Now that we are settled in Connecticut (if settling means living in the attic while floors are being recoated and coming up with new tactics hourly to keep the child and dog out of the paint,) we are embracing the short summer and are planning lots of New England road trips.
Vermont – There was a last minute getaway in Manchester to relax between rounds of home improvements (and let the floors set) and later this summer we are spending a weekend farther north.
New York – We will visit Saratoga Springs, NY to enjoy the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. As young children are not allowed at regular performances (excepting the Nutcracker and occasionally a pops show) it gives us a great opportunity to let Mirielle indulge her love of ballet and “ballet music.” The lawn seats are an added bonus as they are inexpensive, young children are free, and wine and picnics are welcome.
Massachusetts – I can’t wait to visit friends on Martha’s Vineyard for a weekend in August. A performance at Tanglewood in the Berkshires looks unlikely due to our busy schedule, but there will definitely be a visit to the Dr. Seuss monument in Springfield, a return to the Eric Carle Museum, and a day trip to Boston.
Connecticut – I am indulging in “locavore” tourism visiting as many local farms and farmers markets as we can during the short growing season. Of course, checking out and sometimes feeding the chickens and cows is a perk for my daughter, but I love eating local. (And seriously folks, Jersey cow milk and ice cream is all that!)
Rhode Island – After reading about the renaissance in Providence and being a fan of the Rhode Island School of Design, a day trip to visit the RSID museum, try one of the acclaimed restaurants and watch the river burn. Ooops, not like the Cuyahoga but an unusual work of performance art that sounds magical (and what kid doesn’t like to see fire and lights?)
New Hampshire and Maine – We don’t have any plans this summer, but they will be included in the road trip with our next visit Nova Scotia. Oh, and everyone keeps talking about the fall in New England, so the exploration won’t end with the start of the school year.