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Title: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Mordy on July 09, 2009, 06:24:36 PM
Hey guys- anyone ever been to Maine before?

I'm thinking of taking a trip there for a couple of days with my wife... but I don't know much about the tourism there.

Probably no kosher food, I'm assuming... any places worth seeing/going to?

Title: Re: Thinking of visiting MAINE
Post by: aaa on July 09, 2009, 09:31:14 PM
Im wondering why you dont pick a place that has some attraction that you already know of, and then plan the trip around that.

Boating, camping and fishing in Maine is popular. Catch something kosher, clean it, and eat. Not sure what else.
Title: Re: Thinking of visiting MAINE
Post by: steve2 on July 09, 2009, 09:36:29 PM
 actually in Bangor there is an Orthodox Shul and DownTown if 1 can call it that is a jack of everything store that has a Heksher from the Rabbi of the shul.Or at least that was the case when I was up there a few yrs ago.

 It was a Bagel store with salads etc etc , also had Fleshig stuff dont remember much about what they had as I didnt want to be Fleshig. I couldnt find anything out about this place I assume they closed up, call the shul and ask

 check http://www.jewishbangor.com/
Title: Re: Thinking of visiting MAINE
Post by: Mordy on July 10, 2009, 02:32:09 PM
Im wondering why you dont pick a place that has some attraction that you already know of, and then plan the trip around that.

Because we've done that, too.
I'm stopping off in Massachusettes, and trying to pick something within driving distance.
I've been to RI, MA, New Hamshire, Vermont... Trying to pick something new.
Boats and scenic stuff is cool. Just wondering if there's anything else I should be aware of.

Steve, thanks for the info!
Title: Re: Thinking of visiting MAINE
Post by: Charles The Govenor on July 12, 2009, 09:04:35 AM
Why dont you go to ct.
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: shach on August 04, 2011, 11:18:29 PM
Any ideas about a nice place to stay in maine e.g.acadia national park area? any experience?
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Avid Reader on August 05, 2011, 02:15:49 AM
Any ideas about a nice place to stay in maine e.g.acadia national park area? any experience?

No experience, but I heard it's great. How about taking out some Lonely Planet guides for the area?
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on September 20, 2011, 08:29:16 PM
Any ideas about a nice place to stay in maine e.g.acadia national park area? any experience?

I went on a photography trip with a friend to Acadia NP a few weeks ago. Even with the horrible weather we had (constant fog), we had a great time. Acadia is absolutely beautiful. Check out the Schoodic Peninsula area of the park - a bit out of the way but so much nicer for it. Much quieter and less touristy.

Most of the places to stay in the area are on Mount Desert Island (where most of the park is)  We stayed here (http://www.baymeadowcottages.com/) - the place was minuscule, but nice and clean (and cheap).

There's also lots to do on the island besides for the park - Somesville is a lovely little town, and the Bass Harbor Light is an unbelievable sight - it's considered the most photographed lighthouse in the world, for good reason.

Also check out Acadia Magic (http://www.acadiamagic.com/welcome.html), it covers the entire area very comprehensively.
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on September 20, 2011, 08:40:25 PM
I went on a photography trip with a friend to Acadia NP a few weeks ago. Even with the horrible weather we had (constant fog), we had a great time. Acadia is absolutely beautiful. Check out the Schoodic Peninsula area of the park - a bit out of the way but so much nicer for it. Much quieter and less touristy.

Most of the places to stay in the area are on Mount Desert Island (where most of the park is)  We stayed here (http://www.baymeadowcottages.com/) - the place was minuscule, but nice and clean (and cheap).

There's also lots to do on the island besides for the park - Somesville is a lovely little town, and the Bass Harbor Light is an unbelievable sight - it's considered the most photographed lighthouse in the world, for good reason.

Also check out Acadia Magic (http://www.acadiamagic.com/welcome.html), it covers the entire area very comprehensively.


Any pics to share?
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on September 20, 2011, 10:32:20 PM

Any pics to share?

