|Subject: Re: Northeast US|
Hi Megan and Ziners,
We've taken 2 days to travel to Nova Scotia from the Boston area - crossing into Canada at Calais, Maine where we had the best lobster rolls ever. Don't know the name of the restaurant. Stayed over- night near Saint John, NB - at least 8 hours from Boston. http://www.tourismsaintjohn.com
Crossing by the bridge to PEI would be an 11 to 12 hour drive from Boston. http://www.peisland.com
Another option might be taking the bridge at Lubec, Maine (7 hours) to Campobello Island, FDR's summer home. http://www.campobello.com
You can check routes and driving times at http://www.mapquest.com
A day trip to Cape Cod is doable - 1 1/2 to 2 hours to the upper Cape, depending on the traffic. There's work being done until the end of the year at the Sagamore Bridge, so plan a route over the Bourne Bridge. Ferries to the Islands leave from Falmouth, Woods Hole or Hyannis.
http://web2.steamshipauthority.com/ssa - Ferry website with Cape and Islands links http://www.islandqueen.com - Ferry to Martha's Vineyard from Falmouth Harbor http://www.hy-linecruises.com - High-speed ferries from Hyannis http://www.capecodtravelguide.com - Good Cape and Islands info
Some ferries are passenger only which could be better for Nantucket. Bike rental and some public transportation is available on both islands, but Nantucket is smaller - more manageable than the Vineyard for a short visit. Reservations for autos must be made in advance and are expensive.
If you do go to Cape Cod, try to stay somewhere for at least one night. It's lovely in the fall.
In Boston - 463 Beacon Street Guest House - is a great location and gets good reviews at Trip Advisor. http://www.463beacon.com
http://www.newyorkmetro.com/visitorsguide - Search for B&B's and hotel rooms by price http://www.hinewyork.org - International Hostel in NYC - on the Upper West Side http://www.bigonion.com - Big Onion walking tours of NYC
Boston and MA Websites:
http://www.cityofboston.gov/visitors - Official tourism site http://www.bostonbyfoot.com - Walking tours http://www.trolleytours.com - Hop On/Off all day http://www.bostonducktours.com - Boston Duck Tours http://www.bostonislands.com - Harbor Islands Guide http://www.bostontours.us - Tours in and from Boston
http://www.thefreedomtrail.org - Walking tour of historic sites http://www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com - Historic site, food and shopping http://www.neaq.org - New England Aquarium http://www.mos.org - Museum of Science
Regards to all, Charlotte in MA