Hello all! Just returned from lovely vacation in Massachusetts to visit my boyfriend's family, see Dead and Company, and take a quick trip to the beach. In the 5 days that I was there, we spent time in the North Shore, Boston, AND Martha's Vineyard. So as you can imagine, it was a pretty packed vacation!
I always find it difficult to spend time with family and friends while also trying to keep in mind of blogging or social media. I'm someone who can be on her phone 24/7 (literally), but of course you don't want to be ignoring the time you have to spend with family and friends (though sometimes I'm guilty of this). With that in mind, I still got some great snapshots on my phone to share here. And while I'd love to do a day-by-day recap, I think it's just best to point out some of the highlights of my trip. So without further ado....
First stop - the North Shore: The North Shore isn't typically what you think of when you think of Massachusetts, but it's somewhere you should definitely consider visiting at some point. My boyfriend grew up in a town called Swampscott which has great beaches, but it's also worth seeing is Salem, home of the witch trials, and Marblehead, where I got the delicious lobster roll (at The Landing) as seen above. It is also less than an hour away from Boston which is where we went to see Dead and Company.
Favorite Moment: Getting to sneak down into better seats at the Dead and Company Concert at Fenway Park. While we had some nice seats which had a center view of the stage - it was hot and the sound was definitely distorted a bit. The rest of the group paid extra for seats which were almost at the field, so we decided to be dangerous and sneak down. It worked!
Must-Visit Bar: The Bleacher Bar. Before heading into the Concert, we decided to have a few drinks close to the stadium A friend recommended The Bleacher Bar and it was amazing! The bar is connected to Fenway Park and you can actually see inside the Park from the bar. The bartender we had was also top notch - never had to wait too long for a drink.
Least Favorite Moment: While we were leaving the Bleacher Bar to head into the Concert, I decided to go to the bathroom while my boyfriend waited outside of the bar for me. While he was waiting for me, the one and only John Mayer drove by with his head out of the window waving to fans. Of course I would miss that!
Easiest Travel Day: We took the ferry from Woods Hole to New Haven and it was one of the easiest experiences I've had traveling. No pre-reservations were needed - simply walk up and purchase a ticket on the day of travel (unless you're bringing a car). You can bring your luggage on board or just put it on the luggage cart and they load and unload it for you. So simple! Plus, there's a bar!
Sun and Sand: While at Martha's Vineyard, we wanted to lay on the beach for a day and ended up at South Beach which was easy to get to and easy to park at. We packed up a cooler with lunch and beer and had a great day. (Note: alcohol isn't allowed on the beach but as long as you're subtle about it, I don't think the lifeguards care much.) The only con at this beach was the waves were really rough... but I typically never go into the ocean at the beach (yes, I'm a scared-y cat about it) so I wasn't disappointed at all.
The Gingerbread Town: Our last day at the Vineyard, we walked around Oak Bluffs which is the cutest little town. Oak Bluffs welcomes you with a huge park in the middle of the town surrounded by adorable cottages - it really reminded me of Stars Hollow! One of the sites to see while you're there is what they call the "Gingerbread Houses" - rows of homes that look like gingerbread houses!
Massachusetts is a great place to visit in the summer especially if you're in the Virginia/DC/Maryland area - it's easy to get to, not too hot, not at all humid, and has SO much to do whether you're interested in history, laying in the sun, or having a great meal.
I'm sad we only had 5 days there, it definitely wasn't enough time to do everything. Since we do have family there, I'm sure we'll be back sooner rather than later!