Burlington, VT

We ended the first day in Burlington, Vermont.   After a fantastic dinner at the Farmhouse Tap and Grill (which used to be the McDonald’s that BF depended on for quick food during his college radio dj days), we wandered down to the waterfront of Lake Champlain, where we promptly saw a random beaver swimming about- no where near any obvious prime beaver habitat.    Perhaps he was also on vacation.

Cape Cod, MA

Also known as the great test for my new rain coat.    Or, yet another time we went to Cape Cod with Weather!    It did rain, but it was a lovely trip.     The above pictures are over two days.    We made it all the way out to P-town, and then had a nice tour of where BF’s brother works in Woods Hole on Sunday.    A lovely way to spend the weekend.     And we made it with no traffic on the Bourne Bridge!

Locations: Paine’s Creek, Brewster; Nauset Light Beach, Province Lands Visitor’s Center, Race Point (all in the Cape Cod National Seashore); Nobska Lighthouse and Woods Hole Village

Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm, Newbury, MA

Here’s another Historic New England property to check off our list. This farm has been continuously farmed since the mid-1600s, which is incredibly impressive by US standards. It’s also a brick home built in 1690, which is also incredibly impressive by US standards.

Historic New England has done a really good job of showcasing the layers of the home, and you get a more or less personal tour – there aren’t set times for the guided tours, and if there are just two of you (we got there when it opened), and it’s clear you’re history and old house geeks, you get to do cool things like go up in the attic, which had ship graffiti from the 1800s carved in the walls. Oh, and they’ve taken on a number of elderly farm animals from the Mass SPCA, who you can go visit. Really cool stop on a Saturday morning.