Restored antique cars for sale in Ellsworth (just outside Mount Desert Island)
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on September 20, 2011, 10:32:42 PM
The view from Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the east coast and the first place to see sunrise in the US.
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on September 20, 2011, 10:33:07 PM
Fog on the Schoodic Peninsula. This was our weather for most of the trip.  :-[
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on September 20, 2011, 10:33:35 PM
Exposed tidal flat on Schoodic Peninsula
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on September 20, 2011, 10:33:52 PM
Jordan Pond and the Bubbles. This is a must-see location.
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on September 20, 2011, 10:34:15 PM
Schoodic Point. The most amazing shoreline I have ever seen. The rocks are pink and black granite imagine what this would look like in nice weather.
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on September 20, 2011, 10:34:52 PM
We planned to shoot the sunrise got up at 2:00 AM, drove to Schoodic, hiked out to this spot in the pitch black, and were in position for the 4:00 sunrise. The sun, however, slept in.  ;D
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on September 20, 2011, 10:39:38 PM
Great pics! - Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Avid Reader on September 20, 2011, 11:50:53 PM
Beautiful pics.
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: bem684 on June 09, 2013, 10:25:34 AM
A user PMed me to ask about my trip to Maine in 2008.  I wrote up this whole response and then I thought I should share it with the forums.  Here it is:


I was only really in Maine for 2.5 days or so.  I spent about  a day in Portland and the rest was in Acadia National Park.

First stop was Portland Head Light (http://www.portlandheadlight.com/ (http://www.portlandheadlight.com/)).  We drove straight there from Monsey so it was a nice place to get out and stretch/walk around a bit.

Then we stopped by an Alpaca farm just to see the animals. http://www.wintersgone.com/store/ (http://www.wintersgone.com/store/)  It was pouring rain so we didnt really see much here.  Later on in the trip we went to a different Alpaca place which was very nice.

We stayed overnight in Bar Harbor just outside of Acadia Nat'l Park. I don't recall the name of the place (I found it! www.sunnysidecottages.com/ (http://www.sunnysidecottages.com/)‎) but it's an independently owned hotel with small bright yellow cottages all over the property.  Downtown Bar Harbor is beautiful and great to walk around.

Acadia http://www.nps.gov/acad/index.htm   Bar Harbor http://www.barharborinfo.com/ (http://www.barharborinfo.com/)
More on Acadia and Bar Harbor http://www.visitmaine.com/region/downeast/bar_harbor/ (http://www.visitmaine.com/region/downeast/bar_harbor/)

We also stopped at Black Woods Farm Alpacas in Cherryfield, ME, and Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge in Baring, ME.  If I remember correctly, we were able to pick wild blueberries for free in Moosehorn.  http://www.fws.gov/northeast/moosehorn/opportunities.html (http://www.fws.gov/northeast/moosehorn/opportunities.html)
The Black Woods Farm folks were extremely nice and explained a lot about Alpaca breeding, care, and the uses for their fur.  http://blackwoodsfarmalpacas.com/ (http://blackwoodsfarmalpacas.com/)

All of that was in the first 4 days of our trip.  We like to try and pack a lot into our vacations :)  After Moosehorn we headed into Canada.


I will try to type up some summaries with links of my trip through New Brunswick, Halifax and Cape Breton Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.  I'll edit this post with links to those summaries if I get around to doing it.
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: bem684 on June 10, 2013, 09:05:10 AM
I started to write up more about this trip in a new thread on the Trip Reports board.  So far I've covered all of New Brunswick and a portion of Nova Scotia.  I'll try to add the rest of NS and Prince Edward Island in the next week.  http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=29787.0 (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=29787.0)
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on July 22, 2015, 10:47:14 PM
Time to revive a thread from the dead. We'll be in Maine (flying into BGR, out of PWM became there was nothing available from BGR) for 2 days during Chol HaMoed (Arriving 11am Wed, leaving 7:40p Thu). The idea is to spend time in Acadia NP and hopefully go leaf peeping. We're thinking of using a free night at a Residence Inn by Marriott in Bangor for the night. The idea is to go straight from the airport to Acadia, spend the day (6:18 sunset) and drive back to Bangor. Does it make sense to go back the next day as well (keeping in mind it'll add 1 hour to the 2 hour drive to PWM)?
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on July 26, 2015, 02:20:48 AM
Bump
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Aj3042 on July 26, 2015, 07:52:00 AM
Time to revive a thread from the dead. We'll be in Maine (flying into BGR, out of PWM became there was nothing available from BGR) for 2 days during Chol HaMoed (Arriving 11am Wed, leaving 7:40p Thu). The idea is to spend time in Acadia NP and hopefully go leaf peeping. We're thinking of using a free night at a Residence Inn by Marriott in Bangor for the night. The idea is to go straight from the airport to Acadia, spend the day (6:18 sunset) and drive back to Bangor. Does it make sense to go back the next day as well (keeping in mind it'll add 1 hour to the 2 hour drive to PWM)?
Why wouldn't it make sense? You can't really experience the whole thing in one day. If you can get in another day or most of it why not?
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: G11600 on July 26, 2015, 12:55:24 PM
If you're going to Acadia National Park, you can stay in a very nice kosher B&B (though they don't advertise the fact that they are kosher..)

