(Eastern Point, MA // Enjoying the streets of Portland, ME // Pretty details in Hartford, CT // Gloucester, MA // The Mark Twain House)
If you follow me on Instagram, I'm sure you already know, but me and Frank snuck away for a long weekend to New England! We did Boston twice together while we were dating (once was mostly just to see the Red Sox game that was rained out the first time we were there) and we loved it, and have talked about doing other parts of the area for a while.
It was sort of a whirlwind. He picked me up right from work on Thursday and we drove straight to Portland, Maine. The next day we hit Salem, and Gloucester in Massachusetts. Then Boston the next day, and hit the Mark Twain House in Hartford, CT the last day. We mostly just ate and toured historic houses, like the old people we are, but I thought it'd be fun to share some of our favorite stops!
Portland, Maine - Portland in itself gets a mention because, helloooooo, it's stinkin' adorable! Seriously. It's got a great vibe. It's historic, right on the water, and packed with some amazing places to eat and shop.
Victoria Mansion // Portland, ME- So gorgeous! It's a mansion with not only a crazy amazing staircase, but some incredible painting throughout the house.
Fore Street // Portland, ME- Frank has a gift for finding amazing restaurants, and did not dissapoint here. We were worried when we tried to make a reservation and it was already booked, but it turns out they keep 1/3 of the restaurant tables open for "walk ins" each night. And by "walk ins," I mean you wait in a line outside before they open to try to snatch one! It's actually pretty fun. The menu changes every night, and is incredible. The bread is from Standard Baking Co.which is downstairs - and it's amazing (PS. they got some tasty coffee too:). I even had an amazing drink too! The pound cake for dessert though.... UGH. That's all I can say.
Eastern Point // Gloucester, MA- We ended up coming here on a whim, when Frank found the Beauport House (which is amazing, and a must see!). We had some time until the next tour, so we drove down to see the old lighthouse. It wasn't open but we were able to walk out to the end, which is such a picturesque view.
The Phillips House // Salem, MA- One of our favorite house tours. The house itself has a great story, and is packed full of the original family's items. It's a gorgeous house and has so many fun quirks:)
Some other favorites... Flatbread Company in Portland, The Mark Twain House in Hartford, Debbies Diner in Salem.