My mom and cousin made a trip to the Northeast last weekend and we road tripped around New England. My mom has been talking about seeing the fall foliage and Maine coast for quite some time and I am always looking for an excuse to go to Maine. Fitting foliage and the coast into one weekend meant A LOT of quality time spent in our tiny little car but I think it was worth it.
Keith and I picked the two up from the airport Friday afternoon and we immediately hit the road. We took the scenic route from Newark, New Jersey to Manchester, New Hampshire to see the best foliage possible. The trees were absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get very good pictures from the car.
Saturday, we hopped back in the car to drive to Portland Maine. On the way we made a quick stop to see the ocean. I don’t think the car was parked before mom jumped out and darted to the beach. She “needed” to put her toes in the sand. She is like a little kid when it comes to the ocean. I didn’t get this gene. I want nothing to do with the sand. The closest I need to get is to take a picture of her.
Keith and I can’t go to Maine without stopping at our favorite lobster truck. We both prefer the Connecticut style lobster roll with butter as opposed the Maine style with mayonnaise.
Sunday we headed back to Hoboken. Along the way we stopped in Windsor, Connecticut for “Chowdafest”.
Chowdafest is a chowder and soup competition with 40 restaurants from all over New England. Upon entrance we were give a wrist band, spoon and ballot. We were tasked with voting on the best 1. New England Chowder, 2. Manhattan Chowder, 3. Creative Chowder and 4. Lobster Bisque.
We started strong and fast tasting each chowder. Brylee, Keith and I didn’t hassle with voting. All we cared about was sampling. Mom on the other hand attempted to make notes about specific spices and unique flavors.