Hello Readers,

I am getting ready to head off to the East Coast this Sunday for a two week family trip.  I’ve got things planned but I thought I’d ask you all for any tips and suggestions of “must do’s” and “don’t miss”.

We will be flying from LAX to Boston and renting a car and traveling around Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.  So any hot tips for these states would be appreciated, especially fun kids activities.

Here is what I’ve got on the list of must do’s so far:

Thanks in advance for all your tips and suggestions.  I promise I will give a full detailed trip report when I return.  I know I haven’t written my Czech Republic trip report but it is in the progress. I have started it.  I think I’ll try to do it in parts that way I can get some details out to you.  I promise you’ll get info on both trips the next month for sure.  Life is very busy for this Momma.  All you other Momma’s (and Daddy’s) know how crazy it is at this stage of life.  


  1. If you are bringing kids, you might want to go to Edaville Railroad…http://www.edaville.com/ right in the heart of cranberry country. In Boston (again if yo have kids) go to the Public Gardens and by the duck pond you will see the little statues of the ducks from “Make Way for Ducklings” a childrens story by Robert McCloskey – a great book that I still quote today. Also, behind Government Center and to the right is Quincy Market Place and Faneuil Hall – a great place for people watching, poking and enjoying the atmosphere. A long traditional restaurant there is Durgin Park (upstairs). A walk around the North End (very walkable from Quincy Market) the Italian section of Boston. For great Italian pastries go to either Mike’s or Modern on Hanover Street, the main street in the North End. Also look for the Old North Church from Longfellow’s poem about Paul Revere’s Ride, and Paul Revere’s House. There is a great aquarium in Boston that many aquariums in this country have modeled themselves after.
    Hints: the “T” is the subway system, and tonic is soda. If you need more tips, let me know.

  2. Nice! I biked around Martha’s Vineyard this spring. There is a llama farm on the road heading south to the airport which was a highlight of the trip for me.
    I love the Cape. My family has a cottage there. If you want chowder, head to Captain Parker’s Pub in Yarmouth. Their chowder is my all-time favorite meal. For fried seafood, I recommend any Seafood Sams or the Friendly Fisherman in Eastham. A hidden gem for breakfast is located at the Chatham airport. If you want beaches, it’s definitely too late in the season for swimming, unless you love cold water, so I would head to the more scenic beaches on Cape Cod National Seashore. They’re free this time of year, and they stretch on forever. Oysterfest happens in Wellfleet in a few weeks, which is a good time, and Wellfleet is a neat town. There’s Provincetown for the more intensely tourist-y experience. Also, for bicycling, the Shining Sea Bikeway in Falmouth is pretty great, and more scenic than the rail trail.
    I second Mike’s in Boston, unless the line is out the door. It can get very busy, but the marzipan is perfect.
    Also, since I’m from the area, I wonder what there could be to see in Naugatuck. I get the appeal of the other CT places.

    1. @Ryan – Thanks a ton for all your tips. I’m printing these all off to read & take. Love the restaurant tips. Huge thanks!

  3. Can’t wait to get a report of what you end up doing. I did the Boston Duck Tour last year (just with some girlfriends, not my family) and it was great….definitely keep that on your list. If you haven’t read Make Way for Ducklings with your boys, highly recommend it. Great story, highlighting Boston, then you can go and see the statues of the Ducklings and ride the swan boat in Boston Public Gardens. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Make_Way_for_Ducklings

    1. @Julie – Thanks Julie. Will definitely plan to see the sthttp://milesmomma.com/wp-admin/edit-comments.php#comments-formatues of the Ducklings. The swan boat sounds fun too!

  4. Another suggestion is to head north on Rt. 1 and then east on Rt. 128 to Gloucester (where the Perfect Storm took place). We use to go deep sea fishing from there, not sure about this time of year though. They also might do whale watching tours. Nearby is Rockport which is an artist colony. their fame building is Motiff #1 and I had been told it is the most painted building – not sure if in MA, the East Coast or the world 🙂 It is fun to walk along the jetty, poke in the shops, etc. In Boston you can do Harbor Boat Tours. If you got some time for yourself, head over to Harvard for their Isabelle Stewart Gardner museum and see the glass flowers.

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