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Old 03-09-2017, 02:20 PM
 
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After a few years in NH, my family is unexpectedly relocating. Fortunately, we have until the end of July before the move takes over our lives. Where would you go (with preschoolers) if you had no plans to ever return to New England? We're going to Denver, and I'd love to create a bucket list of places to try to visit in the upcoming months.
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Old 03-09-2017, 02:52 PM
 
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I don't think I could ever make plans to never come back, even if it was only to visit...

Dunno, a bit harder with preschoolers. I'd go and visit the maple syrup shacks. I think Warner has (had?) a day where all the places were open, and encouraged the public to come in and see the syrup being boiled.

Going to guess hitting up our ski slopes isn't going to be too special... neither is driving up say Kearsarge. Maybe go up into Maine and enjoy the coastline for a bit.
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Old 03-09-2017, 03:07 PM
 
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If going to Warner, check out the Indian Museum on the way up to Kearsarge, they have various events that might be
neat for the little ones.

I would have to add visiting the Ocean as well and maybe a trip to Ben and Jerrys across the border in Vermont..
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Old 03-09-2017, 05:40 PM
 
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See Acadia National Park if you haven't.
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Old 03-09-2017, 06:41 PM
 
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If you were heading someplace other than Colorado, I would suggest the Mount Washington Auto Road sometime in June or July when you have the best chance for a clear day. Or better yet, a ride to the top on The Cog. But after having a number of clients who referred to our beautiful White Mountains as 'cute little baby mountains' I would instead suggest time at the coast and on the water....

Here are some of my ideas: Take a ride on the M/S Mount Washington on Lake Winnipesaukee, or maybe on one of the mailboats instead. The Doris E and the Sophie C have been delivering mail to the island residents for a decades and growing up, summer wasn't over till we had a boat ride on one of them (I didn't get on the Mount Washington till I was an adult )

Take a walkabout tour of Star Island (one of the Isles of Shoals off the NH/Maine coast). The Isles of Shoals Steamship Company website shoukd have schedules & prices. If your little ones are too small to navigate the rocky trails, you can opt for a sunset cruise instead.

Take a whale watch-early in the season is usually very active, and with humpbacks, many are named. It's always exciting (to me anyway) to see who has come back up north with a new calf! You're best off traveling down to the Cape because the feeding grounds are just off the coast of P-town so you'll spend more time with the whales and less time motoring out to them...

Visit some of the mid-coast Maine villages, and see as many lighthouses as you can. The light at Pemaquid Point is on the Maine state quarter. Popham Beach State Park is NOT to be missed! You will never want to leave. Casco Bay, you could explore for days.

Of course you'll want to stuff yourself with seafood I've done my time in the midwest and fresh seafood was always our 1st meal when we came back east for a visit. Lobster in the rough, a couple quarts of steamers, plenty of drawn butter.... mmmm nothing beats it! Or even fried clams, a baked haddock or halibut dinner. Boy, getting hungry just thinking of it...

That's all I can think of off the top of my head. To me, all of these things are uniquely New England...
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Old 03-09-2017, 10:14 PM
 
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These are great ideas!! We camped Acadia last summer so we'll skip it for the sake of time. I've always been curious about Millionaire's Row in Newport, RI and my d about Martha's Vineyard. I probably need to book something for Martha's Vineyard immediately since it's so popular.
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Old 03-10-2017, 06:42 AM
 
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These are great ideas!! We camped Acadia last summer so we'll skip it for the sake of time. I've always been curious about Millionaire's Row in Newport, RI and my d about Martha's Vineyard. I probably need to book something for Martha's Vineyard immediately since it's so popular.
When do you plan to go to the Vineyard? The season doesn't kick off for a couple of months yet and a lot of places will be closed now. If you plan to go in the Summer and expect to take your car over, I suggest you book your ferry reservations now.
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Old 03-11-2017, 06:35 AM
 
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When do you plan to go to the Vineyard? The season doesn't kick off for a couple of months yet and a lot of places will be closed now. If you plan to go in the Summer and expect to take your car over, I suggest you book your ferry reservations now.
June? I thought it was easy to get around for a couple days without a car so I wasn't planning on bringing it.
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Old 03-11-2017, 11:12 AM
 
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June? I thought it was easy to get around for a couple days without a car so I wasn't planning on bringing it.
Not if you want to see the whole island. There are 6 towns and it's about 100 sq miles of land mass. I suppose it depends on whether you want to see the actual place, or just plant yourself in one town. I suppose you could take a tour bus or something but, ick.
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Old 03-29-2017, 11:58 AM
 
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I also recommend the harbor cruise in Portsmouth that goes around the Isle of Shoals. And the "Discovery Pass" which gets you into Flume Gorge and the tram that goes up Cannon Mountain.
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