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Honey Bunny and I are planning a trip to the New England area for mid August. We've never been to Maine, so any insight would be appreciated.
My questions are pretty basic - where to go? what to see? what to avoid?

One option is to use MotoVermont to fly in and rent a bike for a week. Anyone use them?

We were also looking at a cruise out of Boston, but that looks to be a tad too expensive; plus it has the hugely negative factor of cutting into bike riding time.


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If you're going to ride Vermont, make sure you ride Rt. 100 and hit Rt. 17 in Waitsfield, you'll love it! My 2 favorite roads to ride.

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If you're going to ride Vermont, make sure you ride Rt. 100 and hit Rt. 17 in Waitsfield, you'll love it! My 2 favorite roads to ride.
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In Maine. Not much in the coastal roads for view of the ocean until you get to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. Acadia is a must do in my book. In Freeport, the land of LL Bean, have lobster at the Harraseeket. What's on your plate was in the ocean that morning. North of Freeport on Highway 1 is the Maine Idyll Inn. Old style motel with individual cabins/cottages for the 30s. From there it's a great trip to the Owl's Head Transportation Museum. Not a bad destination if the weather is iffy.

Have a great ride.

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MotoVermont has a good reputation locally.

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Re: New England Trip Advise

We have oceans, mountains, twisty roads and highways...what do you like? Take a look at the Delhi forum New England Riders, lots of info, GPS maps, and RTE's posted. Keep this post updated and I'll chime in with ideas based on area you have plans for.

August is great time for Maine, lots to activities planned for costal activities, and lots of people attending.

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If you're going to ride Vermont, make sure you ride Rt. 100 and hit Rt. 17 in Waitsfield, you'll love it! My 2 favorite roads to ride.
Thanks, I'll talk to MotoVermont about including them in the route.
Apparently the way this works is they set the trip up in the GPS and make the hotel reservations then you're off.

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August is great time for Maine, lots to activities planned for costal activities, and lots of people attending.
My only concern is if we catch a patch of bad weather for our trip. So I've got to think of a contingency for that.


I'll tell you what, planning for these trips is half the fun


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I am sitting in on this one too.
I just completed my west coast ride of 1/101 and it has inspired me to want to plan for the Atlantic side. So I will be watching and taking notes. When, I don't know but hopefully soon. I seem not to be getting any younger in spite of all the compliments about 62
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Here's the route offered by the tour company. My only concern is if bad weather hits. So I'm still on the fence about reserving the bike.

What do you guys think? Weather too risky?

8 Days total. Rides are short and allow time for sightseeing inbetween destinations.

- Day 1: Hotel near Burlington VT Airport


- Day 2: Pickup Bike and head to an Inn in the Green Mountain National Forest

- Day 3: Ride to Portland and lodging at Portland Regency Armory


- Day 4: Ride to Bar Harbor Grand Hotel


- Day 5: No ride planned, whale watching


- Day 6: Ride to Quoddy Head Light House & back to hotel


- Day 7: Ride to Hotel at Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith, NH


- Day 8: Return back to Burlington


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WX is unpredictable, except ur not likely to get snowed on.

Plan B shud be rainy day riding routes and indoor sight seeing.

When I rode from W Mass up to visit Cutris in VT, it rained all day. On the way back at night I sure wished I had fog lights!

See if ur rental has a toll sensor so that u won't have to stop.

Before u go see if u can find any CDs with Down-East humor--Bert and I come to mind.

there is a famous ceramics studio in the Rochester-Dover area.

there is a famous Irish Pub on the waterfront in Portland.

I couldn't see if ur route includes "The Kank"?

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I'll be riding through Maine on my way to Nova Scotia so I'm interested in any tips, as well.

Bar Harbor and Acadia are great but very busy. Make sure you have a reservation for a place to stay.

And you must do the 'Kank" on your way through NH.
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Leaving Dallas heading to Maine on Wednesday (July 17) and these tips have been helpful. Camping spots would be great too. We travel pretty light and don't need a lot when we camp, just a quiet place for a tent with a good view. Seems every camp site I look up online is a tourist trap, especially in July.

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Try to get off the interstates. There is a lot of slab on your map.

Roads to definitely ride:
The Kanc (Kancamagus Highway) in New Hampshire.
Route 100 in VT (north / south) alternative to I 89 And ride a few of the "Gaps" over the Green Mts, from Route 100 (73, 125, 17, etc)
108 over Smuggler's Notch from Stowe,VT
Route 2 across northern New England from Vermont to Maine
VT Route 22A or 30 as north/south alternatives to Route 7 in western VT - either one is better.

