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New England travel gift ideas #1

Posted by Patricia Harris  December 3, 2010 06:18 PM

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1802 House winter.jpg Last year we offered a lifeline to last-minute shoppers with a list of suggestions of New England travel experiences that their friends and family members might enjoy. We hope that we helped spread a little joy and made life a little easier for the gift-challenged among us. In that spirit we thought we would offer some suggestions a little bit earlier this year. A getaway to an inn or bed and breakfast is sort of the Snuggie of gifts--one-size-fits-all. But you won’t have to worry about your gift-giving choice being turned into a You Tube parody.

To keep things really classy, Kennebunkport, Maine, has a rich concentration of old homes that have been converted into lodgings with a lot of character. Six of them are loosely banded together as the Historic Inns of Kennebunkport. As part of the town’s 11 days of Christmas Prelude activities, the inns will each host an open house on Saturday, December 11 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. so that visitors can ogle the Christmas decorations and sample holiday treats. All of the inns offer gift certificates, so you can check them out and match the place to the personality of the lucky recipient. We don’t want to encourage you to procrastinate, but the 1802 House is offering discounts on gift certificates purchased through December 31.

Open House donation $5 benefits local food pantry. For details see www.kportinns.com and www.christmasprelude.com.

--Patricia Harris & David Lyon
Photo courtesy of 1802 House

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