S: Leaf Peeper Tour - October 2012 White Mountains New Hampshire Boothbay Harbor Maine
BC: Darmariscotta Pumpkinboat Regatta
FC: Leaf | Leaf Peeper Tour - October 2012 White Mountains New Hampshire Boothbay Harbor Maine
1: Mon. Oct. 1 Flew out at 9:00 arriving in Dulles. Had lunch there, then we took a small jet to Manchester N.H. Got our rental car, a Toyota; too small and uncomfortable. Drove the interstate all the way up and through the White Mountains. It was beautiful. Foliage probably 2/3 complete. 58 degrees and scenery awesome.
2: We're on our way to Lancaster N.H. to spend the night. We just wanted a little time in the White Mountains. Made a stop in Littleton and found the Gristmill and covered bridge. So pretty there, hilly roads. Got out and took lots of photos. Then it's 24 miles up the road to Lancaster, but not on interstates. Smaller, twisty roads. Got to the Cabot Inn and Lodge around 6:00 PM. | mmmmmmmmm
5: Tuesday, Oct. 2 55 degrees A really nice lodge; views are beautiful. We left and drove through fall trees and over hills to Twin Mountain. Then gorgeous Breton Woods to see the Omni Mt. Washington Hotel. Nearby is where you take the cog train up. Then we drove through Crawford Notch State Park; huge slabs of rock.
7: We left the Mt. Washington Valley and are driving to Fryeburg, Me. to see the famous Fryeburg Fair. We went through Conway and N. Conway. As we see signs for it, traffic is getting ridiculous. After an hour we decided no way. We need to get out of here which is what we did. It took us a few hours to get to Portland as we were kind of stuck in fair traffic. On through Bath and Wiscasset, stopped for groceries. Found our M&M cottage. So cute!
8: Dinner Tues. night at the Tugboat in Boothbay Harbor; wonderful Monhegan scallops! Across the street from our cottage, you go down the stairs, across the grass,down the hilly road to the footbridge.
9: Oct.3 Wed. Our M&M cottage is nice and roomy; 2 bedrooms, 2 bath downstairs and a big room upstairs with more beds and a bath. It has an eat-in kitchen and dining/porch. We had the heat on every day and fires at night. Mostly in the 50's. The brother of the owner lives next door. We are in the west Boothbay area and across the footbridge is the more touristy east Boothbay. Today we explore Boothbay Harbor. Walked to the footbridge in the misty rain and shopped a bit in town. So hilly and quaint. Sampled fudge and checked out restaurant menus. Walked back home over the bridge and up the steep hills and made lunch at home. Around 4:00 we headed out and drove over a swing bridge to Southport. There is also the town of Boothbay, etc. Confusing. Winding hilly roads bordered by the water; picturesque. Went to Brown's Wharf Restaurant for dinner, just two blocks from home. Became our favorite. Had a lobster dinner. Then went home to hear the presidential debate. Fire in the fireplace at Brown's. So toasty and warm.
10: Lots of harbor cruises and whale-watching boats going out, but the weather was misty and rainy and chilly. Not a good day for that.
11: Oct. 4 Thurs. Cool today; 52 degrees. Drove into Wiscasset around 9:30. It's only about a 30 minute drive over a long bridge. Most of the towns here are connected by bridges. We walked around Wiscasset a bit. A pretty town. Saw the famous Red Eats that is an outside dive famous for it's lobster rolls. In the summer people line up around the block. We walked back to the train depot and heard the whistle at 11:15. We're taking the Fall Foliage ride on the Maine Eastern train from Brunswick to Rockland, but we boarded at Wiscasset. Got into a dining car, the lounge part. Really nice and comfy. Foliage gets brighter as we go north. We go over trestle bridges and saw a lot of wild turkeys. People only like the hens to eat; the males are chewy. The train got to Rockland around 12:40.
12: The little pumpkins in the windows are advertising the Damariscotta Pumpkin Festival. Below is the depot in Rockland; has a bar and grill, too. Got off the train in Rockland and walked along Main St. and shopped a bit. We had lunch at a nice sandwich shop and then we toured the Farnsworth Museum; artwork from famous Maine artists. Boarded the train to come back to Wiscasset at 3:45. Back to Boothbay by 6:00 and dinner at Brown's again.
13: Oct. 5 Fri. Slept in a bit. Left for Damariscotta around 11:30. About 25 minutes to get there. The 900 lb. pumpkins are set up in front of the business that sponsors them . Some are not quite that big; 700 or 800 lbs. When we were there artists were just starting to decorate them.; carving, spraying,
16: Drove back up Main St. in Damariscotta over the bridge (Damariscotta River) to Newcastle, it's twin city. We went to see the Pemaquid Light which was an hour away. Took River road back to the Boothbay area and stopped at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. We walked part of it. Huge!
18: Oct. 6 Sat. It's warm and sunny and 72 degrees. Drove out to the Boothbay Railway village. This is quite a landmark here and today there is a Fall Festival here. This is a reconstructed 1860's New England village; free train rides around the village. We walked all around; an antique car show and lots of craft booths.
19: Drove out to Barter's Island to see Trevett's General Store and then drove around Boothbay neighborhood near our cottage and took photos.
20: Bob Hyatt's daughter lives in Waterville and when Bob died this year and she found that we were coming to Maine'; we decided to meet. Jeanne and I last saw her when we were 16. She and her husband, Paul, drove to our cottage and we shared photos, drove around Boothbay to their favorite spots and had dinner together at the Rockport Grill. A huge popover roll! Had a nice visit with Judy and Paul Hallee. They had nearly a 2 hr. drive home. $3 degrees and foggy tonight.
21: Oct. 7 Sun. Left around 10:00 to drive to Camden. 47 degrees and a cold front's coming in. Up and down high hills all the way for about an hour. We parked and walked down by the harbor. It was low tide and not as beautiful as I remembered. We walked around town, then drove out to Camden Hills State Park and had lunch. Found the river that runs through the town. Drove through Waldeboro, a small town on the hill and on the river. Back home by 3:30. To dinner at McSeagulls. Many of the places are closing for the winter.
23: Oct. 8 Mon. Drove to East Bay and around curves and over hills to finally arrive at Ocean Point. Reminds us of Acadia with all of the rocks. Beautiful! There is the Ocean Point Inn (would love to stay there), boats pulling up their traps, and a tiny lighthouse on an island.
25: The Rockland Breakwater Light is out about a mile. The one above is the Owl's Head Light on Penobscot Bay. Quite a hike up to it. Pretty setting.
27: Had lunch in the car and then spent about 3 hrs.in the Owl's Head Transportation Museum. It was awesome! Back to the M&M cottage, then Brown's for dinner. In the morning we'll head to LL Bean in Freeport for a few hours, then on to Manchester, N.H. to fly home. Wonderful trip! | Montpelier General Henry Knox Museum. Study of Early American History