As an Austin native, there are many things I love about Texas; the weather is not one of them. People from here joke that we really only have two seasons in my state: Fall and Summer. And when Summer hits, it hits hard. We’re already in the mid-90s (F) and yet, most of us are just thankful that we haven’t gotten into triple digits yet. So this year, when June rolled around, my husband and I got on a plane and headed to New England to put off facing the heat for a few weeks.
We stayed on the top floor of a pretty yellow house in York, Maine with an ocean view, and at night we sat on the porch with a glass of wine and enjoyed the cool breeze. Sometimes, after walking on the beach, we’d stop for a slice of homemade blueberry pie at a restaurant near the gorgeous Cape Neddick lighthouse.
We visited one of my favorite cities, Salem, MA. This was my second time to visit and I remember reading The Crucible in high school and learning about the devastating witch trials. The city of Salem does a fantastic job of honoring the victims, as well as teaching about mass hysteria in an effort to prevent similar tragedies. We also took a walking tour of the city and heard several fascinating ghost stories from our excellent tour guide, and visited Nathaniel Hawthorne’s House of Seven Gables.
We stopped at the Portland, ME Museum of Art to catch a Richard Estes exhibit. If you haven’t seen this artist’s incredible photorealist paintings, check them out. You won’t regret it.
Another of my favorite stops was Concord, MA, where we toured Louisa May Alcott’s home. The fabulous author of one of my all-time favorite books, Little Women, was raised in this house, and it’s also the setting for this wonderful story of family and love. Hmmm, wonder if this was my first inspiration for writing Special Editions!
The hubby and I love to combine relaxation and education on vacations. We almost always visit places with rich history and spend time soaking it all up. But we also spent a fair amount of time hanging out in New England’s abundance of local pubs, enjoying delicious pints of local brew and hitting the beach.
How about you? Do you like a little history with your vacations? Any summer plans?