Traveling Through New England (Part 2)

When we last left off, I was describing the first few days of the trip my husband and I took last week while our youngest three were at summer camp. The camp is located in Western New York, so after dropping them off, we drove several hours to Portland, Maine, stopping at some beautiful places along the way. You can get all the details of the first part of our trip here.

After a couple days in Portland, we drove to Boston. We were there as a family a few years ago and did the Freedom Trail and historical sights. This time we had fun exploring a different section of the city. Highlights included a fantastic seafood dinner on a restaurant terrace and a stroll through Boston's Public Gardens.


We also enjoyed walking down Commonwealth Avenue to look at the beautiful homes.



It was a perfect evening and I bought this painting from a street vendor to remember it by. He did a much better job representing the homes on Commonwealth Avenue than any photograph I could have taken!

The next morning, it was off to Martha's Vineyard. We rode the ferry over and enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of bike riding around the island. These two pictures sum it up in my mind. Adorable gingerbread cottages with hanging baskets and picturesque white clapboard houses with beautiful hydrangeas and white picket fences. They both just sing out summer living!




Friday was our last kid-free day, so we drove to Newport, Rhode Island to see the historical mansions. They are truly a sight to behold. We did the Cliff Walk behind them bordering the Atlantic Ocean, too.




Such a marvelous place. I would have liked to have had at least one more day there to do some tours, but camp pick up was bright and early the next morning and we still had a six hour drive to get back to that area Friday night.

I have to say we thoroughly enjoyed our week together. It was a real treat to have my husband off work and "home" for an extended period of time. He travels a lot, so to have uninterrupted time together was wonderful!

Of course, we were glad to pick up these three happy campers Saturday morning.


My son was so relieved to land back in Nashville that he kissed the ground! It really stretched him to go all week with no sports coverage and no electronics. The girls, on the other hand, would have happily stayed longer. I guess that bodes well for another get away for us next year! 




25 comments:

  1. Oh those houses are gorgeous. I love walking around looking at houses, especially around Christmas. Oh so pretty! It looks like a great trip. I hope you have a great day.

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    1. Thanks, Leslie! They were beautiful and I'm sure they're all decked out at Christmas!

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  2. Loved your photos, Marie!
    I enjoy 'travelling' with fellow bloggers through their photos and stories.
    So happy that you had a wonderful time!
    Thanks for sharing with us :0)

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    1. Thanks, Suzanne! I appreciate you reading! :)

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  3. Great pictures!! I would love to visit up there sometime. I bet you and your husband had a great time vacationing together kid free! :)

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    1. We did, Chelsea! It was fun to experience new things together!

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  4. Thanks for sharing this trip! Boston is another place I hope to visit someday. I can't believe you start school on Friday. We still have a month, but our kids didn't get out until the 3rd week of June.

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    1. I know, it's back to school early here. Hope you're having a great summer! :)

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  5. Looks like a fabulous trip. Have been to Boston and Martha's Vineyard on vacation and both are amazing places to visit. Looks like I'll have to check out Newport next time I'm over there.
    Happy to hear that the kids had a great time at camp. My daughter has applied to work for Camp America next year & can't wait to head over there!

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  6. Aw your photos look lovely, hope you enjoyed your child free few days!!
    Summer camp seems so much fun, we don't really have it over here in the UK.
    Lianne | TheBrunetteSays...

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  7. What a wonderful vacation and beautiful place to boast. Those houses are just lovely and I envy you for just setting your sights at them! I'd love to live in that neighborhood just for the view of those gorgeous houses.

    Maria
    cmntsblog.wordpress.com

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  8. Your children are darling!

    I love your pictures of your trip, everything is so green, flowering and beautiful.

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  9. Oh, that brick house in Newport looks amazing! Were you able to go inside? I'm so curious to know how many rooms are in the house.

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    1. You can tour some of the homes (I'm not sure about that one), but we didn't have time that afternoon. I think it would be really neat though!

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  10. Gorgeous photos, I went to Martha's Vineyard on a school exchange a few years ago and i fell in love with it instantly. Such a beautiful place #sharewithme

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    1. That sounds fun! Definitely a special place!

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  11. It was so nice to visit with you today. I woke up from my vacation at the Outer Banks wondering how my girls were doing from Where Two Or More and was pleasantly surprised by part two of your journey. Thanks for sharing and God Bless.

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  12. Oh what beautiful pictures! I just love old character homes... that painting is stunning too!

    School starts on Friday?! Wow.

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo

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  13. This place is so beatiful. I lived in CT for a couple of months but I never got to visit these places. Thanks for sharing with us! Priscila

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  14. Looks amazing! Thanks for sharing your trip with us. It's definitely a place I would love to visit. :)

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  15. The houses here are beautiful, aren't they? Looks like you had a wonderful holiday, Boston is so lovely, I feel very lucky to live here :) I'm adding lots of places on to my 'to visit' list having read your posts!

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    1. I think it looks like a great place to live. So much to see and do!

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  16. What a wonderful holiday for you all! #MagicMoments

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  17. WOW part 2, love it. I was worried you were going to make me wait a week for the second phase. Glad you didn't. Love love all the house photos. Picture perfect for sure. The last one of the kiddos is a framer! So cute. I bet it's hard to disconnect from media and internet but also great to make those memories together. Amazing holiday together. Some beautiful places have now been added to my must see in USA list now too. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

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  18. wow this looks like a truly stunning place!

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

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