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Boston Restaurant Blog -- October, 2005

Sunday, October 2, 2005

A Fall Foliage Trip, Including A Few New Hampshire Restaurants

Went up to New Hampshire and western Maine over the weekend to check out the fall foliage, or lack thereof. Everything was green up in Northern New England, though we did go far enough north to find some color.

On the way up to Sunday River near Bethel, Maine on Saturday, we stopped for an early lunch (or in my case, a late breakfast) at the Glen Junction Family Restaurant in Glen, NH. I've been there before, and love the place; good, cheap food in a friendly atmosphere, and the famous electric train that goes around and around along the walls as you eat.

We continued on to Sunday River after lunch. Bethel was quiet, with many places closed for the ski season, so we left the condo complex and finally found some foliage in the beautiful Grafton Notch State Park, then we went down through the even more scenic Thirteen Mile Woods between Errol and Berlin, ending up just west of Bethel in the little town of Gorham. We stopped for dinner in Gorham at J's Corner, an old-fashioned family restaurant with steak, chicken, and seafood. J's Corner is one of those places that only seem to exist in mountain towns like Gorham, and while my steak would not fare well against the $50 steaks in Boston, it was good enough, and a great deal at $14.95.

On Sunday, after a white-knuckle drive along Route 113 through Evans Notch, we ended up having a great breakfast at Bea's Cafe in Glen, a tiny restaurant near the Glen Junction Family Restaurant. After breakfast, we headed back down Route 16 to Portsmouth, where we had lunch at Tequila Jacks, a decent Mexican restaurant near the center of Portsmouth. Tequila Jacks is a good restaurant in a town full of great restaurants, so I'm not sure I'll go back. From there, it was back to Boston and the end of a fun foliage trip, green leaves notwithstanding!

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