I can’t quite describe what pulls me to New England, I’m not from there – nor is any of my family – but I love it. I love to visit, to read about it, and to watch films from there. Maybe it’s the relaxed preppy vibe, the history, or even the cool blue Atlantic that could tell a thousand stories about the journeys that have taken place across it.
Place: New England. Lobsters, sailing, islands, whale printed pants, history, and so much more!
What to Pack: Preppy casual with a jacket for cool evenings. Boat shoes that you can slide in and out of (and not worry about getting dirty), and a small purse will make things easier. A sailor striped e-reader case and nautical-knot necklace are too cute not to bring! (Click below for more details about the items.)
What to Do:
Boston: There is so much to see in this historic, beautiful town. Favorite bookstore? Harvard Bookstore. This is a privately owned bookstore with a very friendly staff, and wonderful selection tables. I also enjoy Salem, and a trip to Massachusetts without a visit to Concord would be sacrilege for a bookworm! Martha’s Vineyard is accessible by bus and ferry – and is worth a trip!
New Hampshire: Portsmouth is such a sweet town. Stay at The Governor’s House. It has a wonderful library and it’s a short distance from the main drag of town (Congress Street), eat at Friendly Toast (because it’s cute… andy yummy), and make sure you stop by River Run Bookstore and say hi to Liberty (aka The Demon Bookseller of Fleet Street, and also my colleague at BookRiot)… take a chance and buy whichever book she recommends; russian roulette for book geeks!
Maine: Kennebunkport… Anywhere you go in this picturesque town is going to thrill you. It’s quintessential coastal Maine. Make sure you try the blueberry pie at Bartley’s Dockside Restaurant. It’s a hole in the wall, but yummy nonetheless!
- Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead: Preppy wedding on a preppy island combining two preppy families. Mixes humor and depth in a well-written story.
- Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan: The story of a New England family told through the eyes of three generations of its women. A wonderful, intricate story about family, traditions, and the significance of being a woman. This is a fantastic read.
- Here if You Need Me by Kate Braestrup: Amazing non-fiction about an atheist Unitarian chaplain of the Maine Game Warden Service. Incredibly wise, poignant, and breathtaking – it’s a testament to the fact that we humans all have a common thread, no matter where we live or what we believe. You might not want to go backpacking through the Maine wilderness after reading it, but you’ll always remember it from the stories in this book. (One of my favorite books of all time.)
Have you read these titles? What other ones would be New England-y?