We’re hittin’ the road: New England

Tomorrow night Ryan and I are hittin’ the road for a long road trip to see the fall colors in New England.

You’re probably not gonna get a post until then, as I am INSANELY busy at work getting ready for said vacation.  I am dying because I have a ton of fun stuff I want to share with you all…and it’s just not gonna happen until probably Thursday.   Sigh.

But here’s the good news:  I’ll be blogging as I travel, and at least sharing one photo a day of something decor related.  It may be a gorgeous hotel room. . .a fabulous antique store find. . . or it may be the most hideous example of backwoods motel decor. It all depends what we encounter.

I do know we’ll have this view of Somes Sound from our room in Acadia National Park for two nights:

Where are we going?  I’m so glad you asked! We’ll be driving to Portsmouth, NH, then up the coast of Maine to Bar Harbor, then across the state to the White Mountains of New Hampshire, then up to Burlington, VT, then south to the Berkshires in MA, with a visit to my college roommate, then down to Tarrytown, NY. . .and then home.

I can’t wait!

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  • Reply ashley h at 4:22 pm

    My husband and I did this trip last fall and it was AMAZING! As southerners who get zero fall color, we were just in shock and amazement as we drove around half lost! We went to Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. I hope you eat a lobster roll for me 🙂 I’ll be checking for pics!

  • Reply Robin at 4:51 pm

    Happy and safe travels Jane! Can’t wait to hear all about the trip! 🙂

  • Reply April in CT at 4:58 pm

    How exciting!! Your post really caught my eye because we’re going on our first vacation ever (and 10 year anniversary celebration) to Acadia/Bar Harbor next weekend! We’re staying a week and I’m so excited I can’t stand it! If you come across any interesting places please do share and maybe we’d be able to check them out too while in the area.

    The leaves are really great right now, enjoy your drive and safe travels!

  • Reply Julie at 3:44 am

    Don’t forget to get an Italian when you’re in Maine! We buy ours at “Amato’s”.
    Here’s a link that perfectly describes the sandwiches (scroll down to “Italian Sandwiches):

    Here’s the actual article:
    Italian Sandwiches

    In a world of hoagies, heroes, grinders and submarines, Portland, Maine is known as the birthplace of the Italian sandwich. It is considered Maine’s signature sandwich. Simply known as “Italians” to the people living in Maine.

    During the beginning of the 20th century, Italians were emigrating to New England in large numbers to lay paving stones on streets, extend railway lines, and work as longshoremen on the waterfront. Giovanni Amato, an Italian immigrant, started selling fresh baked rolls from a pushcart to his fellow Italian immigrants working on the docks of Portland, Maine. At the workers’ request, Giovanni added a little meat, cheese, and fresh vegetables, and the “Italian Sandwich” was born. Nobody knows the precise date of the first Italian Sandwich, but Amato’s sandwich historians say it had happened by 1903. By the 1920s, Amato had opened a sandwich shop on India Street. In the 1950s, people would line up outside the shop to get their Italians, and Amato’s would sell 5,000 sandwiches on Sundays.

    Others may lay claim to inventing the Italian Sandwich, and there are now dozens of imitators selling them. Today, almost every corner grocery store in Southern Maine make their own version of this regional delight. According to most Italian Sandwich aficionados, the best Italian’s in Maine are ALWAYS made in little Mom & Pop grocery stores. And the size of the sandwich making area relative to the rest of the store is a very good indication of the quality of product.

    The present day sandwich doesn’t include anything remotely Italian. Unlike most sandwiches, the Italian doesn’t have lettuce. Neither does it have mayo or mustard. Instead, it’s topped with salt and pepper, and a squirt of oil. The freshly baked buns are soft, not crunchy (the sour pickles and soft rolls are what makes the Italian Sandwich unique), and filled with veggies aplenty. The meat is ham or salami (boiled ham was introduced somewhere in the 1960’s and is as popular today as the original with salami), and American cheese. The sandwich is also a bit messy. The oil on the traditional Italian makes the sandwich a challenge to eat.

    Roger Kirk, a former resident of Portland, Maine, who currently resides in Fremont, NH sent me information on the Italian Sandwich to include in this history. According to Roger: The sandwich is made with a one-foot-long soft roll (not the hard sub roll), sliced 2/3 of the way through lengthwise (like a hot dog roll) and pulled open for ingredient insertion. Wrapped in white waxed paper, the locals unwrap one end and eat directly from the wrap. As it is made today, it has:

    American cheese slices
    Boiled ham slices (originally was salami)
    Onions (chopped)
    Tomato Green pepper
    Sour pickles (hand-sliced long and thin)
    Black or Greek olive halves (typically 4 per sandwich)
    Oil (mixed olive and vegetable oils)
    Salt & pepper

    Now I want to go to Maine and get an Italian! You just can’t get them anywhere else! Have fun!!!

  • Reply Jane at 10:17 am

    Julie, I”ve gotta say that I think the Italian Hoagies in NJ are king. However, Ryan and I will try this inferior sounding sandwich and then let you know 🙂 Thanks for the info!

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