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Old 07-16-2019, 06:41 PM   #1
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Maine, Mass and Vermont campgrounds?

Hi all. Iíll be roaming around in the northeast for a couple of months and would really appreciate some recommendations on campgrounds. Iím more into glamp than camp. Resorts would be great but Iíve never been disappointed with KOA. I already have a few key reservations but Iím flexible on others. Iím really needing the most help with Vermont and western Massachusetts but if you know of a particularly wonderful place anywhere please share.
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Hi Lauri,

Good idea for a thread. We have been meaning to get up to Vermont, and have watched this thread:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...vt-178245.html

FYI here are some other threads which mention Vermont campgrounds:

https://www.google.com/search?q=verm...=airforums.com

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Old 07-17-2019, 04:12 AM   #3
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Thank you Peter.
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If you get over to the east coast of Maine stop in Lubec and stay at the Sunset RV Park. The most eastern RV while there eat at Franks Dockside Cafe (pancake with real wild Maine Blueberry) drive across the bridge into Canada and see FDRís summer home stay for high tea. See the light house in Quoddy Head, watch the tide run in and out over 20 ft.
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If youíre in to KOAs, try this one in Quechee, VT https://koa.com/campgrounds/quechee/

Beautiful location, near the Simon Pearce glass factory and restaurant on the river https://www.simonpearce.com

And not too far a drive from the Calvin Coolidge family homestead, museum, and presidential library https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/presid...homestead.html
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Not sure of your route or timing, Lauri, but if you are heading north to Vermont first, via the NYS Thruway I-87, you might be interested in the FDR Museum etc. on the Hudson River just north of Poughkeepsie.

His "Top Cottage" is amazing to see, and the NPS guides do a real fine job of re-creating the mood when FDR and Churchill met there to plan out WW II:

https://www.nps.gov/hofr/planyourvisit/top-cottage.htm

You can even sit in his desk and on the porch rockers overlooking the Hudson. [furniture pieces are reproductions for this purpose]

A moving moment to re-live that time in the world's history when headstrong bullies brought us all to the point of mutual destruction.



See also:

https://www.nps.gov/hofr/index.htm
https://www.fdrlibrary.org/

Have a great trip!

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PS -- I think you need to make a reservation for a Top Cottage tour. Tours resume on 7/29. Sorry no familiarity with CG in the area, but very few and probably full at this time of year.

PS2 -- FYI there is a good AS mechanic just south of Poughkeepsie -- George Hernandez of Classic RV:

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And not too far a drive from the Calvin Coolidge family homestead, museum, and presidential library https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/presid...homestead.html
Looks good thanks for this heads up.

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Thank you all for the suggestions, I’m very grateful. Please Keep them coming. I started out with a fairly decent plan on where to go and when but I’ve hit a little snag with my truck so I’m having to drop back and punt. The AS is working perfectly and I should be rid of little gremlins in my truck soon.
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Camden maine, camden state park. Water and electric and spacious sites.
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First time for us staying in Sutton Falls campground in Sutton MA - not the western part of the state - more central like Worcester area. Site 59b is coveted for this peaceful do-nothing site....

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Hi all! I made it to Maine last week and I’ve been so busy that I post anything so here’s a couple of places to consider in addition to the other suggestions already mentioned.

Rockland/Rockport/Camden area = Megunticook Campground. It an older park mostly nestled among nice shade trees with everything from tent site to big rig friendly non-shaded sites. 50 amp and 30 amp with full hookups are available. Well maintained and sites are level (enough). They have a nice large open field for dogs.

Bar Harbor/Acadia/MDI = Narrows Too. Not on the Island but free shuttle service runs from 7:00am to 9:30pm. They do have a dozen or so water front sites but they are VERY close to each other with the exception of 5 on the far right hand side of the park otherwise it’s pretty much a large open gravel area. It was recommended by a friend who lives in the area but I don’t think they have ever actually seen it. It’s not the worst place I’ve been but it’s great. Depending on the time of day it’ll take about 45 minutes to an hour to get to Bar Harbor. The good part is that you’re not driving on very rough and congested roads nor are you trying to find a parking place.
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Thanks for the update, Lauri, hope you are having fun!

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Bar Harbor/Acadia/MDI = Narrows Too. Not on the Island but free shuttle service runs from 7:00am to 9:30pm. They do have a dozen or so water front sites but they are VERY close to each other with the exception of 5 on the far right hand side of the park otherwise itís pretty much a large open gravel area. It was recommended by a friend who lives in the area but I donít think they have ever actually seen it. Itís not the worst place Iíve been but itís great. Depending on the time of day itíll take about 45 minutes to an hour to get to Bar Harbor. The good part is that youíre not driving on very rough and congested roads nor are you trying to find a parking place.

