8 Days In The North East

This previous fall Shawn and I took our first journey ever to the East Coast. I had been daydreaming of staying on Martha’s Winery, taking within the sights of Maine, and seeing what Boston is all about for years however had by no means sat down and put pen to paper [and a lot of google searches] for what the perfect plan to journey the Northeast could be.

It seems, I ought to have completed this years in the past as a result of wow, it didn’t disappoint.

  • We traveled in late September [September 20 – 28th to be exact] which proved to be an incredible time to journey out East! The climate was nonetheless heat, however not too heat [think low 70’s] and whereas we had been every week or two early for the leaves to show, we had been capable of see the early indicators of the colours they had been about to get and I can guarantee you, fall within the Northeast is gorgeous!
  • We felt like 8 days was an sufficient period of time to do all the things that we did. We would not have wished it to be shorter, but additionally felt like we would not have wished it longer. We had been capable of do all the things we wished and nonetheless had time to easily calm down!
  • We flew out and in of Boston Worldwide for our trip!
  • We did hire a automobile for all the size of our journey, regardless that we did not use it all the time [we didn’t take it over to Martha’s Vineyard / Nantucket], Whereas we might have tried to Uber from the Boston airport to the ferry touchdown we departed from, we did not wish to should depend on discovering an Uber and figured by the point we paid for 2 hours and a half Uber rides it could value greater than paying for the rental automobile for these days we did not use it!
  • As you undergo our itinerary beneath, I put in daring all the names of the lodges and eating places we stayed at for simple navigation!

DAY 1: Journey to Martha’s Winery

We flew from our native airport to Boston Worldwide airport and arrived someday within the afternoon. After choosing up our rental automobile from the airport, we made the 90-minute drive to the ferry touchdown at Woods Gap to abord the Steamship Authority ferry to take us to Martha’s Winery. They’ve ferries that run repeatedly all through the day and also you needn’t purchase tickets forward of time is what I used to be informed. Be aware: You’ll be able to take a automobile on this ferry, however it’s a must to have your spot rented forward of time! I beloved that they served beer and wine [and snacks] and you might simply sit and benefit from the surroundings for the 45-minute journey!

As soon as we arrived at Martha’s Winery, we obtained an Uber to take us to our resort, Harbor View Lodge, the place we stayed for 3 nights! We beloved the resort and would advocate it 100%! It’s positioned in Edgartown on Martha’s Winery the place so most of the eating places and buying are. We had been inside strolling distance to most issues we wished to do on the island [and for when we couldn’t walk, they did offer complimentary bicycles and had 3 Mercedes-Benz vehicles you could use for a couple of hours at a time!] There was an important pool space and a scrumptious restaurant on web site! The evening we arrived we resolve to remain put and eat at their restaurant, bettiniwhich we beloved!

DAY 2: Martha’s Winery

We walked to breakfast [which would be where we would end up walking every day because we loved it so much] to Amongst The Flowers Cafe, It is a cute little cafe actually nestled in with flowers throughout and had an important number of breakfast choices!

We then spent the morning and afternoon strolling round city taking within the scenes of Edgartown which is such an enthralling city on the water. We at lunch at The Seafood Shanty for a spot with a view of the water!

We undoubtedly took benefit of buying at Winery Vines, which was originated on the island.

After buying, consuming lunch, and lounging on the resort pool, we determined to take one of many resort’s complimentary automobiles and make the drive to Aquinnah, which is on the opposite aspect of the island and completely price seeing! It is a phenomenal place to see a lighthouse, stroll on a path right down to the seaside, and snap some pictures!

On the best way again from Aquinnah to the resort, we stopped at Nancy’s for his or her well-known Soiled Bananas, which howdy scrumptious [and strong], They’re a Martha’s Winery should!

Whereas as regards to meals [let’s be real, what else do you do on vacation?] we had our greatest meal of the journey at 19 Uncooked Oyster Bar, Be aware to self: order each aspect potential [including the gnocchi and Au gratin potatoes] and put together to be delighted.

DAY 3: Nantucket

On our second full day on Martha’s Winery, we determined to take a ferry [we used Hy-Line Cruises] over to Nantucket to discover and spend the day! It is an hour and a half ferry journey and I might say is totally price doing while you’re on Martha’s Winery to see Nantucket! The minute we arrived on Nantucket I knew I used to be going to adore it [so much so I wish we would have booked a night or two here!] Between the unimaginable yachts, brick streets, restaurant after restaurant, and all the allure that there’s to absorb, it is a must-do whereas on the east coast!

First cease – lunch at Citywhich arms down had the perfect truffle fries I’ve ever had and I am nonetheless dreaming about them to this present day.

