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Aug 10, 2006 01:57 AM

Opinions, please: best long weekend destination with best food

We want to enjoy a long weekend in New England this fall and are looking for the area with the best scenery and outdoor activities (preferably hiking and mountain biking) AND the best food. We need the real scoop from you native New Englanders. Where should we go, and what should we eat there? We love good food of every kind, so no limitations there. Suggestions?

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    1. I don't know the outdoor activities associated with these places, but they're definitely worth the trip for food and are scenic spots in their own right: Portland ME, Portsmouth NH, Northampton MA, Burlington VT.

      1. Kennebunkport has both the White Barn Inn and the Cape Arundel Inn. Both serve outstanding food.

        1. I am a bit partial to Portsmouth because I live here. Fantastic food, killer mt biking within 20 minutes and less than 2 hrs from the white mts. The seacoast is great in the fall and Porstmouth has awesome restos. Conway/Norht Conway may be a good bet as well. SOme good restos (not as many as Portsmouth) and of course there are some great hikes and rides. Check out for some good rides- Read Tail and the Moats/Mineral Site in N. Conway and Ft Rock, Mt A (in southern Maine), FOMBA in the seacoast area.

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          1. re: cepaulsen

            what are your favorite Portsmouth restaurants? You do have some fine dining establishments! Irwin

            1. re: irwin

              I love Currents (off Market Street), Jumpin Jay's (seafood), Belle Peppers (lunches weekdays) and the Green Monkey.

              1. re: irwin

                Anneke Jans in Kittery, just over the bridge- great french bistro, locals joint..
                Lindburghs Crossing.. antoher french-ish bistro, w/north african and new england twist, great!... sit upstaris in the wine bar..
                Old Ferry Landing.. fried seafood and the famous Jimmy Juice on the decks overlooking the tugboats...
                Flatbread for awesome all natural pizza, great healthy salads w/ blue or goat cheese and a small wine list and microbrews..
                New place Popovers, great looking deserts, wines/ports and tapas with outdoor seating in Market square- looks good havent been yet...

            2. the berkshires!

              we have all sorts of hiking and beautiful scenery with the fall colors!

              and FOOD...tasty food.

              if i was coming from out of town, i would stay at the EGREMONT INN in south egremont mass. it is very nice and charming and the owners are GREAT. they have a huge wrap-around porch out front. they have a cozy restaurant too with really good food.

              in the same town, is my favorite restaurant JOHN ANDREWS which has absolutely delicious food. and another place still in this same tiny town, is another restaurant called THE OLD MILL that has an excellent bar area. very cozy & warm w/ fireplace.

              just outside of town is great barrington, and they have many restaurants. american, sushi, mexican, thai, chinese, italian, brew-pubs...

              come to the berkshires!