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Aravisea Apr 5, 2011 08:57 AM

I've also posted this inquiry in the General and Northern NE Boards. Apologies if that's incorrect!

Fiance and I are looking anywhere on the East Coast (not including DC - which is home) for a B&B in a scenic spot with proximity to a week's worth of fantastic, Hound-approved dining. Any recommendations for spots in Southern NE that fit the bill?

Any recommendations much appreciated! :)

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    brookerme Apr 5, 2011 12:54 PM

    I'm thinking north shore of Boston, maybe Marblehead or Rockport . http://www.foxpondbnb.com/
    In Ipswich are the best fried clams in the world. You could go into Boston or up to Portsmith New Hampshire. Check out the Greater Boston board.

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      chowmensch Apr 5, 2011 02:34 PM

      How about basing yourself in Newport, RI? You could stay at the Castle Hill Inn. Their restaurant is an upscale fine dining place with great food and amazing views. From there one night you could drive south to the Ocean House for another terrific meal. Another night you could drive north to Providence where there are some great Italian eateries and then another night you could go to Boston for dinner. Good luck and let us know where you ended up

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      Ocean House Restaurant
      425 Old Wharf Rd, Dennis Port, MA 02639

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        RIRN2008 Apr 7, 2011 05:34 AM

        I was going to suggest the same thing...Castle Hill is beautiful, they have these wonderful beach cottages and it's on a private beach.

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          Aravisea Apr 7, 2011 09:41 AM

          I'm not opposed to being close to Boston, but was thinking that we'd have to go pretty far out to get outside suburbs and into more scenic territory. Although I've never been to Boston so maybe the suburbs don't extend out as far as I'm thinking?

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            CapeCodGuy Apr 11, 2011 11:03 AM

            How about the best of everything and stay on the waterfront downtown where you can walk to everything. Boston's a great city in the summer. You are close enough to Maine or Cape Cod for easy day trips.Plus you'll be next door to some of the best chow the area has to offer. here's a link to a terrific option if it's within your budget:

            http://www.thebostonyachthaven.com/

        2. Bob W Apr 6, 2011 02:04 PM

          If you end up in RI, definitely have dinner at the Back Eddy in Westport, MA (it's just over the state line). Basically an upscale seafood shack -- the food is really good, the atmosphere is fun, and the bonus is some of the best sunsets on the East Coast. The picture on their website is typical.

          http://www.thebackeddy.com/index.html

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          Back Eddy
          1 Bridge Rd, Westport, MA 02790

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            suzyrose1 Apr 7, 2011 10:42 AM

            The Homestead in Greenwich,CT
            Mayflower Inn Washington,CT

            All Relais & Chateaus w/ great restaurants

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              Aravisea Apr 14, 2011 09:25 AM

              I checked out the Mayflower as a potential mid-point to stay the first night and not have to drive all the way to Maine in one day. Looks gorgeous but the rates are **insane**!!

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              corinnerose Apr 7, 2011 12:38 PM

              It's not Southern NE, but I'd recommend Portland, ME area. Scenic + Fantastic Dining. Although, you didn't mention what time of year--it's slightly less scenic in January.

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                Aravisea Apr 7, 2011 01:00 PM

                I guess that's an important detail. Late June/early July. :)

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                  corinnerose Apr 11, 2011 10:04 AM

                  then yeah, I would highly recommend Portland ME. It will be a nice escape from DC.

                  Although, the north shore isn't a bad idea either. Great fried clams!

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                    Bob W Apr 11, 2011 02:20 PM

                    Portland is a great little city with lots of nice eateries. You can drive north or south along the coast eating nothing but lobster rolls and blueberry desserts, too. 8<D

                    Tons of suggestions on the Northern New England board.

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                      fatheryod Apr 12, 2011 09:11 PM

                      depends what you want to do, and how close to the coast you prefer to be. if it's sea you want, well, the other advisors are in the mark. but the east coast goes inland as well.

                      my wife and i spent some time off-season around western rhode island, and that was quite lovely. but we already lived n the pioneer valley, so we were looking for something diff.

                      if you don't require sea water as a ref, lemme know & i'll provide detaill about what's here. there's plenty, but it overlaps on a lotta prior posts, so...

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                  Frobisher Apr 14, 2011 11:53 AM

                  Take a look at the Tiverton/Little Compton area of Rhode Island. I can't speak to a specific B&B, but it would be a good base of operations.

                  The immediate area has loads of farms and farm stands and has a (by SNE standards) rural/pastoral feel. Yet, you would be short drive from lots of great and varied options.

                  You can head to Castle Hill in Newport or Persimmon in Bristol in 15-20 minutes. Providence is less than an hour away and offers Gracies, New Rivers, Chez Pascal for high end, as well as lots of great Italian. Clam shacks abound throughout the state. As already mentioned, Westport just over the state line has Back Eddy. Fall River and New Bedford can give you your fill of Portuguese fare, as well as Hartley's pork pies.

                  Finally, you could have Gray's Ice cream for dessert each night.

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                  Chez Pascal Restaurant
                  960 Hope St, Providence, RI 02906

                  Back Eddy
                  1 Bridge Rd, Westport, MA 02790

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