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Old 01-06-2013, 08:15 AM   #1
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Inexpensive New England Vacation Ideas

We are saving for a big trip to Chile in March 2014, so I need to keep this years vacation very affordable. I am looking for ideas from everyone for a summer vacation.

We live in Southern Maine and I need it to be in driving distance to me. I would like it to be no more than a 8 hour drive (but shorter would be even better 2-3 hours would be ideal). I was thinking of renting either a house, cabin, or condo so we would have a full kitchen.

When my older son was 3 (about 11 years ago), I used to rent a travel trailer at a campground. It was already set up for you and it was awesome. They had tons of activities to do and a lake to go swimming at. It cost $500 for the week. I just checked out their website and their weekly price is up to $1095/week. Way too much for me.

I am hoping the rental would be between $500 - $750 for the week. I want the full kitchen because than our food budget would just be my normal grocery budget because we would do all our cooking their and just do our normal Friday night meal out.

I am hoping the area would have lots of free or very inexpensive activities for a 15-year old and a 4-year old. Any ideas or suggestions would be most welcome!!!
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Old 01-06-2013, 02:26 PM   #2
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We're in a similar situation with a planning / paying off a Disney trip for October or November but still would like to do something this summer. I started researching cabin rentals in Maine and NH and was surprised at the prices... many were over $1000 for a week in July. I'm hoping to still find something less expensive since I think it's a good option to get away but stay within a budget.

I wish I had some suggestions for you! Hopefully others will post.

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Old 01-06-2013, 03:07 PM   #3
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You live in a great location to just do staycations. You are within a day tripmof many great things.
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Old 01-06-2013, 03:13 PM   #4
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White Mountains, NH.
Burlington, VT.
Berkshires in MA.
Cape Cod & the islands
Newport RI
Mystic in CT
Bar Harbor, ME
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The White Mountains in NH. You could visit Santa's Village, Storyland, Clark's Trading Post, there are two different railroads and a bunch of other things. The NH Lung Association has a pass which is a fundraiser for them which costs $25.00 and is full of coupons for Buy One Get One Free Admission for many many locations in NE

Also, Yogi Bear has a campground further south in NH, but I can't recall the exact town.
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Thanks...those are really great suggestions. I am starting to lean towards a staycation. We just moved to Southern Maine about a month ago, so this would give us an opportunity to discover our new home. However, I always feel the pull to go away somewhere.
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Heck, we go to southern Me. for our vacations. How bout we swap houses? (JK!)
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Thanks...those are really great suggestions. I am starting to lean towards a staycation. We just moved to Southern Maine about a month ago, so this would give us an opportunity to discover our new home. However, I always feel the pull to go away somewhere.
Oh, in that case, absolutely STAYCATION! Lots of things to discover since you are new to the area. That is an easy decision!
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White Mountains, NH.
Burlington, VT.
Berkshires in MA.
Cape Cod & the islands
Newport RI
Mystic in CT
Bar Harbor, ME

These are all good suggestions. I particularly like the White Mountains/Conway area in NH, Newport RI or Cape Cod.

Freeport ME is nice too. I've never been to Bar Harbor ME.
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Thanks...those are really great suggestions. I am starting to lean towards a staycation. We just moved to Southern Maine about a month ago, so this would give us an opportunity to discover our new home. However, I always feel the pull to go away somewhere.
We had an exchange student last year so we did a few different short trips with her. She really wanted to see the Atlantic Ocean "from the other side" so we decided on a long weekend trip to Southern Maine.

Although it was May it was cold (50s) and rainy most of the trip. Despite that the kids had a great time just exploring the beaches and rocky coast. We went to Cape Elizabeth one day and saw the lighthouse and Fort Williams Park.

Another day we went to Portsmouth, NH. We went to Strawbery Banke which is a living history museum. They kids had way more fun than I had expected. There are areas where kids can try on period clothes and play with toys. Honestly, I think the two teens were having more fun than my little ones. We also went to Redhook Brewery and did a tour (kids welcome) and had dinner. We definitely could have spent more than one day in this town and are planning to go back.
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Strawberry Banke sounds awesome. My 3-year old loves to dress up. We just went to the Children's Museum yesterday and I couldn't drag him out of the Stage Play area. He loved trying on all the costumes.
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