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19 May 2006“I advise travellers headed for Jamaica off-the-beaten track where I have a goodly number of quirky, electric villas,estates and beach cottages. Might as well, given the gas prices in the US inspired New Englanders/or those flying in to Logan of a good US long-weekend escape outside the ordinary.”
based on 2 votes
Accomodations/Night 1: Check in to The Wentworth-by-the-Sea, New Castle, NH, the historic old grand dame of hotels, now restored. Dinner at the award-winning in-hotel restaurant. Or more casually, at BG'S boathouse at sunset on the tidewater creek just 5 min.away from hotel for basic and inexpensive fried seafood/lobster/big deepsea scallops. Day 2: Drive thru old New Castle into Portsmouth for breakfast at Friendly Toast, a funky 50s collectibles atmosphered restaurant on Congress St/the main drag. Explore the town's boutiques, Athenauem Library, the Warner House with 18th cen murals embedded with ground cobalt glass, Prescott Park gardens and famed Strawberry Banke historic houses. Pick up national award-winning chocolates/or mail some back to friends at Byrne & Carlson, State St, a European-style artisanal shop which also supplies NYC's Dean and DeLucca. Top the day off with a late afternoon sail out to the Isles of Shoals aboard the MS Leighton or other classic steamboats to 5 miles at sea for Cecilia Thaxter's famed gardens, lighthouses, the historic Navy and sub yard and the coastal marine river that's the border btw.ME and NH. Dinner that eveing: the hippest place in town -- The Green Monkey. A nightcap at the loungey-Red Door before heading back to hotel. Day 3: Head up coastal route 1 -- not the highway-- from NH into York County ME, stopping at a variety of good antique shops, perhaps the home of Stonewall Kitchen jams. Grab coffee,attitude and an infamous steamed hotdog with applehotsauce at the legendary Flo's in a tiny roadside brown trailer in Cape Neddick. Or ironically, some good Jamaican food -- jerk, curry goat, rice n peas and a Ting at the Jamaican summer roadside stand on the same road. Drive on to Kennebunk (don't confuse this with Kennebunkport where #41's family and presidential summer home on Walker's Point is for rubberneckers only...)and check in at the Relais & Chateaux member White Barn Inn.. Past the Rachel Carlson Forest en route into Kennebunkport is a relatively unknown beach, Crescent, through a horsefarm on the right, yielding good beach/views. Or head back to Ogunquit beach for an afternoon in the sun or bodysurfing,drinks in town, whatever you will. WHITE BARN is one amazing dinner option--so is ARROWS on Agamenticus Road back in Ogunquit, both nationally-acclaimed foodie heavens. Sleep tight at White Barn before your leisurely drive back the next morning....
Category: Perfect weekend
Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Never been before, Beachgoers
Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Singles, Seniors, Tourists
Seasons: Summer, Fall
1. Strawberry Banke
historic houses 17th-20th cen.
2. The Green Monkey, Portsmouth NH
hip restaurant/best in otwn
3. Byrne and Carlson Chocolatiers
Extraordinary artisanal chocolates and confections in a Euro-style shop on State Street in Portsmouth NH. Mail-orders as well. Dean and Delucca NYC carries a few of their superb confections