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Old 09-29-2013, 07:15 AM   #1
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New England Coast Loop

We just got back from a short loop around parts of the NE coast from NC. Some of the hi-lights (and low-lights) were:
Old Orchard Beach ME. Stayed at Paradise Park overnight and wish we had more time there. Nice park withing walking distance to the beach attractions. Will have to plan a return trip there to spend a bit more time.
Bar Harbor ME. Bar Harbor Campground. Thoroughly enjoyed 6 nights there. The CG is an excellent location and the facilities were good. We were able to tour Acadia NP, spent a day going north up to Schoodic Point and Jonesport, and a day south to Belfast, Searsport, Rockland etc. This is absolutely beautiful coastline with plenty of good seafood to be enjoyed.
Foxboro MA: Normandy Farms Campground. Normandy farms was central to a tour of Boston, Cape Cod, and Newport RI. Lots to see and do in those locations. I was less thrilled about Normandy Farms as many on the forum seem to be. We paid a lot for the excellent location which was great.. but you also pay a lot for amenities (pools, clubhouse, etc) which we did not use. On top of that, the interior roads are very dusty and kept us sneezing all week and leaving the RV covered with a coat of dust when we left.
On the way back we spent a night in East Stroudsburg PA at one of the Encore Resorts properties. Wow.. talk about over paying! We used Passport America and it was still $32 per night..and that was without the additional $4 daily for cable (never had that as an additional charge before) or $5 for Wifi.
Also we like to take the backroads as much as possible, but got more than we bargained for in one instance. Leaving North Adams Mass on our way north, we took Rt 8. On entry into Vermont, the road became really narrow and steep. Then we topped one hill to see a bridge out and under construction at the bottom of a very steep downhill section. They had put concrete barriers up to keep it to only one lane (very very narrow) and gravel over the creek. I had to unhook the toad to get across and up the steep hill on the other side. Ultimately no problem but the inconvenience, but a bit stressful at the time!

All in all we had a fabulous time and can't wait to go back again to spend more time in the area.

Chuck & Pam (the people) - Bobbie & Nikki (the cats)
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Old 10-03-2013, 01:13 AM   #2
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Sounds like a very enjoyable trip.

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Old 10-03-2013, 01:45 AM   #3
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We did a similar loop a couple of years ago, except we started out from Oregon. Found out Vermont doesn't spend much time or resources on maintaining secondary roads, all maintenance efforts seem to be focused on the interstates. We wanted to see the "countryside" and took all the back roads, I'm amazed we didn't break anything major, just a couple of drawer slides and a jumbled fridge. Acadia NP was amazing, I guess it is closed right now though.
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