http://www.shorepathcottage.com/kosher.html

Under supervision of local Rabbi, not sure if CY would be an option.
If you are there for Shabbat I am fairly sure they will arrange meals (not sure if cost).



Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on July 26, 2015, 01:44:41 PM
If you're going to Acadia National Park, you can stay in a very nice kosher B&B (though they don't advertise the fact that they are kosher..)

http://www.shorepathcottage.com/kosher.html

Under supervision of local Rabbi, not sure if CY would be an option.
If you are there for Shabbat I am fairly sure they will arrange meals (not sure if cost).
Thanks for the tip, although we won't be there for shabbos. We'll also be staying in Bangor at the (yet to open) RI by Marriott with a free night cert.
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on July 26, 2015, 01:47:00 PM
Why wouldn't it make sense? You can't really experience the whole thing in one day. If you can get in another day or most of it why not?
There might be other things to do in the area that don't involve driving back to Acadia. There would be time to go back at least until 3pm, but then we'd need to drive to PWM. While I'm sure you can spends days in Acadia, do you think that ~6 hours isn't enough for the highlights?
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Aj3042 on July 26, 2015, 04:29:21 PM
There might be other things to do in the area that don't involve driving back to Acadia. There would be time to go back at least until 3pm, but then we'd need to drive to PWM. While I'm sure you can spends days in Acadia, do you think that ~6 hours isn't enough for the highlights?
AFAIK it's by far the best thing to do in the area. And 6 hours may be enough of you rush but if you want to really get the experience it's not.
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on July 26, 2015, 05:27:02 PM
AFAIK it's by far the best thing to do in the area. And 6 hours may be enough of you rush but if you want to really get the experience it's not.
So how would you suggest dividing up 2 days (or the ~6 hours I have the first day and ~5 hours the second day)?
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Aj3042 on July 26, 2015, 10:04:59 PM
So how would you suggest dividing up 2 days (or the ~6 hours I have the first day and ~5 hours the second day)?
Don't remember enough detail to tell you but just between the driving, hiking, boating and swimming you have all your time set up (and there's lot more stuff than that). Try visiting the NPS website and seeing what they say.
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: eliteflyer on August 18, 2015, 11:51:49 AM
Just returned from a great trip to Maine, rented a house with extended family 20 miles east of Bangor and spent 4 days hiking in Acadia. Hopefully I'll get a TR in some time soon.
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 18, 2015, 11:59:26 AM
Just returned from a great trip to Maine, rented a house with extended family 20 miles east of Bangor and spent 4 days hiking in Acadia. Hopefully I'll get a TR in some time soon.
I'd love to read it, especially if you can get it done before I go on Chol HaMoed Succos.
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: eliteflyer on August 18, 2015, 03:23:10 PM
Time to revive a thread from the dead. We'll be in Maine (flying into BGR, out of PWM became there was nothing available from BGR) for 2 days during Chol HaMoed (Arriving 11am Wed, leaving 7:40p Thu). The idea is to spend time in Acadia NP and hopefully go leaf peeping. We're thinking of using a free night at a Residence Inn by Marriott in Bangor for the night. The idea is to go straight from the airport to Acadia, spend the day (6:18 sunset) and drive back to Bangor. Does it make sense to go back the next day as well (keeping in mind it'll add 1 hour to the 2 hour drive to PWM)?
What are ages and hiking abilities of your party? If people are up to it, the hikes in Acadia are well marked, have great write-ups online and overall, really a treat. For your short duration, I think it makes better sense to stay somewhere on Mt. Desert Island Wednesday night so you can spend most of Wednesday (Acadia is about 1:10 from BGR airport) and all of Thursday there before driving back to PWM. Also, keep checking for availability (DL: to DTW or LGA; US to PHL or DCA; and UA to ORD) from BGR so you can buy yourself more time in the park. Consider flying back on Friday morning instead. 
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Aj3042 on August 18, 2015, 03:28:04 PM
Just returned from a great trip to Maine, rented a house with extended family 20 miles east of Bangor and spent 4 days hiking in Acadia. Hopefully I'll get a TR in some time soon.
I'm assuming you couldn't find availability in Bar Harbor? Because staying near Bangor and traveling back and forth is a major schlep.
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 18, 2015, 04:10:45 PM
What are ages and hiking abilities of your party? If people are up to it, the hikes in Acadia are well marked, have great write-ups online and overall, really a treat. For your short duration, I think it makes better sense to stay somewhere on Mt. Desert Island Wednesday night so you can spend most of Wednesday (Acadia is about 1:10 from BGR airport) and all of Thursday there before driving back to PWM. Also, keep checking for availability (DL: to DTW or LGA; US to PHL or DCA; and UA to ORD) from BGR so you can buy yourself more time in the park. Consider flying back on Friday morning instead.
That's for your help! It's just two of us, one of whom is not really into hiking (walking with minor inclines in nature is great though). The reason we still plan on staying in Bangor itself is because it's a free night cert, and I really don't want to pay and and use Arrival+ to offset it if I have a free night.

