Thursday, January 17, 2013

Time for a Road Trip has moved to New Hampshire Restaurant Reviews

You may have noticed that there have not been any new posts for a while. Although it seemed like a great idea at the time, I simply do not have enough hours in the day to maintain two different blogs. So in order to increase efficiency and content, I’ve decided to move Time for a Road Trip to New Hampshire Restaurant Reviews. I hope you will continue to read about or adventures.

Thank you for your interest and support.

Happy Travels,



Thursday, October 18, 2012

Sweets, Bacon and Pumpkin People, Polly's Pancake Parlor, Sugar Hill, New Hampshire

For our next excursion, we are sending you on a joy ride to the small town of Sugar Hill for unbelievable bacon and pancakes at Polly's Pancake Parlor. You see, even if you are like me and only eat pancakes a few times per year this place is a must for the casual pancake eater or for loyal fans.

Polly's is kind of an enigma. They have been doing everything the same for years and it works, nothing changes but their great breakfast remains the same. Because they maximize their small space, you can look forward to European style seating, i,e., sitting with complete strangers! Please, no complaints, just grin and bear it and make some new friends. Not only do the waitresses wait on tables, they also cook the pancakes, talk about dedication.

According to their facebook page they are open weekends until November 25th so there is still plenty of time.

You can see the sign and parking area below:

And the front of Polly's:

Ahhhhhhhh, blueberry, walnut and coconut pancakes with bacon, amazing!

Their applewood smoked bacon is the best and I always get a second order.

Want something to do after breakfast. Here are a couple of suggestions:

Mark you calendar for Columbus day weekend next year and head to the Jackson/North Conway area to see the Pumpkin People. Area businesses compete to see who has the best display made out of pumpkins.

The White Mountain National Forest is just down the road for those outdoor enthusiasts.

Some estimated times from a few cities:

Boston, MA, About 3 hours or 260 miles

Manchester, NH Approximately 1 hour 47 minutes or 96 miles

Portland, ME About 3 hours or 117 miles

Click on the address below to find out how far it is from your house.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Parlee Farms, Tyngsboro, Massachusetts, the best apple crisp

Back when I first visited Parlee Farms in Tyngsboro, MA several years ago it was just a small family operation with a tiny retail space as well as a petting zoo. Boy, have times changed. Today, the crowds are large and they keep adding more including apple picking (complete with a hay ride out the orchards) pumpkins, barn animals, and new this year, a bakery. Over that time we have seen them grow significantly and one thing has remained constant in the fall, our hunger for their homemade apple crisp.

The apple crisp at Parlee is the best I have ever had. It is a combination of sweet and crunchy goodness for all to enjoy. Now, we want you to have the same experience.

Here is the main building shown below. When you see the field and all the cars then you know you have found the farm.

Warm apple crisp with whipped cream and vanilla ice cream. Sweet!

This time it's hot apple crisp with coffee ice cream, wow!
Here are a few times from select cities:
Boston, MA, 50 minutes or 38 miles
Concord, NH 53 minutes or 41 miles
Worcester, MA, 1 hour or 47 miles
Want to know how far it is from your house to great apple crisp. Click on the address below to find out.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Sullivan's, Castle Island, South Boston, Massachusetts

The story of how we found Sullivan's and their delicious hot dogs goes back a long time. It began at a dive bar in Boston. We had befriended a townie who loved to tell colorful stories. He also loved food and he told us about a place in Southie called Sullivan's that had really good hot dogs. Since my wife and I love a good grilled hot dog the search began.

Needless to say we have been many times over the years and we have enjoyed their hot dogs and we are sure you will too. Unfortunately, Sullivan's isn't open year round so you have until the end of November to enjoy. They re-open in mid March. Also, the menu has more than just hot dogs - you will find fried seafood, burgers, chicken nuggets, lobster rolls and ice cream.

Look at these beauties, grilled not steamed the way we like them. The bun is grilled too, it doesn't get any better if you like a hot dog.

