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New York to Sugarloaf

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
Anyone have any idea how the best way is to drive from NYC to Sugarloaf and how long it will take? I did a mapquest, but that seems to come pretty close to Boston and I am worried about traffic..

Thanks
post #2 of 27
what time of day are you planning on hitting the Boston area? It's 4 hours from Boston. Perhaps I can recommend a less crowded route to get around Boston.
post #3 of 27
Thread Starter 
We would be hitting boston probably around 7-9 am Friday morning,depending on how fast I can get my wife up in the morning
post #4 of 27
There's really only one way to go from NYC to dar Loaf.
I-95 to I-84 to I-90 to I-290 to I-495 to I-95 to I-495 (Maine) to Rte 4 and north.

Sometimes the 290/495 merge can be a real pain, but you shouldn't have too much trouble that hour on a Friday. It seems worst on a Saturday in the summer when the entire east coast is heading up to Maine for a week's vacation.

I've driven to Sugarloaf twice via NH, but wouldn't recommend it unless you want a much longer scenic route. Go via the recommended route. I made it from Brideport to the Loaf in ~6 hrs. last time I went, but it was an emergency 8 pm departure to beat a snowstorm.
post #5 of 27
Your other option is to go up I-91 to St. Johnsbury, VT, then take the Rt 2 to Rt 3 to 110 to 16 (Moose Alley) and come in the other way.
post #6 of 27
The road numbers have changed. Now you just stay on 95 through Mass, New Hampshire and into Maine. Then get off at exit 75 (used to be 12) and follow 4 to 27 north. It is pretty direct. I think your best bet is going through Boston which shouldn't be bad at that time.
post #7 of 27
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Originally Posted by madbee
The road numbers have changed. Now you just stay on 95 through Mass, New Hampshire and into Maine. Then get off at exit 75 (used to be 12) and follow 4 to 27 north. It is pretty direct. I think your best bet is going through Boston which shouldn't be bad at that time.
It might be easier to remember, but I-95 all the way is 25 miles longer than the route I mentioned, and has more traffic, so why would you want to go that route? :

Trust me, from NYC, there's no reason to go through Boston. The more time spent OFF of I-95, the better. It's all Interstate to Portland either way, save time and mileage via the I-84 route at Hartford.
post #8 of 27
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Originally Posted by carvemeister
There's really only one way to go from NYC to dar Loaf.
I-95 to I-84 to I-90 to I-290 to I-495 to I-95 to I-495 (Maine) to Rte 4 and north.
Agreed. However, it depends on where you're coming out of NYC. You can take 95 to either Route 8 or 91 to catch 84, or you can take the thruway up and catch 84 in Newburgh. Also, I haven't found 290 to save much time as you have to go through Worcester. I usually take the Mass Pike (90) right to 495.

Are you heading up for Reggae Fest?
post #9 of 27
What about an airplane? That's a wicked long drive.
post #10 of 27
People with NY plates get shot as soon as they cross the Maine border.

My wife is a Mainer so I am exempt.

I would go through Boston and take 95 all the way up to 27 like Madbee suggested.

There is no more 495 in Maine. Stupid mile marker exits, blah.

Maine also recently adopted EZ Pass but NH still isn't onboard yet.
post #11 of 27
Thread Starter 
Airfares are unreal.. something like $700 from NY to Portland. The other thoughts about flying are by the time we get to the airport, check in, fly, wait for our luggage, rent a car and drive 2 hours, how much time would we really save?

We are thinking about this weekend for a long weekend if we can figure out a way to get there without killing ourselves or each other..

We have lodging and lift tix available, so would hate for them to go to waste!
post #12 of 27
Make sure you go to the Bag & Kettle and get a Bagburger. They also have cheesburger soup on Thurs and Sundays I think. Their pizza and beer aren't bad either.

If you have never been there then you should definately go.
post #13 of 27
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Originally Posted by Scalce
I would go through Boston and take 95 all the way up to 27 like Madbee suggested.
You guys from halfway between NYC and Maine are killing me. Can you give me one good reason why I'd want to add 25 miles and go directly through your favorite city?

I know it's lovely and all that, but how do you figure that's the best way? Please explain the reasons(s) why it's better than the shorter route? If I'm missing something, I'd like to know what it is. :
post #14 of 27
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Originally Posted by jalexander
Airfares are unreal.. something like $700 from NY to Portland. The other thoughts about flying are by the time we get to the airport, check in, fly, wait for our luggage, rent a car and drive 2 hours, how much time would we really save?

We are thinking about this weekend for a long weekend if we can figure out a way to get there without killing ourselves or each other..

We have lodging and lift tix available, so would hate for them to go to waste!
Drive to Sugarloaf. It's not all that bad for a long weekend. In the spring, when the roads are good (Maine frost heaves aside) and you have a longer day to drive before it gets dark, it's worth the trip. You don't save much time with all this local flying shiite, like you said, and then you can't bring 4 pairs of skis either.

