New England Honeymoon?

posted 2 years ago in Honeymoons
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Welcome! As a New England native, you will LOVE anywhere in the area in the fall. My favorite place in the whole world is the Maine coast. Portland is an awesome, clean, and HUGE foodie city. Nearby are beautiful lighthouses and state parks overlooking the water (check out Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth. My FI proposed there – it’s so romantic!). 

No matter where you go in NE, unless it’s Boston, you’ll probably have to rent a car. South of Portland are popular and picturesque beaches and towns. North of Portland are wonderful shops and the best lobster roll you’ll ever find. Just west of Portland is the lakes region, beautiful area for leaf peeping. 

enjoy!!!!

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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Portland and Rockland!

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My first thought was Portland as well.  Perhaps you could do Portland and Boston.  This way you can take the train between the two cities and would only need to rent a car for day trips. 

In the “touristy” areas, things do start to reduce hours and days that are open, but nothing usually closes down until after Columbus Day weekend.  I don’t think there would be too much impact in Portland as the cruise ships should be in town during that time. (Plus Portland is busy enough year around.)

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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Fly into boston, rent a car, drive to Portsmouth, say hi to my parents and stay the night.  Drive to Portland, explore.

then…are you more “relax in nature” people or “explore a city” people?

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I agree with PPs. I’m a Maine native and I lived in Boston for 5 years. I think Portland and Boston would make a great trip. In Boston, you would definitely not need a car. But in Portland you definitely would. Boston is probably a 2.5 hour drive from Portland, but there is a bus and a train that go between Portland and Boston. My concern with staying on the Maine coast the whole time is that you may not find enough things to do, honestly. 

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

If you are really into outdoorsy stuff there is also Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, ME. It’s beautiful and you can hike, kayak, etc. there. 

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Newbee

I’m a Boston native and while I do love Portland, Providence, RI is also worth checking out!  There’s many ways to get to Providence from Boston without renting a car, and you can definitely do a day or two in Providence with no car! Maine is gorgeous that time of year BUT if you go during peak week/weekend (when the leaves are the brightest fall colors) northern New England can get crowded and pricey!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

rpaige1365:  I would say that there really isn’t anywhere in Maine that is very accessible without a car. Public transit is pretty much nonexistant and things are really spread out. Bar Harbor is also not very close to an airport, so you would need to get there via car. Bar Harbor is quite small and very quiet, especially during non-peak tourist times. If you are in to the outdoorsy stuff, you could definitely spend a week there. There are several places to kayak and hike/bike and several beautiful Maine beaches. The last time I was there I had seals swimming all around me while I was kayaking, it was awesome. The little town has cute shops and a traditional Maine feel. There is also Cadillac Mountain, which is the first place in the country to see the sunrise every morning. It’s where “America’s Day Begins.” Acadia National Park is beautiful and it is the essence of the beauty of Maine.

Portland is more of a city (for Maine at least). It has a downtown and the Old Port, which is the older part of town near the water where you can walk the cobblestone streets and go to shops and restaurants for great Maine seafood. It’s not far from many of the beautiful lighthouses that Maine is famous for.  

While I think Maine would be beautiful for a honeymoon, if you really don’t want to rent a car, then Boston is your best bet. You could spend a week there easy with all the stuff there is to do. You can also take a train to Providence (as a PP said) or Salem. Salem would be a good place to go in October since it’s getting close to Halloween. You can take the train there from Boston and walk around, do a witch tour, see the sights and head back to Boston in the same day, no car required.

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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

You can take a bus to Portsmouth, NH, from Logan, and easily spend a week there without getting bored.  There’s a free trolley that takes you to the beach, and there is a boat that goes out to the Isles of Shoals.  Portsmouth has tons of restaurants, is bike-friendly (you can rent from Papa Wheelies), and well let’s be honest it’s the best.

You could spend a few nights there, and then a few in Boston, too.  To add Maine to the trip, ride your rented bikes over the new Memorial Bridge to Kittery, Maine.  

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m not sure what their prices are for that season, but Mohonk Mountain House in upstate NY is amazing!  It’s a resort, so you’d stay there, but they have gorgeous views, hiking, water activities, great food, and a bunch of other things.  I’ve been once, years ago, and my mom’s family used to go there every year way back when (the lucky things!).  If you can swing the money, I’d personally take that over Portland any day.  Portland isn’t bad, but I don’t think it’s anything special compared to some of the coastal towns. 

Either way, New England in Oct will be gorgeous; y’all will have a blast!

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I have to agree about the Mohonk Mountain House. I went to college in that area and I took a trip over there for my 21st birthday. It was wonderful. The pictures that are online don’t even do it justice. You should definitely check it out. It is pricey but it’s pretty much all inclusive. New Paltz which is a small college town about 15 minutes away has some really nice shops and restaurants. It would be good for a day. The hudson river is also very close and is absolutely beautiful in the fall. If you wanted to venture a bit farther, the Culinary Institute of America is about 40 minutes from Mohonk and has three fabulous restaurants to chose from. 

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