This week we are catching up on Tamara’s recent travels around New England and the Northeast — from a girlfriend getaway in Vermont to glamping in Massachusetts and New Hampshire to a romantic getaway in Philadelphia.
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New England Trip Tips
- Many state tourism boards have put together different trails that make it easy to plan a trip. Vermont has a cheese trail, beer trail, covered bridges trail, and more.
- The visitor center or the visitor’s board website can provide a lot of information and sometimes coupons.
- Tamara has a good post on We3Travel with her itinerary for planning a Vermont road trip and read more about her weekend getaway on YourTimetoFly.com.
- Brattleboro, Vermont is a hip artsy town.
- Bennington, Vermont is a historic town in Southern Vermont.
- Manchester, Vermont has a lot to do in town and nearby and Tamara has a post about things to do in Manchester.
- Lye Brook Falls is a great hike just outside of Manchester.
- The Mountain Inn in Killington was perfect for a girls’ trip. They have a restaurant and distillery on-site and have renovated the rooms to be trendy. In the winter they have a dining experience to eat in a gondola.
- Cold Hollow Cider Mill has great apple cider donuts and hard cider tastings.
- Bring along a cooler or cooler bag with ice packs to be able to bring home cheese and other goodies.
- Morse Farm near Montpelier does a maple syrup tasting.
- Auto Camp is a glamping resort that offers airstream camping, safari tents, and X Suites. There are locations in Sonoma, Yosemite, Zion, and now Cape Cod.
- You can read Tamara’s full review of Auto Camp Cape Cod on YourTimetoFly.
- See other places to go glamping in New England.
- You can read about Tamara’s trip to the Tuxbury Tiny House Village in New Hampshire on We3Travel, which is not far from Newburyport, Massachusetts and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
- The Kimpton Hotel Monaco has a great location in Old City Philadelphia. It is a great hotel right next to all the historic sites like Independence Hall.
- Stay tuned next week to hear more about Tamara’s trip to Maine!
Full Episode Transcript
[00:00:00.240] – Kim Tate
Today, we’re checking in with Tamara about her recent travels to New England.
[00:00:16.710] – Announcer
Welcome to Vacation Mavens. A family travel podcast with ideas for your next vacation and tips to get you out the door. Here are your hosts, Kim from Stuffed Suitcase and Tamara from We3Travel.
[00:00:32.040] – Kim Tate
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[00:00:57.100] – Kim Tate
So I don’t have to worry about all the germs and any food particles that may be there, as well as a super soft pillowcase and 10 sanitizing wipes that are perfect for helping me wipe down the tray table. And it even comes with one face mask. So if you guys are looking for a safe way to travel, you might want to check out the safe travels kit.
[00:01:14.960] – Tamara Gruber
You know, I think about so many other kinds of germs, but I luckily don’t have to deal with those allergens. So I never even thought of it for that reason. But really, I would love the security of knowing that those things are being kept away.
[00:01:27.570] – Kim Tate
Definitely. Especially the spaces between chairs that can just get gross. So nice to know that this is an option for us. Great.
[00:01:33.570] – Tamara Gruber
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[00:01:39.560] – Kim Tate
So, Tamara, I, of course, follow you all over social media, and I’ve been very sad and feeling left out because you are just jet setting around New England and I have been stuck at home in Seattle. And so why don’t you tell us all about some of the adventures you’ve been on lately?
[00:01:56.000] – Tamara Gruber
I know I feel a little bit like a champagne. That was shook and then the cork was popped you know?
[00:02:01.130] – Kim Tate
Well, exactly. It’s like party vaccination rocks.
[00:02:05.720] – Tamara Gruber
[00:02:06.560] – Tamara Gruber
I mean, it’s just like it just has come about in that way. But there’s definitely, I’m sure for everyone, like a lot of pent up demand for travel. And it just worked out like luckily Glenn is still not traveling for work. And so he’s here to help out, you know, bring Hannah to and from school. So I’ve been able to go out and do some things on my own. But our first one was actually a Mother’s Day thing.
[00:02:27.170] – Tamara Gruber
So one night Glenn was asking, like, you know, what would you want to do for Mother’s Day? Do you want to go for brunch or, you know, these things? And I kind of looked at him and I’m like, how do I tell them I just want to go away, like, without them? So I did. Yeah. So I was like, you know, I really just want to go somewhere. And Vermont had recently reopened to people that were vaccinated.
[00:02:49.970] – Tamara Gruber
And I have wanted to go to Vermont like all last summer, but I couldn’t because of the travel restrictions. So I asked a friend of mine who had also said, like, hey, when we’re vaccinated, like, we should do something. So she’s a teacher and she’s had, of course, like a really very stressful year. So I was like, would you want to go to Vermont? She’s like, absolutely. And so I planned it.