I might be driving to the Loaf myself in 2 weeks if I can round up the troops. Love the Loaf.
post #15 of 27
AZ and Carvemeister are right. Between 7-9AM 95 north from the Pike can be hell. I agree w/AZ to stay on the Pike and pick up 495North in Mass to avoid 290 in Worcester. You can boogie on 495north w/some congestion at the 93 interchange at that hour.
post #16 of 27
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Originally Posted by carvemeister
You guys from halfway between NYC and Maine are killing me. Can you give me one good reason why I'd want to add 25 miles and go directly through your favorite city?

I know it's lovely and all that, but how do you figure that's the best way? Please explain the reasons(s) why it's better than the shorter route? If I'm missing something, I'd like to know what it is. :
Sorry I should have been more exact. I didn't mean to drive right through Boston. I had a momentary brain fart.

I think a combination of your way and Madbee's way is the best.

http://members.bellatlantic.net/~jscalcio/NY.pdf
post #17 of 27
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Originally Posted by jalexander
We have lodging and lift tix available, so would hate for them to go to waste!
Definitely DO NOT let them go to waste! Sugarloaf is my favorite by far. If you've never been, you have to go. Suck it up and make the 9 or whatever hour drive it is. You won't regret it and you only live once. The place is magical. I'll be there for Reggae Fest in a short 10 days! Cannot wait!
post #18 of 27
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Originally Posted by Scalce
Sorry I should have been more exact. I didn't mean to drive right through Boston. I had a momentary brain fart.

I think a combination of your way and Madbee's way is the best.

http://members.bellatlantic.net/~jscalcio/NY.pdf
Very nice map job Scalce. You are forgiven. Aside from my little jaunt along 290, that's the route I was talking about. I think I'll take AZ's advice next time however and take I-90 to 495 instead, since there always seems to be some kind of construction near Worchester, although I've rarely had a big problem that way.
post #19 of 27
7.5 hours aint bad.

It took me that long during the Feb 10th blizzard to go from Boston to Sugarloaf.
post #20 of 27
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Originally Posted by carvemeister
Very nice map job Scalce. You are forgiven. Aside from my little jaunt along 290, that's the route I was talking about. I think I'll take AZ's advice next time however and take I-90 to 495 instead, since there always seems to be some kind of construction near Worchester, although I've rarely had a big problem that way.
How about the Thruway to 84 though? That way you can avoid Stamford, Bridgeport and New Haven on 95. However, you then need to deal with Danbury and Waterbury (a lot of construction there right now) so it may be a wash. Don't know how it compares, mileage-wise.
post #21 of 27
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Originally Posted by AlpineZone
How about the Thruway to 84 though? That way you can avoid Stamford, Bridgeport and New Haven on 95. However, you then need to deal with Danbury and Waterbury (a lot of construction there right now) so it may be a wash. Don't know how it compares, mileage-wise.
The NY Thruway is too far west, and it's not a particularly good ride. A better choice is Taconic Pway to I84, or even all the way to I90.

BK
post #22 of 27
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Originally Posted by jalexander
Airfares are unreal.. something like $700 from NY to Portland.
Lowest Air Fare to Bangor is only $261/pp on AA according to Yahoo travel. My client who has a business 1 hour from Bangor flys from San Diego every other week, it is not too bad.
post #23 of 27
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Originally Posted by Bode Klammer
The NY Thruway is too far west, and it's not a particularly good ride. A better choice is Taconic Pway to I84, or even all the way to I90.

BK
Whoops. I meant 684. I guess it depends on where you're leaving NYC...
post #24 of 27
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Originally Posted by AlpineZone
How about the Thruway to 84 though? That way you can avoid Stamford, Bridgeport and New Haven on 95. However, you then need to deal with Danbury and Waterbury (a lot of construction there right now) so it may be a wash. Don't know how it compares, mileage-wise.
BK is right. The Thruway is too far west (especially from L.I.). The only time I take the Thruway is to go to Killington via Whitehall, or for NY areas.

My personal preference is to take the Hutch to the Merritt/Wilbur Cross Pkwy to I-91. Although that's mostly a daytime, good weather preference. The Taconic is another road I avoid whenever possible unless it's dry and daylight. Too windy, narrow, and the constant flickering of headlights from the guardrails on the Taconic drives me nuts at night. I take the Taconic only to go to Jiminy Peak.
post #25 of 27
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Originally Posted by carvemeister
BK is right. The Thruway is too far west (especially from L.I.). The only time I take the Thruway is to go to Killington via Whitehall, or for NY areas.

My personal preference is to take the Hutch to the Merritt/Wilbur Cross Pkwy to I-91. Although that's mostly a daytime, good weather preference. The Taconic is another road I avoid whenever possible unless it's dry and daylight. Too windy, narrow, and the constant flickering of headlights from the guardrails on the Taconic drives me nuts at night. I take the Taconic only to go to Jiminy Peak.
A lot of people don't like Taconic, but it's still the fastest way from LI to almost all of Vermont (east of 100), the Berkshires, the Adirondacks and parts of the northern Catskills.

BK
post #26 of 27
Damn New Yorkers with all your big city driving mumbo jumbo.
post #27 of 27
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Originally Posted by Scalce
Damn New Yorkers with all your big city driving mumbo jumbo.
You're just mad cause I still have my SL:11 World Cups, and you don't.
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