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From Boston to Boston via Niagara, VT, NH & ME

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A September 2003 trip to United States by shaunandtrish

Marshfield Inn & Motel Photo, Marshfield, Vermont More Photos
Quote: After three days sightseeing we hired a car for eight days and set off on a tour of New England sights. This took in Niagara Falls, the Green Mountains in Vermont, New Hampshire via the Kancamagus Highway, southern Maine, Salem, MA, and finishing off back in Boston.

From Boston to Boston via Niagara, VT, NH & ME

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Overview

Niagara Falls Photo, Niagara Falls, Ontario
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Where do I start? 1. Niagara Falls was worth the long drive, but the added bonus was the choice for our 2-night stopover in Geneva, NY. The Ramada Hotel is right on Lake Geneva - beautiful sunrises over the lake. 2. The drive through the Catskills is long and toll-ridden, but picturesque and strangely relaxing. 3. A great choice of stopovers was a theme on this trip, and the Marshfield Inn and Motel, near Montpelier, VT, served us well during our time in the Green Mountains. 4. We loved Stowe and Lake Champlain here. Ben & Jerry's was also a lot of fun on a day when the heavens opened....Read More

Ramada Geneva Lakefront

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Hotel | "The Ramada Hotel, Geneva, NY"

Ramada Geneva Lakefront Photo, Geneva, New York
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Considering we were only looking for a cheap and clean stopover on the way from Boston to Niagara Falls, we hit the jackpot here. I identified a rough geographical area where we would be looking to stay (based on how far I could safely drive in one day from Boston) and started searching Expedia for a likely suspect - and found this. Its about 400 miles from Boston. It looked good on the website - nice standard of facilities, lakefront setting - but you can never tell what you're getting until you arrive. We were not disappointed - especially at the price. The room we got was on the fourth floor, very clean and spacious (even the bathroom), with good temperature control, tea/coffeema...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 19, 2003

Ramada Geneva Lakefront
41 Lakefront Dr. - Rt. 5 and 20
Geneva, New York 14456
(315) 789-0400

Marshfield Inn & Motel

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Hotel | "Marshfield Inn and Motel, Vt"

Marshfield Inn & Motel Photo, Marshfield, Vermont
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The main strengths of the accommodation were the setting, the view, and the hospitality of the owners, John and Jean. It is set back above the 2E (not too busy or noisy), with a stunning view over the Winooski River Valley and the mountains across the valley. There are some really nice short walks to be had just by walking straight out of the motel-room door and leaving the car behind. The rooms are basic, but spacious and clean. Pretty much what you would expect of a family-run motel, with bathroom, shower, and TV. I'm told that if you're lucky, you may see the occasional moose or bear outside, but we only saw a skunk. There are no facilities...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2003

Marshfield Inn & Motel
5630 U.S. Route 2
Marshfield, Vermont 05658
(802) 426-3383

Jeremiah Mason B&B￿

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Hotel | "Jeremiah Mason House, Limerick, ME"

Jeremiah Mason B&B Photo, Limerick, Maine
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We stayed here one night and wished we'd planned for at least one more. Initially, this was just a stopover on the route from central Vermont through New Hampshire and Maine before we went back to Boston, but this place, and its owners, were a gem. The house itself is a 150-ish-year-old tall red-brick affair, which is quite unusual in itself, and set in the small and sleepy little village of Limerick, which is about 20 miles inland from Portland. It's quiet and in the middle of a forested area, with no particular attractions save for the lovely walks on your doorstep. The rooms are large, with high ceilings, small bathrooms (after all, it wasn't built to house a ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 19, 2003

Jeremiah Mason B&B￿
40 Main Street
Limerick, Maine 04048
(207) 793-4858

Sarducci's

Restaurant | "Sarduccis, Montpelier"

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We ate here because the owner of the motel we were staying in said he'd never heard of a bad meal from anyone who'd eaten here. We went on a Sunday night about 6:30pm and it was full. We had a 20-minute wait for a table, and it got busier later, seemingly with locals, which is always a good sign. I can't remember for the life of me what our pasta dishes actually were, but we were impressed. The decor and atmosphere of the place and the friendly staff made it a great place to spend an hour, the food was really good, and both the menu and drinks not too pricey. I think our check for two people, including wine, came to a bit less than $50. It's right on the riverside, and the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2003

Sarducci's
3 Main Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
(802) 223-0229

House of Tang

Restaurant | "House of Tang, Montpelier"

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We ate here on our first night at Marshfield. It was the first place we came to on our way into Montpelier, it was dark, so we took it as an easy option. It's quite a large Chinese restaurant that has as its centrepiece an all-you-can-eat buffet for about $9 a head. They also did a proper menu, and also take-out, I think. We were hungry and went for the buffet (like most everyone else, from what we could see). The quality of this was surprisingly high--there was a good selection that was kept fresh by hardworking members of staff. It's a high-volume, low-price, informal, bustling type of place, so not the spot for an anniversary dinner, but great for tourists on a budget and locals w...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 19, 2003

House of Tang
114 River St.
Montepelier, Vermont
(802) 223-6020

Niagara Falls

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Attraction

Niagara Falls Photo, Niagara Falls, Ontario
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Sometimes when you finally visit something as famous as Niagara Falls, it doesn't quite meet your expectations or, worse, falls short of them. This did not happen here. We paid a visit to the American side of the falls from our stopover base in Geneva (recommended - see my accommodation review). The drive each way is about 90 minutes and quite straightforward. All you have to do is resist the first few exits directing you to Niagara Falls - this is the town, not the falls. Anyway, when you get there, you find ample parking (about $5 to park), which will put you about a 10-minute walk from the falls. A few people told me to anticipate the noise of the fall...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 25, 2003

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls, Ontario

From Limerick, ME to Salem, MA

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Story/Tip

Salem Harbour Photo, Salem, Massachusetts
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Having spent a lovely half a day and restful night in the Jeremiah Mason House, sitting in tiny, leafy Limerick, Maine, it was time to press on. We needed to be back in Cambridge, MA to drop off the car by 6pm. The planned itinerary was to drop directly onto the coastal road of Southern Maine and head south, trying to take in as much of the Maine coast as we could on the way. As it turned out, this idea turned into little more than a semi-desperate photo stop, and I don't think we did that area of southern Maine justice. In hindsight, a two-night stopover in Maine would have given us a better opportunity to take in the Kennebunkport area. This was sacrif...Read More
Pretty Peacham Photo, Vermont, United States
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We used the Marshfield Inn and Motel as our base for touring this area. This was a good choice, firstly because of the scenery right on your doorstep, and secondly because of all the great places you can get to in under 45 minutes by car. These were Stowe (incl. Ben & Jerry's), Burlington (incl. Lake Champlain), Smallest State Capital Montpelier, St. Johnsbury, and pretty Peacham. The weather wasn't great all the time, so you need to be prepared. You also need to think about the things that a bit of rain will and won't spoil. Stowe is OK on a rainy day, for example. You've got the indoor attraction of Ben & J...Read More