- Stowe area---Best Western Waterbury

Monday July 18

Drive highway 100S

Overnight Brattleboro, VT---Latchis Hotel

Tuesday July 19

Drive Brattleboro, VT to mid Cape Cod/Dennis, MA

Overnight Sesuit Harbor House

Wednesday July 20

Overnight Sesuit Harbor House

Thursday July 21

Overnight Sesuit Harbor House

Friday July 22

Drive Cape Cod to Boston (BOS) flight home in afternoon

We had a great trip! Thanks to all on here that offered routing, lodging, restaurant and all the other helpful advice!!! Couldn’t have done it without you.

July 8 drove to Danvers, MA and we went to the Rebecca Nurse homestead—it was an interesting visit, so glad we went. We then drove onto Salem where we went to the Cry Innocent performance (wonderful), saw the Old Burying Point cemetery, Witch Trial memorial and looked around town. Loved it all.

Drove on to Essex, MA where we stayed at the Essex River Inn. It had wonderful views of the river and the room was very small but nice. We stopped in to the Essex Wine Store just down the street from the Inn and it had a fantastic selection of wines and very good prices. Ate that evening at Essex Seafood and had our very first fried whole belly clams. Really tasty.

July 9 we drove to Gloucester, MA to go on the Seven Seas Whale Watch. IT WAS FANTASTIC! We thought we were going to get rained out as the day before had been cancelled but, nope, we got to go out. We saw over 30 Humpbacks, 15 Fin Wales and 5-6 Minke whales! We saw lots of activity too—breeching, finning, tail flaps…many were sea sick though and we returned after only a couple of hours. Great time and company!

On the way to Booth Bay Harbor, we stopped at both the Nubble and Portland Head lighthouse, lovely.

Stayed overnight at Cap’Fish’s.It was perfect for us and had a nice location. For dinner we walked to the Lobster Dock for our first whole lobsters of the trip 

July 10 we headed to Bar Harbor, ME stopping along the way at the Pemaquid lighthouse. Loved it too, but it was raining and we couldn’t go up in the lighthouse-bummer. We checked into the Cromwell Motel for our 4 night stay.

Drove the Acadia Park Loop Road in the late afternoon and then had dinner at the West Street Café. We had the early bird lobster dinner. It was great, so good we ate there twice during our stay.

July 11 we spent the entire day in Acadia. It is a most magnificent park! We absolutely loved it. We drove up Cadillac Mountain, hiked the Great Head trail, and saw Jordan Pond. We finished the evening with dinner at the Trenton Lobster Pound. Here we had our only hard shell lobsters of the trip. The rest of the trip every time we had whole lobsters they were soft shelled. It was fun to try both kinds and each had its pros and cons. Overall, I would say the hard shelled was more meaty and the soft shelled more tender.

July 12 we decided to go on the Bridge Walk tour with a ranger. It was a really nice way to see some of the park we hadn’t yet seen and see some of the picturesque bridges. Today seemed to be our bird day as we saw the Peregrines flying and 3 Barred Owls up close and personal. West Street Café was our dinner spot again—guess what we had, yep, the whole lobster dinner, this time with clam chowder and blueberry pie—delicious

July 13 was our day to go to Southwest Harbor. It was a great choice too. We started the morning by watching a small Red Fox drinking alongside the road right by the m Cromwell. We stopped in the town of Southwest Harbor and found a house on Clark Point Road that sold the most delicious blueberry jam we’ve ever had, bought2 jars. As we made our way around the area we stopped and hiked along the Ship Harbor Trail. Our main goal today was to take the Island Cruises boat tour. It was a blast and just made our trip to that area! Eli was the captain and he was personable and knowledgeable too. We saw some great wild life—Bald Eagles, Gray Seals, Harbor Porpoises, Eider Ducks, Black-backed Ducks and he hauled up a couple of lobsters to look at up close. He also gave the history of the island. A great trip!

Beal’s Lobster Pound was our dinner spot for the 4th whole lobster of the trip. Can’t tell we love lobster, can you??? It was another great dinner and the sunset was lovely this night. We watched some lobstermen haul in the catch and sort through them. That was fun.

July 14 we left Bar Harbor to drive to the Twin Mountain, New Hampshire area for the next 3 nights. Our lodging was the Profile Deluxe Motel. We really enjoyed our stay there! Another great lodging choice for us. This was a fairly long drive—around 6 hours. Didn’t do much this day as our drive was long but, we did stop and see the Jackson covered bridge and some look outs at the mountains. We had dinner at Fabyan’s in Twin Mountain and went to bed early.

