Where should my boyfriend and I go that's 2-3 days away from Boston, is a good ways away from civilization, and has stuff we can see/do on the drive there and back?
I have procrastinated far too long, and now am scrambling to plan a vacation for this summer. I have some things working for me and some against, and I'm hoping the collective brainpower of askmefi will be able to help me plot a course for new frontiers.
- 2 adults (myself and my boyfriend)
- 1 dog (Otis the pug
- 1 car
- 2 bikes (that may or may not be used that much - I am still very unsteady and terrified of anything that comes within 5 feet of me while riding. Cars, lampposts, squirrels, etc. are all deathly threats.)
- For reasons beyond our control, we're limited to the lower 48 states (no Canada).
- We have about $2000 budgeted for this. Less would be better, as always.
We would like to take a combination road trip/middle-of-nowhere trip. We have never done this before, but after a 12 year relationship we're fairly certain we can spend a vast amount of time in a car together without too much bloodshed. We've spent a lot of time on previous vacations in New Hampshire/Vermont/the Cape, so we'd like to get away from that, unless anyone has some fantastic recommendations otherwise.
We will be leaving from about half an hour outside of Boston. Ideally, we will drive for 2-3 days, stopping at random interesting places along the way, then stay at a cabin/cottage/etc. in the middle of nowhere for 4-5 days, then drive 2-3 days back. I'm thinking of using airbnb for the "cabin in the woods" part, but first we have to figure out where, exactly, we will be. This is where you guys come in!
What we're looking for in stops along the way:
- nerdy, geeky stuff.
- really cool nature-related things - i.e. not just New Hampshire's "Man of the Mountain"
- weird "world's biggest ball of twine"-type things.
- writer/author/poet-related things.
- offbeat, interesting or unique shopping (flea markets, cool bookstores, etc.)
- dog-friendly areas.
What we're looking for in a "stay put for a few days" location:
- as removed from civilization as possible while still having running water and electricity or a generator (if we can go 4-5 days without seeing or hearing another human it would be amazing).
- near some body of water - lake, river, stream, etc. that we can splash in.
- cool with dogs.
- surrounded by nature
Any suggestions for, well, any of this would be stupendous.