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New England Road Trip

Our family (no children, only adults) is headed out to New England from San Diego, California for a road trip. We fly into Boston (1 night), drive to Stowe, VT (2 nights), Lake Winnipausaukee in Sanborton, NH (1 night), to Kennebunkport (1 night), to Camden, Maine (1night) then back to Boston (2 nights). I need local (non-chain) lunch and dinner restaurant recommendations in route. Nothing too high end, as casual may be better with all the driving we will be doing. We love lobster and seafood, so we are looking forward to indulging while we are in the area. I am looking for restaurants that serve local, seasonal produce/ingredients from New England. Thank you in advance!

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  1. In Kennebunkport two really nice places are Hurricane and Bandaloop. Hurricane is a bit more expensive but has a wider selection of seafood, oysters, lobster etc.

    1. Not sure if this will help but you may want to check out the "Road Food" website, I believe it is roadfood.com

      1. Don't know if it's past the season or not but one thing that I really miss about living in Massachusetts are the fantastic local ice cream stands. Of course I can't recall any of the names but there was a great one that I recall in Attleboro, MA and another one near me in North Andover, MA. Anyway if you see a local ice cream stand give one a try.

        Thanks!

        1. I'll only comment on the areas I know, the Kennebunkport to Camden segment and Boston. Hope you're going soon, as many of the better lobster pounds are closed for the season by mid-October, with almost all shut down by the end of the month.

          When you leave Kennebunkport, stop for breakfast at Becky's Diner in Portland - great blueberry pancakes and other breakfast treats.

          Lobster pounds worth checking out -
          Cape Porpoise Lobster, close to Kennebunkport
          Harraseeket's Lunch & Lobster, Freeport
          Lobstermans Co-op, Boothbay Harbor
          Red's Eats - famous for lobster roll - Wiscasset
          Five Islands Lobster - Georgetown
          Waterman's Beach Lobster house - South Thomaston

          All of the above are within a few miles of the route you'll travel, but only Red's in Wiscasset is right on the road (you can't miss it). All the others will require some searching (and Maine roads are not always well marked).

          Any lobster house would be considered "casual", but not necessarily inexpensive.

          Plenty of posts on the Boston dining scene. Boston's North End has dozens of Italian restaurants - my favorites are Antico Forno, La Summa, and Giacomo's. Pizzeria Regina for Pizza. I enjoy the Franklin Cafe - limited menu but very good. Daily Catch or Neptune Oyster, maybe Summer Shack, for seafood. Peach Farm for Chinese.

          Enjoy your trip. Leaves are turning in the next couple of weeks - gorgeous.

          1. If you're doing 93 to 89 you'll probably want to stop somewhere between Boston and Stowe. Depending when you start, you could have a nice poutine breakfast at Chez Vachon, a lobster roll at Tinkers Seafood, or fried clams and ice cream at Cremeland in Manchester NH (about an hour and half north of Boston). If you drive a few miles north of Lebanon NH, the town of Hanover is the home of Dartmouth--very pretty, and there's Lou's on Main Street--great omelettes, burgers and you keep expecting Wally and the Beaver to walk in any moment. Another choice would be Simon Pearce in Quechee VT--across the river from Lebanon, more upscale in a beautiful setting overlooking a waterfall.

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            1. re: whs

              Recent reports on Simon Pearce recommend lunches there, not dinners. Just passing it along. :)