My Northern New England Adventure explores the wonderful states of Vermont, New Hampshire and finally Maine. Enjoy the changing scenery as the trip progresses from the mountains to the coast. You can enjoy this vacation in any season, but I have priced for fall. You'll start in northern Vermont, in the ski town of Stowe. While a ski town, this option provides year round fun. Whether you’re enjoying the mountain views during a hike, wandering through the picturesque town of Stowe or fishing in a stream, warmer weather fun is waiting for you. From there, you’ll drive into New Hampshire and stay at the Omni Mount Washington Resort. Situated next to Mt. Washington, the highest point in Northeastern United States, the Omni offers activities for all. The final destination will take you to coastal Maine where you can roll up your sleeves and enjoy all the fresh seafood you can eat, be pampered by one of the amazing spas or simply take in fresh sea air.
This is not a plan that I am selling, but a post to inspire you to explore different vacation options. With that being said, you can take this idea and adjust it to fit your needs, maybe by cutting nights or even destinations. I list the pricing after tax (except on some transport), and the prices are for July, during the peak travel time. The trip is calculated for a family of four, but I do list what a couple should expect at the bottom. So let's get started. Below are a couple maps of the trip and total cost:
For transportation, this an open jaw flight, so I’m budgeting $300 per person for the tickets. You’ll be flying into Burlington, Vermont and out of Portland, Maine. As usual, if you have points accumulated, that would be a great way to reduce the cost of this trip.
As you can see above, the cost of the rental is $414 which includes parking fees as well as gas. The rate, I think, is extremely reasonable. In other parts of the country renting a car for this amount of time could easily reach $700-$800, so at almost half that costs you have the freedom to explore the area. This will be especially handy in Vermont and New Hampshire.
While there are a lot of different options for accommodations in the three states we’re visiting, I feel like the hotels listed provide a good mix of budgetary options. Vermont has a couple options such as the Spruce Peak Lodge and the Trapp Family Lodge, which can give you a mix of a ski lodge or a quaint New England getaway. The Omni Mount Washington is one of the premier hotels in the area. You’ll be able to enjoy New England mountain luxury while picking from some of the many activities at the resort. If you’re in the mood to try a zip line, they have one of the longest in New England and it’s open year round. The Donald Ross golf course, the 25,000 square foot spa and fine dining are just some of the benefits of the Omni. The coastal Maine region has a lot of different options along the sea. The options put you right on the water for some of the most amazing sunrises in the United States.
Itinerary and Activities
Above is a sample itinerary with a list of activities. As with other plans all activities listed are covered in the overall budget, so if you want to modify by taking away or adding you can do so. The trip has a lot of different unique activities. One of the main activities is stopping at the top of Mount Washington. You can either drive up the mountain or you can take the tram (during the operating season) for the unparalleled views. Other options are horseback riding in Vermont or an evening Sunset Cruise down the Maine coastline.
I have built-in about $140 per day which I think would be enough to get breakfast, lunch and dinner.
If you’re wanting to save money, you can always buy breakfast and lunch items to store in the hotel. We do this occasionally, to both save money or to make sure we don’t give ourselves upset stomachs by eating too much rich food. We’ll eat something simple in the room (like cereal or yogurt) and then find a perfect spot for a picnic lunch. The lunches are especially fun because you make destinations out of some of beautiful places you briefly notice before moving on.
For couples, I've adjusted the amount spent on the flight, the activities, the food and the room rate. If you were to go, the prices would be similar to the chart below.
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