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    Are people in Boston bad?

    I've heard people in Boston are mean and not friendly is that true? 

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    Can I travel around the states now?

    I'm living in NY, and I'd like to travel to Boston, DC, Philly in this September by a bus or a train. Do I have to quarantine myself? How can I check each state's travel restriction? I'm sorry I'm a newbie.

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    Massachusetts vacation ideas?

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    Fall in New England is beautiful- it's my favorite time of year to visit home.

    While I love the Cape in the fall, be warned that not everything will be open.  It likely will not be very busy, though there will be people there.  When you say "beach," do you mean actually lay on the beach and swim?  It won't be the right weather for that.  Fall is a good time for walking the beach wearing warm clothing, looking for shells, etc.  I doubt anything will be happening this year, but you can check to see if any of the fall festivals are actually going on- there's usually a cranberry festival in the Wareham area (right before the Cape bridges) and usually a festival in Yarmouth over Columbus Day weekend that includes fireworks on the beach.  However, I am doubtful that any of those will actually be held this year due to the pandemic.

    If you bike and you're heading to the Cape, I do recommend checking out the Cape Cod Rail Trail.  I love this in the fall.  You'll ride past several different kinds of areas, including cranberry bogs.

    Other Cape ideas- Cape Cod Canal (biking or walking), Truro Vineyard (far though, but offers a great wine tasting and they are currently open), Chatham fish pier (watch the boats come in and unload, watch the many seals, get takeout from the fish market), the National Seashore (depending on what's open.)

    Please be aware that Salem has canceled many of its typical October events and may not have many of the sites open due to the pandemic.

    If you have never been before, I would recommend doing one of the typical tourist things... walking all or some of the Freedom Trail in Boston.  I found it tedious and boring as a child (when you grow up in the area, it's a common field trip!), but as an adult who has moved away, I miss being surrounded by so much history!

    Other ideas...

    If you're going to Salem, explore more of the North Shore area and maybe Cape Ann (though not sure what will be open/allowed in the fall.)

    Because you mentioned a "walk in the woods," why not go old school walk in the woods and check out Walden Pond, where Thoreau probably did his best thinking?  It's a state reservation, so make sure it's open before you go.

    If you have a full day, you might want to consider a drive out to western Massachusetts, to the Berkshires (gorgeous fall out there!)  Some of the ski resorts run scenic chair lifts and alpine slides in the fall, though I'm not sure if that will happen this year.  If you're driving from western Mass to eastern Mass or vice versa, check to see if the Big E drive-through bakery/food event will be running in Springfield.  The Big E is a huge New England fair that happens every fall, but has been canceled for this year.  However, they've been doing the fair special foods on certain days in a drive-through bakery kind of format.  I don't know what dishes they're serving, but the Big E is known for having a building of each state (not just dedicated to the state, but the building itself is considered to be in that state, so even though the fairgrounds are in MA, you can visit all six New England states in less than ten minutes), and each offers a food from that state.  If you're driving through anyway and the food event is running, might be worth a stop!

    You could also head up to the White Mountains area of New Hampshire.  The Kancamagus Highway is a scenic route through the area.

    In areas away from the major cities or Capes, visit a local apple orchard.  I have lived outside of New England for over 15 years and still think New England apples are THE best.  Ordinarily, I'd tell you to check out any area's local social media or website to find out about fall festivals, but I'm assuming none of those will happen this year.

    Take a drive up to southern Maine.  Visit a rocky Maine beach (York is about an hour and twenty minutes from Boston.)  Get some seafood.

    Do keep up with current restrictions and double check as it gets closer.  Right now, I believe most of New England is okay to travel within from the New England states, though Massachusetts may still be restricting Rhode Island.

