When I think of summer vacation, I think of flying or going on a cruise to places where there are nice turquoise beaches, palm trees and soft powdery white sand. Unfortunately, New England doesn’t come to mind (NE is a region which comprises six states; CT, MA, NH, VT, RI and ME).
Early this year, I went to South East Asia for a much needed winter break. Sadly, I used up all my vacation days.
For somebody who is addicted to traveling, this situation is problematic. It was torture listening to my coworkers, my friends and almost everyone that I know of were excited over their big summer plans.
Staycation in New England; Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, Maine and New Hampshire
How did I survive spring and summer without any work vacation left?
New England staycation!
When I think of New England, I think of history, leaf peeping, CT casinos and snow, but never a summer destination. Well, I was totally wrong! My New England staycation turned out to be one of the best and memorable summer days of my life. I met new and wonderful people, traveled thousands of miles, got stuck in horrible beach traffic, took a lot of pictures and discovered new places and flavors.
My staycation SUMMER ADVENTURE started from my home state CONNECTICUT.
1. Checked out town activities: Ever since I moved to Windsor to follow my job, I never really paid attention to what’s happening within my own town. Shame on me!
Did you know that Windsor is the oldest town in CT?
Aside from being the very first English settlement in CT, the town of Windsor has a lot of events to offer, like the weekly summer concerts, history tours, art displays, farmer’s market, art and craft fairs, lobster festival, the Shad Derby and various cooking/food challenges and so much more.
2. Socialized galore –Whenever I go on vacation I always meet new friends. And just because I was staycationing it didn’t mean that it would prevent me from meeting new people. I created an online female group Wanted GFFs in CT, and have met wonderful women from my town. Since then, we’ve been hanging-out a lot over cocktails, coffee and ice cream!
We checked out the newly opened Ben and Jerry’s at Evergreen Walk in South Windsor.
Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Dough, extra chunky chocolate chip with caramel, cookie dough, peanut butter cookie dough, crunchy chocolate cookie swirl and more chocolate!!! Delicious!
How convenient that Peet’s Coffee is also part of the Ben and Jerry’s store. Soon as I walked in, I can’t help the draw of that awakening sweet smell of the rich coffee aroma that was calling my name. Peet’s coffee is a solid cup of Joe! Read more…
3. Dined local – If you’re interested to visit the oldest town in Connecticut, below is a list of some of my favorite local spots in Windsor. Spread the word.
My favorite dish is the Opened Face Steak Sandwich. I love the generous creamy gorgonzola cheese sauce all over my perfectly cooked sliced steak at Union Street Tavern.
My favorite breakfast, Dom’s Hearty Hash at Dom’s Eatery. Read more…
- My favorite breakfast, Dom’s Hearty Hash at Dom’s Eatery. Read more…
Light and delicious Limoncello Trifle dessert at Zocco’s Restaurant. Read more…
Beautiful, romantic, modern, fresh ingredients, quality food and superb service at Vito’s by the Water. Read more…
Connecticut Image Gallery
4. Played the part – “Vacation is a state of mind.”, so I acted the part. I packed my cute clothes, fun shoes and favorite accessories like I was going somewhere far. I tried restaurants that I’ve never been to. I did a lot of tourist attractions that I thought were cheesy because I’m from here. Lastly, I took a lot of pictures like it was my first time.
Excellent food at The Fiddlehead Restaurant, Bangor ME
5. Enjoyed the long ride – Highways could be boring, so we drove to some scenic routes. I think one of the best ways to discover these charming towns and amazing views is just to get off the highway.
What a million dollar view, off the high-way up in Vermont.
It was a fun summer exploration in New England.
Maine is in my top five favorite states. Its scenic natural beauty, history, charming villages and farm houses, light houses, picturesque coastline, breathtaking cliffs and of course the fantastic seafood completely captivates me. IMAGE GALLERY
View from my hotel – Hollywood Hotel Casino, Bangor ME. More images…
What a beautiful morning at The Acadia National Park. More images…
I always hear about nightmare Cape Cod traffic stories during summer time, which completely turned me off from going during peak season. Since I’m staycationing, I braved that horror traffic story and just went. I’m glad I did. The summer vibe was completely different. It was vibrant and just full of life.
Follow the path to the beach, North Truro Cape Cod.
Stunning view from our apartment, Crow’s Nest Cape Cod MA.
Kick back, relax and just enjoy the view, Provincetown MA.
Unforgettable whale watching experience.
Colorful and lively town of Provincetown MA.
I am fortunate to have relatives living in Rhode Island. I go almost every month for my seafood fix and home cooked meal and of course to say “Hello!” I love them so much!
Point Judith Lighthouse
Cap’n Jack’s Restaurant, KIngstown RI
Paddy’s Beach Club, Westerly RI
What do I love about New Hampshire? Oh my, too many to mention, from tax-free shopping, NASCAR, beautiful lakes, scenic drives, seafood and waterfront dining, to breweries, the list just go on and on.
Love the scenic view on the way to Laconia NH
Action-packed NASCAR experience, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Laconia NH
The coolest shopping cart !
The home of Ben and Jerry’s… need to say more?
Church St. Burlington VT.
Gorge Quechee VT
Scrumptious lunch at Simon Pearce Restaurant, Quechee VT.
Amazing view from the Simon Pearce Restaurant.
Even though I didn’t have any work vacation left, I managed to have fun, meet new people and enjoy all the outdoor activities I love.
Just by a little imagination, creativity and lots of picture taking, this New England trip is one of the best and unforgettable vacations of my life.
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