The Beast and I had a week-long American road trip in November. What follows are the highlights, told in two parts. Here is Part II: Sons of Liberty.
Recap: After Nantucket, we made our way to the Woodbury Commons Premium Outlets, just outside of New York City. We shopped until 8:30 p.m., much later than we’d planned. Afterwards, I decide to take over the driving duties for the first time on our trip. Traffic is ugly. I can’t remember what the fuck highway or freeway or interstate we were on–the New Jersey Turnpike?–but we can see the Chrysler Building’s illuminated top on the driver’s side. We don’t arrive in Philly until very late and my nerves are shot. The city seems a bit rough around the edges at 12:30 a.m. We settle into our hotel room, shower and are asleep by 1:45 a.m. In the morning bright light, the city looks just lovely. The Beast insists that we line up at 8:30 a.m. to get our tickets for a tour of Independence Hall–that’s the building where the room that all those founding fathers met to work on the Declaration of Independence, and eventually signed it there, is. Then we visit Benjamin Franklin’s grave and what would have been his house. The rest of the day is a non-stop museum visiting and eating.
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Tagged cheesesteaks, George Washington, Gettsburg, Gino's, Mount Vernon, Pat's, Philadelphia, Ray's Hell Burger, Thomas Jefferson
The Beast and I had a week-long American road trip in November. What follows are the highlights, told in two parts. Here is Part I: New England.
Recap: After nine or so hours in the car, at 7:00 p.m. we arrive in Concord, the home of literary giants like Hawthorne, Alcott, Thoreau and Emerson. It is pitch black, but we find our bed and breakfast, the Hawthorne Inn, settle in, and then walk about a mile into town to have dinner at the Colonnial Inn where I enjoy a bowl of clam chowder and an arugula salad topped with Vermont burrata and the Beast inhales a “Yankee pot roast”. Back at the B&B, I choose the 1994 film adaptation of Little Women from their DVD collection to watch in our four poster bed in our authentic room. From our window, we can see Orchard House, where Louisa May Alcott wrote the book. The next day we have a superb breafkast at the B&B, tour the charming downtown’s antique shops, walk around Walden Pond, visit the Concord Museum, whose main attraction include’s Thoreau’s writing desk, walk to the author’s ridge (Hawthorne, Emerson, Thoreau and Alcott, nearly side-by side) in the Sleepy Hollow cemetery, and tour Orchard House with two other tourists, both women. We end the day by visiting an important battle site of of the American Revolution on some bridge. It is dark. The Beast was emotional.
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Tagged American Seasons, Concord, Hawthorne Inn, Hyannis, Jake Rooney's, Moby Dick, Nantucket, Nantucket Bake Shop, Thoreau, Transcendentalim, Walden