After exploring a lot of New England for two weeks, it's safe to say I found a bunch of great places I want to share with you guys!
First, some exciting news- I'm engaged!!! Yep, my boyfriend turned fiancé of almost 4 years asked me to marry him while on this trip!
We were taking a walk in Central Park in NYC and were there to take some photos for brands and instagram, and while taking photos of me looking away from him, I turned around and he popped the question!
As happy as this moment was, a NYC blog post will not be coming because well, we both agree that NYC is not the best city in the world lol...
Anyway, our adventures around New England were so fun and there was so much beauty to see!
FIRST STOP: BOSTON
Our first stop on the trip was Boston, MA! I was so excited to see this city because of all the American history, and of course the old brick buildings and cobblestone streets! If you know me, you know I love the look of brick, so this city was an absolute dream!
We went to a Patriots game while here ( Lance is a HUGE fan) and it was so fun! Even if you don't like football, or the Pat's (most people don't ha!), go check out Patriot's Place at Gillette Stadium- it is it's own little world of amazing shops and restaurants!
MUST TRY: White Pizza + Meatballs from Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, seriously so good.
Boston Public Market: The most rad spot for so many food vendors! It's indoors and has things like a local apple farm's cider and donuts, juice and smoothies, homemade pasta, sandwiches, and so much more! We got smoothies from Mother Juice and they were amazing! Highly recommend going here because they have everything you could want in one place!
Los Amigos Taqueria: A great place for simple, but yummy burritos!
A couple places that looked good we didn't get to try:
Anthem Kitchen: Lot's of yummy dinner options
Lamplight Brewing: A cool, local brewery
THINGS TO DO
MUST DO: The Freedom Trail - even if you have zero interest in history, this is so cool and the best way to see the best of Boston! You walk past so many cool, Italian style restaurants and fancy bars, insanely beautiful buildings, and see things like Paul Revere's house!
Acorn Street: An original cobblestone street in a gorgeous neighborhood! It's a great place for pictures, so bring a camera!
Boston Public Library: Honestly, one of the most beautiful places I've been inside! Filled with beautiful art, insane architecture, a gorgeous courtyard, a cafe, and of course tons of books, you have to check this place out!
NEXT STOP: SALEM
The infamous witch city! I was honestly so creeped out to go here, but ended up loving it and would totally go back! There was a bunch to do here considering all the museums, but we didn't feel like going to any of those so found our own cool spots!
MUST TRY: Brew Box Coffee, a cute coffee shop that has cereal milk lattes!
Fountain Place: A great diner style restaurant with good breakfast!
Ye Olde Pepper Company: A candy store with amazing chocolates! Get the dark chocolate, sea salt caramel!
A couple places that looked good we didn't have time to try:
Melt: A hip ice cream spot
Far From the Tree: Local cider company with unique flavors
THINGS TO DO
MUST DO: Essex Street, it's essentially Salem's downtown and has lots of cool shops! Our favorite was the Harry Potter themed wand shop called Wynott's Wands, I've never even seen HP and literally felt like I was in that world lol! Lance is a huge fan, so he was like a kid in a candy store hahaha! Haus Witch was also a super cute shop with home decor, journals, coffee mugs, and natural bath and beauty products!
Sail Loft: A cool, old ship building near the water! It used to be a place where they could fix parts of the ship and such, but now is just a spooky looking building that's a great for photos!
Chestnut Street: A street filled with huge, old, beautiful homes! Straight outta a halloween movie!
NOW OFF TO: NEW HAMPSHIRE
One of the main reasons we came to the East Coast was to catch the famed fall foliage, we did, and let me tell you it was INSANE. Nothing compares to it now that I've witnessed it with my own eyes! New Hampshire was the perfect state to soak it all in - it was rainy, chilly, and the colors were so rich, but the trees were still so alive that it was perfection.
You HAVE to witness this at some point in your life, trust me on this one!
We didn't see a single moose (what a scam, am I right? lol) but we did see a black bear, some deer, and the cutest fox that was totally into having his picture taken lol!
We stayed in a little town called Lincoln, I'll be honest, it's a great place considering it's in the White Mountains but there is literally nothing to do so... it's just a lot of sightseeing!
White Mountain Bagel Co: A great place for bagels, we got their bagel breakfast sandwiches and they were pretty good! They also had a decent iced latte, so for that, they make the list!
Walter's Basin: We ate here for lunch and it was super good! It's right on Squam Lake which is so pretty and they have amazing sandwiches and soups!
THINGS TO DO
MUST DO: Drive Kancamagus Highway, this is an extremely gorgeous drive with lots of hiking trails to waterfalls and viewpoints! Plus, you see tons of fall foliage!
Drive down backroads: Again, there really is not a lot to do in New Hampshire lol, so just take some roads and see where they lead you! We found one that took us to a beautiful river and had great foliage!
Squam Lake: A beautiful, moody lake in the White Mountains area where we found a cool, New England style covered bridge!
Something we wanted to do but couldn't due to it raining too much, was the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center! It has awesome information about the wildlife and nature around the White Mountain area. They have live mountain lions, bears, otters, and more!
I did a bunch of research on this place and the animals are native to New Hampshire, so this place is a sanctuary versus a zoo where animals are taken out of their natural habitat! Plus, they have a ton of land to roam and live as they should, which is great!
Again, I'll be honest, Portland was a place I was so stoked to visit but was way over-hyped in my opinion! We did enjoy some things while there, though!
MUST TRY: A maple bacon potato donut from The Holy Donut, I'm not a donut person and these were almost too good!
Tandem Coffee Roasters: Super cute coffee shops around Portland, we both got mochas and they were great! They don't have flavors, so don't expect to get an iced vanilla latte or anything!
THINGS TO DO
MUST DO: Walk around downtown! You'll find lots of cute shops and places to grab a bite to eat!
Portland Head Light: A beautiful lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth!
LAST STOP: OQUNQUIT
This place was somewhere I had never even heard of, but I also glad we found it while exploring Maine! It ended up being one of my favorite places on this entire trip! It's a small, quaint town on the coast! I love that at night the fog rolled in, making is so moody yet peaceful! Their entire town was so cute, filled with restaurants and cute shops!
It's also super close to Kennebunkport and other cute towns, so it really is a great place with a great location!
MUST TRY: Eat at LaPizzeria, get the white pizza (yes, again lol) and try their house rootbeer!
Cove Cafe: Hands down some of the breakfast ever! I got a waffle with locally grown fruit and syrup and it was SO good.
Huge thank you to Roan Footwear for being so kind and fueling this adventure with the perfect fall boots for both Lance and I - if you haven't already read my Fall Favorites blog post, they are featured there! Not sponsored, we just love this company so much!