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New England is a Potpourri Region

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A September 2005 trip to United States by MCJ graduate

Al Gauron Deep Sea Fishing Photo, Hampton Beach, New Hampshire More Photos
Quote: New England is a hodgepodge destination. It has both the seashore and mountain landscapes because of the four neighboring states: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Consequently, you can enjoy all the sites, attractions, and activities each landscape has to offer.

New England is a Potpourri Region

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York, Maine Photo, York, Maine
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You don’t have to choose whether you want a destination near the seashore or the mountains if you desire to vacation in the New England region. This is because New England has both landscapes. As a result, you can enjoy all the sites, attractions, and activities that each landscape has to offer. This is why my partner and I choose this region of America to travel to (2001). Our first New England stop was the gorgeous state of Maine. Here we enjoyed its seashore, visited the Nubble beacon, and shopped and ate at Ogunquit, Maine. Concerning the seashore, we just walked and took marvelous pictures of the marinas, beaches, and homes built there. And the Nubble lighthouse was picturesque, o...Read More

Maple Lodge

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Hotel

Maple Lodge Photo, North Woodstock, New Hampshire
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After seeing attractions such as "Old Man of the Mountain" and going to Clark’s Trading Post, we decided to stay in the same area as Clark’s Trading Post is--North Woodstock, N.H. Usually we try to book a reservation ahead of time, but this time we chose not to. Therefore, you can say we "flew by the seat of our pants". Fortunately for us, we stumbled upon this little gem called Maple Lodge for our lodging needs. This quaint resort was nestled in the White Mountains. The resort owner was a nice, thirty-something year old woman who had inherited the resort from her family. She and her husband ran the resort. Both individuals kept this resort well maintained. The cabins were extremely clean and ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 12, 2005

Maple Lodge
363 Daniel Webster Hwy.
North Woodstock, New Hampshire 03262
(603) 745-6688

Blue Jay Motel

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Hotel

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After being on the Al Gauron Deep Sea Fishing excursion, we needed to find a motel to slumber at. Therefore, we went up and down the streets of Hampton Beach and finally discovered Blue Jay. Blue Jay had curb appeal to us. It was well-kept on the outside and looked very inviting. Blue Jay is in a great location. It is only a five-minute walk to the beach, state park, and fishing fleets. And it is just a ten-minute walk to the boardwalk and other major attractions. In addition, the hosts, Mary and Rose, are very cordial. Also, the rooms are very cozy (we had a double bed and a small bathroom), clean, well-maintained, and tastefully decorated. And the rooms have A/C and heat, cable TV, refrigerato...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 13, 2005

Blue Jay Motel
186 Ashworth Ave.
Hampton, New Hampshire 03842
(603) 926-3711

Gondola Ride

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Attraction

Killington, Vermont Photo, Killington, Vermont
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While driving in Vermont, my partner and her mother wanted to go on a gondola ride. They said we had to go to a ski resort for it (unfortunately, I can’t remember the name of it). I still had no idea what this activity was (I am from the Midwest). Anyway, when we arrived, I almost fainted at the sight I saw – a huge mountain and small cable-looking cars ascending to and descending from an extremely high elevation (I was told after the ride that it was 2,700 feet high). Both these native-born New Englanders told me not to be afraid and that they had done it before numerous times. Their words weren’t that reassuring, but finally, with all their coaxing, I did take the gondola ride (clinching my teeth an...Read More

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Clark's Trading Post

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Attraction

Clark's Trading Post Photo, Lincoln, New Hampshire
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When we traveled to the New England region, we had a plan to see various sights and attractions and do various activities. One of the main attractions we wanted to go to was Clark’s Trading Post in North Woodstock, N.H. This was because my partner, raised in New Hampshire, said this was a popular place that had a lot of family entertainment. Therefore, this is where we went. Unfortunately, this trip was taken in the middle of September, and Clark’s activities were not running anymore. Hence, we were limited to just walking the grounds, visiting the gift shop, and taking pictures. However, my partner told me all the other neat things she had seen or done when she had been there before. She told m...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 12, 2005

Clark's Trading Post
Route 3
Lincoln, New Hampshire 03251
(603) 745-8913

Al Gauron Deep Sea Fishing

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Al Gauron Deep Sea Fishing Photo, Hampton Beach, New Hampshire
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We selected the Al Gauron deep-sea fishing excursion out of Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, because my partner had used it before. When she went, she was satisfied with their services (such as, the boat was clean, the captain and the mates were polite and courteous, you got plenty of bait to fish with, the boat wasn’t overcrowded, and you catch many fish). And when we went, the same exact environment with them still existed. Therefore, we had a marvelous time. Our excursion was an afternoon one. We went for a half-day from 1:30-5:30pm. Since it was the fall, we fished for bluefish. When we arrived at a fishing spot, the mates dropped the anchor. Then the mates had put chum (chopped up bait) in th...Read More

Al Gauron Deep Sea Fishing
State Pier
Hampton Beach, New Hampshire 03842
(603) 926-2469

Portuguese Princess Excursions

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Portuguese Princess Excursions Photo, Provincetown, Massachusetts
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I have been on two whale watches while vacationing in Provincetown. My two whale-watch excursions were with the Portuguese Princess Whale Watch Company. Neither time was I was disappointed. In fact, I was elated with both tours (in October 1996 and September 2001). This whale-watch excursion was three hours long. The tickets were moderate in price—I think we paid under $20 then (now they are $26 for adults, $22 for children 5-12, and children four and under are free with a paid adult fare). These tours run from May to October. We boarded a boat that was very comfortable. And it was fast, modern, and well-maintained. The captain took us out six miles north of P-town, at the tip of Cap...Read More

Portuguese Princess Excursions
70 Shank Painter
Provincetown, Massachusetts 02657
(800) 442-3188