In terms of flights, my thoughts are like this: I just checked and a flight from BGR-PHL (PHL is our origin) opened up at 5:25pm instead of PWM at 7:40pm. If I switch to the BGR flight I'll have to pay to cancel the other tickets ($11.20) which isn't bad, but I won't be saving that much time since I'll have to leave 2 hours earlier anyway.  With that in mind, do you still think it's worth it to switch?

We can't fly back on Friday as there are no flights early in the day (5:25p flight is available again, but it won't help us).

Even if I change to BGR-PHL, we'd need to leave Acadia at 3:15pm at the latest to make it to BGR by 4:25, return the car, and fly back, or to arrive at PWM by 6:15pm.

Now putting it all together. Based on the fact that we'll be staying in Bangor (I also hope for a minyan on Thursday), would it make sense to go back to Acadia knowing I'd have to leave by 3:15p, or can I do enough (I know I can't do all) of the highlights the day we arrive (in about 6.5 hours)? We don't need to do big hikes, just easy walk/hikes and driving around the park loop. If we don't go back to Acadia, I don't have any big ideas of what to do instead (besides perhaps the LL Bean Factory store in Portland), but I'm sure there's something.

Thoughts?

I'm assuming you couldn't find availability in Bar Harbor? Because staying near Bangor and traveling back and forth is a major schlep.
Bangor to Acadia looks like an hour drive without traffic (which I assume they don't have much of on that route. What is the minimum amount of time needed to spend in Acadia NP that would make the drive from Bangor worth it? 2 hours? 4 hours?

Any help is appreciated.
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 18, 2015, 04:25:46 PM
Dates? Maybe IHG BRG?
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 18, 2015, 04:26:41 PM
Dates? Maybe IHG BRG?
Night of 9/30. The brand new RI my Marriott is a cat 5 and I have a free night cert. Any thoughts on a second day in Acadia or flying from BGR or PWM?
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 18, 2015, 04:30:58 PM
I can't really answer that question because I think you should sleep in Bar Harbor. I think we should resolve that first...
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 18, 2015, 04:41:25 PM
I can't really answer that question because I think you should sleep in Bar Harbor. I think we should resolve that first...
Since it's chol hamoed I'd prefer to daven with a minyan, making Bar Harbor not an option. Can we move on to my question now?  ;)
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on August 18, 2015, 04:44:53 PM
Just returned from a great trip to Maine, rented a house with extended family 20 miles east of Bangor and spent 4 days hiking in Acadia. Hopefully I'll get a TR in some time soon.

Acadia is on my to do list also. Looking forward to the TR!
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 18, 2015, 04:49:09 PM
Since it's chol hamoed I'd prefer to daven with a minyan, making Bar Harbor not an option. Can we move on to my question now?  ;)
Now that's a real reason (not I have a cert I need to use).

I would probably go back to Acadia NP, even for 3-4 hours.
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 18, 2015, 05:00:44 PM
Now that's a real reason (not I have a cert I need to use).

