Tell me where to hike in the northeast US!
August 18, 2010 9:09 AM Subscribe
My partner and I are planning a week's vacation, focused on hiking, in mid- to late October. We are trying to figure out where in the Adirondacks, Vermont, etc. we should go.
We are two women in our late 20s, living in Ottawa, and we're hoping to have a relaxing vacation to celebrate our anniversary and just to have some time away after a busy summer with no vacation. We want to go somewhere that is within, say, a 5 hour drive so that we're not spending the whole vacation on the road.
Ideally, we would like to stay in a cottage or cabin because I'm vegetarian and my partner is vegan, which makes eating out very difficult unless we're in large cities.
The hiking is the most important part. We are in good shape, and have done some pretty long, arduous hikes, but I wouldn't say that we are experienced hikers. We have gear, but our main problem is that neither of us really knows how to read a topo map with a compass, so we rely on detailed hiking books when we hike (along with common sense and a fairly good combined sense of direction). So, all that to say that we are looking for somewhere that we can do good day hikes that are fairly challenging but are not so difficult to navigate that we'll spend the whole day lost in the woods.
-It would be really nice to stay in one place the whole time, and then just drive out for hikes, so an area conducive to that would be ideal. However, we would consider splitting our time between two places, if that made sense.
-We are planning on going either the week of October 18th or October 25th - are we pushing it, weather-wise? We've hiked around here that time of year and it's usually beautiful, but we're not in the mountains.
-I'd say our max per night would be $150, but ideally less.
-While hiking and then relaxing are going to be our main activities, it would be nice to have some other cool stuff to see - for instance, I was considering the Burlington, VT area because the town seems like a nice place to spend some time, as well. Access to at least a grocery store would be helpful. Are there other areas like this?
-queer-friendly would be nice. It doesn't need to be an explicitly queer place, but not homophobic is a necessity for a relaxing vacation.
Bonus: Can you recommend some great hikes near any of these places?
Thanks for any input! Neither of us has hiked in any of these areas before, so we're really excited to figure out where is the best place to go - the internet is too overwhelming, even when I just focus on the Adirondacks.