So, busy again. What can I say?! Well, I can say that I had typed out almost the entire post, and then it disappeared on me, so apologies if this is a less than stellar post. Imagine my frustration when I finally found 30 minutes to sit down and type this….only to have it wipe away because this darn blog has been less than user friendly the last 3 posts I have written.
Anywho…so I’ve been busy….growing a human, traveling, working…and when I am home, I have had showers and events and been trying to get the baby’s room ready. Not a lot of down time, but want to update you guys!
My uncle and his partner moved to Rhode Island last year, and we’ve been discussing a trip. At first we discussed driving my grandparents up and back, but then I decided that was probably too time consuming and painful for this pregnant lady, so they went up a few weeks ago and me and mom flew to Boston week before last.
I had actually never been north of NYC, so this was all new and exciting to me. I was even excited seeing the Boston Harbor from the airplane as we descended into Boston Logan. We quickly got our rental car and set off. Now, I knew traffic and roads would be different than in Houston, but man o man….it was slow going EVERYWHERE. The towns aren’t more than 15 miles apart, but it could take 30-45 minutes! I can see why people tend to stay around their own area.
Our first stop was Salem Mass where we explored some old historic cemeteries, ate a great lunch, walked the water, and met some locals (I live for their accents!).
Here we are in one of the cemeteries looking for the oldest head stones. We found one or two from the late 1700′s, but tons from the early 1800′s. It was pretty cool.
Then we walked around the water and saw the Friendship ship, which you can read about here.
From here we continued on 1A, the scenic route, up to Newburytown where we looked around for lighthouses and just drove around town. It turns out, not all of the lighthouses are accessible by their physical address. We learned this the hard way, after driving on some private roads, and also coming across one that was no longer in existence.
It was now around dinner time, so went on to Portsmouth, NH which was the cutest town ever! I loved it here. We headed to grab dinner in the downtown area at the Portsmouth Brewery. I love beer, so we and mom sampled some of the local beer. Wish I could have had more than a taste, definitely next time! New England is known for having great craft beer!
When we finished dinner, we walked around a bit, got a sweet treat to share, and then looked at some menus to plot our breakfast spot. We stayed at Wentworth by the Sea, which was across the river in New Castle. If you’ve noticed, I gravitate to Marriotts because that is where my husband likes to stay and we get lots of points so we can continue traveling (by getting free rooms!). This didn’t disappointed. We loved it so much we wished we were staying two nights! The hotel is located in a historic building, one beautiful grounds, where they have a private marine, tennis courts, indoor heated pool, and gym. We had a balcony with a great river view too. It was amazing.
View of the room at night….
And one in the morning…..
The next morning we continued a tour of Portsmouth where we saw more downtown and historic sites, and toured the USS Albacore (a submarine from WWII), then headed on up the road to Maine.
We stopped in a super cute town of Olgunquit, ME first. They have some great beaches and great restaurants.
Then we were off to Kennenbunkport, ME: the vacation spot of presidents. The Bush’s have a compound here on Walker Point (see picture below). It is such a relaxing and fun little town. We holed up here for two nights, saw some great places, ate some great food (including Mabel’s where we got the New England special), bought trinkets for the family and baby, and I had an especially great run along the beach.
The main house of the Bush compound. There were 3 or so others….I guess for all the secret service people??
While we were staying in Maine, we decided to drive up to Portland, just to see what it had to offer. It was a nice place for a bigger city, but didn’t have the charm as the little villages did, so we tooled around for 2-3 hours, then headed back to our little hideaway.
On Sunday, we droveto RI, picked up my Uncles and headed to Newport. We did part of the cliff walk to see some of the mansions and the school, and toured Marble House. I snuck one picture of Alva Vanderbuilt’s bedroom. It was pretty cool to hear how they lived and what they did during their 3 summer months in Newport. It is a world unto its own.
Monday we drove out to the Cape, then to Plymouth to see where the Pilgrims landed. And Tuesday, before we left, we just hung around Providence. Funny how its the capital, and only has 178,000 people. The suburb of Houston I grew up in has 136,000 to put that in perspective. BUT, Providence has everything you could ever need, and everything is so close.
Overall, we had the best time just hanging with family and having downtime. It was definitely a unique area of the country to visit.
HAPPY MOTHER’S Day!