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#1 foodie52

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 10:46 PM

Renting a car at Logan on June 29th, and then we have til July 4 to go somewhere cool. I haven't been to New England since I was a kid. Does anyone have any good suggestions for a place up the coast where we could stay for a total of 5 nights? I am thinking that we could divide that trip into destination 1 and 2.

 

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#2 Suzanne F

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 02:36 AM

Portland, Maine. Absolutely. We have several threads on it, I think. It only takes a couple of hours to get there from Boston. And then you could also do parts of the Maine coast.

 

(I say this knowing that southern Vermont will send daggers into my heart. But I do believe that Portland is incomparable. And a fabulous food locale. Ask Johnny D!)


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Posted 02 March 2013 - 03:27 AM

Rockland to Portland is about a hundred miles, with a huge range of restaurants, galleries, shops, etc. Prob too cold for any swimming, however.


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Posted 02 March 2013 - 04:39 PM

Then too you could always do the North Shore--Cape Ann, Gloucester, etc. Not for the whole 5 days, but a day or two. Great places for fried clams. Whale-watching tours, getting out on the water. Yeah, probably too cold to go in, but nice to go on it. We had a lovely few days there some years ago.


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Posted 02 March 2013 - 05:28 PM

Portland is amazing with first food, beer and coffee. Definitely worth a couple nights.


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Posted 02 March 2013 - 06:57 PM

Whales and fried clams : sounds wonderful. Will try to book somewhere in Portland and also the North Shore. Thank you!

Restaurants? Or just shacks? I'm good with shacks.


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Posted 02 March 2013 - 07:10 PM

Portland is definitely a restaurant town - there are about a half dozen of more quality restaurants packed within fifteen minutes of one another. When I went, we did Duckfat for lunch (excellent). And Bresca for dinner (lovely room, very good food, very relaxing, excellent pastry), but heavily considered Hugo's, Fore Street and Miyake. We did the Nova Res for beer , Bard and a few others for coffee. I'm sure there's way more that Johnny D can tell you about.


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#8 Suzanne F

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 07:26 PM

Portland restaurants, oh my. Bresca. Miyake. 555. Hot Suppa (lunch). We thought Fore Street was just okay, but ymmv; at any rate, they were very gracious when we showed up totally drenched from a pounding rain.

 

There are discussions of various restaurants on these threads.

 

And I almost forgot: there's a great bookstore there, Rabelais Books, nearby in Biddeford. Moved from down on Middle Street.

 

We usually stay at The Inn on St. John (funky but pretty big b&b, free parking!), which is out beyond the medical center, but a not unreasonable walk into town. Have also stayed at Eastland Park hotel. There's a plaza outside it where we heard a great free steel-pan concert last summer.

 

We :wub:  Portland.

 

For North Shore, I mostly remember clam shacks. There are Woodman's devotees versus The Clam Box. We tried and liked both, but then fried clams are such a treat for us: eating Ipswich clams in Ipswich! It's been a few years, so I forget where else we ate.


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Posted 02 March 2013 - 07:45 PM

Agreed on the Inn at St. John. Funky, charming, very reasonably priced. A bit of a walk through a somewhat interesting - but safe - area to the downtown, but not unreasonable by any means.


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Posted 02 March 2013 - 09:16 PM

THANK YOU! I couldn't find a place to stay. Went on the Inn at St. John website and booked a room immediately. Huge help!! Three nights, so plenty of time to enjoy.


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Posted 02 March 2013 - 09:18 PM

My husband wants to try Duckfat or Hugo's, simply because the chef won Chopped....


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Posted 02 March 2013 - 09:33 PM

Bresca must have shut down....no more website.


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Posted 02 March 2013 - 10:55 PM

OH NO!!!!! :o

 

As noted below, still there, whew.


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Posted 02 March 2013 - 11:13 PM

For North Shore, I mostly remember clam shacks. There are Woodman's devotees versus The Clam Box. We tried and liked both, but then fried clams are such a treat for us: eating Ipswich clams in Ipswich! It's been a few years, so I forget where else we ate.

 

Woodman's.  Woodman's.  Woodman's.


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Posted 02 March 2013 - 11:22 PM

Bresca's website is still working. And they are still taking reservations on Open Table. The most recent review was just a week ago.

 

Or maybe it's a different Bresca?