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Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire: Where to Next?

We are checking out of the Sturbridge Publick House tomorrow, which means it is high time to figure out where we are going next!

The weather here in Sturbridge, Massachusetts has been unseasonably rainy, with higher temperatures predicted in the next few days. It doesn’t look like we’ll be able to remain in the northeast and escape the rain, but at least we’d like to go far enough north that we can escape the heat.

It seems that no matter where we’ve been in July and August, I’ve either been wiped out by the hot weather or by the wet weather, so we’ve mostly given up on visiting friends until the fall, when I will hopefully be far more functional than I am now. (I’m not in bad shape, but I’m just not at my most gregarious either.)

Our current (provisional) plan is still to hole up somewhere until the heat has gone, and then meander back to Richmond, Virginia to pick up our fall clothes, and visit friends on our way back south. (I should bear up better to the hurly-burly of places like Boston and New York when it has cooled down a little, too.)

Unfortunately, we’re not the only people with the bright idea of escaping the summer heat here, and we’re finding it quite a challenge to locate affordable (by which we mean dirt cheap) accommodations for the rest of August in Maine.

We’re widening our scope and looking at places in Vermont and New Hampshire, too. In fact, if anyone can recommend a reliably cool corner of Massachusetts, we’d be happy to stick around here as well.

Our criteria for places to stay are:

  • weather consistently under 80 degrees or so; the cooler the better
  • high speed Internet access (so Neil doesn’t have to work out of cafes)
  • affordable (meaning as cheap as possible)
  • in the North East
  • locally-owned, mom-and-pop businesses are a big bonus

If anyone has recommendations for Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, or even Massachusetts, for places to stay, or towns/areas to check out, or tips on finding affordable places, we would LOVE to hear your suggestions!

One way or the other, we’re on the road tomorrow. We’ll let you know where we’re heading as soon as we know ourselves!

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1 Mark Slatin { 08.14.08 at 12:12 pm }

I’m loving your trials and travails. It’s great to travel the country vicariously through you and Neil. I’ve always thought Sturbridge would be one of the most angelic places to spend Christmas.

2 Shaula { 08.14.08 at 12:41 pm }

Welcome home, Mark. I can’t wait to hear all about YOUR trip, too!

I have to tell you, I have never been so happy to see the rain. It has been deliciously cool and rainy for most of our time here (with the exception of a gloriously sunny afternoon yesterday), and we couldn’t have picked a cozier place to enjoy the autumn-style weather. In fact, the restaurants at the Publick House serve a Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner all year round!

I can only imagine that it is absolutely gorgeous here at Christmas, too.