Hitting the road on a journey of beautiful scenery, good food, exciting filming locations, and hopefully making my mom the happiest parent ever.
First, we'll leave from our homestead in Orlando and head North to our favorite city in the South: Savannah, GA. This city is good for the soul, with amazing restaurants serving the best soul food, to historical and haunted walking tours, to the most beautiful parks. It greatly enjoyed at a nice, slow pace.
Next, we'll move along to Anchorage 1770, a historic inn located in Beaufort, South Carolina. While the inn doesn't have much significance for us, personally, it's location is great. Not too far of a drive from Savannah, but close enough for us to visit the island of Seabrook, South Carolina. Now, Seabrook itself is not so important, but do you know what was filmed in and around here? THE NOTEBOOK. Yes, we want to go see the house that Noah built. And I don't mean that in a funny way.
Moving right along, you'll find us next in Bald Head Island, North Carolina. This inn has a beautiful location, but more importantly, it's location is also in close proximity to one of the best Southern filming locations for many movies and tv shows alike: Wilmington, NC.
From North Carolina we are going to make a big leg up to Baltimore, Maryland. I chose Baltimore for a few reasons. I have never been to Washington, D.C., so with the added closeness of the city, this location seemed ideal. I've also had on my bucketlist for a while to eat crab on the harbour in Baltimore. My family is from here and lot of them have had this experience and I feel left out! Also, it was between Baltimore and Philly as our next stop and since I've already been to good ole PA...
...Baltimore here we come!
Once we leave Baltimore, we will head to what will seem like the most random of stops: The Mayflower Grace Inn located in Washington, CT. However, don't let it's location fool you into believing I don't actually know what I'm doing in planning this trip.
We are, 100%, the biggest Gilmore girls fans. And this lovely inn is located in the city that inspired Stars Hollow, home of our favorite girls. We want to drive around and check out Washington, Connecticut and just enjoy the beautiful sites and small town charm that influenced our favorite tv show.
Additionally, it's a short drive over to New Haven, CT, where we have the biggest stop: Yale University. Go Bulldogs!
My mom is probably the greatest female Red Sox fan ever known to exist on this planet. She has rooms in her house dedicated to this obsession. You can't go anywhere with her without being reminded of her love for the Sox, whether it's on her lanyard at work or her keychain for the car, or that same blue Red Sox shirt she wears year round. It's insane.
My only reason for stopping in Boston would be to visit Fenway and see a Red Sox game. My mom is dying to get a real-life glimpse of the Green Monster.
Oh, and also, Harvard.
I've added Salem, Massachusetts for my own enjoyment. I am not pagan or any label that celebrates witches (or the like), but I do love and appreciate the culture. My soul is happiest near others who can relate spiritually, and what better way to indulge myself than visiting the American home of witches: Salem. sigh
From Salem, we move further North to the Camden Harbour Inn in Camden, Maine. I have two reasons for adding this stop: 1) As a mid-way point between Salem and our ending location and 2) Because my mom has always wanted to stay at a waterfront inn on the Maine Coast. So who am I to tell her no?
The Pièce De Résistance: Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada). Don't worry, we come baring passports. And solid mockery of Canadiens (ya, eh?)! But the entire reason of the trip of the Eastern Coastline (aside from the added bonus of coming up along the outerbanks of North Carolina), is that my mom LOVES the Titanic. And while this trip has some added bonuses for myself, it's mainly to take my mom on one epic adventure.
She wants to visit Nova Scotia in the WORST WAY. She has been obsessed with the Titanic ever since she was a little girl and the #1 item on her bucketlist is to visit Halifax, NS, and go cemetery hopping to view the graves of those buried here.
I want so badly to make this happen for her. I know no one else on this planet would appreciate a trip like this more than she would.
This trip would be an amazing opportunity for my mom and I. I'm not sure how many 30-year-olds actually want to travel with their parent, but my mom is the best person and deserves excitement like this to look forward to. She's a private school teacher in a small town and there's no way this trip could happen otherwise.