How long has it been since you’ve taken a road trip? Hit the back roads, your “out of office” prominently noted on your emails and your phone on silent. Just you, the sun at your back and a bag of Cheetos by your side. And if you’re really luck you have your Mom riding shot gun, buckled in and ready for an adventure.
About two weeks ago the start of our mother/daughter east coast adventure began! This kicks off a series of blogs that will share our adventures. The good, the bad and the ugly. I’ll share where we went, stayed and ate, along with some the history about the places we visited.
But first, I’d like to introduce you to my Mom! This beautiful woman is full of adventure. She’s a great traveler because she always seems to see the best in any situation. You can travel without reservations, which we’ve done many times, and she never gets worried and half the time is the reason we find an amazing place to stay.
OVERVIEW OF OUR TRIP
If you have a week and want to travel down the coast of Massachusetts, visit the Cape, Vineyard and Connecticut then this is the trip for you. The blue triangles note where we stayed. The dots are additional points of interest. I’ll be posting blogs on each location so circle back or follow my blog to be one of the first to see them.
HOTELS AND LOCATIONS
Hull, MA: Nantasket Beach Resort, 45 Hull Shore Dr, Hull, MA 02045, 781.925.4500
Hull is a bit of a “spring break” town and we didn’t really enjoy the town after dark. There were a lot of motorcycles, loud music and the one restaurant that we would have eaten in which seemed really nice (Jake’s Seafood Restaurant) was packed. The hotel was nice and if you need a place to stay in this town I would recommend it. The people were nice and the rooms were clean with nice views of the ocean. For more about this part of my trip click here: (blog in process, please check back!)
Chatham, MA: Chatham Bars Inn, 297 Shore Rd, Chatham, MA 02633, 800.527.4884
I had never stayed here and we both loved this hotel and it’s location. Exquisitely decorated it was a delight. The food was incredible, the rooms lovely and the service was great. It’s walking distance from downtown but removed from the shops and restaurants that are crowded with tourists. You can stroll along the beach at sunset with a chilled glass of wine. For more about this part of my trip click here: https://photogirltravels.com/2019/06/10/chathams-bar-inn-on-the-cape/
Martha’s Vineyard: Harbor View Inn, 8016, 131 N Water St, Edgartown, MA 02539, 508.939.3150 I have stayed in this beautiful hotel many times and it’s always been one of my favorites. Located in the upscale part of the vineyard in the quaint town of Edgartown, you’ll find this hotel out by the lighthouse. The large wrap around pouch is a charming place to eat appetizers, sip a local beer and play cards. The service is amazing and they take care of you. For more about this part of my trip click here: (blog in process, please check back!)
Stonington, CT: The Inn at Stonington: 60 Water St, Stonington, CT 06378, 860.535.2000 This was one of the nights when we didn’t have reservations. I had read about this hotel and had made a note of it on my map. After we toured the Breakers Hotel in Newport Rhode Island, we called The Inn and Stonington and amazingly enough they had a room! It was beautiful, the town was lovely and we absolutely felt blessed to find this charming inn. We were greeted and felt like we were home and among good friends. They serve wine and cheese in the evenings and you can sit on the deck and watch the boats in the harbor. For more about this part of my trip click here: (blog in process, please check back!)
Old Saybrook, CT: Saybrook Point Inn & Spa: 2 Bridge St, Old Saybrook, CT 06475, 860.395.2000 Truly this was one of the best hotels we’ve ever stayed in. The service was impeccable and John, the bellman, was a treat! The room was luxurious with a view of the harbor. You don’t need to go anywhere when you stay here. You can see the harbor, eat at the restaurant and just enjoy the property. This is a jewel and a beautiful place to stay! For more about this part of my trip click here: https://photogirltravels.com/2019/06/18/escape-to-one-of-the-oldest-towns-in-connecticut-and-stay-at-the-exquisite-saybrook-point-inn-marina-spa/
Other blogs included in this trip include:
Plymouth, MA: South of Boston, Plymouth is the site of the first Pilgrim settlement, founded in 1620. Plymouth Rock, a boulder in Pilgrim Memorial State Park, marks the place where settlers are thought to have landed on shore. The Mayflower II, a full-scale replica of the ship that carried the Pilgrims across the Atlantic, is usually anchored at the park. For more about this part of my trip click here: (blog in process, please check back!)
Duxbury, MA: Duxbury is a historic seaside town in Plymouth County. The highlight of this beautiful town is the French Memories bakery which we loved. 459 Washington St, Duxbury, MA 02331. For more about this part of my trip click here: (blog in process, please check back!)
The Breakers, Mansion in Newport Rhode Island: The Breakers is a Vanderbilt mansion located on Ochre Point Avenue, Newport, Rhode Island, United States. The building became a National Historic Landmark in 1994 and is a gorgeous home to tour! For more about this part of my trip click here: (blog in process, please check back!)
Concord, MA: Hotel: Concord’s Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Square, Concord, MA 01742 (978) 369-9200 Built in 1716, this beautiful historic inn played a key role that lead to the birth a new nation. It’s also listed by the Historic Inns of America as one of the top 25 most haunted historic hotels! The town of Concord is located northwest of Boston, Massachusetts, and is known for the American Revolutionary War sites in Minute Man National Historical Park. A key battle took place at the North Bridge and is commemorated by Daniel Chester French’s Minute Man statue. In the 1800s, Transcendentalist poet Ralph Waldo Emerson drafted his essay “Nature” at the Old Manse. He and writer Henry David Thoreau also frequented Walden Pond. For more about this part of my trip click here: (blog in process, please check back!)
SHELLEY’s TRAVEL TIPS
Before I share our adventures I wanted to talk a little bit about planning a trip. It truly is an art and there are some tips that I can share to help make it easier.
TIP 1: TRIP TRACKER
First, I create a simple spreadsheet to help keep things organized. Below is an example of what you can track. Also, note that I have multiple pages which highlight my notes. I also track confirmation numbers, cancellation policies, and notes. This is a quick glance document that helps you organize your trip. Any other suggestions are appreciated- please drop them in the comments section!
TIP 2: GUIDE BOOK
You may also want to create a Guide Book that has everything you need to know about your trip. I do this in a PowerPoint file and adjust the size of the slide so it’s 8.5 x 11. Below is a screen shot of my guide book. I just take screen shots of my reservations, sights I want to see, places I want to eat, cancellations, airline information, etc. and then print this before I leave. This can be emailed to your friends and family so they know where you are.
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