Post # 1
Hi Bees. I’m very sad. DH and I had to cancel a trip to Japan (a bucket list item for both of us) due to him recovering from cancer surgery. He feels OKAY, but not well enough for a 16+ hour flight and all the other stressors involved with a big international trip. We want to do a smaller driveable vacation in October instead. We are based in the Northeast Tri-State area. We are deciding between Maine where we’d visit Bar Harbor and Portland, and the south where we’d visit Richmond, VA and possibly Knoxville, TN. Please help us decide and feel free to share if you have any recommendations or experiences with any of these areas. Thanks!
Edited to add: we love nature, hiking, and exploring new cities. We are also both book nerds and love book stores, coffee shops, places with a creative scene. DH doesn’t have any walking restrictions, just no lifting over 20 lbs. I am leaning towards Maine but I also hate the cold. It’s not too cold there in October, right?
Post # 2
Though a little over 10 hours from the tri-state area, Charleston, SC is really beautiful in October! If you’re thinking VA, Charlottesville is also really nice and has tons of cute bed and breakfasts that are close to vineyards.
Post # 4
I have only been to Bar Harbor in July but Im sure in the fall its beautiful. There are plenty of hiking trails and the town center is cute with a ton of nice restaurants.
Post # 5
I’m also from the DMV. I loved going to Harpers Ferry and Charleston, SC. Not sure the state of things given the hurricane but it was so nice. While there we also checked out savannah.
Post # 6
I have never been to those places, but sending lots of good healing wishes to your hubby. HOpefully you can take the dream trip next year!
Post # 7
thanks so much! Yeah that’s the plan!
Post # 8
thank you! It sounds so nice!
Post # 9
thanks, yeah I’ve been wondering how it is down there with the hurricane. Savannah would be cool!
Post # 10
Are you into history? Because VA has a lot of civil war battlefields, houses and locations like Harper’s Ferry, (west va) etc. I would always find a tour of something on my way down to see my daughter when she went to school there. But I am a huge history buff. And the Shenandoah Valley is beautiful. Up north there’s always Rhode Island and the cliff walk, pretty amazing.
Post # 11
Between the two you listed, Maine hands down.
As others stated, the SC/NC area may be a no go with the recent weather. Most hotels and events in those areas may be out for a while.
PP mentioned Savannah. If your going to GA, I would also recommend Saint Simons Island – stay at the King and Prince, stop over at Jekyll Island – this is a state park, and then head down to St Mary’s, GA and take a ferry over to Cumberland Island, GA. Cumberland is so beautiful to hike. Be sure to take the guided tour and see if you can get the van tour to the north end of the island. You’ll want to call for the ferry tickets, or get to the office in St. Marys when they open. Trips are limited daily but so worth the trip to see Cumberland.
So my vote is Maine or Georgia (Savannah, St. Simons, Jekyll, and Cumberland)
Post # 12
- Wedding: August 2019 - City, State
So, I’ve vacationed to Portland, Maine and Nashville and Lynchburg, TN and I can tell you that they are vastly different. If you want a more outdoorsy trip, I’d say Portland. It’s SUPER easy to get to (from CT, 395N the entire way). Not to mention, all the money that you would spend on gas getting all the way to TN could be well-spent at one of the many DELICIOUS restaurants.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED going to Tennessee, but it’s a totally different trip.
Post # 13
If you don’t like the cold I’d probably go south…Maine in October could be chilly. Although I’m sure the foliage is lovely.
Post # 14
I think Maine would be a good trip. And how awesome will the drive up be with all the New England pretty leaves to see along the way.
Post # 15
October is one of the best times to visit Maine. Crisp fall air, lovely foliage, and the summer crowds are gone. Also, Portland was named best restaurant city of the year for 2018 by Bon Appetit magazine if you are a foodie.