Thursday, May 19, 2016

Periwinkles in Essex, Massachusetts

We love a road trip that brings you to the water and this time we take you to the small town of Essex on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Essex is a quintessential New England town with its historic houses some dating back to the 1600’s, antique shops, and plenty of dining options. Although there are a number of restaurants in the area that serve seafood, Periwinkles is one of our favorites. Situated on the Essex River this is a nice quiet spot to chillax. Grab a seat on the outside deck and you will soon forget all your troubles as you enjoy the beautiful surroundings. For those of you who prefer to dine in air conditioned comfort, have no fear. There is also a large dining room inside the restaurant.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Kimball Farm Ice Cream at Bates Farm in Carlisle, MA

This Sunday when the temperature in New Hampshire is expected to hit 70 degrees naturally we start to think about ice cream. Of course my wife would argue that ice cream tastes just as good on a winter’s day so we know that many others enjoy this sweet confection year round. For anyone visiting New England for the first time or if you usually eat the store bought variety, do yourself a favor and put visiting a homemade ice cream on your bucket list of must do’s this spring or summer. Since New Englanders eat more ice cream per capita than any other part of the country, there are many spots to choose from and one our favorites is Kimball's at Bates Farm in Carlisle. We have visited numerous times over the years and we’ve never been disappointed.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Cappy's Chowder House, Camden, Maine

(Editors note: Unfortunately from what I have been reading Cappy's Chowder House has closed. There is plenty to do in Camden so this is still a destination worthy of a road trip.  Happy travels everyone, Rich)

Camden, Maine is one of those picturesque New England coastal towns that you really should visit when you have a chance. You may recall that Memorial Day this year was miserable weather wise. With the rain pouring outside we debated whether to take a road trip or stay home. Well, you guessed it, getting out of the house and on the highway won out over hanging out at home so we started driving.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Twisted Farm Food and Hash House a Go Go

With road trip season in full swing we decided to head south to Connecticut over the holiday weekend for one of our favorite breakfast places of all time. Our story begins back in 2006 when my wife and I were on vacation in San Diego, California. As many of you know we are always looking for great places for breakfast so we feverishly search for the best local joints when we travel. During this quest I stumbled upon Hash House a Go Go as the favorite. We stopped by and the wait was something like 45 minutes. After passing the time chatting with the locals, we had what was one of the best breakfasts of our lives.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Christmas Prelude in Kennebunkport, Maine

During the first two weeks of December in Kennebunkport, Maine people visit from all over for their Christmas Prelude Celebration. Earlier this year we heard locals talk about the event and decided that this was time to check it out. For you shopaholics all the stores in town are open as well as a number of craft fairs. But more than that it is a place you can go to really get into the spirit of the season. You will find warm friendly smiles everywhere you look and decorations throughout the town.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

The most relaxing place on the ocean in New England

{Editors Note:  Unfortunately when we visited earlier in 2016 the space that housed Breaking New Grounds was under construction and the coffee shop closed.   Please don't let that keep you from taking a trip to one of the most beautiful seacoast towns in New England.}

The coast of New England has many unique qualities - the salty smell in the air, the afternoon sea breeze, lobster traps, fishing boats, and of course quaint towns. We enjoy the ocean very much and have spent quite a bit of time in many towns throughout the area. One of the best and most relaxing of these can be found in the small town of Ogunquit, Maine at Breaking New Grounds.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

A & J King Bakery, Salem, Massachusetts

There is nothing better than taking a road trip to Salem, Massachusetts this time of year to get you into the spirit of Halloween. It seems that whenever we visit it is always a dark dreary day which is fine since it suits the environment well. Ghosts, goblins, and of course, witches come to mind when we think of this small city. There are many attractions available for those of you that enjoy getting scared out of your wits. While we tend to enjoy the people watching more than most of the “haunted” themed events, it makes sense to also incorporate some good food into our road trip to the north shore of Massachusetts.