A few months ago, Jim and I decided to plan a week long vacation to the New England area. We also planned on visiting friends on the way up, in New York, and family on the way back, in New York. In total, our trip was 9 days long. We drove up to New Jersey last Friday afternoon, spent the night at my parent’s house, and then it was off to Brooklyn, New York, bright and early Saturday morning.
Originally, we just planned on visiting with one of Jim’s best friends in Brooklyn. When we arrived there, he suggested we travel into the city. I was pretty anxious about taking Jimmie into New York City, but we decided to go for it, and I’m glad we did. Jimmie loved the subway. This surprised me because he usually isn’t a huge fan of loud noises. The 9/11 memorial was a beautiful tribute to that horrific day in history; I had been anxious to see it ever since it opened a few years ago. Not only did Jimmie take his first trip to New York city, visit Wall Street, and touch the famous Charging Bull (that I had never heard of), he also started to fully walk. Leading up to our road trip, Jimmie was taking more and more steps every day, but he finally took the leap into full-on walking in Brooklyn. What a great first day of our vacation.
Other New York highlights included, a donoli (donut cannoli), pizza, and walking around Brooklyn. It was a relaxing first day, even though we were visiting one of the most busiest cities in the world.
On Sunday, we woke up and ate amazing New York bagels for breakfast. After breakfast, we left for our next stop Kent, Connecticut. We had originally planned on going to Kent State Falls Park before lunch, but since the trip took a little longer than expected, and there was a $15 parking fee, we decided to skip it and go right to lunch. We ate lunch at The Villager Restaurant in downtown Kent. The Main Street was beautiful and we were happy with our lunch spot. The waitstaff wasn’t the nicest, but the food was good, and Jimmie was somewhat well-behaved.
After lunch we walked around Main Street, bought some local wine, and drove to our next stop The New England Carousel Museum in Bristol, Connecticut.
Since Bristol’s annual mum parade was taking place, the museum was completely empty. (More to come on the museum in a separate review.) We had a blast at the museum. Jimmie loved touching some of the horses and taking a private ride on the carousel. I loved not having to worry about him making too much noise since no one else was in the museum to care.
After the New England Carousel Museum, and a lot of driving, we decided to head to our first overnight rental, Voluntown, Connecticut. We found a very cute (and affordable) cabin on a lake property. The owners were really nice and lived on the same property. This was our first time using Airbnb and we were very happy with it. Feel free to message me for the exact cabin choice, if you are interested. We spent two nights in Voluntown, and were really sad to leave. We have already talked about going back.
After a long day on the road, Jimmie went right to sleep. We sat on the porch, listened to the radio, sipped wine, and enjoyed each other’s company. What a perfect end to a perfect day.