Need Your Advice!

Ok, friends.  I’m looking for advice.

I want to take the boys away for a quick little getaway (just 2 nights) before heading back to school.  For the past many years we have faithfully gone to both Mystic, CT and North Conway, NH for short vacations.  Truth be told we love both of those trips and could be totally happy repeating either one of them.  But….there is definitely something to be said for going somewhere new.  I’ve been stalking airbnb and homeaway for affordable little rentals as well as some camping sites.  We went to Lake Winnipesaukee for a quick trip a couple of weeks ago.  Likewise, we already have one night booked at a campsite that is a short drive away….so probably don’t need to camp twice.  Unbelievably (maybe) we’ve never gone to Cape Cod….except for our many trips to Nantucket.  So that is an option.  We also did a day trip to Peaks Island, Maine last year….and I’ve been wanting to go back over night and maybe even see a Portland Sea Dogs game….so that is an option too.

Who has an idea for me….within driving distance…and budget friendly?


14 thoughts on “Need Your Advice!

  1. If you do a staycation, def go on the harbor cruise lighthouse tour that goes all the way around the island…2.5hrs long every day at 2:30pm. I LOVE that tour! 😀

    Our family has stayed at the Nauset Knoll in Orleans, cape cod for years…no frills, clean, huuuuge lawn for kids to play and right on/above Nauset beach! Great storm watching if one pop’s up, otherwise beach for miles. Last corner unit is fun, but each one has it’s perks. Liam’s shack is right there for best clams + rings. Nearby there is mini golf, ice cream, have breakfast at Hole In One (cute stores across pkg lot) and dinner at Land Ho! On the way out of town go by the french bakery cafe in Wellfleet PB Boulangerie Bistro for breakfast/lunch + grab goodies to bring back home. Wellfleet also has a drive in movie theater! SO many restaurants and shops. If you can, stay as late as you can on Sunday. Do beach in am, ask for late check out so you can shower etc. Then shop, mini golf, dinner and drive home 6-7ish to miss traffic. 😆
    Have fun, wherever you end up going!!

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    1. Oh my word! Thanks for all of the links! I can’t wait to go home tonight and check some of them out. I really appreciate your help!


  2. Arcadia’s a long dive for only 2 nights. The “Breakers” (not Brakers) is about $1,000 per night or $500 per night in the off season (which is summertime) and unless you have a lot of money not much to do (used to live in West Palm Beach). Gloucester? I’m guessing you’ve been there once or twice ;-). Block Island is great but other than hiking and the beach not much for the kids.

    When my kids were young we would go to Boothbay Harbor every other year. Lots of things to do, however a lot of the things to do are similar to what you can do in Gloucester. But.. you can kayak in the harbor, go to the playhouse (they used to have plays in the afternoon geared towards children). There used to be this old bowling ally that was absolutely quaint, great restaurants and shops, museums, and a small aquarium, whale watching, harbor tours and its close enough to get to Portland for a ball game. There’s all the usual water parks, zip lines etc. up and sown the coast on US route 1; and car museums, train museums, museum museums, etc. If you’re going for only two days you would need to do some good planning. When we went we always stayed across the harbor at different motels that also had small suites/condos in order to have a bit more room and to save money on breakfast and late night snacking.
    The coast is beautiful and the water is very cold no matter what the locals say.

    Another alternative is Martha’s Vineyard but it’s a bit pricey. Cape Cod is great but it’s crowded and over priced during the season. However a lot of things for the kids to do. P-town is interesting but weird and sometimes awkward with kids in tow.

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    1. My husband and I are sneaking into Boston one night this coming week for our anniversary. That will definitely be a blog post as the place we’re staying is really fantastic….and different!


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