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09-21-2010 06:12 PM

I am taking a vacation with my wife to the north east flying into Boston and renting a car then driving to see what we can see simple as that. She loves quilting and I will keep my eye out for wood working shops and craft shows. Of course we will take in the fall colors and get lobster further north. Would anyone like to recommend some places to see along the way or cool stuff to do in the area?

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#1 posted 09-21-2010 06:17 PM

I’m not from that part of the country and have never been there so couldn’t recommend anything but I sure do wish you well and pray that you have a fun, safe, and enjoyable vacation. Good luck on the quilts and woodworking stuff.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 09-21-2010 06:22 PM

If you like to walk, take the Freedom Trail. You will be walking most of the day, but you will see just about all of Boston’s historic sights.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 09-21-2010 07:41 PM

OK that sounds like something I would like thanks.

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#4 posted 09-21-2010 08:25 PM

There is so much to see, I’m not sure where to start. Yes, the Freedom Trail and lobster. Colors will be peeking north in New Hampshire about the second week in October. You might have to drive up to Franconia Notch (on Rt. 93) for good color. I always say that a person should not allow themselves to die without seeing New England in autumn. Portland, Maine is a neat city to visit. Plymouth, MA is fun seeing the Mayflower and the village. Boston Beer Works, across from Fenway Park, has great chili and ribs (and beer). There’s also Sturbridge Village west of Worchester that’s interesting. The north end in Boston has the best Italian food this side of Rome and the Irish food in South Boston better than Ireland. Try a duck boat tour of Boston Harbor. Fort Warren on Georges Island in the harbor is a neat early 19th century fort.

Google these and pick your favorites.

Whatever you like, you are sure to have fun.


-- John from Hampstead

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#5 posted 09-21-2010 08:28 PM

Here Here for Sturbridge Village- you can see a lot of colonial furniture, and see where Norm went to get ideas for projects.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#6 posted 09-21-2010 08:36 PM

I’m with Charlie on the Freedom Trail idea. You can see Paul Revere’s workshop and house, and don’t forget Faneuil Hall and Quincy market for good eats. Ditto on the Amphibious Duck tours, they tour you through the streets of Boston, and drive right into the water at Boston Harbor for a short sea cruise. Most newspapers have info on which region is peaking, foliage-wise, and you just can’t miss out on that! We just got back from Boston, the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge is excellent! Visit Harvard Square too, if you can. You could stay a whole year and still not cram it all in! Enjoy!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#7 posted 09-21-2010 08:36 PM

FYI, it’s starting to get seriously cold here – be prepared.

Aside from that – if you are planning on doing the red line, and seeing Boston itself – hold off on the car rental or you’ll be paying up the roof for parking in the city – that is, if you find a spot of course. with the T, and the city being so small there really is no need for a car, unless you are getting out of the city for long drives.

Around Boston itself there is not much to woodworking except for North Bennett Street School, and I forgot what it’s called, but there’s a historical mfg. in Arlington… maybe someone can chime in. other than those two -everything else is somewhat out and away from Boston.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#8 posted 09-21-2010 09:59 PM

North Bennett St. School is a great woodworking destination, which would also put you in the North End where there is a lot of fun historical stuff to see, as well as my favorite restaurant ever, Artu (6 Prince st). There are Duck Tours, (tour buses that drive into the charles river and then continue via boat), freedom trail rides, and more restaurants than you can shake a stick at. The decordova art museum is gorgeous and typically has some great exhibits, (, other than that there is the middlesex fells reservation (Which is a lovely walk through reservation woodland) 10 min outside the city.

I love living in Boston so much..


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#9 posted 09-21-2010 10:09 PM

PurpLev said: “FYI, it’s starting to get seriously cold here – be prepared.”

Really? Just this week the overnight temperature in my house has gotten down to 74*, so the air conditioner isn’t coming on during the night.

I love the Southwest!

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#10 posted 09-22-2010 12:01 AM

Not sure how far north you are planning on heading, The Shelburn Museum in Burlington Vermont has an outstanding quilt collection for the wife and and even better antique tool display for you. roughly 3 hours north of Boston.

-- Mark,

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#11 posted 09-22-2010 06:17 PM

Thank you so much to everyone. I am excited to get going and cant wait to see all the wounderful places you all recommended.
I will post some pictures when I return.

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#12 posted 09-22-2010 06:53 PM

I had to look hard for this, it’s been at least 35 years since I was there, but I still remember it as being a highlight of one trip to Boston.

It is a piece of art like no other, and don’t let the fact that it’s in the Christian Scientist news something or other stop you from going. The view is great, the acoustics inside this glass globe are out of this world. You can whisper from one end of the 30 foot glass bridge and a person on the other end will hear you, but noone else will! Or, you can stand in the center and talk to yourself, but a person 3 ft. away won’t hear you.

Anyway, I found it fascinating, and I’m still not a christian scientist!

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#13 posted 09-23-2010 02:37 PM

Rt 1. Bath ShipYard. Federal Jacks, Kennebunkport ME.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#14 posted 09-28-2010 12:38 AM

Well we are now packing and off to the airport thank you everyone for all the great ideas. See you in a few weeks, MAYBE LOL

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#15 posted 09-28-2010 01:01 AM

Portsmouth, NH – Strawberry Bank – 18th century shipbuilding museum and houses.
Topsfield Fair for quilts plus great pumkin weigh-off (winner usually in 700-800 lb range) ends Columbus day weekend (weekend is pretty packed)
Foliage should be peaking north of franconia notch this weekend and by next weekend around the lakes region.
Berkshires in W, Mass are about 50% color this week and should be good by next weekend if this MUCH needed rain doesnt wash them down. While in W Mass you can head to Hancock shaker village – having an apple fest this coming weekend.
Just a few more for ya to chose from.

-- Doug...

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