When I picture New England, a rocky beach and a lighthouse are the first things that come to mind. So, of course, this coastal scenic view was at the top of my list when visiting the area. I’m so glad to say that I found it! While this lighthouse is smaller than I anticipated, it’s surely much better than the first lighthouse we routed to (who remembers the disappointment on Instagram stories? Ha!).
Since we didn’t really have enough time to head to another state, we opted for Marblehead and Salem for our day trip from Boston. I wasn’t super impressed with Salem (more on that later), but I did absolutely love Marblehead! It was amazing to see coastal New England in real life. The homes were absolutely gorgeous and the shops and restaurants were so quaint. Marblehead was the only place I visited in New England where I could actually picture myself living. Definitely not full time–we all know how freezing anything under 60 degrees is to me–but I didn’t feel out of place there like I did everywhere else.
Like I always say, renting a car and driving around is the best way to see a new place and I’m so glad we did that on this trip! We got a Mazda 6 and it was amazing. I was so blown away by the beautiful interior and the advanced technology. It was seriously just as nice as my Audi! I’m totally a Mazda fan again. The only other two cars I had before my Audi were both Mazdas and I loved them both but man, technology has really come a long way! I totally felt like I was in a luxury vehicle.
For our drive along the New England Coast, I went with a nautical blue theme for my outfit. I just got these bell bottom pants on super sale so I knew I had to wear them on this trip. I wore a really cute white crop top under the sweater, but I should have known I’d never take the sweater off in these frigid temps. I did think the blueish grey sweater was the perfect color to pair with these pretty navy velvet flares!
After driving through Marblehead, we headed up to Salem. I was so excited to go at this time of year so I could see all the spookiness and learn about the Salem Witch Trials. Boy was I in for a rude awakening. Salem was pure chaos. There were tourists everywhere, some dressed up in cheap Halloween costumes, others with 4 kids in tow. It looked like a cheap carnival and I didn’t even want to get out of the car. We finally stumbled upon a little brewery that actually had a parking lot, so we stopped for a quick beer before heading back to Boston.
Since Salem was a bust and I did still have my dream of seeing a pretty white lighthouse in real life, Ryan surprised me and found one on Winter Island, a short 8-minute drive from Salem. I was so excited, I had to jump out and take these photos. It’s a little guy, but I still love it. It gets dark at around 5pm in New England this time of year, so after the photos, we were ready to head back to town.
On the way though, we had to stop at just a few more liquor stores in hopes of finding some rare bourbon. We ended up with another Michter’s 10 and a Michter’s Toasted Barrel. We really lucked out with some awesome Michter’s finds on this trip! Since we got back to town pretty early in the evening, we decided to go to the Celtics preseason game to watch Tacko Fall, their new 7’7″ player, play in the NBA for the first time. He dunked within 30 seconds of being in the game and did an amazing job for his first time out on the court with the Celtics. It was an awesome day all around and I’m so happy with the photos we got!
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Photos by Ryan Carpenter.