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Looking for Frost in Summer

13 May 2006  California poet/personal essayist looking for inspiration on the OTHER coast.
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As a third-generation Californian, I normally camp in the Sierras, the redwoods, or at the beach for a one-week summer break. This year I resolve to do something completely foreign: go to New England! I'm intrigued by tiny seacoast towns and remote mountain resorts. To add to the attraction, I've been teaching high school English this year, including the poetry of Robert Frost. I want to find out for myself what that landscape actually looks like; if the mysterious quality that pervades his poetry came from the man, or if it was inspired by the landscape.
1. Fly into Manchester NH on Friday
2. Rent car - head for coast (Portsmouth, NH)
3. Visit living history museum at Strawberry Banke
4. Stay at coastal Bed & Breakfasts
5. Bird and wildlife viewing at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, Wells, ME
6. Eat lobster in Kittery, ME
7. Visit the beach at York, ME
8. Drive inland and explore rural backroads of Maine
9. To the White Mountains (NH) - ride the Cog Railway
10. Visit Franconia - the Robert Frost museum
11. Return to Manchester through the Lakes region (Lake Winnepesaukee)
12. Fly home with inspiration for a summertime of writing!

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Wells, Portsmouth, Laconia, New Hampshire, York Beach
  • Category: Perfect week or more
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors, Never been before, Beachgoers
  • Appeals to: Families with teenagers, Active/adventure
  • Seasons: Summer