Subject: Re: North Shore of Boston and further north

Since you won't be going until June - check out Salem as your stopping place. You can visit Salem, the museum I mentioned in my previous post is a must; the Witch Museum and Hawthorne's House of Seven Gables. You can then go further north into historic Portsmouth (Strawberry Banke), stopover in Kittery, Maine, for "off-price" merchandise if that's your thing and drive still further.

Portland and it's museum are terrific and their restaurants are really fantastic! If you get off the main highway and now take the Coast route - on Route 1 - there will be a whole bunch of goodies along the way. There is Falmouth, L.L. Bean, Bath - the Bath Iron works but better than that - you can stay at a wonderful B&B there The Inn at Bath and really delight in our two favorite beaches in Maine - each is about a 20-minute drive down alternating fingers from Bath out to the ocean. One is called Reid State Park and the other is our favorite - called Popham Beach. They are gorgeous and the latter has a neat island that you can walk to at low tide - just be careful and get off before the tide starts in or you'll be stuck until the next tide as some have done before!

Bath is a quiet New England town and has several nice restaurants near it - Starfish, Kristinas and the Friends' Meetinghouse - Should you go, I'll get you for information and telephone numbers

On your way up from Bath I forgot two things - Ogunquit Beach -- very long and very crowded in the summer and Wells, Maine. Also, crowded but these are nice areas to poke around in.

If you decide to go further north, you can to Port Clyde and Tenants Harbor and take the boat to Monhegan Island. If you take the early mail boat at 7 am, you can take the return boat at night. One day and you can walk the whole island. This is an artist colony and there are wonderful little shops. There is a hotel, but I'm not sure if it is still there. There is a general store -- not too well stocked, but the island is very cute, the sea animals are wonderful to view along the shore and it's a fun day excursion. You could then... go on to Bar Harbor via Camden... but I think all of this requires more time.

Do let me know if any of this gets you salivating for New England and let me know how I can help you in Boston.

BTW, we spent two glorious weeks last August in the Canadian Rockies - terrible weather but we had the best time! It is so very special there!

Regards, Susie Newton, MA