Route 2 over the northern Berkshires from Wiliamstown, MA

I don't know how to cobble that together to meet your other ride goals but try to get some of these.

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Try to get off the interstates. There is a lot of slab on your map.

Roads to definitely ride:
The Kanc (Kancamagus Highway) in New Hampshire.
Route 100 in VT (north / south) alternative to I 89 And ride a few of the "Gaps" over the Green Mts, from Route 100 (73, 125, 17, etc)
108 over Smuggler's Notch from Stowe,VT
Route 2 across northern New England from Vermont to Maine
VT Route 22A or 30 as north/south alternatives to Route 7 in western VT - either one is better.

Route 2 over the northern Berkshires from Wiliamstown, MA

I don't know how to cobble that together to meet your other ride goals but try to get some of these.
Excellent choices. I can vouch for those routes. Don't forget a stop at Pemaquid Point Lighthouse. Any restaurant that advertises fresh lobster by painting on a 4x8 sheet of plywood is worth going to. They spend their money on food, not advertising. That's just my opinion. Any burger cooked in an old renovated school bus is also worth a stop.

Have a great time.

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Okay. I have to chime in since I'm a Maine-ah. Like everything in life it depends on what you are looking for.

A trip to Maine should include a stop at Portland and what is affectionately known as "The Old Port". Lots of restaurants. Probably the most unique is Dimillos Floating restaurant with good quality seafood. There are plenty of places that are better but it's unique enough and food good enough to warrant a visit. A real staple of Commercial Street is "Becky's", locals love it and its just solid Maine comfort food. There are almost 800 places to eat in vicinity of Portland. If you like beer, do the Maine Beer tours 3 hour tour, you'll get a great selection from local Maine brewers to sample along the way. Make sure you get to see Portland Head Light as the trip to it and down into Cape Elizabeth has moments that will take your breath away.

Freeport is home to LL Bean, 24 hrs of sports gear, quality clothing and the famous "Bean boot". Worth a stop.

Traveling on Route 1 will take you to Bath. Home of Bath Iron Works (BIA) where you can see US Navy battleships being built. Tour the museum at BIA for some good shipbuilding history. Stop at Beale Street BBQ for the best ribs in New England.

Route One will take you through Wiscassette, Rockport, Camden with great coastal views with a stop at the observation tower at the massive bridge going into Bucksport over the Penobscot River. You'll hit Ellsworth which is the gateway to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park.

No doubt Bar Harbor with Acadia National Park is a must see. Do not miss Cadillac Moutain, highest natural point on the east coast. A clear day you have panoramic views of coastal Maine!!!

There is so much to do between Portland and Bar Harbor. But some of the best and most intimate coastal scenery is beyond Ellsworth on Route One going into coastal Washington County. With side trips to Jonesport, Cutler, Lubec and Eastport. West Quoddy Head is a great lighthouse to visit and the views of the rocky coast is spectacular.

I'm scratching the surface here but all that will keep you plenty busy and you'll not be disappointed with twisty roads, nice stretches of peaceful green and fantastic ocean views with that Maine salt air to breath in.

Let me know if I can answer questions about others suggestions. +1 on Owls Head Transportation Museum.

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If you're having a brew in Maine, make sure it's a Chamberlain Ale from Shipyard Brewing. While you're sipping read "Soul of the Lion" or, "Killer Angels."


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Thanks for all the tips. Unfortunately Honey Bunny is set on taking a cruise, and seeing how I had my trip out west last year I pretty much had to give in and go on a Luxo Boat Ride from Boston to Bermuda. This will be my first cruise. Last time I went out, for a deep sea fishing trip, I was sick as a dog hanging on the rails for dear life. Let's just say I provided most of the chum for that trip. I've been told that shouldn't happen on one of these big liners and I hope that's true.

I'll plan to take the New England trip later in 2014. Hopefully I can carve out 3 or 4 weeks to see the area.


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Cruise to Nova Scotia and then bike to the Cabot Trail. Does not get any better that that!

I can vouch for all the suggestions offered. Been here riding for more than 40+years.

The "Kank" and "Route 2" across the north country are tops for riding with no traffic. There are a few places to stay that are nice enough for the wife to indulge. Bar Harbor is also a top destination. In between there is lots to see and do.

If you are looking for alternatives machines to ride there is an Eagle rider in Manchester NH and a great easy in and out airport.

