Way behind on updates, as usual, here’s the story of when my Mom came to visit. I was off from work Wednesday 12/30-Sunday 1/4, and didn’t want to waste all those days off by just staying home, so I was trying to decide on where I could go. It turned out that my mom had those same days off as well, so we spontaneously booked her a flight out here with some miles I had acquired (thank you, Virgin America).
We had a very relaxing New Years just hanging out together at home. I finally got to go to Estelle’s. That place is always packed on week nights and weekends, but since I was off on a Wednesday (and it was New Year’s Eve), the place was empty, and it was pretty good.
On New Year’s Day we explored Boston a little. We snagged a great parking spot in the North End and had lunch at Cantina Italiana. My mom loves Quincy Market, so after lunch we walked over there and hung around in the shops. We got some cannolis from Mike’s on the way back to the car and ended another relaxing day with an evening in.
The next day we headed to Newport to go on some mansion tours. We toured The Breakers, Marble House, and the Elms, then had lunch at Brick Alley, where I had some of the best lobster mac & cheese. We walked around some more, stopped in at Alex and Ani for some bracelets, then stopped in Providence for dessert from Scialo Bros. Bakery.
The following day we drove up to Portland and stopped at the Portland Head Light. It was SO cold, but I never get tired of that spot. Then we had the best brunch at Hot Suppa, I got some aeropress coffee from Tandem, and we of course had to get gelato from Gelato Fiasco. We walked around, stopping in all the little shops, and I got some moose earrings, which I love very much.
One the way home, we stopped in Costco and then drove through the snow storm (and it was my first time driving in snowy conditions). It is also worth mentioning that I then got the best parking spot right outside my apartment.
Sunday we went to church then had brunch at Stella. Then it was time to drive mom to the airport. Our quick little visit was very nice, and a very nice way to ring in the new year.