Post # 1
The Fiance and I are on a budget, but if that was not the issue, then we would be in greece for out October ’12 honeymoon. So we decided on a 9/10 day honeymoon driving the east coast. We live in San Diego, and I have only been to the east coast once (NYC) and my Fiance once (DC). So we decided to fly into NYC stay for 3 days, travel to Boston for 3 days and end in Main for 3 days. We have always wanted to go during the fall and it works out perfect for us! Do you girls have any suggestions on places to stay, places to see, where to fly into, out of, etc… any help would be great!
Post # 3
@MrsEhrlich2bee: Mount Desert Island, home of Acadia National Park, is really beautiful. It tends to be touristy, but in the fall I think most people are gone. This is also where Bar Harbor is, there is a lot of cute shops and tours, etc. in this area. FH and I went there last summer and are hoping to go back this year as well. We rented a small house which was a lot more reasonable than staying in one of their nice hotels/bed&breakfast.
ETA: sorry. should specify that this is in Maine!
Post # 4
Make sure to hit the Nubble Lighthouse in Maine–it’s so cute to take pictures in front of.
Post # 5
I would second the Nubble light in York, ME. In fact, York is in southern ME near Portsmouth, New Husband which is a cute New England town and between the two is Kittery, ME (best known for its outlet shopping). This is a nice route to drive up from Boston and takes about 2 hours from Boston to York if I remember correctly. York Beach is also quite nice for sunsets if I remember correctly and the town center is a cute although I’m not sure what it looks like in Oct. as a lot of York is summer residences. Booth Bay Harbor, ME is also very nice but downtown pretty much shuts down mid October so I’m not sure if you will be there in time. If you are heading through New Husband, the White Mountains are great for hiking and foliage. There is a strip of road called the White Mountain Highway that’s something like 30 miles through the mountains and absolutely breathtaking in the fall.
As far as flying, since it is a shoulder season, I would check into Southwest from San Diego to Boston or even Providence, RI which is an hour from Boston and a super easy airport. I flew San Diego to PVD for $99 (Feb. 2010). I think Southwest flies to ME as well. If I were planning this trip, I may consider into BOS and out of NYC or vice versa just because I think you will have better flight options than flying from ME. I guess it also depends on how far north you want to go in ME.
In Boston, I highly recommend following the freedom trail (brick path on the ground) as it takes you by all the historic sites. I’m sure you can Google that for more information. It is a nice walking tour of the city. The Boston Duck tours are also a good option but you will need to book in advance as they sell out.
Post # 6
What do you like to do for fun? NYC has lots to see and do so it depends on your tastes. Are you interested in seeing the tourist spots or would you rather go to more local/low-key areas? I have lots of suggestions for either.
Post # 7
Thank you for all the recommendations! I have been to NYC before by my Fiance has not, so I pretty much have the NYC part all planned out for us, and Boston is pretty self explanatory, its maine I am most worried about since I don’t know a lot about maine! 🙂
Post # 8
I have no input about Maine, but if you fly into LaGuardia or Kennedy, you can take the subway or bus into Manhattan, or do a $50ish cab. To get to Boston from NYC, you can take the train…I’ve heard Acela is really nice and fast, but a little pricey. I then imagine you would have to rent a car for the Maine portion?
Post # 9
My suggestion would be to go to New Husband, then Maine. You can drive straight up from Boston on 93 into New Husband and up to the White Mountains. The foliage there is absolutely amazing. We went last fall and took a pretty popular route in a circle around the mountain range and the entire trips was unbelievable. We saw fantastic mountain views, waterfalls and covered bridges. And we did it in the space of a day. There’s also a ton of inns and beautiful hotels. Then you can take back roads (with more great foliage) over to Maine and pick up 95 to go to Bar Harbor.
If you’re interested, I can give you more information on the route we took and what you see along it.