Thursday, September 23, 2010

* East Coast Adventure *

SEA  →  BOS
Kennebunkport, ME  →  Cape Elizabeth, ME   →  Portland, ME  
Portsmouth, NH  →  Newburyport, MA  →  Waltham, MA  →  Marshfield, MA  →   Downtown Boston

The points of this trip were to visit a new place {Maine}, play at the beach with our dear friends the Mullins and celebrate Stacie's birthday. We covered a lot of ground and accomplished more than we had planned, which to us meant a successful trip.

I have always wanted to visit Kennebunkport...not because it's home to the Bush family compound, but because it's such an adorable New England beach town. We stayed one night at the cutest bed and breakfast - the Captain Fairfield Inn - and, despite the lack of sleep from the red-eye, forced ourselves to keep truckin'. A brief snooze in the car definitely helped.

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After exploring quite a bit of the Maine coastline and all of the New Hampshire coast, we anxiously headed south to Waltham, Mass (25 mins outside Boston) to see the Mullins. We enjoyed catching up, eating a delicious Italian meal and getting a great nights sleep in their beautifully remodeled basement. Saturday morning we drove 45 minutes to Kevin's family beach house in Marshfield. Ever since our first time to Marshfield 3 years ago, this place hold a special place in our heart - it's the picturesque New England beach town with a whole lotta love. We walked the beach, hung out with Stacie's grandpa and mom and Kevin's parents, played a few rounds of Rummikub (my new favorite game) while the boys went boating, ate, drank, watched flight patterns (maybe that was just me), shopped and breathed in every bit of ocean air that our lungs could handle. On Sunday, we celebrated Stacie's birthday at the beach with a BBQ, cake and ice cream and then headed back to Waltham to watch the Patriots game and be lazy.

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On Monday, Kev dropped us off at Quincy Market and we ventured through the historical streets of Boston - we have our favorite spots from past trips, but on this trip decided to do something new and ride the Ducks. So happy we did this as we got a chance to see the city from the Charles River and learn more about the history of this amazing town. We also did part of the Freedom Trail, Fanuil Hall, saw Paul Revere's house, ate lunch in Little Italy, enjoyed a treat from the famous Mike's Pastry shop and relazed in the sun. We couldn't have asked for better weather on our last day touring around the city - blue sky and 75 degrees.

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Until next time...thank you Kevin and Stacie for the wonderful weekend. And thank you New England for another successful adventure.

15 comments:

Jen said...

Wow, Erin-these pics are amazing. I hadn't realised how beautiful the beaches are in MA-who would have thought? Looks like a great time, will have to add this to the never ending list of places I want to visit!

The Johnsons said...

I am jealous. That is like my DREAM trip. Happy belated b-day to Stacie!

The Weber Family said...

I am in love with some of these pictures Coff! You are a world traveler these days, I love being able to live vicariously through you! The one with the boats and the pink sky in the back is AMAZING! Glad you had such a good trip.

Megan, Ryan & Addi said...

Ahhhh so jealous of your trip! Beautiful photos of a beautiful place! So glad you guys had a fabulous trip! Next time, take me!

Lynne said...

Great pictures! sounds like such an amazing trip.

Stacie said...

Thank you Rina's for coming to Boston and spending my birthday with me. It was wonderful having you both here! So glad you got to see more of beautiful New England while out on this visit! Miss you already! XO

Marge said...

Love the Margie Boat pic :) we have seen her before too! Such a fun trip!

Lyndsy said...

What a nice time you had! The beach photos are my fave!

Brooke said...

Okay, so Mullins if your reading this get ready because you may just have a footer and her family on your doorstep in the very near future. Like, say, this weekend.

LOVE the pictures. Gorgeous place.

Lspry said...

GORGEOUS photos my friend! You truly are talented!!!! Probably will forget to pack my camera when I'm in Boston next week, polar opposites :) xoxo

Jaclyn Z. Reiss said...

OH MY GOODNESS! I want to go! Your trip looked amazing and the pics are GORGEOUS!

DeLane & Kevin & Parker Lilly said...

This SO makes me want to move back out east. What fantastic photos and what a fun trip!

Tara Holmes said...

The beaches do look so amazing! Love the pic of Stacie and her grandpa and all the great Maine pics. You are such a traveler! Get it in soon before baby Eve someday!!!! Looks so fun.

Brady Andrew Weedin said...

Oh my heavens these pictures are incredible!!! Looks like such a perfect trip-super jealous!!

Blyth Family Blog said...

wow! that's all I can say. I'm so sad we couldn't come with you guys. What incredible pics!!
Love Steve's plaid shirt btw!!