East Coast New England

Trip Start Apr 15, 2008
Trip End Apr 01, 2010

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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

East Coast New England
Brunswick & Freeport - Maine    
Both charming villages with wide Main Streets, in fact Brunswick has the widest Main Street in the whole of America. Apart from more stores and eateries these villages offer little else. Both are set a few miles inland from the ocean but drive out and you will find some beautiful coves and fishing harbours set on the many rocky peninsulas and islands of Casco Bay. We drove out to Bailey Island; the sun was shining for a change! The scenery was reminiscent to a summer's day in Cornwall. Lobster pots were to be seen all along the shorelines, in fact 80% of all lobsters eaten in the USA are caught in the waters off Maine. Being on the ocean we went in search of fish and chips! We took a recommendation from one of the Shop keepers and headed out to Freeport Wharf to the Harraseeket Fish & Lobster shack, a perfect setting right on the waterfront. I hate to say it but this was probably the best battered fish we have ever had, the chips could have been better but you can't have everything! 
Rockport & the Cape Ann area - Massachusetts
Heading due south down the Atlantic coast is Rockport, probably the most picturesque port in the US. It is just like something off "Murder she Wrote". Sadly some other seaside villages in the region were not quite up to this standard. That said there is one place called Old Orchard Beach (Maine) which our friend would just love, it resembles a tacky UK seaside resort, Tracy you'd be in your element! It comes complete with the Soho British pub and my personal favourite, Fat Boys Deli!  The route is also lined with many Antiques shops so include some time in your itinerary to browse if you pass this way.
In Rockport we stayed in a lovely guest house called The Beech Tree, with just three guest rooms, all individually decorated, it was immaculate. As a surprise for Julie I had booked the deco room, kitted out with original Art Deco furnishings it was lovely, she was really pleased. Tea, homemade cakes and cookies were there on our arrival which we enjoyed sitting on the porch shaded by the 150 year old Beech tree. Later we walked into Rockport to try the famed lobster; well we couldn't leave New England without having tried it at least once. We shared a whole lobster, which of course looked quite big until you crack open the shell,  Well lets just say it served well as a small appetiser! 
The island is known as Cape Ann, connected to the main land by two bridges. It includes several small ports and villages all equally charming in their own individual way. The inlets and beaches are great to spend time at on a summer's day but you'd need to be pretty hardy to take a swim, the water is freezing, the closest I got was a paddle!  
Salem is world famous for its 1692 Witch trials as well as its maritime history. We stayed at the historic Hawthorn hotel overlooking the common in the heart of the town. There are numerous museums in the town educating folk about the Witches and Maritime as well as the Essex Peabody Museum which houses as huge collection of art and culture from around the world. A great way to view all the historical sites is to follow the Heritage Trail. The sidewalks are marked with a continuous red line which you simply follow and review the historical buildings as you walk around. In the harbour there are a couple of tall ships which have been immaculately restored and give you a sense of what it was like arriving here in days gone by. The place is not big so a couple of days are all that's needed.
So concludes the east coast of America, we have taken in 16 states and driven around 5000 miles......hope you enjoyed the trip! 
Today we fly off to Seattle on the west coast from where we take the greyhound bus north to Canada.
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