[00:03:12.740] – Tamara Gruber
And I was like, Do you want to know anything that we’re doing or should I just surprise you? And she was like, I have so much to deal with. I would be happy with whatever you do. And I know she’s like she’s someone that she likes to travel. She loves checking out new things. She’s kind of like up for anything type of person anyway. So I just, like, went crazy. And I was like going through all these like, oh, like Vermont has a cheese trail and they have a beer trail and they have a, you know, like covered bridges trail.
[00:03:38.600] – Tamara Gruber
And I’m like, how can I, like, fit a whole bunch in to, you know, like a long three day weekend.
[00:03:43.790] – Kim Tate
So that’s I like states do that when they do. I mean, that’s become a thing. I remember remember that long time ago you and I did that press trip to Jefferson Parish. Louisiana. And they had like an oyster trail. And I just think it’s it’s really cool how, you know, states do that. It kind of gives you a cohesive theme and very organized literature to help you learn how to kind of explore.
[00:04:09.360] – Tamara Gruber
It does. You know, and I think a lot of times, like a lot of people really don’t have time to plan things. And so you see something like that, you’re like, oh, yeah, that sounds interesting. Like, let’s go do it. And it’s fun. Like, I know my sister and my brother, actually, both of them, they’re part of this group of couples through their church where they always travel together like twice a year.
[00:04:26.960] – Tamara Gruber
And my brother is the organizer. Imagine that one of the things that they do is like this chocolate. I don’t know if it’s like a scavenger hunt, but it’s like one of these things, like the town hall sets up like different kind of chocolate related death by chocolate, I think it’s called, and then makes you go visit like each of the businesses that are participating to get your little piece of chocolate at or whatever. So it’s just a fun thing and like and now it’s something that they look forward to.
[00:04:53.780] – Tamara Gruber
Like we go and we do this together and it’s our tradition.
[00:04:56.870] – Kim Tate
Yeah, I think that’s awesome. I think also a heads up to people just when you are planning to explore a new region, don’t forget about the visitors bureaus and visitor centers of the city or town or state that you’re planning to visit because they are there for visitors specifically and they have a lot of great information and can really help you make the most out of your trip. So a lot of it’s online, but sometimes I find that going into their little visitor centers can be extremely useful.
[00:05:26.180] – Kim Tate
Yeah, and that’s done some great coupons.
[00:05:29.210] – Tamara Gruber
Yeah, that’s what I really want to do with Vermont, which I think is Vermont vacation dotcom. But we were coming up from Rhode Island, so it was kind of doing a lot of southern and central Vermont. But they have a lot of scenic byways, as you can imagine, because it’s just a very it’s just such a pretty state. It’s one of my favorites in New England. It just has that very classic feel, you know, like these towns with the church, with the big steeple and, you know, like just exactly what you think of when you think classic Americana.
[00:05:58.430] – Tamara Gruber
Totally. So we started out in Brattleboro, which I hadn’t really spent a lot of time in, and that is kind of like a artsy kind of hip little town. So we just kind of walked around town and did like a cheese shop there. And then we drove across like a scenic byway over to the town of Bennington, which is like a little bit more of a historic town. We started a bunch of covered bridges and different sites, and then we went up and we spent our first night in Manchester.
[00:06:27.950] – Tamara Gruber
And if anyone hasn’t been to Vermont, like Manchester is definitely one of my favorite towns. It’s just it’s really pretty. It’s really quaint. There’s a lot to do nearby. There’s, you know, a number of ski resorts that aren’t that to. Too far away, really good food scene, there’s outlet shopping like a high end outlet shopping, if you enjoy that. But then there’s also like the Orvis. Yeah, flyfishing company, their headquarters is there.
[00:06:51.340] – Tamara Gruber
They have a resort there that has like a Land Rover experience. And then there’s, of course, fly-Fishing, you know, there’s Norman Rockwell stuff. So tons to do in that area. But we we stayed overnight there and we the next day went and did a waterfall because I was like, OK, we’re going to see a lot of covered bridges. We’re going to see a lot of waterfalls that we’re going to eat like a lot of cheese and maple sirup kind of stuff.
[00:07:11.900] – Tamara Gruber
So we did this hike, which I think you would have enjoyed, too. It was like five miles round trip, but it was up to a waterfall. And when we got up there, it was pretty much empty, like there was no one there for quite a while. And then after I was taking some pictures, like a bunch of people came and then there was like a whole flood of people coming up. We’re like, well, we made it here just in time.
