Travel to Newfoundland via Maine?
May 14, 2007 9:25 AM Subscribe
I'm planning a road trip from Maine to Newfoundland in August or September '07. Could any Newfies/travelers share thoughts on cross-border car rental, the ferry system, the roads, and of course sights and places to stay?
posted by arnicae to travel & transportation (8 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I'd like to visit Newfoundland this fall. I read the '06 askMeFi post on Newfoundland, but I have more logistical questions than otherwise. I have just two weeks- my partner gets out of his conducting contract in August, and grad school starts again in September. We're interested in seeing the New England colors, which neither of us has ever done as we drive north. From some preliminary googling, it looks like only 25% of the leaves change by mid-September, which made me think that we'd be better off going in late September. But will that be too late for the earlier season in Newfoundland?
We were considering flying into Portland ('cause its cheap) and driving up to Bar Harbor, and taking the Cat/ferry north into Canada with a rental car. It seems like most companies don't mind this- any feedback? How do-able is driving up to Newfoundland in several days? Mapquest suggests it would take 22 hours, driving the speed limit. Would we be better off just flying to St. Johns, despite it being 3x the price of air travel to Maine (and we'd miss the Maine leaves)? Anyone have experience with doing a one-way rental, in either direction, across the border? That would give us more time to enjoy the trip rather than having to do a long round-trip, but I'm not sure if the car rental places would go for it.
I've read Newfoundland roads can be atrocious- some books have suggested packing with the expectation of being stranded "at least 48 hours" and listed places where one can rent a satellite phone. I'm fairly experienced driving on weird little remote roads in tiny cars- that said, any advice?
I don't mind roughing it, but my partner is a fan of those cute little country guesthouses/B&Bs, the kind that sell their own jam. Any suggestions for lodgings, anywhere on the route from Portland, ME, to Newfoundland?
Finally, can you guys suggest books/blogs/anything to buy/read in advance of the trip? Travel guides, local history, local fiction all appreciated. Thanks!