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A June 2005 trip to Boston by Muchmor

Marriott Residence Inn Photo, Boston, Massachusetts More Photos
Quote: We based ourselves just outside Boston in order to travel around New England. We managed to visit Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and other parts of Massachusetts.

Marriott Residence Inn

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Hotel

Marriott Residence Inn Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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The Residence Inn in Framingham is located on a newly built commercial estate, but don’t let that put you off, as the location is quiet and has easy access onto the two main highways – Route 9 and Interstate 901. We stayed here, as we wanted to travel around New England and didn’t want to be located in the centre of Boston, making it harder to get around. This location is great, as we found that we could get easily to every state in New England from here, but it is still only 30 minutes or so from Boston. We booked a one-bedroom queen suite, which consisted of a good-size living room with a dining table and two chairs. We also had a desk with a chair and high-speed Internet access available via...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 3, 2005

Marriott Residence Inn
400 Staples Dr.
Boston, Massachusetts 01702
(508) 370-0001

California Pizza Kitchen

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Restaurant

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The California Pizza Kitchen is located in the Natick Mall near Framingham, where we stayed whilst in New England. We ate here when we visited the mall, as most of the other eating places were burger joints, which we did not fancy. Although I believe they have are a chain in the US, this is the first time we had come across one. It was very busy whilst we were there, but we were served by very friendly and quick staff. The menu choice is huge including loads of pizza, pasta dishes, soups, and salads. We had to keep sending our server away, as we couldn’t make up our minds on what we wanted. In the end, I had a pasta dish, which looked and tasted fantastic. My husband had salad, which ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 1, 2005

California Pizza Kitchen
1245 Worcester Road
Natick, Massachusetts 01760
(508) 651-1506

Natick Mall

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Attraction | "Natick Mall - MA"

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Natick Mall is located on Route 9 (Worcester Street) near Framingham. It is on two floors and has over 150 stores, with the main stores being Sears, Filenes, and Macy’s, and plenty of parking. The mall is very clean and easily navigated. They supply maps that will help you to find all the stores. It also has a small food court with places such as McDonald’s, China Max, Flamer's Charbroiled Hamburgers, Auntie Anne’s, Haagen Dazs, and Cajun Café, amongst others. There are other eateries within the mall, such as Friendly’s and California Pizza Company. They are currently in the process of redeveloping the complex and will be adding new stores soon–not sure who, though. We popp...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 4, 2005

Natick Mall
1245 Worcester Street
Natick, Massachusetts 01760-1553
(508) 655-4800

Mohawk Trail

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Attraction | "Mohawk Trail - Massachusetts"

Mohawk Trail Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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The Mohawk Trail in Massachusetts is a pleasant 63-mile drive along Route 2. We picked up the drive at Leominster and followed it through to North Adams near the New York and Vermont boarders. You travel through lots of little towns and villages and the scenery is lovely. We were there in the summer, so all the trees were green, but this must be lovely in the fall when the foliage is in full colour. There are several bridges you drive over with pretty rivers and streams underneath. It is also nice to see lots of New England homes along the route, which are quite different from any other properties. The churches are also lively in white, with tall spires peeking out of the trees. At Cha...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2005

Mohawk Trail
Route 2
Boston, Massachusetts 01247
(413) 743-8127

Mount Greylock State Reservation

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Attraction | "Mount Greylock - Massachusetts"

Mount Greylock State Reservation Photo, Hancock, Massachusetts
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One of the tours you can take as part of the Mohawk Trail Tour (or completely separately) is Mt. Greylock. You can access this trail from Adams, but you have to watch out for the sign, as it is accessed via an unlikely road through a residential estate. Once on this road, you can’t really go wrong, as it leads straight to the mountain. The trail is along a winding, tree-lined, and narrow road. We were glad we had an SUV, although it is perfectly accessible by car. Whilst we were there, we encountered very little traffic, but I can imagine that on a busy day, this road can be pretty scary, as the sides of the road are sheer drops. There are a few stop-off points where you can park the car and en...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 6, 2005

Mount Greylock State Reservation
Rockwell Road
Hancock, Massachusetts
(413) 499-4262

Gillette Castle State Park

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Attraction | "Gillette Castle - Connecticut"

Gillette Castle State Park Photo, East Haddam, Connecticut
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Gillette Castle is located in East Haddam in Connecticut, and I can thoroughly recommend a visit. This is a truly amazing place and was originally built not as a castle, but as a home for William Hooker Gillette, an actor who was most famous for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes. He was, in fact, the person who made the Holmes look famous, with the deerstalker hat and pipe, etc. The state of Connecticut purchased the property in 1943, several years after his death, and opened it to the public. Gillette designed every part of this strange house, and you really have to see it to believe it. It is built overlooking the Connecticut River and looks at first sight like an old castle which is in the pro...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 11, 2005

Gillette Castle State Park
67 River Road
East Haddam, Connecticut 06423
(860) 526-2336

Mayflower II at Plimoth Plantation

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Attraction | "Mayflower II, Plymouth Rock MA"

Mayflower II at Plimoth Plantation Photo, Plymouth, Massachusetts
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Plymouth is located on the coast, south of Boston, MA, and is the home of the Mayflower II. The ship is a reconstruction of the original Mayflower which brought the Pilgrim Fathers from the UK to America when it was first discovered. Plymouth is a nice town which is dominated by the fact that the pilgrims first landed here in 1620. There are museums and shops and lots of the usual seaside places, but the Mayflower II is the place to visit. We had to queue about half an hour to get onto the ship, and it wasn’t very busy, so on a busy day, I would guess you would have to queue a long time. One way around this is to pre-purchase your ticket on the web, which I would recommend. You can a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 11, 2005

