Leg 6: Bar Harbor- Boston, MA- 5 hours
On our road trip, we bid a fond farewell to the charming town of Bar Harbor and hopped in the car for the 5 hour drive to Boston. We opted to follow US-1 for most of the drive (it added maybe 30 minutes to our trip) because we wanted to check out some of the towns along the water, and we hoped to catch sight of a lighthouse or two. We stopped in the quaint town of Camden for lunch and to take in the sights. The town was beautiful, and very scenic right on the water. We stopped at a local restaurant called Marriner’s for lunch, which was unfortunately very disappointing. I ordered a hamburger, which was delivered to me undercooked. When I sent it back to the kitchen, they simply microwaved it and brought it back to me. It was a huge disappointment. Christina ordered a fried seafood platter which was also just sub par.
After lunch, we were back on the road; heading to Boston. I would recommend taking the US-1, but mainly if you have time to stop at the towns along the way. We didn’t have time to stop at more than Camden, but we wished we could have. It did take a bit longer to reach Boston, but we felt the scenic drive was worth it.
We stayed just outside of Boston in Winthrop at Winthrop Beach Inn and Suites and we could not have been more pleased with these accommodations! We had a great suite with a bedroom, living room, kitchen, and bathroom. Everything was very clean and seemed new! The staff was also very friendly. Not only did we have a kitchen, but there was a breakfast every morning. My only comment would be that there wasn’t very much seating in the breakfast area, and at peak dining times it would be very crowded. We were also only about a block from the beach! Perfect for winding down after a day of exploring the city!
Our first night in Boston included settling into our hotel, and venturing out to Harvard Square to try a restaurant recommended to me by a parent from my school. We also wanted to check out The Curious George Store which is the only one in the world! Well, we were not anticipating the insanity of driving in Boston. Boston is a very old city, and, well, the layout of their city is not in the typical grid format of many cities. Anyways, Christina figured out how to navigate the streets of Boston, and off we went to Harvard Square. Parking was an absolute nightmare, and unfortunately the restaurant and Curious George store were not close to each other. By the time we found parking, the Curious George store was closed, so we opted to try again the next day. So off we went to eat dinner at wagamama! If you’ve never eaten there, I highly recommend it. During my most recent trip to NYC, I made sure to get to wagamama while we were there. Their ramen is incredible! My go to is the chili chicken ramen. It is beyond delicious. Keeping my fingers crossed that wagamama branches out beyond just NYC and Boston. They’ve got multiple international locations, but those are the only US ones. I think Seattle would be a fantastic location for a wagamama… I’d go at least once a month! Seriously, so delicious.