Thursday, October 27, 2011

New England Vacation

Last week we visited the New England States.   We had a good vacation. Our first stop was Rhode Island.  We had wanted to go to this diner that was featured on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives but it was closed for the season.  After eating somewhere else we went to the Cliff Walk.  We only did a small portion of it.  Once we were done there we headed to Massachusetts.

The next day we went to Salem, Massachusetts.  While there we visited Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery and the New England Pirate Museum.  The Nightmare Museum was neat as it was filled with interesting facts and props from horror movies.  The Pirate museum was good too.  The guide was a little over the top but kept it interesting. We also toured the cemetery Old Burying Point and the Salem Witch Trials Memorial; which has stone benches with the names of all the victims of the Salem Witch Trials.  After eating at the Salem Beer Works we then headed to Maine.

While in Maine we went to Otto Pizza.  This place was featured in the food network magazine.  They have a lot of specialty pizzas.  We tried the mashed potato, bacon & scallion pizza, a sweet potato, cayene, jalapeno & yogurt sauce pizza, pepperoni and a bbq chicken pizza.  They were all awesome.  I wish they had a restaurant around here. The next day we went to Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.  I have always wanted to see a lighthouse and the New England states have many of them so I thought it was the perfect time to visit one.  Portland Head Light is one of a few lighthouses which is still in operation today.  It was commissioned by George Washington and is located in Fort Williams Park.  The park used to be a military base.  After visiting the lighthouse we headed towards New Hampshire to the Red Arrow Diner for some chili and chili cheese fries.  We had seen it on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives.  The chili was really awesome!  Best chili we have ever had.

We had then planned to head to Ben & Jerry's Factory in Vermont but had timed things incorrectly so we were unable to.  Instead we went to Sugarbush Farms also located in Vermont.  However on our way there our gps stopped working and we got lost.  Though getting lost was not too bad as we accidentally came across Quechee Gorge.  We stopped and took a few pictures.  It was a beautiful area.  We eventually got to the farm 10 minutes before they closed.  We missed out on the tour and cheese & preserves sampling but got there in time for the maple syrup sampling. We learned that it takes 30-40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup; which explains why maple syrup is expensive.  There are also different grades of syrup.  Grade A includes light amber (fancy), medium amber and dark amber and then there is grade B which is very dark and has a sharper maple flavor. I liked grade B the most so we purchased some as well as cheese, mustard and smoked meats.

The next day we went to the Submarine Force Museum in Connecticut.  The museum is home to the USS Nautilus which was the first nuclear powered submarine in the U.S. Navy.  The museum talked about the history of submarines, the different types of submarines, the torpedoes used and the life of the sailors on board.  We toured all of the museum inside but were unable to view and read about the small submarines that were outside as it was raining very heavily.  We also didn't tour the USS Nautilus as I am claustrophobic. We spent the night in Connecticut and then headed home in the morning.  Though I had fun I was quite happy to be home so I could sleep in my own bed.

Below is a slideshow of the pictures I took on our vacation.



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