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Martha's Vineyard, Adirondacks, Poconos

Looking at visiting the NE next year for a 10 day trip. Would like to know the "must see" places in and around Vermont or Pa or Ny or RI. Is Martha's Vineyard worth seeing? Would we be better off touring the Adirondacks? The Poconos? The Catskill's?

As of now, there is no agenda, just ride and see part of the US that we haven't seen before. It would be nice to have a few days off of the bike to do some sight-seeing.

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Re: Martha's Vineyard, Adirondacks, Poconos

The 'dacks is well worth the trip up here. It's been a few years since I've been up there but the country and the roads are great but nothing like what you guys have south of the Mason Dixie line.

Martha's Vineyards along the water is beautiful but traffic to get there is a major turnoff.

Catskills Area is nice, 'dacks are way better.

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Re: Martha's Vineyard, Adirondacks, Poconos

+1 on Rob's feedback regarding the "'dacks". Very nice part of the country with lots of lakes and riding. I would avoid the everything on the eastern part of MA.
The Vineyard and Nantucket are nice to see some time when you can fly in and don't care about spending time on the road. The Cape and Boston area traffic are no joy.
Northern PA is nice, RT6 through the "PA Grand Canyon" is nice and you can then hang a north to NY State. I would try and spend some time working trough the mountains over to the coast of Maine.

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Re: Martha's Vineyard, Adirondacks, Poconos

If you want riding and not traffic stay away from the coast.
That includes the coast of Maine unless you are way off season or far north.
Northeastern Mass has some nice roads but best for passing through, not a destination.
Catskills and Adirondacks in NY state are nice.
Vermont has some nice riding.
The White mountain region of NH is good.
Nice roads in ME. The southern coast is very touristy in season, but there is some very nice riding in northern and western ME. Acadia NP in ME nice, and riding north of there is generally far from the madding crowds. My approach to ME is to go to the White Mt region of NH and then head into ME.

Ditto what others have said about Martha's Vineyard.

Here's what I'd do unless "been there, done that" applies to BRP, etc. I'd come up the BRP and Skyline drive, head into PA and visit Gettysburg Battlefield. Head east for the Delaware Water Gap. North through the Water Gap and into the Catskills.

Head north for the Adirondacks, or east on MA rte 2 through Petersburg Pass. Off rte 2 in MA pick up rte 8A north to rte 100 VT. Rte 100 north detouring for a few of the notches. Middlebury Gap, Appalachian Gap, Smuggler's Notch come to mind. Smuggler's notch east through the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and into NH. Kangamagus Highway in the White Mtns. of NH is popular.

The above will get you some of the nicest riding the northeast has to offer. As far as "must see" stuff, I don't know about must see stuff.

Museums? history, transportation, horses, maple syrup museums?
Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream ?

Ride to the summit of Mt. Mansfield in VT or Mt. Washington in NH?

Have fun planning.
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Here's a link to a website with maps of some of the best roads in NYS.

Sunday Morning Rides.com

If you search their site, you'll find a ton of maps for rides both paved and unpaved.

Again, nothing like down south.
When are planning on coming up? Need a riding partner?

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Re: Martha's Vineyard, Adirondacks, Poconos

If you go to RI consider spending time (1/2 day or full day) in Newport, the playground of the really, really old-money rich and famous. In Newport the Vanderbilts and the social elite built "cottages" for their summer stays. These "cottages" are actually mansions, but when you see Biltmore (Asheville, NC) you understand why Newport's home are referred to as "cottages". Many of the mansions are available for tour (fee) and I highly recommend doing at least a couple of them.

Just down the coast from Newport is the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT and Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT. The Academy has tours, and the Mystic Seaport is well worth your time.

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Re: Martha's Vineyard, Adirondacks, Poconos

Not that the other suggestions weren't of value but CharlieVT's suggestion is the one I'd ride. If your in a car it's one thing but you'll be on your bike so make the best of it. Bring a camera because this area has some great scenery and the views at a few of the locations are out of this world.

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Re: Martha's Vineyard, Adirondacks, Poconos

Rob, I am not sure about the dates yet, should know something by the end of the month. You are welcome to come ride with us.

Looks like we will be staying away from the cages on the coast, I can't STAND traffic!

Thanks for the input so far.