[00:07:30.370] – Tamara Gruber
But it was like one of those good, you know, like uphill climbs that you felt like you worked hard for it, but you weren’t, like, totally exhausted afterwards, you know, and you had a good reward, you know, when I got there.
[00:07:41.590] – Kim Tate
So that was sometimes something. Yeah.
[00:07:43.150] – Tamara Gruber
Yeah. And then we went we did a historic home that Robert Lincoln, who’s Abraham Lincoln’s son, had built a summer home up there when he was like president of the Pullman like the Pullman cars and trains like that company that like, you know, a little self guided tour of that home. And then we drove from there. We made a couple other stops at like Maple sirup places up to Killington, which is one of the major ski resorts in in Vermont.
[00:08:12.280] – Tamara Gruber
And we at this place called the Mountain In. And it was kind of like you could tell it was probably like an old like not so great hotel that they have renovated to make it look like cool and retro. You know, sometimes they take anything like motels or different hotels and they add like this, you know, kind of cool element to it.
[00:08:31.330] – Kim Tate
We stayed in one like that in Santa Rosa. I remember we. Yeah, that it was kind of a motel, but it had such cute, like, retro theming.
[00:08:38.110] – Tamara Gruber
Right. Right. Yes.
[00:08:39.560] – Kim Tate
This one was. I think it was anyway. Sorry. Go ahead.
[00:08:42.300] – Tamara Gruber
This one has a distillery there. So it’s like distillery and in and then they have like a restaurant there. So it’s like cool. And I thought it was really good for like a girls trip because, you know, like they have the little tasting room where you can taste the different spirits. And like I was like a cool, trendy thing. And then they had little balconies off the room where you can overlook the the slopes at Killington, which still had some snow on them, you know, so it was really neat.
[00:09:06.610] – Tamara Gruber
And then I booked us a special experience, like something that I’ve wanted to do all winter here. But the places that do it are so darn expensive that I haven’t done it. But is eating in a ski gondola. Oh, yeah. Yes. Have you seen those? Do you have.
[00:09:20.410] – Kim Tate
Yeah, I don’t think we have a gondola, but we have the little the Globes like the glass triangle globe things in Seattle. But yeah, I’ve seen the gondolas. I know they have them in Colorado.
[00:09:31.390] – Tamara Gruber
Yeah. It’s just something that I’ve wanted to do and like yeah there’s a place here called Ocean House which does it and it’s like a fondue experience, but it’s like five hundred dollars and you get basically like crudite and fondue and like not even wine or anything. So I’m like I want to do that. Looks so cool. It’s like so cool Instagram ish kind of thing. But anyway they had it there, you did have to pay a little extra, but then the food was just like normal and they’re heated and they had actually like built it out so that it had like little curtains and pillows and like it was like designed inside.
[00:10:04.870] – Tamara Gruber
So it was really neat. And they had music piped in so, so fun because it was definitely cold that night, you know. So they’re like the waitress would come in, like open the doors and give us the food. And it was just it was such a fun experience. It was very too, because they brought out like a I think a like maple aged bourbon or something like maple barrel bourbon was like their thing and they brought it out.
[00:10:26.920] – Tamara Gruber
And I don’t really drink like spirits that much. And so it came out, you know, you know, like an amuse bouche. When they’re serving you like dinner, they’ll bring a little thing from the chef. So I’m like, is this like the alcohol amuse bouche? But like, I I’m not a bourbon fan. So I was like sipping it. And then I’m like, OK, I’m just going to dump the rest and the rest of my drink and.
[00:10:48.850] – Tamara Gruber
Yeah, but I’m like, is it really bad if I just switch to wine when I’m at a distillery?
[00:10:54.280] – Kim Tate
Yeah, I’m not a spirits person but it sounds good. I wonder how many restaurants are going to have a whole new monetization like as bad as and hard as the you know, pandemic was on them being able to have this new revenue stream that maybe some of them have found and developed is going to be exciting like the outdoor dining.
[00:11:13.340] – Tamara Gruber
I mean, Glenn and I were just talking about that this weekend because we’re in Philadelphia. And I was saying, like, there’s so many things that I hope stick around. You know, like so much outdoor dining, I really hope stays. But yeah. So we did that. We stayed. So that was our second night. We stayed in Killington and then the next day we drove up the scenic route one hundred to a few more like waterfalls and different sites.
[00:11:34.930] – Tamara Gruber
And we hit we’re going to hit that Ben and Jerry’s factory store, but we’ve both already done. So we went to this other, like apple cider place that I’ve gone to called Cold Hollow Cider Mill, and since I last been there, they actually added hard cider, too. So you would like this because they do like a cider tasting. Like hard cider tasting.