I would probably go back to Acadia NP, even for 3-4 hours.
What about flying out of BGR 2:20 before my already booked flight from PWM? Is it worth it to switch the flight to leave from BGR too?
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 18, 2015, 06:11:13 PM
Seems like you'll need to leave Acadia the same time either way. Is it with $11.20 to you to and yourself 2 hours of driving (to me out would be, plus you'd probably spend that much on gas)
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 18, 2015, 06:13:42 PM
Seems like you'll need to leave Acadia the same time either way. Is it with $11.20 to you to and yourself 2 hours of driving (to me out would be, plus you'd probably spend that much on gas)
Yeah, between the gas and the extra time for delays, construction, etc, it makes more sense to forgo visiting another random airport (how many people have PWM on their list of airports they've flown through). Thanks for your help!
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: eliteflyer on August 18, 2015, 06:22:54 PM
Yeah, between the gas and the extra time for delays, construction, etc, it makes more sense to forgo visiting another random airport (how many people have PWM on their list of airports they've flown through). Thanks for your help!
+1 I'd definitely go for the BGR over PWM. The airport there is really small and the rental car return is a short walk up to the gates. You'd have to build in more buffer time for traffic heading into Portland (which we encountered, though that was on a busy August sunday, not a Thursday in September. The shul in BGR calls their shachris for 6:45 on weekday mornings (but call them before hand to see whether anything different is being done for Chol Hamoed), but they frequently don't get a minyan.
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 18, 2015, 06:30:01 PM
+1 I'd definitely go for the BGR over PWM. The airport there is really small and the rental car return is a short walk up to the gates. You'd have to build in more buffer time for traffic heading into Portland (which we encountered, though that was on a busy August sunday, not a Thursday in September. The shul in BGR calls their shachris for 6:45 on weekday mornings (but call them before hand to see whether anything different is being done for Chol Hamoed), but they frequently don't get a minyan.
Yeah, I doubt the traffic at 3pm on a autumn Thursday will compare to an August Sunday.  Either way I switched the flight. I guess I'll probably never get to fly out of a jetport (PWM) :(.

6:45a doesn't bother me, though I'll call again closer to going. When I called a few weeks ago the person who answered didn't know. I usually daven at 5:45a. I'm hoping that on Chol HaMoed they'll get a minyan, since it's Yom Tov. At least maybe they'll have a succah I could use.

So it looks settled then. I'll fly in and out of BGR, and spend both days in Acadia. Assuming there's no scheduled minyan, is sunrise on Cadillac Mountain a thing? SF seemed to go for it but missed out due to the clouds. Is it something that people specifically go early for?
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on August 23, 2015, 01:05:01 AM
Assuming there's no scheduled minyan, is sunrise on Cadillac Mountain a thing? SF seemed to go for it but missed out due to the clouds. Is it something that people specifically go early for?

Yes, sunrise is supposed to be incredible of the weather cooperates. I went for sunset in the end, but supposedly it doesn't compare to sunrise.

And BTW, I have PWM on my list ;).
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 23, 2015, 01:49:13 AM
Yes, sunrise is supposed to be incredible of the weather cooperates. I went for sunset in the end, but supposedly it doesn't compare to sunrise.

And BTW, I have PWM on my list ;).
Thanks! I really wanted PWM on mine, but for convenience it'll have to wait. I have a few rare airports on my list though, just not HAV .
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on October 09, 2015, 01:30:43 AM
Should I post my Maine Mini-TR here in the Maine thread or in a new thread in the TR board?
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on October 09, 2015, 01:31:56 AM
Should I post my Maine Mini-TR here in the Maine thread or in a new thread in the TR board?

Now that the boards are separate I'd vote for a separate thread as well.
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on October 09, 2015, 01:33:31 AM
Now that the boards are separate I'd vote for a separate thread as well.
Ok. Seems silly though for such a short TR of just ~2300 words. It's all written, just up to the longest part: pictures. Should have time tomorrow though.
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: henche on October 09, 2015, 07:47:27 AM
Tagging.

Maine is my backyard. I go there on random sundays.
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on October 09, 2015, 11:28:23 AM
Tagging.

Maine is my backyard. I go there on random sundays.
???
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: henche on October 09, 2015, 11:42:35 AM
???