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Re: Martha's Vineyard, Adirondacks, Poconos

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If you go to RI consider spending time (1/2 day or full day) in Newport, the playground of the really, really old-money rich and famous. In Newport the Vanderbilts and the social elite built "cottages" for their summer stays. These "cottages" are actually mansions, but when you see Biltmore (Asheville, NC) you understand why Newport's home are referred to as "cottages". Many of the mansions are available for tour (fee) and I highly recommend doing at least a couple of them.
+1 here...

Also, if/when in Newport, RI, be sure to take a ride on Ocean Drive. It's not very long, but a great place to see the ocean and maybe even take a walk on the rocks by the ocean (depending on the tide). Also, you may want to take a boat tour out in Newport Harbor - the "cottages" hschisler refers to were all built with their front-doors facing the ocean. When you see these behemoths from the road, you're actually looking at the back of the buildings!

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Re: Martha's Vineyard, Adirondacks, Poconos

Well next year is here and it looks like after spending a full day in NYC ( I know I know), we will head north to the Adirondacks for most of our bike vacation.

After some research, we have decided to use the Indian Lake area as a "base camp". Does anyone have any experience with the Adirondack Trail Motel in Indian Lake? Any other lodging ideas?

We may take a day trip to Vt and NH.

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Re: Martha's Vineyard, Adirondacks, Poconos

Yes, Charlie (and others) have most of it covered, but if you need an "ocean" fix, I would try Block island, RI instead of the Vineyard. Ferries go from New London, CT or Pt Judith, RI. It is smaller and significantly less developed and crowded than either Nantucket or MV. You can approach it from the north coming down from VT, etc. and avoid the I-95 strip for the most part.

Also, the Catskills have some great roads, especially County Road 47 south from Big Indian and Routes 30 and 10, etc etc; and don't forget the Finger Lakes around Watkins Glen, Ithaca,- Great countryside, wineries, and fabulous gorges and waterfalls -- Taughanock, Buttermilk, Robert Treman State Park, Watkins Glen, plus two beauties that go right through the Cornell campus above Ithaca.

Be sure to see the Champlain Valley on both NY and VT sides (Essex (Essex Ferry to VT), Westport, NY) Fort Ticonderoga area, Rt 22A on VT side leading to Rt 17 over the Appalachian Gap; or Lincoln Gap , or Middlebury Gap (Rt 125); or Rt 73 from Ticonderoga Ferry through Brandon (get a sticky bun at Cafe Provence) and over Brandon Gap.

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Re: Martha's Vineyard, Adirondacks, Poconos

Ahhhh, sticky buns!

Good, now we have a route to Vt via the Ferry. We will have about 4 days so we will have to make it all count. Have you been or seen the Adirondack Trail Motel? Still undecided where to stay, but it looks like Indian Lake will be a central area.

I will play with your suggested routes and hopefully there will be time for 'em.

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After some research, we have decided to use the Indian Lake area as a "base camp". Does anyone have any experience with the Adirondack Trail Motel in Indian Lake? Any other lodging ideas?
I have ridden past it many times but never stayed there. You are in the heart of great riding there however! You could also stay down the road in Speculator at the little motel at the corners of Rt 8 and Rt 30. Lake Pleasant is there along with a few restaurants, a grocery store, and a gas station.

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Speculator is a nice spot (went there as a kid and have ridden through there recently). But probably the best spot for a "base camp" but a little further north is Lake Placid. Right in the midst of High Peaks, a much more happenin' town, and just down the road is the toll road up Mt Whiteface, a "must do" if the weather is nice, and scenic Rt 86. Come into Lake Placid from the south via Rt. 73 through Keene Valley, a really nice stretch of highway. Take 73 back to 9N over to Elizabethtown and on to the Essex Ferry for your passage to VT (breathtakingly beautiful). Stop for lunch at the Old Dock next to the ferry on the water in Essex - mediocre food but what a setting!



I could go on and on, there is so much great riding and much to see up here.


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You may want to visit Hyner View State Park. More north central PA than the Poconos but worth the trip. A quick search on the net will link you to picutres to check it out. From there you could check out PA's Grand Canyon outside Wellsboro. (the diner in town is a stop for most rider's lunch or breakfast break. From there you can head north into NY or east towards the Poconos.
So much to see and so little time to do it.

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So much to see and so little time to do it.


That's the problem! I think that's why we are just choosing one area to ride and see, the Adirondacks. I doubt we will get to see all of that

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