Spring Break: New England Edition

Cocktails, beaches, and sunburns are all things typically involved in the average college student’s spring break trip. This past year, however, Joey and I wanted to do something different and “off the beaten path,” so to speak. So we decided to explore New England and everything it has to offer! 

To start off the trip, a friend and I flew into Boston (Joey’s stomping grounds), where we met him and then headed directly to Portland, Maine. After the two hour drive, we checked into our hotel and found the neatest little pizza place to have lunch. Full of character and unique menu items, the Flatbread Pizza Company left us speechless and completely stuffed. It also sits right on the harbor, so you have a superb view while you’re devouring pizza. If any of you are traveling to Portland soon, you have to try this place! After lunch we did some shopping, sight-seeing, and decided to take a quick ferry ride out to one of the nearby islands. Of course we couldn’t leave Maine the next day without any seafood, so for dinner we found ourselves at Gilbert’s Chowder House. There aren’t enough words in the English language to describe how delicious the chowder was, especially for the Texans!

 Backroad on the way to Waterville Valley.

Backroad on the way to Waterville Valley.

After leaving Portland the next day, we ventured toward Waterville Valley, New Hampshire; deep into the White Mountain National Forest. On the way there, we took the scenic route and made time to stop and play in the snow; and have an epic snowball fight! However, our fun was abruptly interrupted by an impatient snow plow. We decided to visit New Hampshire because Joey’s family used to visit Waterville Valley frequently to go skiing and snowboarding. Although we didn’t get to do either of those things, we did conquer about an hour of ice skating! Which is quite the feat for the two Texans! And after wearing ourselves out from all the fun, it was time to make our way to Cape Cod!

 Ice skating in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire.

Ice skating in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire.

In Cape Cod, we stayed two nights with Joey’s grandparents; who both happen to have the thickest (and cutest) Bostonian accents! Over the next day and a half, we got the grand tour of all things Cape Cod. And because the Cape is a seasonal place, almost everything was still closed for winter. But we still had a blast driving along the coast, checking out the beaches, and even getting caught in a snowstorm. On the second day we drove to the very tip of the Cape, aka Provincetown, MA. But little did we know that P-Town is more of a tourist city. And because it was only March, the city was pretty desolate. We were far from disappointed though, because the drive along the Cape itself was beautiful! We also had exciting things to look forward to, because the next day we were leaving for New York City! 

 Beach in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.

Beach in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.

The Big Apple is simply breathtaking! This was my first time in NYC and we were lucky enough to find a nice hotel that was only a few blocks from Times Square. While in NYC we did all the typical touristy things: went to the Rockefeller Center, the 9-11 Memorial, Little Italy, China town, Central Park, the Bronx Zoo, etc. New York City was probably my favorite part of our whole trip! I fell in love with the city. Three days was not enough time for me! And of course while we were there, we found the best restaurant tucked away in Battery Park City, called The Merchants River House. It overlooks the Hudson River and the Statue of Liberty. The food and the service is outstanding! Five out of five stars for sure! This bistro is a must for anyone going to NYC! 

 View from the top of Rockefeller Center.

View from the top of Rockefeller Center.

After the thrill of New York City, our trip was slowly coming to an end unfortunately. So we decided to spend our last night at Joey’s house in Norton, MA. We were lucky enough to receive amazing hospitality and a home cooked meal from Joey’s sweet mom (thanks again, Lisa!) which was truly a blessing in disguise after our busy week of travel. The next day it was time to head home to Texas and warmer weather! New England was a great experience and I cannot wait until I can go back!

Ferryn Lynne

Dallas, TX