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New England trip. Part 5: Hello NYC!

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Time to leave New England for our final destination… NYC. We decided to train it down on the Vermonter which was a scenic 7.5 hour journey! Good job the seats were comfy. It was a bit of a culture shock arriving in the big city after our time in the sticks. Soon got into the swing of things though. We ventured off of Manhattan quite a bit as it was soooo hot. Long beach, Brooklyn and the Siren Music festival at Coney Island. Did the Lonely planets Williamsburg bar crawl which took us to some cool little places… Moto – great setting under the bridge, Barcade – filled with retro arcade games (Amy would have liked it – they had Frogger!), Alligator Lounge – free pizza with your drink… its true, and Pete’s Candy Store with its tiny stage where bands play later in the evening. One night we went bowling at Gutter,  a pub with retro bowling alley attached. The Cake shop in the lower east side is another quirky little bar that regularly holds gigs. The highline walk is a nice little escape on Manhattan too.

New England trip. Part 4: Vermont

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Our last stop before NYC was Danville in Vermont, where we stayed with Brenda and Al at their tree house in the woods, built by Al himself! Lovely people, and they also run tree climbing courses. Its a lovely setting and the local area has lots to offer too. The pretty town of Stowe and Waterbury are worth a stop, as well as the Ben and Jerrys factory. An hours drive south and you reach White River Junction where the Vermonter train passes every day for the 7.5 hour journey south to NYC.

New England trip. Part 3: New Hampshire

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

On the road to New Hampshire. Lush forested areas up here. There’s a lovely little town called North Conway where you can hop on old Pullman carriages round a scenic railway route. Thought we might spot some bears round here but apparently they hang out round the back of Dunkin Donuts by the bins. Great B&B to stay with views of the mountains is Wildflowers Bed and Breakfast. Lovely hosts too. 2 mins walk away is the Moat Mountain Smokehouse and Brewery. Delicious Cajun blackened catfish and blueberry beer (amongst loads of others). Yumyum.