August 7, 2018

Short East Coast Road Trip


Who else loves to drive across the US? The second time this year, Nena and I went on a spontaneous trip to the United States. And thanks to my dear friend we flew business class. Oh yes. We caught a flight from Zurich to Boston. 8 hours on a plane cry out for business class. A jet lag was sure to follow, but we didn't care! We planned on flying to Boston and driving down to New York (fly out of Newark) with stops in Providence, New Haven and the Hamptons, following the final Vans Warped tour. But when Nena and I travel together, things never work out as planned. We arrived in Boston without having a car rented or hotel booked. 


The route


Boston - Franklin - Kittery - Portsmouth - Portland - Kennebunkport - Portsmouth - Boston 

First of all, hotels, airbnb apartments and even the filthiest motels cost a lot during summer time. As we didn't book anything in advance, we only got an affordable room in Franklin, an hour south-west of Boston. Taylor Swift played 3 shows in a row in Franklin, that's another reason why almost every hotel in the Boston area was sold out. 



We wanted to go to the Vans Warped Tour in Mansfield & Wantagh, but changed our minds as the idea of traveling up the coast and see places that we've never seen before was so much better. Saying this we adapted our plans (what a surprise!) and ended up somewhere north in Kittery. 

Kittery: Days Inn by Wyndham


Portsmouth


I believe Portsmouth is the go-to town in New Hampshire. It's a nice little walkable town right on the water with lots of great restaurants and bars. I highly recommend Harpoon Willy's at the waterfront for drinks! 

It's a bit hard to experience the vegan food scene to it's fullest, when you only have a couple of days here. However, I did get to taste amazing plant-based food at 

Friendly Toast. They serve vegan mac & cheese, nachos + the famous Impossible Burger. I am pretty sure that you've already heard of the burger that looks and tastes like a real burger. If not, watch this video on youtube. Impossible burgers are being sold all across the United States, so simply go to their page to find out where to get them. Nena, who isn't vegan, tried the impossible burger and couldn't believe how meaty it tasted. If she didn't know it was all plant-based, she would have said it's meat. No joke.

Juices & healthy food: The Fresh Press                                                           
Hotel: Howard Johnson by Wyndham







Portland & Rise Against


We were driving up to Kittery when we heard on the radio that Rise Against was on tour at the moment (picture Nena and I screaming in the car). Well, let's go to Portland then and see Rise Against, right?! We booked a room at the Westin Harbourview right across the street from the venue. The show was amazing, hot & lots of fun. It was great to see friends there and hang out for a short time with them after. Lots of "what are YOU doing here!?"-wondering still in my ear.  

To be honest, we didn't see a lot of Portland, as we were still jet lagged and spent the whole day in our room, had dinner, went to the concert, and slept in the next day. I will definitely come back soon to wander around the city.

Vegan restaurant recommendation: Green Elephant
Hotel: The Westin Harborview





Cape Porpoise


Kennebunkport's Cape Porpoise was my favorite spot of our mini road trip. Kennebunkport is this cute little touristy seacoast town with the typical New England style houses. Just beautiful. On the recommendation of my bf we went for an early dinner and drinks at The Ramp Bar & Grill. We had dinner inside and then sat outside in the setting sun with a beer and enjoyed the beautiful sight of Cape Porpoise. Definitely worth a visit!

And next trip goes to...... Hawaii! Can't wait to eat loads of fresh and sweet pitaya and pineapple!







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