[00:11:53.690] – Kim Tate
That’s right up my alley. Yeah, I like regular cider and hard ciders.
[00:11:57.680] – Tamara Gruber
Well, and the good thing about this was, although you may not like it as much as I did, but when you do the hard cider tasting, they give you a coupon for six free apple cider donuts across the street.
[00:12:06.920] – Kim Tate
Oh, I would love that. Love it.
[00:12:09.860] – Kim Tate
Yeah. I have to come do fall with you in New England because the Apple Cider Donuts, we have one place out here that does, um, and I’ve heard of people getting them out here, but I’ve never gone around to it. But that’s, you know, sounds like a dream dessert for me.
[00:12:24.890] – Tamara Gruber
They’re so good. They’re so, so good. There’s a place that I like to go to. Sometimes they’ll have like an hour waiting in line to get them. It’ll be worth it if we’ll just chat for an hour. We can record a podcast while we wait for apple cider. Well, I will say definitely the thing to do is if you’re going to do one of these road trips to Vermont is bring a cooler because I brought like a cooler like a small cooler bag.
[00:12:45.170] – Tamara Gruber
But it was not big enough because, of course, like, there’s all these cheese places, like we went to like two or three artisan cheese places. So we bought cheese and then we would stop at the maple syrup, you know, the maple sugar shacks. And so you’d get like maple syrup and, you know, just like different maple goods, you know, and then you have the craft beer, you know, like there’s so many things that you want to, like, pop into that cooler.
[00:13:07.280] – Kim Tate
We’ll have to go back to that travel tech episode. I’m sure that he has some advice on the best coolers. I remember him talking about that.
[00:13:14.810] – Tamara Gruber
I was like, well, good thing it’s still cold out. You know, we did bring it in for, like a fridge one day, but the next night it was going to be 32 degrees and like, it can just be fine. So we had a lot of fun. And we in the last place we went to, I think it was called Morse Farm, and they did a syrup tasting.
[00:13:31.520] – Tamara Gruber
So a lot of places like you kind of have to know, do you like like a rich robust or do you like a lighter amber? But there they didn’t and even did it with covid. They had a Plexiglas shield. They gave you a little spoon each time and then you just kind of lowered your mask and popped it in. But it was really neat, you know, to do that kind of sirup tasting. And of course, everybody, one of the things that’s big there are maple cremees.
[00:13:52.880] – Tamara Gruber
So it’s like a soft ice cream, but it’s maple flavored soft ice cream.
[00:13:57.710] – Kim Tate
That’s so that sounds good. I like maple sirup. I’m not I’m not like in the maple candies that much, but I don’t.Yeah, I like caramel so maybe I don’t know, I’m not big on like the maple stuff. Like the sugar candy.
[00:14:09.650] – Tamara Gruber
Yeah. I was never big on that but I love syrup definitely. I round my pancakes and syrup and like all of these country stores are just they’re so cute, you know, they have like all the pancake mix and you know, just like all the locally made products kind of stuff.
[00:14:26.150] – Tamara Gruber
So I anyway I have a whole itinerary that I just put up on We3Travel just with the three days in Vermont if you want to see all of our stops. But it was just so much fun. It was just a very it was a good girls trip, right. Yeah. I don’t know if, like, everyone would have wanted to do the stops that we made, you know, like I probably would have been like, OK, enough of cheese shops or enough covered bridges.
[00:14:49.550] – Tamara Gruber
Now, like, they all kind of start to look alike, you know, like things like that. But the waterfalls are beautiful, too. And it was a good time of year to be out there, you know, because the water is in this. Yeah, the water. I will say, though, the only the struggle still was finding a bathroom because so many of the visitors centers and I think because Vermont had just reopened. Oh, yeah.
[00:15:09.560] – Tamara Gruber
Like a lot of places that had closed down, maybe they open during ski season, but then closed again. And we’re going to open like after Memorial Day. So we had a little bit of trouble sometimes, like finding restaurants that were open or like one day we just we took some of our cheese and crackers and we made ourselves a little picnic, you know, and that’s what we did for lunch.
[00:15:29.270] – Kim Tate
Yeah. I definitely think that, like, the travel sector is changing fast. And I think after Memorial Day, it’ll be interesting to see how quickly destinations are able to adjust. And because, you know, I think it’s also finding workers again and getting back on board.
[00:15:45.950] – Tamara Gruber
And so I was going to say definitely the challenge is staffing because know here, like quite a few states have lifted restrictions entirely. So it’s like, yeah, wide open, which is kind of crazy and takes getting used to.
