Bahston and the Surrounding Area
07/14/2011 - 07/21/2011 90 °F
We arrived in Beverly, Massachusetts after a farewell/welcome dinner at Heather and Steve’s. Their daughters and friend arrived in Sunapee within hours of our departure. It was time again for another HelpX and we were hoping for better luck this time after staying with “crazy face” up in Canada. This time we were staying at a large villa north of Boston. Our host, Jerusha, worked for an architecture firm and was beginning to fix up the hundred year old villa that her mother owned. Beverly was quintessential New England with sailboats in the harbor and seafood at every restaurant in town. The villa itself was grand with eleven rooms, hidden doors, claw foot tubs, a swimming pool, and elaborately tiled fireplaces. The ceilings had mosaics on them with exposed beams and vaulted archways. The work was easy and rewarding. It consisted of clearing brush, weeding, and organizing. Our first couple of days were light since our host worked 9 to 5, but we spent the weekend building a fence to enclose the side yard for the dogs.
I smell bacon!
On our time off we headed into Boston to see the sights. We walked the Freedom Trail which hit up all the major highlights of the city and its involvement in the beginnings of our country. Being from Florida, it was really amazing to see how much history is in the northeast. It was nice to finally see all the places that we have only read about in books. We visited Paul Revere’s home (Man did he have a lot of children!), three different burying grounds, and the famous church where two lanterns were lit to signal that the British were coming by sea.
Get your freedom on
The next day was spent touring the U.S.S. Constitution, Cambridge/Harvard, and true to our style the Harpoon Brewery. At the brewery we tried many different types of beer including one that had 200 oysters shucked into it during the brewing process. For those of you anti-oyster people out there, don’t worry they just added a little bit of a salty flavor to the beer!
Row row row your boat
The oldest floating vessel in the world
All in all we really enjoyed our time spent in Massachusetts. Jerusha was an amazing host and she loved to cook. We grilled out a couple of nights while we were there and even got to meet her dad. Just an example of some of the meals we shared were a Mexican inspired feast complete with margaritas and a Middle Eastern inspired meal with brick pressed chicken and homemade flat bread.
Our trip wouldn’t be complete without an afternoon drive up the coast of New England. The land met the sea in ways that it never would in Florida and we were both struck by the beauty of it all. We decided that New England could be added to our list of possible relocation areas. We finished our trip with happy hour oysters and prepared for our drive the next day.