I have had several questions from readers regarding where we went on our New England anniversary trip so I put together a little itinerary. Our goal was to relax so our days weren’t filled to the brim. My kind of vacation.
We flew to Boston from Charlotte on a one o’clock flight. We hit the road by late afternoon in our economy rental. Mr. C & I had been to Boston so we bypassed the urge to explore. Instead we headed to New Hampshire.
New Castle, New Hampshire/Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Getting out of Boston was a little tricky but it was smooth sailing once we hit the highway. Our destination was the Wentworth Hotel in New Castle. A beautiful, historic resort awaited us. I highly recommend the Wentworth!
The hotel was located in New Castle but we spent most of our time in neighboring Portsmouth. This was my Starrs Hollow. Have I mentioned my love for Gilmore Girls? A sweet little city on the water with cobblestone streets and a multitude of shops. Artsy and cozy and everything we were looking for. Restaurants were plentiful and you could park and walk. Everywhere. Sigh…
After one night in New Castle, we headed 30 minutes north for the town of Ogunquit, Maine. A popular tourist destination, it was no surprise that the town motto is “beautiful place by the sea.” This was a bustling beach community. Nestled among rocky cliffs and the water. It seemed straight from a fairy-tale.
Mr. C & I walked the Marginal Way trail, a mile long path that overlooks the rocks & sea.
We lunched at the famous Oarweed oceanside restaurant and then tackled the multitude of shops in the fishing village of Perkins Cove.
Only twenty minutes north on Route 1A was our final destination. Kennebunkport, Maine provided the small, historic, walking town that we were looking for. We stayed three nights at a local Bed & Breakfast. There are a plenty of accomodations in Kennebunkport but I definitely recommend staying in town so that you can walk to everything like we did.
Our first night we had dinner on the water and got our bearings in town.
Day two? Big breakfast, long walk, lobster tour, and an afternoon iced coffee on our B&B porch. We typically did our exploring until early afternoon and then would read or work back at the B&B.
Day three was more of the same. We traded the lobster tour for a self-guided historic tour. And did a little wandering on the out-skirts of town.
We also hit Antiques on Nine, a 12,000 square foot antique store. It did not disappoint but I couldn’t fit a single thing in my suitcase.
Day four consisted of breakfast and the drive back to Boston for our flight home.
The food in Kennebunkport? Lobster, lobster everywhere. There are lobster rolls available on every street corner. Everything we ate was delicious.
This isn’t tripadvisor so I don’t think I need to spell out all of our dining destinations but I’d be happy to give recommendations via e-mail.
Maine was the everything we wanted it to be and more. Mr. C is my hero for planning this trip. I found I felt right at home in New England. The architecture speaks to me and the coastal feel of everything was Heaven on Earth.
I took a TON of pictures. I’m saving some of my favorites for an end of summer favorite vacation photos look-back.