In about two weeks, I am helping a friend hopefully fulfill a long time dream of his. It will mean that my wife an I will be traveling to the Southern Maine / New Hampshire area and we are now planning to stay a couple extra days as a vacation.
I want to find some good places to go to, stay at and generally do a little pampering of my wife. She puts up with me and all my crazy Model T stuff all year and its high time for a little pay back.
She likes bed and breakfast type of places to stay at. I know she wants to spend some time going through antique shops and craft shops. I would like to take her out to a lobster dinner also.
The one thing I would like to work in is a side trip to the Owls Head Transportation Museum (if I can get away with it) so any excuses to be in that area are a plus.
This has come up quickly and I am running low on time to do a lot of research before we leave, so any recommendations for places to visit that fit the bill will be greatly appreciated!
Two weeks will have you in Owl's Head between events...http://owlshead.org/ Can you change dates?
How about a Catamaran ride from Bar Harbor to Halifax, Nova Scotia? That will get you above Owl's Head, and on the way back south you can stop at the Museum, and continue on to Boothbay Harbor. All beautiful places!
I have to put in a plug for the Mt. Washington Hotel at Bretton Woods, NH - if time and the pockets allow....
If you are near Bedford New Hampshire, plan on visiting Goffe's Mill. It was restored in the 1940s by George Woodbury. He was the author of "Story of a Stanley Steamer". Apparently the mill is not in great shape anymore. See for information.
The town of Gorham New Hampshire is also pretty. If you are lucky they may be having a chicken pie dinner in the Town Hall while you are there.
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The Wiscasset, Waterville, & Farmington Ry. Museum in Alna, Maine offers a great time for those into such things:
They even run a Model T speeder.
Thanks for the input on this WAY OT thread. I hoped some people that knew the area would see this and I appreciate peoples advice since the area is unfamiliar to me. Thank you.
My wife (bless her) is quite frugal and I am having a hard time selling her on the idea of taking her out to that lobster dinner for our anniversary, even though I know she would love it. If she doesn't have a coupon or it isn't at least 30% off, she has a hard time doing/buying it. God I love her!
Tod - Until you said "anniversary", you sounded to me like a "T" guy that just phoned in an order to Lang's and realized that the total cost is going to be more than he thinks he can get away with! Ha,ha,.....harold
There is also the Seal Cove Museum in Seal Cove Maine and the Wells Museum in Wells Maine. (I'm not sure if the Wells Museum is still open). I'll second the suggestion of going to the Mt. Washington Hotel too. It is worth a visit even if you don't stay there. It is beautiful!
In two weeks you will be close to peak foliage season so making Portsmouth NH be a good central location with a day trip to the White Mountains which is an hour away, IMHO It is hard to beat Portsmouth NH for an all around good time. There are numerous B&Bs, throw in a trip to the Isle of Scholes, lobster dinner for a reasonable price at many places, Rye and Hampton Beaches for walking, and Prescott Park.
And the historic Strawberry Banke area of Portsmouth for a nice walkig tour. Pier 1 restaurant is right next door to Prescott Park. Portsmouth Brewery is also a short walk from Prescott Park. Across the Piscataqua River from Portsmouth is Fort Foster in Kittery Point Maine. A lobstah dinnah can be had reasonable at Chauncey Creek Fish Pier on the road to Fort Foster
Years ago Chauncy Creek WAS THE place to go...I agree...
Don't know what happened - new owners - maybe their celebrity status changed their customer service - maybe I got there on a "bad hair day", but I've had better Lobstahs elsewhere.
If (and when) you get to the shore area, ask around as to "where the locals dine"...most folks will have a recommend for you to avoid the tourist traps.
Enjoy....it is, after all, THE RIGHT COAST !
Gary - Pier one is gone but there are numerous places to get outstanding food in Portsmouth or across the river in Maine.
Todd There are the shops in the outlet malls across the river in Kittery Maine for the wife that likes to save $$$ and NH is a tax free State for almost everything.
It is hard for us to find a restaurant that pleases us because my wife is an excellent cook but we like Ron's beach house in Hampton Beach.
Then there are fried clams - Petey's in Rye is excellent!
Can't forget the Independence Museum in Exeter that has an original broadside of the Declaration of Independence
If you decide on Portsmouth we might be able to get together for a T ride.
Dave, Fred, thanks for the update. We've been out of New Hampshire for 10 years now. Please don't tell me the Portsmouth Brewery is gone too
The American Precision Museum in Windsor, VT. is very interesting. A collection and history of machine tools. Check out their website at www.americanprecision.org