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Old 06-02-2018, 01:28 PM
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My wife and I have our 25 anniversary coming up this August and I was looking for some travel ideas. We live in Florida and are tired of the heat so I was thinking New Foundland or something like that. We like to fish, hike, eat, relax. Any suggestions are appreciated. Money isn't a big problem, I'm not a huge fan of extended travel.

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Coastal Maine like Kennebunkport.
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How about the coast of Maine?
a couple of ideas

Downeast sunrise trail runs from Ellsworth to Eastport-rent ATV's

Acadia NP



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Look into the Lakes in MAINE. Close to hiking and close the ocean. Amazing ,mellow and cool at night
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We just did a great trip to New England, New Bedford, Nantucket, Portland, Bar Harbor and Acadia, and finishing up at the top of Mount Washington. We had a great time, wished we stayed more than 1 night in Portland. Several years ago we went to Kingston, Ontario, we would love to go back and rent a houseboat for a couple of weeks to tour the 1000 islands area, definitely on the bucket list, absolutely amazing, only topped by Sedona, AZ. We ended up at Niagra Falls after the 1000 islands, drove across the top of Lake Ontario. I would say August and 1000 Islands.
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We just did a great trip to New England, New Bedford, Nantucket, Portland, Bar Harbor and Acadia, and finishing up at the top of Mount Washington. We had a great time, wished we stayed more than 1 night in Portland. Several years ago we went to Kingston, Ontario, we would love to go back and rent a houseboat for a couple of weeks to tour the 1000 islands area, definitely on the bucket list, absolutely amazing, only topped by Sedona, AZ. We ended up at Niagra Falls after the 1000 islands, drove across the top of Lake Ontario. I would say August and 1000 Islands.

Go to Antonio's in NB?
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Allow me to throw out a different location you and your bride to consider. As you stated you and your bride like to hike, relax, eat and fish. Consider Mackinaw Island, Michigan. The island only allows horse drawn vehicles, bikes and foot traffic, so relaxation is easily attained. Access to the Island is by private vessel, small plane or ferry. Activities include historical landmark exploration including the fort, hiking, horseback riding, carriage riding and biking are all available in a most lovely rural atmosphere. While the "downtown" location provides fudge houses, eating locations, views of the harbor and pubs. The Grand Hotel is the premiere location for eating, relaxing and an overall sense of life in the 19th and early 20th century. I would strongly suggest, if vacancy is available, to book a room at the Grand Hotel. The Grand Hotel boasts of having the largest front porch in the world, and its vista overlooks the Straits of Mackinaw from a hilltop perspective.

Travel to Mackinaw Island is attained by air travel to Traverse City, Mi. and then ground transportation to Mackinaw City on the mainland of Michigan's Lower Peninsula followed by a ferry ride to the island. Once on the island a horse-drawn carriage ride will gracefully take you back in time and to your hotel from the harbor docks.

The waters of Lake Huron and the Straits of Mackinaw provide both picturesque views and wonderful fresh water fishing. From the largest front porch in the world at the Grand Hotel or lakeside cliffs you will realize why the Great Lakes are referred to as the Inland Seas.
In short, Mackinaw Island and the surrounding areas of Michigan's Lower and Upper Peninsulas can provide everything found in Maritime Canada, but will also provide a sense of wonder in an area which you, and most Americans, are unfamiliar.

Try a freshwater vacation in America's northern heartland and a travel back in time to a totally different era.

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Go to Antonio's in NB?
No, we had dinner at the Black Whale, didn't know about the ferry right across the street to Nantucket and drove out to Hyannis port to go to Nantucket, left the next morning to Portland so NB did not get a proper tour from us, it was raining most of the time as well. We missed the seafood festival too. I will say this, the whole state of Connecticut is a parking lot, 95 really sucked.
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Lake Placid Lodge, Lake Placid, NY in the Adirondacks. Get a private cabin on the lake.
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Newfoundland is absolutely spectacular. I am being conservative with that rating. We favor the west coast but it is all great. Great combo is to spend some time in Nova Scotia and then take one of the extremely nice ferries over.
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I always enjoyed Detroit in the summer. It's not very friendly tho.
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Will you be flying or driving?? All good suggestions so far (except detroit ) Hard to go wrong with Maine, Adirondacks, or Michigan's Upper Pennisula including Mackinac Island. Not sure of your time frame but if not driving, rent a car and plan to see as much as you can while there.
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Originally Posted by TorFed View Post
Coastal Maine like Kennebunkport.
thats where the Florida mosquitoes go for the summer !
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The Pacific Northwest is beautiful. The Oregon Coast or the San Juan islands of Washington. The temperature is cool being on the pacific.