    ETA: To address the quarantine comment in another answer, CT does not require people coming from EVERY state to quarantine (people from NH, VT, MA, ME, RI, NY, and NJ do not, as well as a handful of other states.)  Depending on the day, people from about 30-35 states need to quarantine.  Massachusetts usually has one more state than CT (CT took RI off the list recently, but MA kept it.)  Check the actual state you're visiting for the requirements.  Some states are accepting a negative test within 72 hours of arrival, but they usually require the PCR test and NOT the rapid, so keep that in mind.  Maine accepts the test, CT and MA have wavered on it and I'm not sure of their current requirements.  It sounds like the original asker has already looked into that and knows that the test is valid in lieu of quarantine.  My advice would be as I said above, just stay current on restrictions as they change frequently.

    5 Answers8 months ago
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    Is Boston, Massachusetts anything like Dothan, Alabama? My family and I are fixing to move there next week?

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    Start with not saying "fixing to". Northerners don't understand that it's an immediate future (which many languages have), and more sophisticated than standard English, which makes no distinction between the near and far future.

    Second, the weather is very different. Be prepared to buy a whole new winter wardrobe.

    Finally, people don't generally chat with the sales clerks when they're buying something, or with people waiting in line, etc. 

    6 Answers9 months ago
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    Oh DEAR! Massachusetts reports 21 deaths of Kung Flu, 216 new cases! Is New England DOOMED?

    Baker failed us, as did Walsh!

    Are we turning into Florida?!

    5 Answers9 months ago
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    Planning a New England trip! Is this timeline doable?

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    I've lived in the exact area you are talking about for 30+ years.

    You should check with the Maine tourism website frequently as right now they are expecting all out of state visitors to quarantine for 14 days upon entering the state.  https://www.mainetourism.com/travel-resources-covi... The lodging facilities are expected to police this AND you may need to bring proof (less that 72 hours old) that you are COVID free.   Maine in particular is overboard crazy regarding this COVID stuff, they aren't making it easy to be a tourist.  The tourism business is down due to this.  If you want to stay at a particular lodge/B&B/hotel I would suggest you call and find out availability.1 hour 20 min from Boston (depending on where in Boston) to Ogunquit is extremely optimistic.  

    Beachfire Bar and Grill wouldn't be a place high my list of recommended restaurants for the area.  Beachfire is right on US Rt1, their fire pit is like 25ish feet from the road.    US Rt 1 is the main way in/out of Oqunquit, so it's busy.  There is a place in Ogunquit called Barnacle Billies that would be very similar to Billy's Chowder house in Wells, but fancier.  Barnacle Billies is right on the water (Perkins Cove) fantastic view.  Billy's Chowder House is on what we call the marsh, not as scenic and if you eat outside the mosquitos and no-see-ums can be a downer.  There are many many good restaurants in Ogunquit, without knowing your budget, food tastes etc.. it's hard to make a suggestion.

    Wells is a place I've always driven through......never stop except for the Maine Diner on Rt 1.

    Instead of Well's, I'd suggest you drive 15ish minutes further to Kennebunkport, ME. Much more to see, 1000x more quaint and what most people think of when they think the coast of Maine.  Just after the Maine Diner, take a right onto State Rt 9.  This will take straight into Kport.  There are lots of great restaurants in Kport, but on the bridge is a clam shack, it would be a good place for fried clams or a lobster roll, just be aware they serve their lobster roll on a hamburger bun, not the quintessential split top bun that other places use.  But, you do get more lobster on these than you find other places.  There is another "clam shack" we really like in Cape Porpoise, which is technically part of Kennebunkport.  It's called Cape Pier Chowder House, the setting couldn't be more picturesque.  https://www.capepierchowderhouse.com/

    For recommendations on the way to Freeport I'd suggest you stop in Portland and find the area known as the Old Port.  There are ton of great restaurants in the Old Port.  Personal favorite is Eventide Oyster Bar (better like oysters) also Street and Company.   Portland to Freeport is roughly a 30 minute drive.  You have to drive right past Portland to get to Freeport.   

    5 Answers9 months ago
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    If I live in the U.K, what do I need in order to vacation in the U.S?

    If I wanted to visit family in the US, what would I need to do that? Aside from a passport? Google results are all very confusing.

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    Is Boston an ideal city to take a vacation in ?

    They have beautiful New England architecture, probably any kind of ethnic food, lots of historic sites and colleges 

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