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FALL TRIP TOP TIPS ?

Dear hounders

Travellling from the UK and have what wil hopefully be a great 2 week trip around NE ( and NH at the end ) lined up as follows

Fri 26 Sept- Mon - Boston
Mon 29th - Portland
Tue 30th - Camden
Wed 1- Fri 3 - Acadia - staying Southwest Harbour
Sat - Mon - Moosehead
Tues - Rangeley
Wed- Fri - Carter Notch NH

So, am looking for top houndish recs, for lunch but mainly for dinner. Price not main criteria but anywhere too pretentious will not go down well.

My assumtption is that seafood will be high on agenda first week but am wary of tourist traps so where do the locals go ?

For lunch diner style/ good burger places ( I like Shake shack in NY and Blancs in KC if that helps anyone ! ) or good delisto get picnic eats will be perfect.

In terms of cuisine bistro /gastropub /microbrew/italian/seafood all rate highly. I also like quirky or quintessentially American or photogenic locations or places to eat - so long as the food matches the view and it isnt a rip off .

Some places I have come across while surfing the net

Boston - Upstairs at the Square in Cambridge ?
Portland -555 ? Fore Street ? Hugo's ?
Camden - Hartstone Inn - is this a set menu thing - any good ?
Moosehead - place we are staying said we should go to Maynard's Sporting Camp one night - is she joking ?!

Finally as I have only been to Boston once before and am not familiar with the coastline ( week 1 ) or mountains ( week 2 ) - where would we be best stopping for brunch, lunch or just a peaceful scene or beautiful place for a picnic ? We dont mind a bit of a hike to get to it , so long as it is stunning !

Thanks in advance for your help !

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  1. Between Camden and SW Hbr. try Just Barbs on Rt 1 in Stockton Springs. In SW Hbr. Red Sky. There has been so much discussion on these areas latley go to "search the board" please.

    1. Upstairs on the Square is good, especially for that photogenic feel as it is in the heart of Harvard Sqaure. I personally prefer Eastern Standard which in Kenmore Square going towards Fenway. For a burger definitely hit Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage in Harvard Square. There are tons of good places in the city, but the ones that are pretty can be pretentious and the ones that aren't pretentious aren't necessarily pretty. My favorite "diner" was Zoe's halfway between Central and Harvard Square in Cambridge. But it doesn't much look like a diner. However if you want the diner to look like a diner, go to Rosebud in Davis Square in Somerville (on the Redline). There are lots and lots of fine dining options in the South End; The Butcher Shop, Hammersley's Bistro, Addis Red Sea, Metropolis Cafe, I could go on and on. Avoid Newbury St, unless you need to be seen or spend $17 on a salad.

      If you're driving up to Portland, ME, I recommend, HIGHLY, stopping at the Friendly Toast in Portsmouth, NH. They make all their own bread and the food is absolutely divine. Go for breakfast or lunch, there will be a wait on the weekend though. Enjoy your trip and have fun.

      1. Hartstone Inn, Camden: Classic New England inn. Yes, set menu, but it's published on the web site I think up to a week prior. I had an excellent meal there. Downtown Camden. No view, but it'll be dark, so not a factor, really.

        Moosehead: Oh yes, you MUST go to Maynard's. Don't be put off by the exterior, and don't go expecting fancy fare. But you'll get good food, big portions and an experience you won't forget. If you're in the area for lunch, consider the drive out to Pittston Farm, another classic Maine woods experience. In downtown Greenville, best food is the Rod and Reel. For finer dining, see if the Blair Hill Inn's dining room is open for dinner. And when you pass through Monson, south of Greenville, don't miss Spring Creek Barbecue, if open, for lunch.

        Rangeley: Consider making the drive north to the Porter House in Eustis. Excellent spot in the middle of nowhere, yet it draws folks up from Rangeley, over from Sugarloaf, and down from Canada. Just be careful on the drive--it's a moose slalom. Also in Rangeley area: Bald Mountain Camps, with a lakefront dining room and retro air; Country Club Inn, with spectacular views and a classic continental menu; Sarge's Sorts Pub and Grub for burgers; Gingerbread House, wide-ranging American menu; Thai Blossom Express for Thai (be sure to read the newspaper clippings on the wall for the story). Ask locally about Loon Lodge. It was struggling a bit, but grapevine tells me it's good again, and it has amazing sunset views down the lake.

        You choices are pretty limited for groceries in both Greenville and Rangeley, both have supermarkets and local sandwich shops. Greenville: Lakeshore Provisions is a good choice for fancier to-gos. Ask about transport to Kineo, and if available, get a sandwich at Lakeshore or at Jamos or the Moose River Country Store, in Rockwood, and head over there for a hike and picnic at the summit. Or take a picnic aboard The Kate for a cruise up the lake. Rangeley: Moosely Bagels does a good job on sandwiches, ask for directions to Angel Falls, or hike up Saddleback for 360-degree views that take in the Presidential Range of the Whites.

        1. In Moosehead try The Birches. We stayed there a couple of summers ago and really enjoyed. My Dad who's up there frequently swears by Maynard's.
          http://www.birches.com/index.htm

          1. Have just been recommended , in Jackson, White Mountain Cider Co, Thompson Hose Eatery and The Wentworth - recs by place I am staying so always a bit wary - any thoughts ?