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When you hit Portland, check out the Hunt & Alpine Club

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When you hit Portland, check out the Hunt & Alpine Club
That looks like a great RTE spot; I'll be sure to check it out.

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Cruise to Nova Scotia and then bike to the Cabot Trail. Does not get any better that that!
Seems least expensive option now is to just ride the entire trip, and maybe Honey Bunny might fly in for a few days. But we may be moving in a couple months and if that happens this trip will get scrubbed - again.

What would really be nice is to plan a group meet up somewhere in those parts and then take a ferry to NS and cruise the Trail.


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I'm working on my plans too
Mapping has been good so far. But who knows how long the wait will be for a thaw. The mid-west and northeast has been thrown back into the ice age this winter. Seen even your neck of the woods has too. Hopefully it will be a long HOT summer well for me anyway.
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Here's the route offered by the tour company. My only concern is if bad weather hits. So I'm still on the fence about reserving the bike.

What do you guys think? Weather too risky?

8 Days total. Rides are short and allow time for sightseeing inbetween destinations.

- Day 1: Hotel near Burlington VT Airport


- Day 2: Pickup Bike and head to an Inn in the Green Mountain National Forest

- Day 3: Ride to Portland and lodging at Portland Regency Armory


- Day 4: Ride to Bar Harbor Grand Hotel


- Day 5: No ride planned, whale watching


- Day 6: Ride to Quoddy Head Light House & back to hotel


- Day 7: Ride to Hotel at Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith, NH


- Day 8: Return back to Burlington
I've only been there once. We headed pretty much straight east from your Burlington to bar harbor. Lots of quiet good roads. i remember going over smugglers notch and through Stowe. Fun. Only downside was when we were on freeways, and that wasn't very often. For me, its more fun to not be on freeways. Have a great ride


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Well as I said only had time for a short trip so I headed over rt6 thru PA to Jersey, then back tracked to 652 up 52 and somehow picked up 44 over the mountain to Poughkeepsie NY. Took 44 out of there and picked up rt 7 thru Conn. Mass and VT. Took a bunch of other off the path roads up to the White Mts, but winds were at 90 mph so they wouldn't let me go up no matter how I tried to bribe them. Shot over to Bang. Maine and down to Acadia NP (30?) then shot back across a bunch of roads thru NH & picked up some great roads in VT. I did end up riding a section of 130? and 100? really sweet scenic by-way that followed some nice streams. All told about 1700 miles in 3 days, and some great roads.
Hotels didn't seem to be a problem on the road, maybe because everyone was in Laconia... but still tons of bikes on the roads in northern VT and western Maine. I'll have to do the trip again when I have more time & take the Mrs along.
I THINK that I was travelling on rt52 thru the Berkshires, but it may have been rt 7. Either way very beautiful area and nice MC roads. Weather couldn't have been better other than some wind.
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I'll have to do the trip again when I have more time & take the Mrs along.
Don't we always say this?

I guess there's always a trade off between spending a lot of time in a small geographic area vs seeing more area. I can't wait to get to the great Northeast.


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Don't we always say this?

I guess there's always a trade off between spending a lot of time in a small geographic area vs seeing more area. I can't wait to get to the great Northeast.
I do
I don't just say it to myself but also mention it to the wife. And she looks at the pictures and say as long as you had a good time. But camping out is not for her. And when I suggest we could hotel it she said "I don't want to stop you from having fun" Plus she was never a distance rider.
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Well as I said only had time for a short trip so I headed over rt6 thru PA to Jersey, then back tracked to 652 up 52 and somehow picked up 44 over the mountain to Poughkeepsie NY. Took 44 out of there and picked up rt 7 thru Conn. Mass and VT. Took a bunch of other off the path roads up to the White Mts, . . . . . I'll have to do the trip again when I have more time & take the Mrs along.
I THINK that I was travelling on rt52 thru the Berkshires, but it may have been rt 7. Either way very beautiful area and nice MC roads. Weather couldn't have been better other than some wind.
Covered some of the same routes
More memorable rt 6 all the way thru PA. Picked up rt 7 from Albany to rt 9 in Bennington VT and route 2 from St Johnbury VT to Bangor ME. And of course there was route 1 most times down to CT.
Went to Mt Washington did not have to bribe them. Wind conditions were down but visibility we poor and condensation on the roadyway kinda iffy. So I passed on that. Acadia was marvelous. I could always do that again. My outing was almost 2 weeks. Any pictures??
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