I want the thread to pop up un unread replies, so I can make fun of y'all NY-ers.
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on October 09, 2015, 11:43:15 AM
I want the thread to pop up un unread replies, so I can make fun of y'all NY-ers.
Hey, who you calling a NYer?  >:(
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: henche on October 09, 2015, 11:48:30 AM
Hey, who you calling a NYer?  >:(

You.  After a few years, the non-NYness gets covered by the grime of NY. It takes years to wash it back off, although I hear the mikva in Uman helps.
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on October 09, 2015, 12:03:07 PM
You.  After a few years, the non-NYness gets covered by the grime of NY. It takes years to wash it back off, although I hear the mikva in Uman helps.
Well you'd be mistaken. My location to the left ⬅  is most accurate.
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: mord1 on May 16, 2016, 03:20:40 PM
Thinking of going to maine, NH  & VT, anyone do this trip with little kids? any must sees in the area? good kids activities?
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: BKYW on May 16, 2016, 11:57:48 PM
Thinking of going to maine, NH  & VT, anyone do this trip with little kids? any must sees in the area? good kids activities?

I never did it with kids, but a nice few years ago I was in Lincoln NH & people were there with kids. There is also family programs in VT

I would guess ben & Jerry ice cream factory in Stowe VT works for kids, although non CY so watch.

I was never in Maine
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on May 16, 2016, 11:59:31 PM
Thinking of going to maine, NH  & VT, anyone do this trip with little kids? any must sees in the area? good kids activities?
Acadia NP was amazing! Totally worth a 2-3 day visit. See my Mini TR for details.
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: mord1 on May 17, 2016, 12:56:21 PM
Acadia NP was amazing! Totally worth a 2-3 day visit. See my Mini TR for details.
thanks, read your TP, were you ever in new Hampshire? any ideas on how to do acadia and new Hampshire in 1 trip?
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on May 17, 2016, 12:58:09 PM
thanks, read your TP, were you ever in new Hampshire? any ideas on how to do acadia and new Hampshire in 1 trip?
No and no; sorry.
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: henche on May 17, 2016, 03:30:10 PM
thanks, read your TP, were you ever in new Hampshire? any ideas on how to do acadia and new Hampshire in 1 trip?

I wouldn't, unless it's a long trip.  In NH you'd probably be thinking about Franconia, which is a good several hours drive. If you're doing that already, why not go to like Katadin.
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: mord1 on May 18, 2016, 05:17:50 PM
No and no; sorry.
I wouldn't, unless it's a long trip.  In NH you'd probably be thinking about Franconia, which is a good several hours drive. If you're doing that already, why not go to like Katadin.
thanks
I am going with my 3 young kids, parents, sister and grandma- what would you say is best? probably somewhere else- this seems like a good place to go with my wife and oldest kids?
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: snapit on June 05, 2016, 02:29:36 PM
Anything not to be missed in and around Portland?
Title: Re: Maine Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on November 01, 2016, 02:13:45 PM
Anything not to be missed in and around Portland?

There is a great brewery and bar called liquid riot right in the old port. Old port great to walk around for a few hours, with narrow cobblestone streets and alleys.
Title: Re: Free Private Jets? Sign Me Up! A JetSmarting Summer by Something Fishy
Post by: VacationLover on May 24, 2018, 12:11:19 PM
Hi @Something Fishy,

I am going IY"H next week to Acadia NP for about 5 hours. Driving from Portland.

What would you recommend - should I drive to Schoodic Peninsula or Otter Cliff?
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Post by: Something Fishy on May 24, 2018, 12:16:40 PM
Hi @Something Fishy,

I am going IY"H next week to Acadia NP for about 5 hours. Driving from Portland.

What would you recommend - should I drive to Schoodic Peninsula or Otter Cliff?

Why not both? Otter Cliff/Cove/Point is one of the most beautiful areas smack in the middle of the park. Cannot be missed.

Schoodic is amazing too, but it's an hour and a half or so away. If you have the time, absolutely go for it.
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Post by: VacationLover on May 24, 2018, 12:44:04 PM
Why not both? Otter Cliff/Cove/Point is one of the most beautiful areas smack in the middle of the park. Cannot be missed.

Schoodic is amazing too, but it's an hour and a half or so away. If you have the time, absolutely go for it.
Thank you! I think in a short time of 5 hours there is definitely no time for both. I guess will do Otter.
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Post by: shaulyaakov on May 24, 2018, 03:20:35 PM
Thank you! I think in a short time of 5 hours there is definitely no time for both. I guess will do Otter.
Why drive all the way out there for 5 hours? It's a significant detour from the mainland...
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Post by: Something Fishy on May 24, 2018, 03:37:54 PM
Thank you! I think in a short time of 5 hours there is definitely no time for both. I guess will do Otter.