After a cocktail, I used to be satisfied that we completely should hire scooters to journey across the island which was equally horrifying and wonderful on the identical time. Being that I’ve by no means pushed a scooter [or any motorized thing with less than 4 wheels] there was undoubtedly a studying curve, however I survived and driving by the roads of Nantucket with my little turtle head wanting helmet gave me the precise feeling of being in Dumb and Dumber which was price each second of close to dying.

After Shawn could not take the anxiousness of me almost killing myself, he determined we needed to be completed with the scooters so we returned them just a few hours early [there goes that money] and wound up at a much less anxious place, The Juice Barfor ice cream.

Whereas I want we might have stayed and had dinner at Nantucket, we needed to catch the ferry again to Martha’s Winery so we ended up consuming at The Lookout again at MV for a really informal dinner!

DAY 4: Boston

It was a tragic morning to say goodbye to Martha’s Winery, however we had been able to preserve the journey shifting alongside and soak up new to us, by no means seen earlier than surroundings! We loaded up on The Steamship Authority ferry to move again to the place our automobile was parked on the Wooden’s Gap to get in our rental automobile and head to Boston for the day and evening!

We first checked into our resort, The Langhamwhich was positioned in an important spot to stroll throughout city [and close to our evening plans which consisted of eating in Little Italy],

For our day of exploring, we ate lunch at Florina Pizzeria [just a small little spot to sit down and get a slice or two of some delicious pizza!] From there we walked round and made our solution to The Seaport District, which is such a cool neighborhood and space of ​​Boston. We hit up The Lookout Rooftop Bar on prime of the Lodge Envoy for a cocktail [or three] and easily loved the views and dialog for fairly some time.

That night, we went to the neighborhood of Little Italy, which is without doubt one of the fundamental causes I wished to journey to Boston! I’m a sucker for all issues Italian meals and WHOA, does this place have Italian meals. It’s actually simply road after road lined with old school Italian-looking buildings and eating places. The world was hoppin’ and I felt like I’ve by no means been happier consuming someplace. We opted for Giacomo’s [tip: it is a cash-only restaurant so come prepared!] and loved one of many higher Italian meals I’ve ever had. From there we made our solution to Trendy Pastry the place we crammed up a field of insane-looking desserts to get pleasure from in our room and sure, it was by this time I could not button my pants anymore.

DAY 5: Rockport, Massachusetts

As a result of we apparently did not eat sufficient the evening earlier than, we ventured off to Cafe Bonjour for breakfast in Boston earlier than heading out which en, it’s essential to eat right here. It was completely great!

After consuming sufficient to make sure we could not button our pants, we took off from Boston and made our solution to Rockport, MA which was lower than an hour’s drive from the town. Rockport is the cutest fishing village with such a classic and rustic allure to it. From the previous painted homes to all the little boats floating round, it is a must-stop! There are a number of retailers + eating places to stroll round and luxuriate in. We ate at Roy Moore’s Fish Shack Restaurant which was an important spot!

After spending just a few hours in Rockport, we made our solution to our closing vacation spot and resort keep for the journey, Cliff Home Maine Lodge, positioned in Cape Neddick, Maine. Whereas it was a splurge [it was our 15 wedding anniversary so we sprung for an oceanfront suite], it was arms down essentially the most lovely resort I’ve ever stayed in. From the ocean views to the superbly cozy nautical embellished rooms, the stay music within the foyer, choices of a number of on-site eating places, and really pleasant and accomodating workers, it was a resort keep I’ll always remember!

That night we ate at Nubbs Lobster Shack which is on the resort for an informal dinner, listened to stay music within the foyer, and ended the night within the sizzling tub overlooking the ocean.

DAY 6: Cliff Home Important + Oguinquit

Should you keep at Cliff Home Maine, do your self a favor and make the brief drive to stroll The Marginal Method within the close by city of Oguinquit. It is such a phenomenal solution to begin your day and get some ocean air.

We spent many of the day hanging by the pool, within the sizzling tub, having fun with cocktails, and enjoyable the day away!

That night we ventured again to the city of Oguinquit to stroll across the retailers, have a drink at The Entrance Porch Piano Bar, and ate dinner at The Maine Catch [which Shawn loved!]

DAY 7: Kennebunkport

One week in and we had been nonetheless going robust. Solely half-hour away from the resort is the city of Kennebunkport which is an absolute should in case you are staying at Cliff Home Maine [or if you’re in the general area at all!] It’s such a phenomenal city that sits proper on the water with so many charming retailers and eating places to get pleasure from. We ate lunch at The Boathouse which was an important environment proper on the water.

After making our method again to the resort, we ate at their fancy dinner spot, The Tiller, which sits proper over the ocean.

Day 8: Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Went to Portsmouth

Drinks and apps at Barrio

DAY 9: Journey House

Flew House from Boston Airport

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