The ultimate American road trip
Some many moons ago, I was born in the great North Eastern part of the United States. More specifically, in Connecticut. Though I moved across the pond only a couple years later, I’ve always had these thoughts that romanticise this part of America and I’m sure it’s not for naught. From what I’ve seen, it’s purely idyllic in the spring and fall as well as completely brutal in summer and winter. At least it switches off between seasons, I guess, right? Maybe one day, I’ll be able to see it in person again. Maybe, I’ll even do it by car. Because after all, that really is one of the best ways to see any part of a country-by jumping behind the wheel and getting out on the open road. It’s basically the American way.
But to be honest, if I were to stop, drop, and hit the open road in the North East, I would prefer to do so by spending my nights in a comfy bed at a local bed and breakfast or a cute little inn-like the ones you see on your favourite TV show. There seem to be some really great ones in this neck of the woods and I can’t wait to try them out when this road trip does finally happen.
Inns like The White Barn Grace in Maine or any of its affiliated hotels across the region (The Vanderbilt Grace in Newport, Rhode Island and The Mayflower Grace in Washington, Connecticut) are purely sublime. They seem to be the very image of what you’d expect in a rustic town and what you would hope to find after a long day of driving, apple orchards, and simple adventures.
Their amenities include such fine things. I’m talking about waterfront cottages, wine masterclasses, private cooking classes, and even fly fishing, if you’re into that. They seem to have a little bit of everything and for every hobby type for each of their guests. Plus, can we just talk about the rooms they have on their websites? They look so prime and so comfortable. I’m not quite sure if I would even leave the bed to be honest-those linens look to die for.
Surely because of their amenities, locations, and more, The Grace hotel chain across the North East has won several accolades from the likes of Conde Nast Traveler and more for being some of the best places to stay in the area. The vibe from the sites seem to blend effortlessly that of the beach, city, and farm life that we all hope to find when we’re on vacation and trying to escape our normal lives. These hotels seem to be the perfect getaways and the perfect location to blissfully remain unaware of what’s going on in the real world in the best way possible.
If you are looking for a new place to go, a new adventure, or even just somebody new to man the radio in your car, please consider roadtripping in this part of the country. It seems to be a region often overlooked due to its ‘lack’ of city life, even with its proximity to the Big Apple and easy access to various locales across the Easern Seaboard. It still gets overlooked and with hidden gems like The Grace hotels, I’m honestly not too sure why.
So get ready, pack your bags, and don’t forget the rental car. You wont want to miss out on this great American roadtrip as you’ll see a part of the country most haven’t seen before or haven’t cared to explore. Get ready and get going on that new adventure this year. You deserve it, as we all do with our busy lives.