I must have missed the 5 hours bit in your original post.

Why drive all the way out there for 5 hours? It's a significant detour from the mainland...

I agree, the massive schlep from Portland is not worth 5 hours in the park. Save Acadia for when you have at least 2 days, preferably 3 or 4.
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Post by: etech0 on June 20, 2018, 10:41:37 PM
Is there any kosher food to be purchased in the Acadia area?
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Post by: Yehoshua on June 20, 2018, 10:42:28 PM
Is there any kosher food to be purchased in the Acadia area?
Whatever you can find at any old grocery store in America you can find there.
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Post by: shaulyaakov on June 20, 2018, 10:47:04 PM
Is there any kosher food to be purchased in the Acadia area?
Raw salmon. There also might be limited kosher products in Bangor, ME, and there is a kosher B&B.
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Post by: etech0 on June 20, 2018, 10:57:17 PM
Whatever you can find at any old grocery store in America you can find there.
Raw salmon. There also might be limited kosher products in Bangor, ME, and there is a kosher B&B.
Thanks!
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Post by: shaulyaakov on June 20, 2018, 11:09:17 PM
Thanks!
https://www.jewishbangor.org/Ask-the-Rabbi/kosher-foods-in-bangor.html
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Post by: skyguy918 on July 10, 2019, 03:26:27 PM
Any input on whether Acadia is worthwhile with a 7 month old? Ie whether an infant would be too much of a burden to properly enjoy the main attractions throughout the park? This would be mid-late August, if that matters at all.
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Post by: Yehoshua on July 10, 2019, 03:35:51 PM
Any input on whether Acadia is worthwhile with a 7 month old? Ie whether an infant would be too much of a burden to properly enjoy the main attractions throughout the park? This would be mid-late August, if that matters at all.
I don't think so. With a hiking backpack for kids, you can do any hike to want and the child will be secure.
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Post by: shaulyaakov on July 10, 2019, 05:55:27 PM
Not ideal. You can drive up Cadillac mountain, go to the beach, and do walking trails but hiking would be tough.
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Post by: henche on July 10, 2019, 09:14:13 PM
Acadia stinks
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Post by: shaulyaakov on July 10, 2019, 09:47:29 PM
Acadia stinks
-100
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Post by: yitzgar on July 10, 2019, 10:13:31 PM
Not ideal. You can drive up Cadillac mountain, go to the beach, and do walking trails but hiking would be tough.
I did it with an infant. This pretty much sums it up. If you are a big hiker, you'd be missing out on that, but there is plenty of driving and regular walking to do.
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Post by: Yehoshua on July 10, 2019, 11:02:17 PM
I did it with an infant. This pretty much sums it up. If you are a big hiker, you'd be missing out on that, but there is plenty of driving and regular walking to do.
Why can't you wear you kid on a backpack for bigger hikes? It's not like they have any super technical ones where you'd need you balance or need to swim through water for part of it.
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Post by: yitzgar on July 10, 2019, 11:35:01 PM
Why can't you wear you kid on a backpack for bigger hikes? It's not like they have any super technical ones where you'd need you balance or need to swim through water for part of it.
True, see people can, but some may not be as comfortable with that
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Post by: yitzgar on July 10, 2019, 11:35:40 PM


Why can't you wear you kid on a backpack for bigger hikes? It's not like they have any super technical ones where you'd need you balance or need to swim through water for part of it.

Unless you get stuck on bar island at high tide....
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Post by: Yehoshua on July 11, 2019, 02:19:12 AM

Unless you get stuck on bar island at high tide....
Fair point. Plan better.
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Post by: skyguy918 on July 11, 2019, 10:44:10 AM
Thanks for all the feedback everyone. We'll have to find somewhere to try out a proper hiking carrier with our baby, as I have to be confident he'll be able to use one. From past experience, I don't think a regular babybjorn style would cut it for this situation. I think I'd be comfortable hiking with the bigger carrier, as long as we can mix together enough non carrier activities throughout. I just don't want to be such with it for hours at a time.
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Post by: qsman on July 30, 2020, 09:11:17 PM
Does anyone know if there are summer minyanim now up the Acadia/Bar Harbor area?
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Post by: usernane on August 10, 2020, 12:05:13 PM
looking for a minyan in acadia barharbour area for this week