[00:15:58.520] – Tamara Gruber
But definitely the challenge is still like staffing. You know, we went to a restaurant the other day and we’re looking to like move our reservation to be a little bit earlier. And there didn’t seem like there’s anything available. And we walked up and like the whole like half the patio is empty. We’re like, what do you mean it wasn’t available? Like, that part was closed off. I’m sure they just didn’t have, you know, staffing for it.
[00:16:20.750] – Tamara Gruber
So, yeah, definitely an issue. But it was it was such a nice trip. My friend loved it. It was just like one of those things where it was like the first, you know, getaway like without the family, the first getaway, like, you know, and so long. And it was just it was just so nice. It was just kind of strange. Like we got to be around someone that we didn’t live with and stayed in the room with her and you still negotiate some of that, like, mask.
[00:16:49.300] – Tamara Gruber
It was interesting. I mean, I definitely think that’s going to be everyone has to come to like different comfort levels. And it’s like the more you kind of get yourself out there, the more comfortable you might feel. It’s also nice to know that, like, Vermont is like 70 percent vaccinated. So you’re going to a fairly safe, you know, destination where everyone around you is kind of in a similar boat. So it makes you good.
[00:17:12.370] – Kim Tate
But that’s awesome. So that’s trip one. I know there’s like two or three other ones. Was what’s next that you’re going to dish about?
[00:17:21.790] – Tamara Gruber
So the next thing I did, I did on my own and it was glamping things. So I went to this place called Auto Camp Cape Cod. So Auto Camp is like a upscale glamping resort that uses Airstream like retrofitted like new Airstream trailers. And they also have some like camping tents and some what they call X Suites, which are tiny houses, really, but they have locations. There’s one in Russian River and Sonoma. There’s one outside of Zion, one outside of Yosemite.
[00:17:54.760] – Tamara Gruber
This one in Cape Cod just opened, I think, in April. And then there is a few others that are opening this year. So it’s definitely like one of the it’s kind of like under canvas, you know, it’s like dedicated glamping, but upscale lots of amenities, you know, kind of feels like you’re on a hotel resort, except your accommodations are are very different. And I will say I loved it. So this one I went by myself because I just wanted to check this out.
[00:18:20.350] – Tamara Gruber
I’ve written about glamping in New England in the past. In the fall, I have an article about like 20 different places that you can go camping in New England. But I wanted to do more of a deep dove into this one. And I just I was really happy to be away by myself. It was so fun, but it was such a unique experience. It was like the first of all, the clubhouse that they have, like the main kind of lobby.
[00:18:45.010] – Tamara Gruber
You could say it was just gorgeous. It was very like they call it mid century modern, but it felt like they had like an eco lodge type of feel to it, too, because it was very like inside. Outside. So you, like, walked in this big door. There’s a desk, there’s like a little shop with all the kind of curated gift shop kind of stuff, but then also like food and things like that that you could buy.
[00:19:05.830] – Tamara Gruber
And then they had this huge, like, lobby area with all these different types of like lounge seating, a little area where they would you can purchase breakfast or coffee or they do all day dining. Then there were these long, like work tables that you would sometimes find in like a Courtyard Marriott type of lobby where there’s like a workstations like long tables that have like outlets and things so people can do work there. But then it opened straight into a patio with more different types of lounge seating.
[00:19:31.420] – Tamara Gruber
And then like a view across the lawn and in the distance, you could see like the ocean and they had like a fire pit, you know, set up outside. And then there was like a really neat looking fireplace inside as well. So it was like a just a beautiful property. Like, you step in right away and you’re like, OK, this is not like a campground. You know, this is something.
[00:19:53.140] – Tamara Gruber
I love how more hotels and resorts are getting kind of this lobby focus where they’re creating a lot of sitting areas in the lobbies, because I think a lot of people want to do that. They don’t want to just be in your room the whole time. So that’s cool that I think that’s a trend that I’ve been noticing more and more.
[00:20:12.340] – Tamara Gruber
Yeah, it’s nice, especially if you’re traveling with somebody to right to have a place to, like, hang out. And I definitely saw that with, you know, whether it was like family groups or, you know, like friend groups that these kind of places, you know, tend to attract that kind of thing where you can have your individual accommodations, but then you’re kind of hanging out around the campfire together, something like, yeah, I definitely feel like this was a really good spot for a romantic getaway, because the way that the trailers are set up, they have a queen bed in a bedroom and then they do have a couch that could fold out into a futon.
