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9th-Jan-2008 08:38 pm
Missy #4004
Brian and I had such a great adventure with the trip to Seattle, taking everyone along with us via GPS, that we want to do it again this year.

New destination: Northern East Coast of the US.

Requirements:
- Must see Salem. Come on, you know I have to.
- Must avoid most large cities. Not interested in Washington DC or New York City
- Must see pretty things. Ocean. Mountains.

Since I've only ever flown to destinations out east for short visits, I'm not even sure of what I'm missing.

What needs to be seen? I'm thinking we'd like to keep the trip to states north/northeast of Virginia.

We will be taking this trip the second week of September for our 19th anniversary, giving ourselves 10 days.
Comments 
10th-Jan-2008 01:50 am (UTC)
You know, if you want to just keep going, New Brunswick is totally beautiful and has delicious seafood. Watching the tides roll in and out in the Bay of Fundy is really something to behold.

Vermont is neat, too. I went to a wedding in the Mad River area, and it was very much a storybook wonderland kind of pretty. I mean seriously look at it:

10th-Jan-2008 02:18 am (UTC)
If you're interested in going a little inland you might want to try PA. Gettysburg is really fascinating, has pretty country side and you can stay at a haunted B&B. Plus, lots of pretty mountains in PA. It's only 90 minutes from northern VA.

Maine is gorgeous and I think you're going during a good time for whale watching. Maybe even a good time to see the Puffins, but I'm not sure.

10th-Jan-2008 02:22 am (UTC) - Red's Eat's!
Red's Eat's in Wiscasset, Maine....have a lobster roll for me please!!!! We stop there every time we are in Maine.

10th-Jan-2008 02:31 am (UTC) - and speaking of lobster
Also, Cook's Lobster House on Bailey Island...it's a beautiful drive! Bar Harbor is also a great little drive...love Maine...lots of Light Houses
10th-Jan-2008 02:42 am (UTC)
Now I want a LOBSTAH-ROLL! (Dammit, Craig!)

Rhode Island is very charming. I toured the mansions there when I went, and that was a hell of an experience. Closest thing to castles we have in the states, and they are spectacular!
10th-Jan-2008 03:04 am (UTC)
in the summer of 2003, i did a solo road trip after the freak family picnic. drove from Ottawa, Ontario, through bits of Quebec and back into the states in Vermont and then into New Hampshire. the scenery is breathtakingly beautiful. i toured the Ben & Jerry's factory on my birthday, which was just delicious! i originally was going to go to Maine, but headed for Boston instead, as i had free crash space there. when i left Boston and headed for Philly, i got close to but didn't quite hit Cape Cod. even more gorgeous scenery, minus horrific traffic congestion in the Bronx!

one last thing: cheese steaks in Philly!!
10th-Jan-2008 04:44 am (UTC)
That's all my old stompin' ground! Let me know if you have any specific questions, it's where I grew up.

Personally I am most fond of the Hudson River Valley area (about 1.5 hours north of nyc) - Sleepy Hollow is really nice as are the surrounding communities. Hike the grounds of the Russell Wright house if you can - very beautiful, as is the drive getting there. Storm Kind sculpture park isn't far from there either.
10th-Jan-2008 01:04 pm (UTC)
So many things. First, if you do get as far south as Maryland, you are welcome to stay with us. In this area, avoiding the cities, there is Antietam battlefield if you're into that, Harper's Ferry, cute little antique towns like Ellicott City, and lots of pretty parks, like, Catoctin. Up north, I'd hit Mount Washington for the crazy drive up and the views. In PA, there's the Hershey area which is pretty.

What sorts of things do you like to see or do? I'm all about either nature or museums (or yarn stores), usually, so that's where I'd be best able to steer you. Vermont has the Long Trail, with some very nice bits. Anything in the Green MOuntains. If you like small New England college towns, go for Northampton or Amherst in Massachusetts. So much. Sounds fun!
10th-Jan-2008 03:30 pm (UTC)
Vermont is gorgeous - but West Virginia is gorgeous too (hint,hint) and you can drive across it pretty quickly.
11th-Jan-2008 04:33 am (UTC)
If you make it to Salem, Mark and I can give you the name of a hotel concierge who is terribly helpful and very sweet. NOTOCON 2007 (OTO convention - happens every 2 years) was there in August.

Mark and I had a blast. One of those places we would consider moving to. Granted, it was summer. Winter might not be as encouraging. ;-)
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