Our last day of our mini east coast road trip rounded off back in Massachusetts, destination: Plymouth. As soon as we started planning our trip to the east coast, Liam and I knew we wanted to stop here, marking the beginning of our around the world trip in Plymouth UK and the end of the trip in Plymouth Massachusetts. These two towns have such a strong historical UK and US relationship with each other so it was even more fitting for the two of us to visit.
What a historic site!
We found a place to park right on the water’s edge about a ten minute walk away from Plymouth rock. The path was lined with these beautiful giant shells that had been painted by local businesses and community members to depict different mayflower related things. Our favourite was the one below which shows the Mayflower coming into frame through a pair of glasses during a sunrise. Further down the path was the entrance to the ferry that takes people across the water to the recreated pilgrims village! We would’ve loved to have done this as well but unfortunately it was closed until April. There is also usually a Mayflower replica ship, but it was being restored for this summer which is the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower! Luckily, since we live in Plymouth in England, we will have the other side of the Mayflower 400 experience!
Seriously love this shell
Eventually the path leads to the rock. An absolute icon. I’d say almost every person in the US has heard of the Plymouth Rock and it’s mythical place in our national psyche, so it was amazing to see that stone just sitting there, completely protected after centuries of wear and tear (and plenty of bits being chipped off and taken by individuals venturing west but wanting a piece of American heritage). The Plymouth Rock is actually a national parks site and as such has a park ranger stationed there. During our visit the ranger was giving a speech to those of us there, filled with historical fun facts about the town and the rock itself. It’s a great place to visit. The legacy of the colonists has a, pardon the pun, rocky history – particularly regarding its impact on the Native American communities – so it was really great to hear from the park ranger that a lot of collaborative work has been done to address and teach the other side of the narrative as well, especially with the big anniversary coming up. It’s important to reach the full story and it’s something I hope schools across the country start doing more. We finished our visit to the rock and strolled along the main Street in Plymouth which is as idyllic and charming as you’d imagine, filled with beautiful old buildings. We had two outstanding sandwiches (we really seem to love them) at a small but thriving local shop. One cranberry turkey with stuffing, which was like the Thanksgiving dinner we didn’t have this year on a roll, and a roast beef sandwich that was like gourmet Arbys. 10/10 would recommend – Angelo’s Famous Roast Beef.
The legend itself
We left Plymouth to head back to Boston where we returned our rental car and stayed overnight before our last big day on the east coast. We chose to visit Salem, home of the infamous witch trials. Overcast and drizzle really lent itself to the spooky atmosphere of the place which was perfect for our extensive walking of the town since all of the museums were closed for the season. We did visit the Witch Trials Memorial right next to the graves of all those who were wrongly accused, persecuted and killed. History tells us now that the funny behaviours people were associating with witches turned out to be nothing more than side effects of fungus spores off of a local mushroom!
The only thing missing in this spooky area was a bit of fog and a black cat
During our time walking around the town we stumbled across Salem’s Urban Art Museum – Punto. A whole section of a neighbourhood covered in street and sidewalk art by local artists. Every corner turned revealed a new and impressive piece. It seriously added so much character and vibrancy to a place that is so associated with the past. I’ve probably said this before, but I think street art has an amazing ability to reflect the culture and beauty of places that may have otherwise been looked over, and it always fills me with joy whenever I see it.
Such a splash of color on this grey New England day!
Before leaving Salem we stopped for a bite to eat at Boston Hot Dog Company. I usually mention places we’ve eaten that have made an impact on us while we’ve travelled and this place is no exception. The food was amazing. I mean I love hot dogs anywhere, at someone’s backyard barbecue, out of a cart or at a restaurant, but this place really takes the cake. There are so many different options for toppings on your dog, and its prepared on a Subway type counter. The variety of hot dog toppings isn’t what sells this place though, it’s the man behind the counter who also happens to be the owner. He and his wife opened the place ages ago and it’s been a success ever since with locals and tourists alike. He is so unbelievably friendly to everyone who walks through the door, stopping to chat with every customer about their day and the food. He takes genuine pride in every meal he sends out. Also did I mention they make two soups from scratch every day? We had a sausage and lentil soup that was truly hearty and delicious. It’s a small, wholesome operation and I wish him and his family every success. It’s places like this that make you remember a town with greater fondness.
These dogs were LOADED and so tasty
The day of our flight we had a bit of time to kill so we went out for a lunch at the Boston Market. A place filled with quality food and artisanal goods. We had a lovely pizza bagel while playing tic-tac-toe on chairs made from wheelbarrows. It was great. After leaving we had a bit of a sweet tooth so we went a few blocks down to Modern Pastry where we got one of their famous Cannolis; ricotta filling in a chocolate dipped shell. Bliss.
So many delicious looking places to try in this market! If only we had more time…
There was still some time to kill so we went to visit the Paul Revere House and Museum. Only five dollars to enter and you get to visit one of the oldest houses in Boston and learn more about the life of this American Revolutionary legend. Well worth it! The house has volunteers on both floors to inform you of the contents of the room and how life differed then. We stayed busy and learned as much as we could about the varied and interesting life of Paul Revere until we had to grab our bags and head to the airport. Our east coast visit was fantastic. We visited three states and did so much with our time here, although we’d happily come back and see more someday! But for now we had to head back to Plymouth from Plymouth and start a new chapter in our lives. Until the next adventure America! We can’t wait to see whats in store for our next visit.
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