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Boston, Art, Cape Ann and Connecticut Country Roads

Author: Bob W. (More Trip Reviews by Bob W.)
Date of Trip: October 2007

Saturday morning, we drove through Boston headed towards Rockport and Gloucester on Cape Ann. On a trip years earlier, we had stayed in water-view motels in both Gloucester and Rockport. This time we could visit only briefly before we headed to Lynn, MA, to see an old friend. Cape Ann was beautiful, particularly with trees and foliage bedecked in vibrant fall colors. We browsed through shops and galleries in Rockport, chatted with artists and proprietors and had lunch at The Greenery on Dock Square with a great view of the harbor. We felt we might still have time to drive into Salem. It turns out that October is a month-long Halloween-inspired festival in Salem. The streets were jammed and clogged. Parking areas were full. Despite the absence of available parking spaces, signs still offered parking for $20.

Since we had little time to spare, we continued on to routes 128, 95 and 1 to reach our night's accommodations at the Days Inn in Saugus. Route 1 was densely packed with Saturday traffic. As for the Day's Inn, it is much less attractive that the Adams Inn in Quincy and was priced higher but did provide a good expanded continental breakfast. Our purpose for stopping in Saugus was a visit with our friend "Frannie," who had recently moved back to Lynn, MA, after living for seven years in New Jersey. After a bit of a search, we found her apartment, enjoyed a visit, then headed to dinner at Spuds Restaurant & Pub in Lynn. The food in this family restaurant was tasty and prices were reasonable.

Sunday morning, we headed to Norwalk, CT, for a very enjoyable overnight visit with my sister. Monday, we completed our trip home. In retrospect, our only regret was that most trees were not in peak fall color as we traveled through New Jersey, New York and most of Connecticut; but, we enjoyed flaming colors at home a week or two later. The trip certainly met or exceeded our expectations.

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