In my efforts to finally get caught up before this baby girl arrives, I'm finally getting around to sharing our 4th Anniversary trip to the east coast! NYC has a special place in both our hearts - we're huge Yankees fans, spent our honeymoon in NYC, and just love the city in general, but this time we decided to extend our trip and also travel more of the northeast too! It was an incredible trip, minus the fact that baby reaaaally did not like to fly, which made for one sick preggo on flights and walking through airports with all their awful/various smells! Haha.
We started in Boston, which I'll admit, I was extremely hesitant to agree to. As a die-hard Yankees fan, Boston seemed like enemy territory and I was perfectly fine never setting foot in that city. However, Brandon won the battle and I agreed to spend a day and a half there, as long as the hotel we stayed at was outside of Boston... you can judge me for not wanting to actually stay in enemy territory! On our first day, we explored the Freedom Trail, which I'll admit was really cool. We also swung into the original Cheers for a drink, which began the clever ways we posted things to social media and Instagram stories to hide the fact that I wasn't actually drinking because I was about 9 weeks pregnant at the time. I had a lot of mocktails and rootbeers! The town we stayed in had this cute little park overlooking the water and the Boston skyline and we spent the entire evening just watching the sunset as planes flew in to land over the bay. The next morning Brandon again won a battle and convinced me to tour Fenway Park - the REAL enemy territory!! He really wanted to see the stadium and our agreement was that if we could tour it we would never have to watch an actual game there (we have a goal to see every MLB field eventually). My compromise.... wearing my Yankees hat on the tour!
Once the tour of Fenway wrapped we hopped on the road to Portland, Maine, stopping at two different lighthouses on our drive. We only spent one night in Portland and it rained nearly the whole time we were there. So we spent our time brewery hopping and shopping and forgetting to take pictures. I definitely would have loved a little Portland more if I could have enjoyed the breweries to the full extent, but Old Port was super cute and fun to explore and Brandon let me stop at any ice cream shop I found, and buy cute onesies for our little babe.
The next day we left Portland and drove up to Bar Harbor, right outside Acadia National Park. We also have a goal to visit every national park in the US, so this was the perfect time to cross this one off the list! We explored the cute little town of Bar Harbor our first night, eating more lobster than we should probably admit, and even found a Paddy's Pub to hang out in for awhile (where are our It's Always Sunny fans?!). The next day we explored all of Acadia! It's definitely a beautiful place, although living so close to Glacier National Park, it's hard for anything to really compare. But the views from Cadallic Mountain with the rolling hills of trees and killer ocean views was definitely one of the highlights! There was also a highly rated hike that Brandon had wanted to go on, but it came with lots of warnings to avoid it if you were at all fearful of heights... so I opted to read a book on the beach while Brandon did that hike alone. If you look at the photo of Brandon alone, you can see the beach I was reading on right behind him to the right, looking so tiny!
After Acadia we drove south and caught a ferry to the island of Nantucket. We had exciting hopes of exploring the beaches, maybe renting a jeep to cruise on the beach, and doing some serious exploring, but in our two days there it rained 95% of the time. Okay, it poured. We made it out to see a couple of the lighthouses and toured the Whaling Museum. We did a LOT of shopping and exploring in the downtown area and even ventured out to the Cisco Brewery for an afternoon of drinks and food... and onesie shopping, obviously. We didn't take many pictures at all because we were constantly running through the rain from one place to the next, but we had a super relaxed good time. Except for the first night, when we didn't realize how hard it would be to get a table at a restaurant downtown without a prior reservation. After walking to over 5 places and being told they were booked for the night, I maybe found myself crying on a street corner because I was SO hungry!!! It's okay, you can laugh... those first trimester hormones had fully taken over and food was no joking matter! For the record, Brandon eventually found us somewhere to eat, and the next day we made a reservation as soon as the restaurants opened.
And last but not least... NEW YORK CITY!!! The majority of our trip was spent in the city and it's always my favorite. Our first stop was, of course, Joe's Pizza - we booked our hotel within one subway stop of Joe's because we go there so often. Pretty sure it was 5 times in 4 days this trip, and it would have been more but we decided to try a couple other pizza places in the village too. None were as good as Joe's. Okay, enough about our love of pizza... the first night we were there we saw Wicked on Broadway and it did not disappoint! Afterwards, we walked Times Square and ventured to Rockafeller Plazza - Times Square is not our jam, but we figured we'd explore a little after the Broadway show since we were already in the area. The next day we spent a lot of time in Central Park and also toured Yankee Stadium, which was definitely a highlight! I never get tired of the Yankee Museum, but this time we also got to visit Monument Park, complete with Jeter's new plaque, and we got to go into places like the press box. That night we went to a Yankees vs Red Sox game, which has been on my bucket list for years! It was made perfect by a win and seeing Aaron Judge hit a couple of those famous homers!! The following day we did more exploring in the village and along the High Line Park before we headed back to our hotel to get ready for our 4th Anniversary photo shoot with Justin & Mary. If you're new around here, we do an anniversary photo session every year! We took photos in Central Park, including ones with our first ultrasound picture to use to announce we were expecting, and then went to dinner with Justin and Mary - we just adore them and had the best time! There are a few photos from our session below - but more coming later!! On our last full day, we explored the financial district and went to another Yankees game. We weren't ready to leave NYC, but after 10 nights away we were ready to head home and snuggle Samson!
It was definitely a trip to remember and was packed full of so many memories I'll never forget!