Friday, October 25, 2019

New England Road Trip - Boston to Portland

It's been a little over a month since I returned from my New England road trip. Three girlfriends and I drove the Massachusetts and Maine coast, with a stop in beautiful Acadia National Park. The first two days of our trip were spent in Massachusetts. I had never been to the state so it was fun to see two different parts, both with their own unique characteristics. Over the next couple weeks, I'm going to share our full itinerary, complete with recommendations for planning your own trip. Up first: Day 1 and 2.


DAY 1: BOSTON
The four of us arrived in Boston that morning, so we were a little tired - the first thing we did was check into the hotel. We stayed right by the airport at The Embassy Suites, which was perfect. Once we got settled, we set out downtown. Before exploring, we ate brunch at The Paramount. It was a true diner feel, with the cooks making the food right there. It was beyond crowded, but totally worth it. We then walked around Beacon Hill, but once it started to pour rain, we stopped into The Sevens Ale House for a quick drink. Once the rain let up, we walked to Boston Public Garden. The rain made everything so green! Our goal was to find the Freedom Trail, but somehow we missed it. We did see a couple items on the Freedom Trail list, so we counted that as a win. That night, we went to dinner at Trillium, a brewery in the heart of Fort Point Boston. Afterwards, we met up with some friends who live in the city for drinks at Cisco Brewers Seaport (a beer garden) and Empire (an Asian lounge). 


DAY 2: HARVARD + PORTLAND
The night before was pretty late, so we let ourselves sleep in a bit. Once we had breakfast, we headed to Harvard's campus. Can you really visit Boston without seeing one of the most famous universities? We walked around, enjoying all the brick that surrounds the campus. Before making the first leg of our drive to Acadia, we stopped into Tatte Bakery & Cafe for a snack. Highly recommend it! It was the cutest place and had some seriously delicious pastries. Our first stop on our drive to Acadia was to Allagash Brewing Company. We, unfortunately, missed the last tour, but that didn't stop us from each getting a flight to try the different beers. We then had dinner at Sea Dog Brewing Co, which sadly, was not the best decision. We agreed that of all the places we ate during the trip, it was our least favorite. After dinner, we drove the remaining three hours to Acadia National Park, where we almost immediately went to bed. In Bar Harbor, we stayed at the Holiday Inn Bar Harbor Regency.


The next part of our trip was by far my favorite! Just wait until you see all the incredible photos from Acadia National Park.
Stay tuned!

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