Ten Year Anniversary | NYC, Rhode Island, Bar Harbor, Maine

Will and I celebrated our 10-year wedding anniversary by exploring the North-East. We have been to the west coast so many times that we decided to do something a little different. When I was a teenager my grandma told stories of the time her and my grandpa went to Maine--which added to the intrigue of a visit to New England. 

Our adventures began in New York City. We visited the Statue of Liberty (always a dream of mine, and I was overwhelmed at the site of her), the 9-11 memorial was the same way, gut-wrenchingly emotional. Central park was my favorite place on Manhattan--it was early fall and the leaves had begun to change, there were people riding bikes, roller-skating, and floating miniature sail boats on the water. And of course, because Will and I are Food Network junkies, we visited Alex Guarnaschelli's restaurant--Butter--as well as other New York staples like the Chelsea Market, Rockefeller Center and the Brooklyn Bridge. 

From NYC we drove up the coast and spent a day in Newport, Rhode Island--This was my favorite part of our whole trip (I spent most of the time photographing all of the boats and the endless changes of blues and greens in the water). After RI we drove to Boston and stayed there for a night. I didn't carry my camera around in Boston since we have been before, but we spent our time walking around eating Lobster rolls at the Quincy Market and soaking up the history.

Moving on from Boston we headed to Bar Harbor, Maine, where we hiked through Acadia National park--ate our way through the quaint restaurants in town and dreamt of how we could possibly move to a place so breathtaking. 

After Bar Harbor we headed to Portland, Maine, where the piers were flooded with sail boats and whale watching tours. Wonderful restaurants, souvenir shops, and potato donuts (who knew?) We took a boat out to explore all of the lighthouses. We stayed in an Air BnB for this part of the trip and our host recommended we visit Kennebunkport. While in this quaint town, we walked around and explored the shops, canoed, and drove around former President G. H. Bush's estate. 

It would be nice to make this kind of trip a priority every year, but ten days was a long time away from the kids (at least right now while they are small). Next year we plan to explore as a family!

A few of us :)

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