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August 19, 2007

I am so excited…we are finally, finally going on a trip to see the autumn leaves in New England. We’ll be going in October, and our current plans include:

**Flying into Burlington, Vermont and renting a car. We’ll try to visit the Shelburne Museum and have a sandwich at the Red Onion.

**Driving down Vermont Route 100, stopping whenever we feel like it (Ben & Jerry’s factory, maybe?), and admiring leaves of the Green Mountain National Forest.

**Driving the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire, stopping to hike a few trails in White Mountain National Forest.

**Breakfast at Polly’s Pancake Parlor in Sugar Hill, NH.

**Driving to Camden, Maine, and having clam chowder at Cappy’s.

**Stopping over in Portsmouth, NH.

**Spending a couple of days in Boston, hopefully visiting my friend Connie (Connie, you wanna?)

**Maybe a pizza at Figs, dinner at some trattoria in the North End, and random snacks

**Visiting BU to talk about their Masters program in gastronomy

**Staying in little locally-owned motels, inns, B&B’s, and hotels

**Flying home from Boston, and getting here just in time for the Austin Film Festival

Oh, hurry, October, hurry!

If anyone out there has ideas on things we should try to visit, or dives we should try to dine in, or the like, please let me know!

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6 Discussion to this post
  1. Michelle says:

    I am so jealous of you. Hope you have fun! Love you & Miss you.

  2. connie says:

    oh totally! yay! what a fun sounding trip! just give me the details and we can talk about some cool things to do here!

    awesome!

  3. Barbara says:

    A little south of Camden is the coastal town of Rockland, Maine. There out on the wharf is the quirkiest, most wonderful restaurant “Conte’s”. Here is a link of a review http://www.boston.com/travel/articles/2007/03/21/love_it_or_hate_it_contes_1894_is_certainly_a_maine_attraction/
    Well worth going, waiting if you have to, I think they open at 5pm. Search for Conte’s and you will find out more. They only take cash! Delicious fresh seafood, the menu changes daily/hourly! Quite an experience.
    Enjoy, Camden and area is a favorite place! Oh and the Shelburne Museum is a must.
    Barbara in Nova Scotia

  4. Sandy says:

    Whatever you do, take a big umbrella and wellies if you have them (or some other waterproof shoes). As for places to visit, I’m not a Boston fan, BUT – I did enjoy visiting Faneuil Hall. If you’re a fan of “Little Women,” please consider visiting the Orchard House in nearby Concord – it was Louisa May Alcott’s home when she wrote the book (I stood on the front steps and cried like a baby!). Actually, Concord and Lexington are cool if you’re at all interested in the Revolutionary War. My husband went to BU and says if they’re still there, Legal Seafoods and Kelly’s Beef are good. At any rate, have fun and take lots of photos — New England is about as different from Texas as it is from Southern California (where I live). It’s amazing.

  5. Rachel says:

    Your are going to have a wonderful trip to a beautiful part of our country at a lovely time of the year! Along with the rain gear, takes clothes you can layer, even a light coat, gloves, and hat. It can get really chilly at night and on rainy days. At Shelburne Museum be sure to see Electra Havemeyer Webb Memorial Building for the amazing art work and the buildings which housing textiles/quilts, etc. In Burlington there is a chocolate factory: http://www.lakechamplainchocolates.com Vermont Route 100, Ben and Jerry’s is fun and stop at Cold Hollow Creek Mill for hot apple cider and cider donuts. Portsmouth is a lovely town, most people don’t realize N.H. has a seacoast. If you get a chance to stop in Marblehead, the old section of town right on the water, do so. It reminds me of England, with the narrow cobblestone streets, beautiful little gardens. And, Boston….well, having lived there for 8 years, you could stay for a month and not see and do it all. Connie will send/take you in the right direction. I do suggest getting a pass for the T (subway) for the number of days you plan to be there. And, the Old Town Trolley Tours, with unlimited reboarding, is a great way to save your feet and see the highlights of Boston. Have a great time and bowl of clam chowder for me.

  6. crystal says:

    Thanks so much for your tips, everyone! I’m saving them and adding them to our itinerary, and I’m glad to have the info on rain gear…I wouldn’t have thought of it. 🙂

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