July 15 was an exciting and busy day—we started with breakfast at Polly’s Pancake Parlor. Oh, my, Lord was it good! Had maple/cinnamon/almond, coconut/cornmeal and plain/blueberry pancakes, with apple/maple/chicken sausage and 2 eggs. Fantastic breakfast!

Next we were off to drive the Kancamagus Highway, stop at the Basin, Sabbaday Falls, Rocky Gorge, and Franconia Notch. It was an awesome day, especially for wildlife! Started off by seeing a Black Bear on I-93 and it was quite close to the road. Saw wild turkeys, an Osprey in Crawford Notch, a couple of deer and a fawn and my lifelong dream of seeing a MOOSE! Yes, we saw a young bull that had just started to get his antlers. I can’t tell you what an awesome day it was for us! We ended the day with an early dinner at Cabin Fever in Bartlett. More great food and we loved it.

July 16 was another busy day. Today we went to Crawford Notch, Pinkham Notch, Cathedral Ledge, Diana’s Bath, Glen Ellis Falls, and rode the free gondola at Bretton Woods. The Woodstock Inn provided yet another delicious dinner on our trip. We especially liked the Oatmeal Stout we had there as well as the Portabella Mushroom sandwich.

Wow, we’ve had some good food on this trip along with beautiful scenery and wildlife!

July 17 we left the Profile Deluxe Motel to drive to the Stowe, VT area. Along the way on this drive we stopped at the Cabot Cheese factory and took a tour and tasted lots of different cheeses. Lots of fun. We also sampled cider donuts at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill and had chocolates at the Champlain Chocolate place. Looks like this trip has been not only about scenery and wildlife but great foods too!

Our lodging tonight was the Best Western Waterbury. It was a super nice place and the customer service there was fantastic. Had a much anticipated dinner tonight at the Prohibition Pig. We were disappointed—the food was very meager and the price high. The only place on our trip we wouldn’t go back to. Oh, well, the food wasn’t bad just very skimpy and way overpriced we thought.

July18 was the day to drive from north to south on scenic highway 100 through Vermont ending in Brattleboro, VT. It was just a lovely drive. The towns were pretty and quaint and the scenery superb. We stopped and spent a couple of hours at the Vermont Country Store. What a great place, so worth the stop. We also stopped at the Dummerston covered bridge and Moss Glen Falls.

The Latchis Hotel was our lodging stop tonight. What a cool and funky town Brattleboro was. We really enjoyed our little jaunt around town. It surprised us how neat the town was. We did the “dinner and a movie” special at the Latchis. Our dinner spot was the Whetstone Brewery (fantastic meatloaf and Porter beer—and this from a NON beer lover) and we saw a movie in the main theater of the Latchis. It’s an Art Deco hotel and the theater was really beautiful too! Loved our time in Brattleboro!

July 19 we drove to the last stop on our trip—Cape Cod. We stayed 3 nights at the Sesuit Harbor House. We just can’t say enough good things about our stay there. The drive from Brattleboro to the Sesuit House was about 4 hours. We got there around 1 pm, waited a little while and checked in. We then drove over to tour the Nauset Lighthouse, got to walk up the lighthouse and drive around the area a bit.

Found that the grocery stores in the area have fresh whole lobsters for a good price and they will steam them for you at no charge. We’re in! We took it back to the Sesuit Harbor House and ate it on the picnic table with a bottle of Rose. Another lobster dinner for us!

July 20 we spent the whole day at the Cape Cod National Seashore area. We took Seal Walk along Coast Guard beach and Seal Scout hike with the rangers just past Truro. We also drove up to see Provincetown and snoop around. What a beautiful area Cape Cod is! We were tired this night but not too tired to stop at the grocery for more lobster!

July 21 was spent along the bayside area of Cape Cod. We took a 3 hour hike along Coast Guard beach with a ranger and also did a Bayside Stroll with another ranger. The ranger programs were definitely the best way for us to explore the area. It also saved us money as we didn’t have to pay to park anywhere.

We broke our lobster streak and had dinner tonight at the Kreme N’ Kone. We shared a fried scallop dinner and a fried flounder dinner. Both were great. It was a little sad not having lobster one last time though.

July 22-our last delicious breakfast from the Sesuit House. We’re going to miss the crumb coffee cake here. It was about a 2 ½ -3 hour drive to Boston for our flight home. Boston traffic is really stressful! We arrived to the airport and dropped our car off at Thrifty (the drop off was much more organized and uneventful than the pick-up was). Our flight home was on time and nice and smooth.

We loved our trip to New England. We would love to go back but, there are so many places to explore, so little time and money 

I’ve written reviews of all of our lodgings and most restaurants and tours.

Here’s a link to our photos: https://goo.gl/photos/WTXnsHHbKsPwxQYg9

Thanks again for the help!

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