This past winter break, we decided to take advantage of the unseasonably warm weather, and embarked on a small New England road trip. During our trip, we had the chance to try some delicious food and explore several different museums, all while enjoying time together. We started at our home west of Boston – although this trip is probably best starting in either New Haven or Portland.
Culinary New England Road Trip With Kids
When we arrived at our first destination of Portland, Maine, we didn’t even pause before deciding our first lunch destination – Duckfat. Residents all around the Portland area flock to Duckfat for delicious panini sandwiches and french fries. We waited for a while for our four seats in the tiny restaurant, but it was definitely worth the wait.
Full from our delicious lunch, we headed to our hotel – the Westin Portland Maine. We were too full from lunch for a full dinner so we got room service from the hotel’s restaurant – Congress Squared.
In the morning, we walked about a half mile to one of the two locations of Holy Donut, a Portland institution. These delicious donuts are made with mashed potatoes and come in a variety of flavors. Lunch was at Otto Pizza, which also has locations in the Boston area. The toppings were all appealing to us, so we opted to try several different slices rather than order whole pizzas. Dinner again was at Congress Squared – this time, we ate in the bar area and took advantage of the happy hour specials.
The next stop on our New England road trip was Boston. We stayed at the Millennium Bostonian Hotel, right in Faneuil Hall. We took advantage of the proximity to the North End to have a delicious Italian dinner at Gennaro’s 5 North Square, and picked up dessert at Modern Pastry.
Our final stop was to New Haven, Connecticut, where we stayed at the Study at Yale. Once we parked our car, we didn’t need it again for the two days of our trip. We had great food in New Haven – eating at Tarry Lodge, Caseus Fromagerie & Bistro, Heirloom Restaurant (at the Study at Yale), and Claire’s Cornercopia. Since we’d already had Frank Pepe’s Pizza, we decided to try something else and went to Modern Apizza. In between bites, we checked out the Peabody Museum of Natural History and the Yale University Art Gallery.
Have you been on a New England road trip? Where did you go?