From Narrows Too, take 102 when the road forks going onto the island to Crooked Rd. Itíll take you a lot less time to get to Bar Harbor, very few cars. Itís a nice winding road thatís about 5 miles long. Great views, occasional deer. Comes out just below the Hulls Cove visitors center area on 3.
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Great Timing!!!

Great suggestions, everyone!! I am leaving Tuesday, 7/30/2019 for a 3-week trip to the northeast. We are heading to Cooperstown, NY to watch our grandson play in a 12u baseball tournament. On the way we are stopping at Niagara Falls - we have never been there. Starting 8/9 (after the baseball tournament) I was searching for things to do in the area. I LOVE history: battlefields, museums, etc. (especially Civil War, WWII, and Revolutionary War). My beautiful bride - not so much. We are physically limited so hiking and most outdoor activities have to be light. "Top Cottage" sounds like the perfect compromise because my wife enjoys the historical buildings.

We are also planning a stop at Saratoga Springs. We are DVC members (Disney Vacation Club) and our home resort @ Disney World is Saratoga Springs. Bar Harbor may be in the mix as well.

I am subscribing to this thread: keep those suggestions coming!!!

Thank you, Lauri - for a timely thread!!!
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Glad you saw the Top Cottage reference . . . really educational and low-key. You might need to reserve a time slot however.

There is a great walk-through butterfly exhibit at Niagara, but on the Canadian side I think. Amazing to walk around with hundreds of butterflies all around [and on] you. [ Not as scary as it may sound. ]

Of course The Baseball Hall of Fame is in Cooperstown

Have a great trip!

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PS -- If you have time check out Letchworth State Park -- The Grand Canyon of the East -- just east of Niagara/Buffalo:

https://www.google.com/search?q=Letc...com&gws_rd=ssl

Also as you travel east toward Albany, if you are going that way, the Erie Canal will be nearby for hundreds of miles, and some of the old villages are easy to go into for lunch or a rest. I recall Lockport being interesting, but there are many.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erie_Canal
http://www.eriecanal.org/
http://www.eriecanal.org/maps.html
https://lockportny.gov/

Or, to get to Saratoga, you could also dip down south a bit and see the Corning Museum of Glass a little west of Binghamton. In your time frame, and with a stop in Cooperstown, however, this may be too out-of-the-way?

https://www.cmog.org/
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Oooh, I like the Corning Museum of Glass! I was also thinking of making a day trip to Bethel, NY. Just to see where Woodstock was held 50 years ago. I was 14 at the time; so didn't get to go. But sure heard about it!! I know it is just a big field but there is something about standing where history happened. Two years ago I was at Normandy Beach in France. We were at Omaha beach at low tide; just like it was when US forces hit the beach on June 6, 1944. To stand there and look back at those bluffs from the waters edge and to imagine what those brave men went through...the experience was almost overwhelming. I have a picture of my grandson playing in the tidal pools on the beach and I thought that is what those men fought for...so little boys could be free and do that.

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P.S. I know the two are not the same but history is history. I think I would wonder as I stood at the Woodstock site: "Why would over 400,000 people decide to come to this place for one weekend?"
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Hi all! I made it to Maine last week and I’ve been so busy that I post anything so here’s a couple of places to consider in addition to the other suggestions already mentioned.
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Hope it is going well up there. FYI here is a recent Maine thread with some helpful CG suggestions, in case you have not seen it:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...ne-198519.html

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Pine Hollow campground in Pownal, VT. It's not that glampy but the area was peaceful and quiet. Nearby Bennington, VT. has a rich history dating back to the Revolutionary War. Robert Frost's grave sight, Norman Rockwell paintings, and Grandma Moses museum are all excellent visits.
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W4N - thank you very much for the suggestion. Looks wonderful. I have 3 more days at Acadia then I’m heading over to Twin Mountain/ Mount Washington area for 5 days then hop over to Vermont.
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Thanks Peter. Very helpful as always. So far I’ve gone 2000 miles on this trip and nothing has blown off, blown in, blown up, leaked, got clogged, got loose or got stuck so as far as I’m concerned things have gone perfectly. I can now say I’ve been from Key West to Caribou, Maine. I still have 5 weeks of wondering around before I head home.
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