August 23, 20130 comments
We just got back from a nine day road trip around New England and Canada. We have been meaning to do this for a long time, and the perfect opportunity came up so we took it! We drove through Portland, Montreal, Toronto, NYC, Westport, and then back to Boston. We have an unofficial tradition of finding a photo booth in each city, and we were successful everywhere except Portland. We got back to Boston on Wednesday, pretty exhausted. It goes without saying that we had a very needy kitten, and that “needy” turned into cranky (for leaving her that long). Don’t worry though, we had a very capable and great kittysitter while we were gone. Eames is actually in Houston, and we are joining him soon (more on that later). For now, some photos from the road trip. We started out in Maine. Unfortunately, we didn’t have much luck in Portland. Most of the shops we wanted to visit closed early; it was a Monday after all. We started out the next day with coffee and donuts from Holy Donut. They make delicious potato donuts; we highly recommend them. Spent the rest of the day in Acadia National Park hiking around. It was a little foggy, but very beautiful. Finished the day right with some lobster rolls from Thurston’s Lobster Pound (thanks Rachel for the recommendation).Besides being a French-speaking city, we had no idea what to expect from Montreal. After a cash only fail/a guy poking fun at Boston accents (we didn’t tell him we were originally from Houston), we lucked into a really great place called Art Cafe. We had our fill of really great cappuccinos, and spent the rest of the day wandering around a part of the city called Mile End. They had a ton of great shops we wanted to check out including Style Labo, Drawn and Quarterly, and Phonopolis. We did make a couple stops in downtown too: A Table Tout Le Monde and Rooney. Montreal would have definitely exceeded our expectations, if we had any.Toronto was probably our favorite part of the trip. We love big cities, and it is the largest in Canada. We arrived on Friday and headed to the Royal Ontario Museum for a relaxing evening. The ROM not only stays open late on Friday, it’s only $10! We had a late dinner at 7 West before heading back to the hotel. The next morning we had brunch at The Drake Hotel and then spent the rest of the day walking up an down Dundas and Queen stopping in at a bunch of great shops. We made a point to stop by Mjolk and Bookhou, a couple my favorite online stores. We also stopped in Magic Pony and Cosmos West Records. If you are in to Brazillian Jazz, you need to go to that record shop. The owner Aki, was super helpful. He made me a list of artists to check out. Really nice guy! Actually, everyone we chatted with in Toronto was really nice. We had a great experience in the city, if you ever get the chance, go! We spent the last leg of our trip back in NY with our friend Jeremy. He had work, so we entertained ourselves most of the time. The first day, we slept. The second day we casually headed into town for some donuts, and the spent a little time in the lobby of the Ace Hotel. A couple of shops in Manhattan later, we headed back to Brooklyn where we parked and walked around Williamsburg. Catbird and Mast Brother’s Chocolate were among our stops. The next day, we started our drive back to Boston, making a stop in Westport to see Terrain. It was amazing. We aimlessly walked around with our coffee and soaked it all in. The store is huge, and quite beautiful. After that it was home to our kitty, and now we have to get back to packing up the house.