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Originally Posted by caltexflanc View Post
Newfoundland is absolutely spectacular. I am being conservative with that rating. We favor the west coast but it is all great. Great combo is to spend some time in Nova Scotia and then take one of the extremely nice ferries over.
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If you can swing Newfoundland it is spectacular.
Id say that it is not for everyone though.
Except for maybe downtown St Johns there is No night life at all ( unless you’re a moose)
there is basically nothing there but nature.
no mc Donald’s no water parks no strip malls no nothin.
unique little villages with one store that is usually the fire station, post office etc. if it even has a store.
There are sheep, many sheep, there are few people. The ones you do meet are awesome and memorable.
the landscapes and the sea are nothing short of breathtaking.
Wife and I chose it for our honeymoon, we just drove around aimlessly for two weeks, sightseeing and staying wherever we could find lodging ( there isn’t much) mostly b&bs. Very few hotels. Met some wonderful people.
I have More fond memories of Newfoundland than most other places I’ve ever been.
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Originally Posted by Bison View Post
Allow me to throw out a different location you and your bride to consider. As you stated you and your bride like to hike, relax, eat and fish. Consider Mackinaw Island, Michigan. The island only allows horse drawn vehicles, bikes and foot traffic, so relaxation is easily attained. Access to the Island is by private vessel, small plane or ferry. Activities include historical landmark exploration including the fort, hiking, horseback riding, carriage riding and biking are all available in a most lovely rural atmosphere. While the "downtown" location provides fudge houses, eating locations, views of the harbor and pubs. The Grand Hotel is the premiere location for eating, relaxing and an overall sense of life in the 19th and early 20th century. I would strongly suggest, if vacancy is available, to book a room at the Grand Hotel. The Grand Hotel boasts of having the largest front porch in the world, and its vista overlooks the Straits of Mackinaw from a hilltop perspective.

Travel to Mackinaw Island is attained by air travel to Traverse City, Mi. and then ground transportation to Mackinaw City on the mainland of Michigan's Lower Peninsula followed by a ferry ride to the island. Once on the island a horse-drawn carriage ride will gracefully take you back in time and to your hotel from the harbor docks.

The waters of Lake Huron and the Straits of Mackinaw provide both picturesque views and wonderful fresh water fishing. From the largest front porch in the world at the Grand Hotel or lakeside cliffs you will realize why the Great Lakes are referred to as the Inland Seas.
In short, Mackinaw Island and the surrounding areas of Michigan's Lower and Upper Peninsulas can provide everything found in Maritime Canada, but will also provide a sense of wonder in an area which you, and most Americans, are unfamiliar.

Try a freshwater vacation in America's northern heartland and a travel back in time to a totally different era.

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Wow, Bison! What an excellently written recommendation!

I had never even heard of Mackinaw, Michigan. Now I wanna move there!!!

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  • Mackinaw Island is nice. About 5 hours north of Detroit or Chicago Difficult transit.
  • Wisconsin has Door County and that's good too., Two hours out of Milwaukee
  • Winter Park Colorado or Steamboat have lots of things to enjoy in the summer, and way up high, you're unlikely to have hot weather. 3 hours out of Denver
  • Park City and Deer Valley in Utah is only half an hour out of SLC. Cool weather usually. Artsy. Celebrities.
  • Banff and Calgary are very scenic, lots of unspoiled natural beauty up there.
  • Vancouver and Whistler are outstanding for arts and culture, plus mountains and forests.

But you also know that summer season is discount time at the great Mexico or Central America resorts - so Cabo, Ixtapa, Belize, and Cancun/Mexican Rivera should be considered as well.
Just depends how hot you can justify.

Too many choices!
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Cape Cod is nice. My inlaws have a house in Eastham. It is a relaxing place to visit. A lot of cool history in the area.
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Cape cod is great. As is Martha's Vineyard and nantucket. But all of them are mobbed in the summer. As a Florida guy, you'll be shocked and appalled at the throngs of pushy Yankees***.

Ill throw out another vote for coastal Maine. With a second vote of the adirondacks. Lake placid area, like three little fish suggested.

If coast is more important go Maine. If hiking is, go adirondacks.

***full disclosure: pushy Yankee here.
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Sweden/Norway
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