There have been so many wonderful and fun adventures this spring but I haven’t been able to blog about them. Mostly because I’ve been lazy—sigh—but, I now right the ship.
One of the best parts about this beautiful time I have in Boston is that I’m learning so much about a new city––but also a new region. I moved to Boston in September being the hugest New England nube. I had no idea what was good about Rhode Island, nor did I have a consistent idea of which was west and which was east – Vermont or New Hampshire? (They look alike, cut me some slack.)
Having my car here over the last six months has opened up a whole new radius for me.
Most recently traipsing all over Cape Cod with Andy and his mom.
There had been a huge build up to May since….well, since I met Andy. (For me, May has meant graduation and Andy moving away from Boston. BUT. That’s not happened yet. Well the moving part. So we won’t talk about that for now. I’m using avoidance as a coping mechanism very effectively 🙂 )
And with it a graduation.
And finally meeting Andy’s mom and brothers.
It was the best. Such the best. And such a happiness that I immediately felt like I had known them for a long time.
Graduation was a wonderful send-off of celebrating some of my best new friends.
Of course, most of my time revolved around being with this guy and his family. It was – I’ll say it again – the best.
Did I mention that he was also the speaker at the graduation ceremony? Proud girl.
In that wave of bonding, I tagged along on a week-long road trip all along Cape Cod and into Rhode Island with Andy and his mama. We left on the road trip pretty much immediately after graduation had settled down.
And I have to say. Y’all, I pull off New England OK.
Lobstah Sandwich? Check. Clam Chowdah? Check. Boat Shoes? Check, check.
Our first stop on the Cape was South Yarmouth. It was lovely. We stayed at the Red Jacket Resort and our view was aahhhmazing. It was so nice we went with the intention of staying one night and ended up there for three. Totally recommend.
While it was a little too breezy for what I would call “beach time,” it was still really nice to just be barefoot in the sand. Jacket or not. What shocked me though was how clear and green the water is up here. Maybe it’s because it’s so cold…
One of those days we channeled our inner “Wings” and went to Nantucket for the day. It involved three hours on a ferry, biking around this tiny island, finding a secluded beach where I FINALLY saw a seal (I’ve been on the look out for months) and it was DEAD. Smelly, gross, leathery, dead. Disgusting. But the rest of Nantucket was so great. Very quiet, peaceful and as New England as you could imagine.
As we wrapped up our time in Cape Cod, we made a mecca to the homeland of potato chips. We got less free samples than my potato-chip loving heart would have preferred–but it was still a fun, free stop along the way.
Then it was off to Newport, RI, the mansions and the cliffs. Newport is so beautiful and unique along the coastline (at least to me). If you ever want a weekend getaway that’s cozy and romantic, or cozy and fun—try that. Lots of old stuff. Fun things to see. Good restaurants and bars. And when it’s warmer there are good beaches, as well.
We toured four mansions over two days. It was fun and interesting. The history nerd in me was in heaven wandering around listening to the audio. I have to say though, living so close to the Biltmore House growing up has spoiled me. I was rather unimpressed by some of the sizes haha but then had to realize that to these aristocrats these homes were just “summer cottages.” Crazy.
We stayed in an airbnb in Newport that Andy swore was haunted. It was pretty scary one night — but mostly because I think we had been watching too much “American Horror Story.”
When it was time to go back to Boston it was bittersweet having to leave and take on the oncoming summer busy-ness. But it was also a welcome to be back in my own bed.
What a wonderful opportunity to spend so much time with Andy and his mom. When you have bi-coastal families that’s just such a rarity. Who would’ve ever thought I’d date someone from the other corner of the States and have to even think about such things?
All I can say is, when I left North Carolina I knew that my world was bigger.
Boston added to that.
Going to the Cape. Gallivanting New England adds to that.
But also, having Andy does too.
My world is a LOT bigger than it was a year ago.
So, do you want to go to Cape Cod? I’m full of places that I’VE liked. What about you? I’m very open to New-England-like weekend, day and long-weekend trips. Pearl the Mazda is ready for a trip — just give me a suggestion where to go next!
ROSE CLIFF!!!! OMGEE. IM FREAKING OUT AND SOOOO OH SOOOO JELLY RIGHT NIGHT. I’m slightly obsessed with historical mansions so I’m really happy you went and toured this place!!! ahhhhhh My goal is to see all the major ones in the U.S. 🙂
Um, I just looked up the Red Jacket Resort- looks amazing and now I think I need to plan a trip just like this. I love that you two took selfies, jumped in the sand, and indulged in the local cuisine (even if they didn’t give you many free chips- darn cape codians!) It is awesome that you got to spend some q-time with Andy’s mom and feel like one of the family 🙂
I have a brillant idea (actually two)- find a race to run in this area in the future (when you are totally healed), and Mr Speedy and I will travel out there and we can have an epid double-date-running-lobser fest long weekend OR Andy should propose to you and you could have a New England wedding and we will attend.
By the way, YOUR BF DID THE SPEECH AT GRADUATION!?!? Kudos. Way to make a lady proud. You got yourself a keeper 😉 And deserve nothing less!
Hahaha I loved every bit of this comment. I thought of your wedding when we toured! You would adore Rose Cliff. Super beautiful and . . . something magical about it. Totally of another time. If you love historic houses, you HAVE to go to Newport. It’s amazing. There’s this Cliff Walk where you can see them from the cliffs on the ocean. Super scary if you slip, but also so pretty and unique. SO much to see. Also, the oldest tavern in the US (or so they claim) is there. They say there are Revolutionary soldier ghosts. Again, fascinating. Lastly, Andy is the best. I hope one day we all get to hang out. A race would be phenomenal. But if for some reason an adventure lets us cross paths, that would also be the coolest :))
I’m actually going to Cape Cod in July for the first time! I cannot wait. Thank you for all the wonderful pics, I am even more excited!!! 😀
So many fun things to explore!! You should totally consider taking a day trip to Nantucket or the Vineyard if you get a chance. Lot of fun and so beautiful! Also, always good to be on a boat 🙂