Hey everyone, I thought it would be different to share some experiences from a recent outing we did in our motorhome.
Over the years we’ve been in Maine a few times, but had never spent any significant vacation time there, so we decided to split our 10 days up and visit 3 different RV parks in North and East of Maine. We started our adventure at Arndt’s Aroostook River Lodge & Campground near Presque Isle, Maine. The town of Preque Isle is large enough to have a nice variety of restaurants and services and yet small enough to give that small town peace and quiet feeling. Arndt’s Aroostook River Lodge & Campground is a nice, clean, and well kept family campround and is well suited for families of all sizes and ages. Hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, fishing, hunting, wildlife wtching are just some of the many outdoor activities available in Northern Maine. This area of Maine is also quite popular for ATV riding in the summer, and for the cold weather fans, lots of snowmobiling in the winter too. To me, probably the most unexpected suprise, was the active beaver ponds and lodges right on the Campground property. On almost any evening, the quiet observer can watch the beavers work and play in their own natural environment. We were also lucky to breifly spot a Black bear across the beaver pond one evening while we watched the beavers eat. These two beavers nibbled on some branches about twenty feet in front of us…. The ripples you see in the water around the beavers is from their chewing action on the branches. Pretty neat! There is one negative to the Maine woods near dark, the mosquitos are big and hungry, so be prepared.
As always, there is more to do and see than we have time and space to describe, so jump in your RV and go check out Northern Maine for yourself.
Well folks, September is officially a memory. Starbucks baristas are cranking out Pumpkin Spice lattes by the dozen, scarves and boots abound… it’s that time of year again. There’s no denying it, fall is in full-swing in the nation’s top leaf-peeping territories! So before you winterize your RV for the year, why not plan a trip to New England? Fall is a fantastic time to get out and see the country, but there’s really no better place to check out the changing foliage than the northeast. It’s impossible to go wrong when planning a “leafing” tour in this region of the country, but in case you need a starting point, Yankee Foliage (www.yankeefoliage.com) is a great resource that includes real-time fall foliage maps, recommended destinations, and scenic driving routes. They put together a list of 25 destinations that feature more than just colorful foliage, and we’ve created a map to highlight these places.
List of Destinations by State
If you don’t have time to visit every one of the listed destinations, we recommend focusing on Vermont and New Hampshire. The following route would make a great weekend trip for RVers traveling through; or you could extend the trip and really take the opportunity to explore both the natural beauty and friendly towns along the way. Meandering up I-91 North along the state borders, you can easily visit Walpole, Grafton (VT-121 takes you along the Saxtons River), Woodstock (US-4), and Hanover. To make your way from Hanover to Sandwich, you will leave the main interstates and follow a beautiful scenic route. Taking VT-25A East from I-91 will bring you along the Baker River to I-93. From I-93 South, follow NH-175 South to Little Squam Lake. Turn left onto US-3 and follow the lakeshore to NH-113, which you can travel all the way to Sandwich. Follow NH-25 from Sandwich and then continue on NH-113 East. Turning onto NH-16 North will take you along the border of the White Mountain National Forest, through Conway and all the way to Jackson. For full traveling directions, visit this Google Maps Link: (http://goo.gl/maps/rzQNt).
Don’t wait to plan your trip – the leaves in many of these locations are already showing peak color and before long, the picturesque fall landscape will be gone!
Have you been to any of the places on this list? Are there destinations you think are deserving of a shout out that we didn’t mention? Email us your comments and destination recommendations and we just might include them in a future feature!