Looking for stop off point 3 hours from NYC on way to Kennebunkport Maine
I'm going to be travelling from Nyack NY (20 miles north of NYC) to Maine for vacation and I'm looking to see if anyone has a recommendation for a lunch stop (farm to table, organic and toddler friendly always preferred) no more than 3 hours from NY. We're going to be taking the I-90 to 495 to 95 to get there. I'm not familiar with the MA towns in that area and hoping to get some insight from other members on this board. Thank you so much in advance!
Having done the NY/CT to maine route all my life, I would recommend taking a nice lunch and stopping for a break. I don't think there is much that is handy to the highway until you reach Portsmouth.
Three hours from Nyack should put you on 495 by then. There are a cple of nice places in Littleton MA just off he highway; other than that it is a bit of a fast food wasteland
Three hours should put you in the Worcester area on I-290. There a number of Worcester CHs on this board and many interesting restaurants. You might want to edit the post title or post again using Worceter in the title
Like @ElsieB, I've done this trip many times over the years. Sadly, we've ended up having fast food more often than not. There is a big cluster of them in Auburn, MA, which is where you get off the Mass Pike if you are going via Worcester.
Among the non-fast food stops we have made are Rein's Deli in Vernon, CT, the Pepe's branch in Manchester, CT, and Ted's Restaurant in Meriden, CT. There are numerous posts about the pros and cons of those places on the boards. My views - Rein's fills a void for pastrami and the like, but I bet you could do better near Nyack; Pepe's has very good pizza, a notch or 2 below the New Haven original, but worth a stop; Ted's serves a cheeseburger that is unique to that part of CT, which you may love or hate (my kids LOVE it, but don't leave off the cheese).
As @Bagelman01 suggested you should look on the boards for Worcester and also Sturbridge, MA, since they are on your way and have several choices.
We have long preferred eating light and fast on the way to Maine to save room for great seafood once we arrive.
If you all are any sort of real-deal barbecue fans, I would suggest you consider BT's Smokehouse in Sturbridge, Mass. You can check out the writeups in here. It's casual/kid friendly/reasonably quick (just off i-84, before you get on i-90/MassPike--ie. about 2 1/2 hours into your drive) and sublime.
Trust me on this for two reasons: I've done that drive two dozen times (from Northern Westchester) and I've been to all the BBQ meccas of Central Texas and find that BT's is in their league.