Unusually for the US, a trip with relatively small mileages, but lots to see. A week long trip encompassing:
• The rugged Atlantic coast, stopping at the lobster capital of Kennebunkport, with an optional side trip to Freeport, with the America’s largest selection of Outlet shops.
• Inland at the White Mountains and Mount Washington, the highest point on the Easter Seaboard
• The lakes of New Hampshire, the location for movie On Golden Pond and the rolling hills of Vermont
• With a finale in Boston.
A taste of New England
For many years we have been offering a self drive tour of New England, with relatively short driving distances and staying in just three places. You will experience the Atlantic Coast of Maine; The White Mountains; lakes of New Hampshire and rolling Vermont hills, while staying in country inns full of character. Most people spend a week, but it can be adjusted to suit you. Here is an outline of the trip, but we can send you more in depth information if you wish?
If you are considering this prior to the conference and heading off as soon as you land, then we would suggest you add Rockport for the night (see the next section). If this is post-conference, then we suggest picking up from a Downtown Depot a hire car armed with ‘sat nav’ and heading north to the seaside town of Kennebunkport. This is famous as both George Bush Snr’s summer residence and the lobster capital of New England. It is normal to stay two or three nights here as it makes a good base to explore the dramatic coast or go whale watching. We have a high quality country inn to suggest here, offering concierge style service. One reason for staying a third night is to go for a day trip north, about 45 mins to Freeport the outlet capital of the US. It is also the home of L.L.Bean, the vast hunting; outdoor and sports store, open 24 hours.
The next destination is inland at a place called Hart’s Location, this is about 3 hours drive to the North West. The nearby Mount Washington is the highest point on the Eastern Seaboard. For a description of the inn see the section ‘A shortbreak at a mountainside inn’.
For a contrast, a 2-2½ drive to the west and on the far side of Vermont’s border is Burlington, on Lake Champlain. It is a large and very vibrant city, with its centre on the pedestrian Church Street Marketplace, full of boutiques; art galleries; cafes and restaurants. This is a good base to visit the charming ski town of Stowe; the lake side rural islands; Basin Harbor and Shelbourne Museum. We have a couple of historic inns within walking distance of the marketplace and lakefront.
The last leg back to Boston is about a 2½-3½ hours drive, but can be broken up with stops at the historic towns of Lexington and Concord (MA). The above itinerary can be used as a frame-work we can tailor make an itinerary to suit you. If you are interested we can send you more details on the country inns featured.
A short break at Rockport on the coast
This is a favorite weekend retreat for Bostonians and about an hour’s drive from the city, or less from the airport. Rockport is a picturesque fishing village jutting out into the Atlantic, with some lovely scenery and many coastal walks. The town has a quaint fishing harbour with a number of restaurants; cafes and gift shops. The country Inn that we have been using for a number of years is made up of a cluster of five renovated house with white picket balconies and covered porches, set in a small hill with lovely views of the beach and fishing port.
A short break at a mountainside country inn
Hart’s Location is a 3-3½ hour drive north. This is a beautiful granite mansion built in the 1860’s and set midst the White Mountains National Forest, in New Hampshire. We have been sending clients here sporadically for the last ten years and have yet to have a client who has not loved their stay. Within the main house there are vast log fireplaces and a separate music room. Your stay would be on a half board basis, with the chief preparing 5 course meals. Most of the large cozy bedrooms are full of character, many are up in the roof’s eaves. There are a number of hiking trails starting on the property, with llama and horse riding also available. To sooth away the aches and pains there is a wood burning hot tub set in a gazebo overlooking their pond. We feel a three night duration giving you two full days here is ideal as a post conference break. Using this as a base and travelling south west from here are the lake lands of New Hampshire. With Squam Lake the setting for the Oscar winning movie on Golden Pond, starring Katherine Hepburn and Jane & Henry Fonda.
Already done New England?
Then perhaps upper New York State should be next. The starting point is Albany about 3 hours drive from Boston. We have two suggested routes both with some delightful and spectacular scenery including the Adirondacks, Catskills, Hudson River Valley and Lake Placid. Fancy staying in a helicopter? We can send you more details if you wish.