I’m coming to you live from the Crowne Plaza Boston-Natick hotel in Framingham, MA. This is my last night before resuming my journey so taking advantage of the free Wi-Fi to do a new post about the weekend’s activities.
My friend Sarah arrived on the red-eye Saturday morning and after a quick shower and snooze, we jumped in her rental car and headed off to Plymouth for the day. It was rainy, windy and cold but we made the most of it and managed to see a lot. They had a Lobster Crawl going on which had nothing to do with eating lobster (sad) but instead were these painted lobsters scattered all over town. These were the favorites – the one on the right was called Claws Monet (how brilliant is that?!?!):
Of course the big draw is Plymouth Rock. If you think it looks small, you’re not wrong. Apparently the rock was four times the size but over the years, people would chip away at it for souvenirs. Finally, someone wised up and built a protective platform around it.
The other big tourist attraction is the Mayflower 2. I had to think about that for awhile as I didn’t recall a Mayflower 2 in my studies of American History. As it turns out, this is a replica built in the 1950’s. And here’s the funniest part – there’s a campaign going on around town for “Save the Mayflower 2!” Apparently the boat isn’t in great shape and is in need of repairs. Scares and I opted NOT to take the tour and simply get a picture from the shore…
After a lunch of chow-dah and onion rings from Crabbyshack, along with a cupcake from Cupcake Charlie’s, we meandered on back to the hotel.
We got up Sunday to insane winds and once we bundled up with hats, scarves and gloves, headed into Boston for the day. We walked through the Boston Common and then did a portion of the Freedom Trail. It is interesting to note that we found Bloody Mary’s (with shrimp!) along the Freedom Trail…
The other fun thing we saw (which I had also seen when I was in Boston a few weeks ago) was this, which is particularly apropos considering the upcoming election… I did not know the history of the jackass and the elephant until I read the plaque!
The other big reason for our visit to Boston was to see Head of the Charles, a huge crew race that takes place over two days. We managed to get a great spot on one of the bridges and watched the Men’s and Women’s Collegiate 4s and 8s.
I even took a short video of the Men’s Collegiate 8s – you can hear the coxswains yelling in the background!
There may have been a little shopping on Newbury Street after we finished watching the race. From there, it was back to the hotel and dinner from Zaftig’s, a yummy deli just down the street. I will admit here that we also had dinner there on Saturday night. The latkes were terrific.
Sarah had to work today so Juno and I were on our own again. While reading THE WEEK last night, I discovered the Yankee Candle company has a HUGE village in Deerfield, MA. Mind you, I don’t like a lot of smells and I never buy candles but I figured what the heck, it would be a fun outing. So off we went!
There is a year-round Christmas village complete with falling snow every 4 minutes. There is also an RIP wall with all the scents that didn’t make it, a strange Camelot-looking castle, and a theater with animatronic figures singing songs (and people sitting on benches watching the show). I found the “glass pickle” display intriguing as I’d never heard of this tradition. Then again, I’m Jewish so what do I know? And last but not least, there were over 200 different scents to smell – my nose was done after about 10. And I’m not saying that the candles were to blame but I’ve been sneezing non-stop for the last 10 minutes. Bottom line, being there was full-on sensory (or scentsory) overload. I bought a car freshener that wasn’t too smelly and a piece of fudge.
That just about wraps it up. The plan for the next few weeks leading up to Thanksgiving is as follows: MA – CT – RI – PA – OH – MD – PA – NY…. Seems confusing but when you look at a map, it all makes sense.
Time for dinner!