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Five Cheap Labor Day Weekend Travel Destinations in New England

It seems like we just wrote about Memorial Day Weekend travel suggestions. Where does the time go? Before Christmas arrives seemingly next week, thought we’d suggest to you five affordable Labor Day Weekend vacation and day trip travel ideas in New England:

Photo of Short Sands Beach, York Beach, Maine

Short Sands Beach in York Beach, Maine (photo by Eric)

Enjoy the beach in Maine Believe it or not, the ocean water in Maine is typically about at its warmest around Labor Day Weekend. That’s not to say the water is warm by any means, but if you’d like to experience visiting a beach in Maine, we would suggest Shorts Sands Beach in York Beach (a truly fun beach destination) and Old Orchard Beach with its magnificent stretch of sand and Palace Playland with amusements and arcades.

Photo of Markey's Lobster Seabrook NH

Markey's Lobster Pool Seabrook, N.H (photo by Eric)

Eat some lobster with waterfront views Markey’s Lobster Pool in Seabrook, N.H., is one of those classic New England seafood shacks with a no frills dining room, outdoor waterfront dining, order at the counter service, lobster tanks — and fabulous lobster at ridiculously low prices. A few months back, we had one pound lobsters for under $10.00! We also recommend the lobster roll, fried Clam plates and New England clam chowder. This is one of those places you’ll be thinking of in the winter, so take advantage of Markey’s being open. One wishes they were open year-round!

Photo of Swan Boat ride, Boston

Swan Boat Ride, Boston, Mass. (photo by Eric)

Ride a Swan Boat at Boston Public Garden — This famous Boston travel attraction is strictly seasonal, so take advantage of the 15 minute ride through the Boston Public Gardens area on a boat with plastic but rather charming-looking large swans. Boston Public Garden is a virtual oasis (and walker’s delight) with its fountains, flower beds and trees!  The Swan Boat ride is extremely affordable: $2.75 for adults, $1.50 for children and seniors $2.00.

Image of Newport Cliff Walk, Newport R.I.

Newport Cliff Walk, Newport, R.I. (photo by Eric H.)

Go take a hike The free 3.5 mile Cliff Walk in Newport, R.I., affords many spectacular beach, ocean, cliff side and Newport mansion views along the eastern shore. The walk begins at Eastern or First Beach at Memorial Blvd., with parking at First Beach or Narragansett Ave. Farther in the hike, the path is not as well -paved, so be aware of your surroundings as there are some steep drop-offs!

Photo of Brookfield Orchards, North Brookfield MA

Brookfield Orchards, Brookfield, Mass. (photo by Eric)

Start fall early by picking apples Many apple orchards have apple picking available around Labor Day Weekend.. A staff employee at Brookfield Orchards in North Brookfield, Mass., told me that Paula Red apples should be available to pick at that time. The orchards are beautiful — overlooking hills and valleys — the air is fresh and there’s even a large country store on the premises. Be sure not to miss the homemade apple dumplings with vanilla ice cream and cheddar cheese!

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Long Sands Beach 8X10 unframed photo print

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