Mayflower II at Plimoth Plantation
State Pier across from 74 Water Street
Plymouth, MA

Marconi Beach

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Attraction | "Marconi Beach - Cape Cod"

Marconi Beach Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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When we visited the Cape Cod area, we stopped off at few of the local beaches, and this was one of the best. It is apparently named after Guglielmo Marconi, who transmitted the world’s first wireless message from here back in 1903! It is located about halfway up the end finger of the cape, south of Wellfleet and off highway 6. To get to it, you travel along a minor road, which then opens up to a fairly large car park. In the summer months, you have to pay a small fee to enter the area, although we were there at the end of June and it was still free then. Before you get to the beach, there are bathroom facilities, showers etc. You have to walk along a short walkway and then down a set ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 23, 2005

Marconi Beach
Off Route 6
Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum

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Attraction | "Provincetown - Cape Cod"

Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum Photo, Provincetown, Massachusetts
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Provincetown is located at the very top tip of Cape Cod. It is quite a long way to travel if you are travelling from Boston, but worth it, as this is the busiest town within the Cape Cod area. This is where the Pilgrims first landed in 1620, before moving onto Plymouth. There is a monument located in the centre of town called the Pilgrim Monument, which was built to honour the pilgrims. The monument is the tallest granite structure within the US and is 252 feet high. If you have a head for heights, you can climb the monument for a few dollars. The steps inside the monument are quite easy to climb, as they consist of about six steps, then a flat platform area, six steps, platform, etc. They are ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 23, 2005

Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum
High Pole Hill Road
Provincetown, Massachusetts 02657
(508) 487-1310

Kancamagus Highway

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Attraction | "Kancamagus Highway - White Mountains"

Kancamagus Highway Photo, Lincoln, New Hampshire
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This is a 34-mile highway located on Route 112 between Conway and Lincoln in New Hampshire running through the White Mountains National Forest. We started the journey in Conway and stopped off at the rangers’ station at the beginning of the highway to collect a map of the route and some brochures, etc. These info stations are located at each end of the route. It is worth asking the attendant where the best places to stop off are so you don’t miss anything. Our first stop off was the Covered Bridge Campground. There is a large car park and a short walk to the covered bridge. This is a lovely spot, with the river running under the bridge, which as the name suggests is covered. Whilst ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 23, 2005

Kancamagus Highway
Route 112
Between Conway & Lincoln, NH

Flume Gorge

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Attraction | "Flume Gorge - New Hampshire"

Flume Gorge Photo, Lincoln, New Hampshire
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This gorge was one of the highlights of our trip. We love nature, and this is nature at its best. It is located a few miles north of Conway, New Hampshire, and is a 2-mile walk through a 200-million-year-old gorge. There is a large car park at the entrance, with a visitor centre, shop, restaurant, restrooms, etc. You start the walk at the rear of the visitor centre, and the first thing you come across is a beautiful covered bridge over the river that was built in 1886. You then follow the trail to Rock Table. This is a large granite platform that the water flows over and is quite beautiful. It is 500 feet long and 75 feet wide. The next section is the gorge itself. This is a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 23, 2005

Flume Gorge
Franconia Notch State Park White Mountain National Forest
Lincoln, New Hampshire
(603) 745-8391

York Beach

Attraction | "York Beach - Maine"

York Beach Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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York Beach is located just north of Kittery in Maine. We stopped off here on our way up to Portland, and we can definitely recommend it. We did not stop in the town itself, but followed the road to the lighthouse area. Here there is a large car park with shops, restaurants, etc., but the main attraction is the lighthouse. From the car park, you can walk down to the rocky outcrop and have great views of the surrounding coast and the small rocky island just off the coast, on which is built the lighthouse. This is a really pretty spot, and we saw lots of paintings and photographs of this lighthouse in the galleries and shops in all the nearby areas. I am sure there is more to do here tha...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 23, 2005

York Beach
York
York, Maine

Kittery Premium Outlets

Attraction | "Kittery Outlets - Maine"

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Kittery Outlets are located in Maine, about an hour north of Boston. It is signposted Kittery Coastal Route 1 from Interstate 95. This is not a mall, but a series of shopping blocks located along Route 1. In total, there are over 120 shops of various sizes and types. There are 15 separate blocks along the route, and you can either do as we did and park centrally and then walk around them all, or you can drive to each and park. There are large car parks at each location, so it really depends on how energetic you feel and probably what the weather is like. You will find all sorts of shops here, including fashion, sports, books, luggage, galleries, home furnishings, gifts--the list goes ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 23, 2005

Kittery Premium Outlets
375 Us Route 1
Kittery, Maine 03904
(207) 439-6548

Portland Observatory

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Attraction | "Portland Observatory - Maine"

Portland Observatory Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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Portland is about 2 hours north of Boston on the Maine coast. It is quite a large city, and it is best to drive to the coast and park in one of the many car parks located along the harbour. From here you can walk to most of the major sights within the city. We parked in the multi-story car park at the ferry terminal and walked along the main coast road, Commercial Street. Here there are lots of shops, restaurants, views across the bay, and a very helpful tourist centre. We did not have very much time here, so we decided to visit the Portland Observatory, which is located on Congress Street, about 5 blocks from the harbour. It is built like an inland lighthouse and is a very interesti...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 23, 2005

Portland Observatory
138 Congress Street
Portland, Maine 04101
(207) 774-5561