Kennebuckport Maine 2019

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Kennebunkport Maine is on the Kennebunkport River at the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean. By the 1870s, it became a popular summer place. Today it draws in the upper class (including the former president Bush family) and it is one of the wealthiest communities in the state of Maine. Kennebunkport is a typical New England [Read more …]

Best Places to Eat in Portland Maine

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Updated Nov 2021 Portland Maine has an incredible number of great eating places. Whether formal sitdown places or more casual places where you can pick up a snack, you will not go hungry. Hint: make reservations in advance….especially during peak seasons. Here are some of our favorite places to eat (and one that has fallen [Read more …]

What To Do in Portland Maine

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Portland Maine is a lovely small city with a nice museum and great restaurants. We love walking through the lovely historic (and much gentrified) Old Port historic area that is filled with restored brick buildings or down Commercial Street, which was built on old piers in the 1850s. While some of the old (but mostly [Read more …]

Pumpkins Anyone?

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Oh what fun to travel in Maine in the fall to see what we could see. And what did we see as we were in Damariscotta and Newcastle Maine? Sure we saw pretty little towns. And some nice fall foliage. These two, next-door neighbors serve as the gateway to Maine’s Boothbay region with its pretty [Read more …]

Great Hikes near Woodstock Vermont

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Columbus Day weekend usually turns out to be the prime time for foliage in Central Vermont. Tourists (including us) from all over the world descend on places like Woodstock Vermont to enjoy the foliage and outdoor activities. Peak foliage, however, is subject to the vagaries of nature. Since you have to make reservations well in [Read more …]

Eating Around Woodstock Vermont

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We have been to Woodstock Vermont many times as it is one of our favorite New England places to visit. As foodies, we always try to find the best places to eat. Unfortunately, some of our favorite restaurants are no longer in operation. But some continue to survive. Here are updated reviews of those that [Read more …]

Things to Do in Woodstock Vermont

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No trip to New England would be complete for us without staying at our favorite New England town: Woodstock. We have visited Woodstock so often that we almost feel like natives. This charming late 19th/early 20th–century Currier and Ives-type village was created in 1777 when it became the terminus for the White River Junction Railway. [Read more …]

Portsmouth New Hampshire

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Portsmouth New Hampshire is a 20,000-person city on New Hampshire’s coast. It was founded in 1630, seven years after the first settlers bypassed the site in favor of one that was two miles to the east. Initially, Portsmouth was a fishing and farming community. It soon capitalized on its abundant timber to become a shipbuilding [Read more …]

St. Michaels Maryland

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St, Michaels is on the tranquil side of side of Maryland—the Eastern Shore. CNN named it as one of the 10 best small coastal towns. As we were in the area, we decided to check it out. But first we crossed the very long, but scenic, Chesapeake Bay Bridge and made a quick drive-through of [Read more …]

Annapolis Maryland

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A Short Annapolis History A group of Puritan families founded Annapolis Maryland in 1649 and named it Anne Arundel Town. Shortly after, it became the capital of Maryland. The town’s initial street pattern was laid out across 100 acres in 1674. The town assumed its current name in 1695 and was chartered as one of [Read more …]