Some nice crunchy fries to go along.
So this is what we always get including our favorite soda, Diet Pepsi.
Here are a couple of things to do after stuffing yourself:

Take a walk around the island, there are benches or you can lay on a blanket with beautiful views of the harbor.
For history buffs, head over to Fort Independence for a free tour:
A few estimated times from select cities:

New York, NY, 4 hours and 45 minutes or 218 miles

Derry, NH, 54 minutes or 45 miles

Portland, ME 2 hours or 110 miles

Want to know how far it is to Sullivan's and their hot dogs. Click on the link below to find out.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Jordan Pond House Restaurant, Acadia National Park, Seal Harbor, Maine

When I was a kid (many years ago) my family visited Acadia National Park and the Jordan Pond House Restaurant. Although I have visited as an adult, It has been a long time and after a recent trip, I realized what I had missed. It's now time for you to experience the same... on the road to Maine.

You might not expect to find a wonderful restaurant within such a beautiful national park. When the park loop road ends and you think that it can't get any better somehow it does and you find the Jordan Pond House Restaurant.

For those of you who are not aware of Acadia National Park it is the only national park in New England. Here you will find some of the most spectacular views of the ocean and mountains on the east coast.

The Jordan Pond House is known for their famous popovers shown below:

For lunch we had their chicken salad sandwich, delicious!

And the views are spectacular:

Here are a few suggestions of things to do in the area:

Within the park itself, head over to Sand Beach to soak up some sun and take a dip in the frigid ocean water, if you dare. You can also visit the Wild Gardens of Acadia at Sieur de Monts Springs where you will find carnivorous plants.

Here are a few estimated times from a few cities:

Sanford, ME, 4 hours or 218 miles

Waterville, ME, 2 hours and 8 minutes or 104 miles

Berlin, NH, 4 hours and 30 minutes or 206 miles

Want to know how far to this destination from your house? Click on the address below:

Jordan Pond House Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Bailey's Bubble, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, you're going to love their flurry's

Although summer is almost over there is still time to get some great ice cream before the season ends. I am going to suggest something a little different on this road trip, a drive to Wolfeboro, New Hampshire for a flurry at Bailey's Bubble. For those of you who have never heard of a flurry, it is soft serve ice cream combined with your favorite candy or whatever else you might like, this is all mixed together to form an thick icy treat.

Here is the sign for Bailey's Bubble so you can be sure that you won't miss it.

And a list of some of their sweets:

There are a couple of reasons why their flurry's are the best. First, the soft serve they use is fresh and very creamy. Second, they fill it at least half full of candy. One of my biggest gripes about flurry's is that you get near the bottom and its all ice cream, what happened to the candy? This won't happen at Bailey's Bubble.

It is my understanding that they will be open until Columbus Day weekend so there is still plenty of time to head up to Wolfeboro for some delicious ice cream. This is a sample of what my peanut butter cup flurry looked like:

Here are a few things to do to work off the ice cream:

Walk around downtown Wolfeboro, there are some cute shops and one of my favorites is Butternuts. They have every kitchen gadget you can imagine as well as prepared food items Including delicious blue cheese stuffed olives.

If you like the outdoors take a ride to Mount Major for a hike and spectacular views of Lake Winnipesaukee.

Here are a few estimated times from select cities:

Concord, NH, 1 hour or 43 miles

Portland, ME, 1 hour and 35 minutes or 65 miles

Boston, MA, 2 hours and 30 minutes or 102 miles

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Crumbs, Burlington, Massachusetts

It looks like Crumbs has finally found their New England cupcake mojo. They recently opened in Burlington, Massachusetts and I am recommending that you take a trip to the mall. We had their cupcakes in New York a few years back and they were fabulous. Now, we can enjoy what New Yorkers have known about for a long time.

Now you may think I have finally lost it, a trip to the mall, really? Yes, they are that good and worth a special trip.

Interestingly enough, you won't find their cupcakes in the food court at the mall. They have set up shop down the hall and to the left from the food court. I don't think you will be able to miss them as there was a long line but you can look for their sign as shown below:

Pictures always speak louder than words so here is a sample of what Crumbs cupcakes look like. if you love cupcakes you've got to try these because they taste even better.

Here are a few estimated times from select cities:
Manchester, NH, 41 minutes or 33 miles
Worcester, MA, 1 hour or 45 miles
Springfield, MA, 1 hour 39 minutes or 90 miles
Want to know how far from your house to this road trip destination. Click on the address below: