12 States. 7 Days. Endless cups of coffee. And we only got mistaken for sisters twice.
Last fall my mom and I traveled to every state in New England. We decided since we were driving to Maine we would take I-95 up the entire Eastern Seaboard. It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime trip. We paid our weight in tolls up the coast and then took the scenic route back home. We left Virginia with our GPS set to Portland, ME.
Day One// The first day of our trip we woke up in Philadelphia after a late night arrival. We had never been there before so all we knew we wanted to do was eat a famous Philly cheesesteak, run up the “Rocky Steps,” and see where National Treasure was filmed. Oh yeah, and it just so happened that the Declaration of Independence was signed there too.
We did our homework beforehand and scheduled a tour of the city, which was phenomenal. We asked everyone we met where they got their cheesesteak. Everyone said a different place and we were so hungry so we just went to the place closest to us. After a late night visit to the “Rocky Steps,” we called it a day.
Day Two// We had planned on spending one night in Philadelphia; however, we found we liked the city so much we stayed a second night and get up super early the next day. After grabbing some coffee and filling up our tank, we got back on I-95 and drove the longest in a day we had driven. Destination: Providence, RI.
On the way we drove through New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and finally Rhode Island. Along the way we spent some time in New Haven and took a tour of Yale. Typical Rory and Lorelai walking around Branford with coffee in hand. Sad we never did see Logan or any of the Life and Death Brigade. However, we did drink really good coffee and took a tour of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
We arrived at our hotel in Providence, right around the corner of Brown University, later that evening. We were exhausted after our long day and took a shuttle to an Italian restaurant highly recommended by locals. The food was good, but not a huge fan overall.
Day Three// After a great night’s sleep we walked over to a local coffee shop that the girls at the hotel said was superb and for good reason. After we were fully caffeinated, we hit the road again. Today the destination was Portland, ME. Along the way we stopped in Boston to see the Paul Revere House. We got into town as the entire city held a parade in our honor. Well, in reality, they had just won the World Series, but we didn’t know that yet, so just let us think it was for us.
My friend from Boston (thanks G!) had written an itinerary for us and a restaurant list so we were ready for the day. After getting through the madness of the celebration we got back on the road and drove through Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and finally Maine. We hit the state just as the weather was changing into fall. Maine was beautiful and gloomy all at the same time. After a long three days of travel, we treated ourselves to room service and Netflix (National Treasure, of course).
Stay tuned for part 2 of our whirlwind one week tour of New England. It was an amazing trip and we drank some really great coffee along the way. I found that I really do like New England and it’s people.
Have any of you been to New England. If so I’d love to hear about it. Drop me a line or comment below of your favorite restaurants or things to do. Until next time, don’t forget to call your grandma.