They sure don’t call it New England for nothing ! The British influence is very noticeable here. The towns share the same names as the English towns from which the people came. They fly British flags (in addition to American and Canadian flags) and the architecture is very British. Vermont and New Hampshire are hilly. They call them mountains, but compared to out west, they are hills. Highest elevation I’ve seen on the map is less than 4000 feet. We took the Scenic Route 100 from Killington to Stowe. This is one of the top ten scenic routes in America and scenic it was! The colors have not peaked yet due to warm weather. This week it was down into the 40s and high 30s so it should get much more colorful in the coming weeks. Sorry, to say we cannot wait around for it to peak. We did see some color though and the small towns along the route were so charming. I bought some local maple syrup in Stowe, so of course, we had to have banana-walnut pancakes for dinner.
We stayed at the Iroquois Family Campground in Rutland. It was a field in back of a house they turned into a campground. It had electric and water and we put that electric to good use running a heater a lot of the time. It’s been in the 50s during the day and high 30s at night. This is getting a little too cold for our blood. After Maine we will be heading south and I hope we’ll find warmer weather.
Scarborough, Maine (Near Portland)
Another 200 miles and we landed in Scarborough, Maine at the Wild Duck Campground. This was our first adults-only campground and WE LOVED IT! It was peaceful, very quiet and peaceful. This was as far north as we wanted to take the motorhome. The first place we visited was Kennebunkport, an upscale small town famous as the summer home of the Bushes. It’s a cute town with shops and restaurants. I was able to get my first lobster role and it was delish!
Our main (excuse the pun) purpose in Maine was to visit the only national park on the Eastern seaboard; Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. The next day we drove about three hours north of Scarborough to Bar Harbor and the park. We stayed in a hotel overnight and drove back the next day. We visited the park on both days. As luck would have it, we had two beautiful days of sunny weather.
Acadia National Park has an interesting history. Acadia is located on Mount Desert Island. Yes, desert, as in apple pie a la mode. I was curious about the name and you may be too. When the Frenchman, Samuel Champlain came upon the island he said “The island is very high, notched in places, so that there is the appearance to one at sea, as of seven or eight mountains extending along near each other. The summit of most of the is destitute of trees, as there are only rocks on them. The woods consist of pines, firs, and birches only. I name it Isle des Monts Deserts.” The area was designated as a national park in 1919 and was the first one east of the Mississippi. John D Rockefeller purchased and donated several thousand acres to the park and built a series of carriage roads within the park. We stopped at Sand Beach, Thunder Hole and Otter Point. We had lunch at Otter Point. This part of coastal Maine is really something to see and we enjoyed our time here very much. Dinner that night was a whole lobster dinner in the restaurant next to the hotel.
On the drive we passed through Portland and stopped for dinner (more lobster for me!) and I learned that Portland, Oregon was named after Portland, Maine. I like Maine very much and think I will return someday. Of course, not in the winter. Next stop Massachusetts.