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Best towns for walking AND food?

artymoi Jul 20, 2008 02:33 PM

Looking for your picks for towns/cities in New England that have nice streets for walking, lots of interesting shops and of course great food options. Basically looking for a few daytrips before the summer is over! TIA

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    bwichn Jul 20, 2008 03:01 PM

    Perkins Cove, ME
    Provincetown, MA
    Rockport, MA

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      dfrostnh Jul 20, 2008 03:17 PM

      Portsmouth NH
      Maybe not in the top five, but I'd consider Concord NH - nice little downtown, start with coffee break at Bread and Chocolate or one of the bagel places. Several places for lunch. Homemade ice cream at Granite State Candy on Warren St.

      1. BostonZest Jul 20, 2008 03:21 PM

        Portland ME, and you have the ferries to all the islands to add variety to your walks. The food scene is fantastic.

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        1. re: BostonZest
          ciclista Jul 20, 2008 05:09 PM

          I concur! Portland and Portsmouth.

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          mvi Jul 20, 2008 05:55 PM

          Newport, RI, Providence, RI,, Portland, ME.

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            jjdot Jul 21, 2008 06:11 AM

            Northampton, MA
            Portland, ME

            1. EastRocker Jul 21, 2008 07:47 AM

              Portland, ME
              Northhampton, MA
              New Haven, CT
              Burlington, VT

              1. Raedia Jul 21, 2008 07:51 AM

                Rockport, MA
                Bar Harbor, ME
                Portland, ME
                Burlington, VT

                1. hiddenboston Jul 21, 2008 01:20 PM

                  My favorites for walking/dining are:

                  Rockport, MA
                  Gloucester, MA
                  Bar Harbor, ME
                  Ogunquit, ME
                  Stowe, VT
                  Stonington, CT
                  Bristol, RI
                  Jackson, NH

                  1. jspear Jul 22, 2008 05:08 AM

                    Bath Me and Brunwick Me, out of the way and lots of small shops, bath has lots of kenebec access

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                      LenaNE Jul 22, 2008 05:41 AM

                      Mystic, CT
                      Stonington, CT
                      Nantucket, MA
                      Newport, RI

                      1. CapeCodGuy Jul 22, 2008 01:45 PM

                        Chatham, MA.
                        Provincetown, MA.
                        Providence RI
                        and where's the love for BOSTON!?

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                        1. re: CapeCodGuy
                          mvi Jul 22, 2008 02:06 PM

                          I agree- Boston is a must. It's so quiet in the summer and August especially so. Boston and Providence.....a day or two in each with some side trips....

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                            Earle Jul 22, 2008 02:07 PM

                            I will also recommend Ogunquit Maine, for a great place to walk and to eat. and stay over night as well. Earle Ct.

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                              Laurieso Jul 24, 2008 01:13 AM

                              Great Barringotn, Mass
                              Lenox, Mass
                              Northhampton, Mass

                          2. Blondie NE Jul 24, 2008 03:03 AM

                            Newport, RI
                            Providence, RI
                            Boston, MA
                            Cambridge, MA
                            Edgartown, MA
                            Marblehead, MA
                            Rockport, MA
                            Ogunquit, ME

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                              newhavener07 Jul 24, 2008 08:48 AM

                              New Haven, CT
                              Guilford, CT
                              Northampton, MA
                              Edgartown, MA

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                              1. re: newhavener07
                                OOliver Jul 26, 2008 09:42 AM

                                If you're heading into Rhode Island...


                                Keep in mind - Warren and Bristol are neigboring seaside towns between Providence and Newport. In the past decade or so, some incredible restaurants/coffee shops and retail boutiques have opened up in bothe Bristol and Warren. Can't beat these two towns on a summer day or summer evening!

                                1. re: OOliver
                                  hiddenboston Jul 26, 2008 10:58 AM

                                  I agree about Warren and Bristol. We go biking there quite often (the East Bay Bike Path is beautiful) and dine around there every now and then. I like Leo's in the center of Bristol for their sandwiches and pasta (and their outdoor dining) and I love Quito's, also in Bristol--perhaps one of my favorite seafood shacks in New England.

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                                jerseydiner Jul 26, 2008 10:00 AM

                                Ogunquit is perfect! Great little shops, beautiful scenery and terrific food. Portland is quaint and fun with the eclectic shops and the ferries to the Bay Islands.
                                We also enjoy Lenox and Great Barrington in MA, and don't forget Woodstock/Quechee in VT.
                                You can't go wrong with any of these.

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                                  artymoi Jul 26, 2008 07:07 PM

                                  Love the suggestions - we are leaning towards Rhode Island first since we haven't been in at least a decade. Thanks for the link outlining all the distinctly RI foods - very cool.

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                                  1. re: artymoi
                                    hiddenboston Jul 26, 2008 07:43 PM

                                    Have fun! If you do go to RI, consider taking a drive down Route 77 in Tiverton and Little Compton, as there are many farm stands and food places (including Gray's Ice Cream) along the way, and it is truly one of the great drives in Southern New England for unspoiled scenery.

                                    1. re: hiddenboston
                                      Harp00n Jul 26, 2008 08:24 PM


                                  2. Rabbit Jul 27, 2008 04:36 AM

                                    Newburyport is also a pleasant day trip. Perhaps not a New England "best," but not too bad!

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                                      qianning Aug 8, 2008 07:48 AM

                                      montpelier vt

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                                        timwhoeatsalot Aug 9, 2008 09:56 AM

                                        In the Berkshires :

                                        Great Barrington

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