[00:20:46.090] – Tamara Gruber
But it’s really like one adult or two little kids. Like there’s no way like a family of four, like teen, you know, with teens, like there’s no way you could do it with them. Yeah. And even that like even the family, like I saw a lot of families are like toddler age. They’re like, OK, so they put the kids on the pull out, but like the bathrooms on one side and the bedrooms on the other side and the kids are in the middle, you know, so it’s like a little bit like where do you go, where do you hang out?
[00:21:13.330] – Tamara Gruber
And I know you have that in a hotel room, too, and you can certainly hang out, you know, outside by the fire and such. But, you know, I definitely felt like it would be really nice as a romantic getaway for something just very different.
[00:21:25.960] – Kim Tate
I think that sounds nice. I mean, I yeah, I think it’s it varies based on what people are looking for. It’s so it’s good to consider spacing. I mean, you talked about that even when we talked about the road trip, the massive road trip. You. Like, sometimes families need space, and so you have to remember that when you’re booking your accommodations, right?
[00:21:45.680] – Tamara Gruber
Yeah. Just because it says it can sleep four.
[00:21:48.440] – Kim Tate
[00:21:48.970] – Tamara Gruber
Yeah, well, it was sleep, the four of you comfortably. Yes. But the Airstreams itself, they were really nice. So you went in and there was like this, you know, lounge living area with the couch that converts to a bed and then there’s a kitchen area. The kitchen had like a mini fridge and a microwave and a sink and just like a coffeemaker with, like, fresh ground coffee from like a local roaster. And the bathroom was super nice.
[00:22:19.130] – Tamara Gruber
And they had all of the products that you would need, again, like, you know, local organic kind of products, really soft towels. They provided robes the bedroom, like little things that you don’t even always find in a hotel like next to the bed either side. There is a little mini nightstand that had USB plugs as well as like the lighting controls and stuff. And in the whole Airstream, you could actually pair your, like, phone or something to their Bluetooth and then play music through the speakers like throughout the Airstream I saw, which was really neat, like when I was just hanging out by myself, I was doing some work and I was like playing some music and just doing some work using the Wi-Fi.
[00:22:59.930] – Tamara Gruber
You know, it’s just little things like that that were good. And then I had like air conditioning and and heating and I had like a skylight. And even in the bathroom, I had like a little you could pop the skylight and then the fan to kind of get the steam out of there. So I was really impressed. I just I really liked it. They all come with, like a picnic table and two chairs, not like folding chairs, but like, you know, two chairs next to a little fire.
[00:23:26.240] – Tamara Gruber
The only thing is that you can’t burn firewood there. You have to, like, buy the stuff called Goodwood, which is kind of like, look, I kind of compressed sawdust like made into like a log kind of thing. So I think it’s like for environmental purposes, just not to be burning like wood. But it was also like it was right on this bikeway that goes through one section of the cape. It’s like an 11 mile bike path and it’s backs right up on the on the bike path.
[00:23:51.080] – Tamara Gruber
And they have a little bike shed where you can borrow bikes to use. So the next day I, I rode all the way down to Woods Hole, which is where the ferry will go out to go over to Martha’s Vineyard, you know, one of the islands off of the Cape. And, you know, it’s just a cute little town with shops and restaurants and stuff. So you can ride down there. You go past a beach, you can hang out at the beach, you can go.
[00:24:14.210] – Tamara Gruber
This other direction was through like a swampy. Sounds terrible, but like a nice, you know, like a marsh area where there’s like seabirds and things like that. So it was just, you know, it was really it was really very, very nice getaway. And I had fun. It was nice. I would definitely check out one of their destinations. If you’re going to be, you know, in some of the national parks, and especially as they start to open up more, I think they’re opening up one in the Catskills, which we did an episode on that.
[00:24:39.780] – Tamara Gruber
So another option for you.
[00:24:43.130] – Kim Tate
Well, that definitely sounds like a great solo getaway, but I know that you have even more coming up. You’ve been so busy. So what’s next on your New England adventures?
[00:24:53.510] – Tamara Gruber
You know, it’s funny because I was just thinking about it, too. It’s like one of each kind of trip. I did a girls trip. I did a solo trip. I did a family trip, and I did a couples trip. Yeah, that’s where all the kind of that you like to enjoy. It’s nice that you had that. That’s awesome.
[00:25:06.930] – Kim Tate
So what’s what’s up next? Now, what’s the family trip?
