This is the continued recap of our 10-day trip to the East Coast … first part is here. (Beware of another photo-heavy post!)
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J and I left Connecticut Sunday night and drove up to Sturbridge, MA. J spent many summers as a kid in the area and the first order of business was to take me out to “Friendly’s”, a popular neighborhood restaurant chain, for dinner.
I guess, sometimes your childhood memories can betray you, because J said the food was way better than he remembered. His burger was cooked to order and delicious and – I had to agree – my turkey melt sandwich was absolutely yummy! I wish I could have topped of the dining experience with some ice-cream, but I was so full!
For the next two nights we stayed at the Publick House Historic Inn.
The room definitely had a … ahem… rustic touch and the wall paper was so busy it hurt my eyes a bit, but otherwise the room was clean and the beds were decent. I am sure that we had a much better experience at the Inn than we would have had at the Super 8 down the road!
We started off the next day with a hearty breakfast/lunch at Annie’s Country Kitchen, which had very good reviews on Yelp.com and my food surely did not disappoint. I had grilled Italian sausage with mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes and gravy and it was so, so good. It definitely fueled me up for the day.
After lunch, we headed to Old Sturbridge Village. I am sure you’ve all heard of or been to similar places.
“Old Sturbridge Village is one of the country’s oldest and largest living history museums, depicting early New England life from 1790-1840 with historians in costume, antique buildings, water-powered mills, and a working farm. Visitors can view antiques, meet heritage breed animals, and enjoy hands-on crafts.” (osv.org)
J knew I’d love it! I am just a sucker for those kinds of things. I love museums, old buildings, costumes and historic reenactments. What a great journey back in time!
It doesn’t look like it at all in the pictures, but just minutes before I took those pictures, we had gotten into a small downpour, which disappeared as fast it had come on. It reminded me a lot of Germany, where we can have small summer storms that only last for a few minutes!
Look at the cute little boys that were all dressed up!
The grant store and bake shop
so many horse carriages
Old printing office
I took many more pictures that I couldn’t show you all in this post, but if you want to see more, head over to my Flickr set.
After a few hours at OSV, we crossed the state border to Connecticut again and J took me to Lake Mashapaug, where he spent many, many summers as a kid. It was a completely different journey back in time than the visit at OSV. J hadn’t been to the lake in many years, but he quickly remembered the area and found the family cabin, that he used to stay at, within minutes.
The view of the lake was breath-taking.
Of course, I had to put my feet in the water! (Actually, I had planned to swim and the weather was definitely warm enough, but clouds had rolled in and it kept looking like it was going to rain again any minute.)
It was so much fun sitting on the little landing stage and have J reminisce about old times and happy memories. He had told me about the lake pretty much since the first day that we met and it was such a special experience that we were able to go there and J could show me a place of his childhood.
We spent a few hours, enjoying the sunset and then headed to the Traveler’s Restaurant, the only place near the lake where you can get something to eat and a place that has – according to J – been around forever. It’s not the fanciest place in the world, but we had a decent dinner and checked off another place of the list of “places to visit”.
Next up: Boston (part I).