My mom just left for home after a very busy two week tour of the Northeast. She and her friend Kathy flew into NYC, stayed with us for a night and then did a whirlwind tour of Philadelphia and Washington D.C. (Luckily, they finished their tour of the capitol a couple of days before the government shutdown, so everything was open for business when they were there.)
When they got back from those two big cities, the three of us took off for another whirlwind tour. This tour was a road trip through the small towns and changing foliage of the Northeast. We were probably a week or two too early for peak foliage season, but none of us were complaining. We saw beautiful scenery, and had awesome "indian summer" weather.
We toured the Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe houses in Hartford, CT. We stayed the night in White River Junction, VT, which is a very cute little town that would be a nice place to spend a weekend. We saw Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park, which I had never heard of before, but was very picturesque. We then toured the Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory in Waterbury, VT (where the milk-eating crowd had a sample of the goods). We stayed in North Conway, NH, which is another small town, but not nearly as cute as White River Junction (sorry North Conwayans). We toured the "Castle In The Clouds", which I wouldn't really call a castle, but was interesting to see nonetheless. We then drove back down the Eastern shore, stopping to admire a couple of lighthouses in Maine (Portland Head, Wood Island). We stayed the night in Portsmouth, NH and toured the Strawberry Banke Museum there the next day. The museum is a set of original and restored houses and shops that have been restored to various points of time in the towns long history. The next day we drove down to Newport, RI and toured two of the mansions there - The Breakers and Rosecliff. These mansions are so over the top and so I was surprised at how much I enjoyed touring them. We then drove up to Providence and got to do a quick tour of a textile mill on the river.
Phew! That was all done in 5 days of driving and touring. It was a busy trip for sure. The road trip concluded in Providence, RI. I dropped mom & Kathy off at the Amtrak station for them to do a day walking tour of Boston. Meanwhile, I met up with a friend that I haven't seen for about 16 years that lives in Cranston, RI. I had a great time visiting with her and drove back to NYC, just in time to pick mom & Kathy up at Penn Station that night.
I saw that Providence does a really cool show on the river called WaterFire. It is only on Fridays, so it didn't work out for me to see that. It sounds really interesting and was recommended by my friend. So if you're ever there on a Friday (in season - they stop over the winter), check it out.