[00:25:09.650] – Tamara Gruber
Well, so the family trip was a weekend away and another type of glamping situation. It was a tiny house. So I think everyone’s kind of heard of these little tiny houses. It’s definitely a trend like some people are moving to, like, let’s get rid of the house and live in, like, these tiny house living type of thing. But it also can be used for camping. And so there’s a place called Tuxbury tiny house village, and it is part of the Tuxbury Pond RV resort, which is right on the border between Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
[00:25:41.420] – Tamara Gruber
So I think the address is officially New Hampshire, but it was only about an hour and a half to an hour and 45 minutes away for us to go up. And I’ve written about them, you know, in my little glamping round up, but I hadn’t had a chance to go and do it. So they were like, hey, you know, do you have a chance this year? So I was like, sure, I’ll come up.
[00:25:59.300] – Tamara Gruber
So they hosted us. And luckily Hannah agreed it was like between her exams. So she was able to get away for the weekend because sometimes she’s like, no, I’m too busy. So it was like the one weekend that we didn’t have anything going on. So I basically came home from Cape Cod and then repacked and we drove up to New Hampshire. But it was a similar type of thing. But instead of it being an Airstream, it was a tiny house.
[00:26:23.000] – Tamara Gruber
So you guys can go on to We3Travel. And I have a post that’ll be up by the time this comes out. So you can see a little bit more. If you can’t understand what I’m describing, you know, from the pictures, you’ll you’ll be able to get it. But this was like this was like a real rV campground, so like when you pulled in the office, it was already closed, but they left keys for us.
[00:26:44.210] – Tamara Gruber
So it’s like, you know, your typical, like RV campground where there’s just tons of RVs everywhere. Like, some peoples are clearly like permanently there. You know, some people have porch decorations.
[00:26:58.820] – Tamara Gruber
And it’s also every time I’ve been to one of these, like when I’ve done a KOA kind of thing, I’m always taken by, like, how it’s such a community, like everyone seems to know each other. Right. And so like the next day.
[00:27:13.610] – Kim Tate
I was just going to say, you have hosts like there’s like RV campground hosts that welcome you or, you know, is family a very community respect.
[00:27:20.960] – Tamara Gruber
We late for that, I guess. But yeah, they have all kinds of activities. But you would just see, like, neighbors talking to each other. A lot of them, I think, because it’s a really big campground, have these golf carts that they store there. So they’re like zooming around in their golf carts and waving to people and talking to people. And, you know, just, you know, it’s like being in a neighborhood.
[00:27:38.900] – Tamara Gruber
So sometimes when you go into that, you’re like, oh, I feel like a little like I’m missing something here. Like I’m not part of that. Yeah, but we just kind of did our own thing and they had all of the little tiny houses off to like one side. And ours was called Emerson because they’ll have names and it was right on the pond. So we had like a really nice view sitting in our Adirondack chairs looking at the like where a fire pit was like looking out on the pond, you know.
[00:28:04.640] – Tamara Gruber
So that was it was nice. And they definitely have activities there, like they had horseshoes and basketball and volleyball and they have a pool and they have a playground. And they had like a calendar of activities. And like, Hannah, do you want to go to the hypnotist show? And she’s like, yeah, no, I’ll pass on that, you know, but they have stuff that you can do, you know, on site.
[00:28:23.210] – Tamara Gruber
And otherwise it’s like so accessible to so many things there. We went to Portsmouth, New Hampshire one day, which is like a really nice historic downtown, kind of like a Portland, Maine, that you’ve been to cobblestone streets like, you know, little downtown, like lots of great restaurants and shops and things. So we did that one day. And then the next day when we were leaving, we went to Newbury Port in Massachusetts, which similar kind of on the water, cute town harbor, cobblestone streets, shops and things like that, which I had promised Hannah I would take her to a bookstore.
[00:28:56.000] – Tamara Gruber
And so she was like, be lining for that bookstore. But she was happy because she came back with a bag full of books. But, you know, it was just like a nice little getaway. And we have not done very much of that, you know, even beyond covid, just like in the school year during high school. So it was really nice and it was nice that Hanna was like chill and relaxed about it. And, you know, we went to lunch one day, actually both days we went out to lunch.
[00:29:23.170] – Tamara Gruber
I will tell you, it was funny story, though. So when we got up there, we were running a little bit late. And I’m like, we have to get there before it turns dark because I need to take pictures, you know? You know what that’s like.
[00:29:32.720] – Kim Tate
I know that I planned vacations with knowing and I need to get to an area. If I could tell you our safari west spring break, I’d understand anyways.
[00:29:42.710] – Tamara Gruber
So, of course, like Glenn’s on phone calls and he has like every day he has like a five thirty phone call or whatever. So I’m like, you know, driving. And he’s like on the phone in the car and I’m like racing up the highway trying to get there. And so then we get there and the office is closed and I’m like, oh my God, we can’t even get any cell phone coverage. Like who do I call what I do.
