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Trip Report Nova Scotia to Boston

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Left Nova Scotia on Monday and headed down the highway towards the US border (Houlton). Nice easy drive with no traffic! Decided to spend the night in Bangor and stayed at the Quality Inn on Hogan Rd. Coupon rate with tax was just $85. The hotel has been recently updated, we had a large king bed (comfortable) and an adequate breakfast.

The next day we went off the I95 at Freeport. I was disappointed in Freeport shopping this time - there appeared to be very few real deals. Lots of people milling about, but no one with shopping bags. Perhaps they felt the same. We ducked in and out of little towns and stopped for lunch not far from Freeport. I can't remember the name, but the lobster roll at $7,.99 was delicious and beat the price they wanted in Freeport ($16.99) . Our next destination was Cabelas (not my choice) but a great store with helpful staff. It always amazes me to see the "gun check-in" at the door. Unsettling for a Canadian where firearms are not in the open! Our final destination for the night was Wells. We chose another coupon and wound up at the Sea Mist Resort. Updated and clean, it is an old establishment that has sold their rooms as "condos". The $58 rate was ok for the night. We had dinner at Stutesy's and it was lovely. I had the whole clam dinner - small clams done to perfection. My husband opted for the burger which he said was made with fresh hamburger and the best he has had in a long time. Friendly waitress rounded out our meal.

The next morning we started with an early walk on Wells beach. Beautiful spot, and I can only imagine how busy it must be in the summer. The houses are literally on top of each other. We drove into Ogunquit for a coffee/muffin and wished we had stayed in this town instead of Wells. Quaint with lots of shops and restaurants.

Our final destination for the day was Boston. We went into Portsmouth first to pick up food and liquor at the Market Basket on Woodbury Ave. A great store, excellent prices. We decided to have a freshly made sub from the deli and for under $5 for a footlong, it was a great bargain.

Driving in Boston is an experience. Our GPS managed to get us turned around a couple of times while in the downtown core, but it really wasn't too bad coming into our apartment on Beacon st. We rented from the Bed and Breakfast Agency. We found a parking spot just outside of the building but had arrived too early for my codes to work for the apartment. The cleaning staff let us put our luggage in the apartment while we left on our second adventure of the day - to find a parking garage. Fortunately for us, we were meeting friends in Boston who were staying at a hotel not to far away. We wound up using their valet service. At $45 a night, we considered it a bargain. The apartment we rented was at 113 Beacon St. An old brownstone located crawling distance from Cheers and walking distance to everything else in Boston. Located on the 4th floor, there was the option of lots of stairs or an elevator (I chose the stairs). The one bedroom unit had a large living/diningroom, kitchen, bedroom and bath. While not the newest looking unit, it was very clean (a can of paint would go a long way). I was disappointed when I arrived the outside was being refinished and the reservation clerk had not told me. It didn't affect us at all, but still alarming when you are not sure what you are going into. Don't expect the Ritz, but a comfortable place to stretch out after exploring Boston.

The first night we explored towards Quincy Market. Strollinig the Boston Public Gardens (reminds me of Halifax) and then through the Commons. Washington Statue was sporting a Bruins jersey (they were playing game 3). We headed to Quincy market after stopping to chat with a policeman to ask directions. Boston is very friendly! We opted to have a cold beverage and sat outside at the Salty Dog. Excellent service, friendly waiters and enjoyed watching him shuck endless oysters and clams. He suggested for our next beverage to try a street across from Faneuil Hall with endless bars. Since the Bruins were playing, everything was busy. Although I can't tell you the name of the bar, we decided on a beer and snack to hold us over until dinner. Wings were on special and at 25 cents you had to order twenty. They were huge! Four draft beer and 20 wings was $13.89. Our final destination for the night was Cheers. It was very quiet when we arrived and our barkeep was very chatty. It started to fill up once the game came on. Small intimate setting. A gentleman sitting beside us said he was a huge Cheers fan and simply walked there quite a distance just to say he had visited. Lots of souvenairs for sale. Food looked good.

More to come as we explore Boston today and then head to the Jimmy Buffet concert at Comcast Centre on the weekend! Cheers!

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