WHAT WE DID
We followed I-99 to Lewiston then headed inland via Naples and Bridgton to North Conway. Not an overly exciting drive for the most part … an Interstate, so can’t expect much. But given that it wasn’t great driving weather, it was a pleasantly uneventful trip.
We stayed at the Golden Gables. A bit like the Interstate … pleasantly uneventful. As was North Conway. But I would like to thank the management of the Golden Gables for allowing a late change to our booking due (one less night). The room was fine and in the block away from road noise and I loved accommodation where you could open the windows and not be stuck with air-con.
We did a little sightseeing and a little shopping in the North Conway area. That night we had an outstanding meal at the Moat Mountain Brewery. The serves were great value and absolutely enormous! We had more than enough to have leftovers as a picnic lunch the next day!! Breakfast before we left was at Peaches. The less said the better … very meagre servings (though maybe that was a good thing given the quality of the ham and the overcooked eggs) and poor service (there were only 2 tables to look after but they were busy doing their books) … it think it wins most disappointing breakfast of the trip.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The preplanned route was to go via I-95 to Augusta then head in via Bethal and Gorham and then south on Route16 to North Conway. With two drivers (about 5 hours without stops) and with good weather it would have been doable.
North Conway wasn’t “us” … or at least the section where we were wasn’t. Strip malls. Yes, bigger and better strip malls … but still strip malls! And, while I can understand that this makes it an attractive destination for some, it wasn’t our ideal stop. I would look at Jackson as an alternative place to stay.
I was really disappointed that we only got one night in the White Mountains making it virtually an overnight stopover rather than a sightseeing base. I was looking forward to Mt Washington, Franconia Notch, Bretton Woods etc. It was unfortunate that Sandy made us err on the side of caution, but we got off lightly.