+ Basically the whole trip was a highlight. It was so great to see my friend Liz again. When she left, I didn’t realize how much I would miss having her in Raleigh, but honestly I don’t think a week goes by where I don’t say “I wish Liz was here.” So it was great to have three and a half days to catch up, and have an awesome time in an awesome city.
+ Visiting the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum. It was Liz’s suggestion, and while I’m not typically a museum fanatic, it was SO COOL. I found myself fascinated by this woman’s life, and her crazy four story glass ceiling courtyard. Definitely worth 15 dollars.
+ The Harpoon Brewery tour. We managed to score free passes (although it’s just 5 dollars regularly) and even though it was basically like every other brewery tour in the world, you got to taste as much beer as you wanted! Perhaps that wasn’t the best idea for a 12:30 PM tour on a Sunday on an empty stomach, but I love sampling all different kinds of anything you’d care to throw at me. Once, someone had my family over for dinner, and we had a chocolate tasting for dessert, and I still think that’s totally awesome.
+ The Freedom Trail. I’ve done the Freedom Trail before. I knew David and I wouldn’t have time to complete it, since it’s crazy long, and it was threatening to rain basically the whole day. It was a fun way to walk through some of the coolest parts of the city, and it’s incredible how much historical significance such a relatively small area has.
+ The swan boats in the Boston Public Gardens. It was super touristy, obviously, and an extra from Jersey Shore yelled at us from the bridge we floated under, but it was still super fun. Who doesn’t love giant pedal boats shaped like swans? All of the other passengers were completely silent, so it was a delightfully strange experience.
+ Liz’s roof deck. She has this incredible view of the skyline, and something about it made it feel like living in Boston was something we could do too. Actually, showing David a city that I really love, and staying with a friend who is doing almost exactly what I want to do successfully also contributed that feeling. Who knows what the future will actually hold, but all I know is that if we end up in Boston, I’d be more than okay with that.
We stopped in Annapolis for a single night to make the drive back more tolerable. I was worried about the whole situation. I’d never been to Annapolis before, so who knew what it would be like, I booked a room at the Historic Inns of Annapolis, which could be cool, or could be a weird, dirty bed and breakfast where our room was filled with dolls, and I had no plan for what we would do while we were there. Fortunately, we had a basically perfect evening.
+ Upon arrival, we got a room upgrade, and stayed in a sweet corner room that was nicer than anywhere we’d stayed previously.
+ We enjoyed a happy hour (they don’t have those in North Carolina – it’s against the law to be happy for an hour, I guess) where the drinks were actually good, and the snacks were even better.
+ There was a comic book store, where we purchased a copy of Adventure Time, and read it down by the water like the nerds we are.
+ At the water, there was a duck feeding frenzy, the likes of which I’ve never seen before in my life. This guy was throwing Cheerios at the ducks, and they were flipping out. Ducks were just spinning in circles, like OMG CHEERIOS.
+ We found an amazing restaurant for our last vacation dinner: earlier in the day I said I would be happy if I could just get crab soup, caesar salad, and creme brulee for dinner. Guess what they had? Bonus: They had the best sangria I’ve ever tasted.
All in all, it was a perfect end to an awesome vacation, I love Annapolis, and I can’t wait to go back. So that ends the biggest, longest road trip I have ever taken. I’m officially hooked, and David and I are trying to figure out where we’re going next year!