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Old 07-29-2008, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Kennett Square, PA
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My friend and I want to go to New England for a few days this early fall. We are both middle-aged quiet types looking for some lovely scenery, walking trails and much-needed relaxation, but with the amentities of an upscale lodging (she wants a spa; I want an indoor pool ). We are thinking of both Maine and Massachusetts.

Just wondering: What's the weather like in mid-September? Leaves all gone by then? Any city or resort recs would be appreciated. I am dying to see the coastline. We plan to fly or train in from Philly and rent a car. Thanks!
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Old 07-29-2008, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Big skies....woohoo
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You might enjoy Bar Harbor....Acadia National Park with ocean and hiking (Cadillac Mountain)...there are several places to stay so there must be a spa. The weather is usually beautiful in September....leaves will be around until October.

Camden would be another choice....Mount Battie, the Rockland Breakwater (lighthouse), Owls Head Lighthouse, museums, some shopping...no malls.

Not familiar with southern Maine or Massachusetts. Good luck and enjoy

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Old 07-29-2008, 01:57 PM
 
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I vote for Maine too, and any of the places Mainer61 mentioned would be fine.

If you decide on MA, check out the Rockport/CapeAnn area. It's beautiful.
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Old 07-29-2008, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Maine
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From my memory, you'll probably find more upscale accomodations in the mid-coast area around Camden. Honestly, anywhere along Maine's coast that you travel will be perfect!
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Old 07-29-2008, 03:42 PM
 
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Go to Nantucket. It's very nice, upscale and loaded with amenities. We were there for a wedding a couple of years ago and I loved the place. The old homes are beautiful. They have a downtown area that is filled with trendy shops, restaurants, and gift shops. Rent a moped and tour the island. You can have anything from pizza on a deck to full five star meals. You can fly in to the Nantucket airport which is big enough to handle commercial jets. We flew in from Lewiston, Me. in just over an hour. It isn't inexpensive but if you don't mind spending some dough it really is worth the trip. September would be a perfect time to go. We went in late August. I'd go back in a heartbeat!
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Old 07-30-2008, 04:33 AM
 
Location: Waldo County
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My friend and I want to go to New England for a few days this early fall. We are both middle-aged quiet types looking for some lovely scenery, walking trails and much-needed relaxation, but with the amentities of an upscale lodging (she wants a spa; I want an indoor pool ). We are thinking of both Maine and Massachusetts.

Just wondering: What's the weather like in mid-September? Leaves all gone by then? Any city or resort recs would be appreciated. I am dying to see the coastline. We plan to fly or train in from Philly and rent a car. Thanks!
Well, the magic number is..."a few days". What does that mean?

The choices suggested so far all could work, but you don't want to spend a lot of time driving if you have only a "few" days and Maine is on your list. Maine is a big state, and you can burn whole days driviing from the airport and not accomplish much. Here is one way in detail to accomplish what you have outlined.

My choice for you is The Bar Harbor Inn. Big upscale first line hotel in Bar Harbor right ON the harbor. I believe there is an indoor pool and there is a large, high line restaurant. Mid September, most other places to dine are still open and within walking distance in-town Bar Harbor.

Yes, fly in and rent a car. Here's how you do that. Fly to Boston, change planes to the shuttle that will fly you in to Hancock County Airport in Trenton. Rent a car there and drive the 25 miles to Bar Harbor. Once there you are within a short five or ten minutes to the Acadia National Park welcome center, and that should be your first stop the next morning. Their orientation programs about the park are outstanding and will take only an hour or so.

Then you can drive around the park, find places to walk or hike, and see everthing that you can imagine to make a truly wonderful "few days" in mid September. The leaves will be changing, but not changed, the days will be warm and sunny and nights cool to chilly. September is THE perfect month here. Get a picnic lunch and enjoy it sitting on Otter Cliffs looking out over Frenchman Bay, and there will also probably be day cruises still running and trust me on this: a few hours on a sail boat on Frenchman Bay coupled with Acadia National Park will make you wonder why just a "few days" can't be stretched out for a few more.
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Old 07-31-2008, 01:15 AM
 
Location: Kennett Square, PA
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Thanks so much for the outsanding suggestions, folks. Still mulling over some of the places you recommended....hmmmm...all sounds wonderful: tough choice!
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Old 07-31-2008, 10:14 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport Maine
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Don't forget to come to Eastport.
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Old 07-31-2008, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Southwestern Ohio
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Don't forget to come to Eastport.
I second that. An added benefit of the side trip is a possible meetup with several of the long time posters onhere(I think 6 or so are in Eastport right now).
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