Roaming and eating our way through Columbus and beyond.

A New England Photo Essay

{by alicia} I’m back from the East Coast!

For my husband’s birthday, we took a road trip from Columbus to New England. It was a week of sightseeing, eating, and, uh, driving, but we managed to do a lot in a short amount of time!

Philadelphia isn’t really New England, but we used it as a halfway point. I’ve been plotting to find an excuse to hit up Philly for awhile, and this was a good as any! I’ve been dying to see the Magic Gardens, eat all the foods, and see historical sites, so we did just that.

The Magic Gardens are amazing. Artist Isaiah Zagar covered half a block using nontraditional materials such as folk art statues, found objects, bicycle wheels, colorful glass bottles, hand-made tiles, and thousands of glittering mirrors to create a stunning outdoor mosaic art piece. 
Philadelphia Magic Gardens

Philadelphia Magic Gardens

Since time was limited, we did a madcap historical tour including Ben Franklin’s grave site, the U.S. Mint, the Betsy Ross House, the first U.S. Post Office, Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and more. I wish were able to really explore, but we did manage to linger in Elfreth’s Alley. It’s the oldest residential street in the U.S. and the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.

Elfreth's Alley

Elfreth's Alley

I also got to experience the joy that is a real Philly cheesesteak and those famous crab fries from Chickie & Pete’s. I’m ruined for life. Cafe Lift was another gem. We possibly ate the best French toast of our lives. Open a location in Columbus, please? I SAID PLEASE.

Cafe Lift

After a night’s rest we hightailed it to Cape Cod for a few days of sun, sand, and seafood.

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Cape Cod
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I was sad to leave the Cape, but Salem was up next! Growing up, I was fascinated by the witch trials and Hocus Pocus is my favorite Halloween movie, so this was a no-brainer. But first, we had to stop in Plymouth and play tourist.

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Salem was as batshit as I hoped and more. I figured it would be super campy–and it was in a delightful way–but it was way more artsy and original than I expected.

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Local craft beer was a highlight. We tried Notch Brewery and enjoyed Berliner Weisse for the first time. The bartender served it with the traditional addition of raspberry syrup which changed the flavor to something reminiscent of apple pie. Delicious, I tell you.

Salem SalemBoston was the last leg, and just like Philly, we crammed in a lot during a small window. This included the Freedom Trail, eating well, strolling Newbury, and taking in a ballgame. I fell in love with the city and didn’t want to come home.

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It was an amazing trip. A lot of hectic running around, but I appreciated being able to see so much in a single week. Now I’m back at work and need another vacation. Isn’t that always the way?



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