[00:30:02.000] – Tamara Gruber
Luckily there was like the keys were left in a mailbox. It just took a minute to figure that out. So we get there and I’m like, OK, we need to start dinner right away because we had these burgers. So I figured, OK, that night when we get there, we’re just going to make dinner there. And then the next night we’ll go out to dinner because I don’t like to cook every night when we’re like on vacation because, yeah, of course you want to chill out, but I’m like, I don’t know what’s going to be around.
[00:30:25.130] – Tamara Gruber
Let’s like bring stuff to cook like that night. So I saw it was a charcoal grill. We have a gas grill at home, so I don’t really know how to cook on charcoal. But like I did it when I was at auto camp, I just bought charcoal from them and I lit it with a match and it lit and it was fine and it was all good. So we get down there and we had this old bag of charcoal.
[00:30:45.320] – Tamara Gruber
I put it in there. So I’m like, OK, you guys like, start the fire, I’m going to take the pictures. And then I come out and like, Glenn could not get this fire going. Like he’s like trying everything to get this charcoal. And of course, we can’t go buy charcoal like lighter fluid because the store is closed and we have no idea where, like, the closest whatever is, you know, and it’s already like getting dark.
[00:31:04.850] – Tamara Gruber
And I forgot to bring, like, the headlamp, you know, I’m like, oh, we can’t even see what we’re doing out here. So, you know, he’s trying he’s trying to get it going and it and we were already late, like, we didn’t get there until almost eight o’clock. And so we’re like, is there even going to be a place to get food that’s still open? And, you know, so he’s like trying to get on the wi fi to try to find, you know, and he was like, pick up some food.
[00:31:26.540] – Tamara Gruber
So that just we’re not, like, starving that night. I mean, I brought, like, snacks, but we were hungry.
[00:31:30.480] – Kim Tate
[00:31:31.430] – Tamara Gruber
And so then I’m like, OK, there’s a stovetop here, there’s a frying pan. I’m just going to cook the burgers on the stove top like. Granted, it’s going to take a while to the frying pan fits like one burger at a time, but I’m going to go ahead and do this. So I start cooking it and the whole place, like, fills with smoke. And I’m like, I don’t know how that smoke detector didn’t go off.
[00:31:51.560] – Tamara Gruber
So I’m like opening every window in the place and trying to, you know, when you’re like the smoke alarms going off and you’re like when you’re fanning it.
[00:31:58.250] – Tamara Gruber
Yeah, yeah. So I’m like trying to push the smoke out the window and I’m trying to find is there an exhaust fan? And I’m turning on the fan from like the bathroom trying to get anything to suck the smoke out of there. And so Glenn is like, that’s it. I’m just going to like get a pizza. He’s like, just turn it off. And I’m like, well, now these burgers are like like half. What do I do?
[00:32:16.820] – Tamara Gruber
And so he calls and he’s like, I’m just going to go get a pizza. So he goes and he leaves because he’s like, I have to get there. They close at 9:00, I have to get there. So I’m like, OK, go, go, go. And then I like come out and I see Hannah still trying to work on the charcoal she’s got and she has like the coals kind of going. So I’m like good job honey.
[00:32:34.640] – Tamara Gruber
I’m like, OK, I’m gonna bring these burgers that I’m like half cooked in the pan will put the other half over the charcoal. So, you know, but we can’t see what we’re doing. It’s like pitch black. I like did Dad even clean the great or am I putting like my burger on some like disgusting, like dirty thing, you know, and so we start cooking the burgers out there and the first two are like, OK, those are done.
[00:32:56.570] – Tamara Gruber
So I’m unwrapping the other two to bring out and have them start to cook. And so meanwhile, like Hannah and I are sharing a burger while Glenn’s like sitting waiting for pizza, because then the pizza place is like really backed up. He ends up not getting back until almost 10:00 at night with the pizza. Meanwhile, we’ve already had like a burger and a half to try to cook these other two burgers. And the coals just will not keep they’re just dying.
[00:33:21.380] – Tamara Gruber
They’re dying. We cannot get them going. So then I have like, these gray pretty much raw burgers and I’m like, what am I going to do with it? And it’s grossing me out. And I’m like, you know, like raw meat, like whatever. So like, I have nothing to even wrap it in. Glenn’s like, well, don’t just throw them out. Those were like good burgers. I’m like, well what are we going to do it.
[00:33:39.410] – Tamara Gruber
Like what, where are we cooking these things? You know, so they cover them up and put them in the fridge. I’m like, OK, fine. So I had them on a plate and I put like a bowl on top of it and put it in the fridge. And then the next one we’re finally leaving because we never cooked the burgers. I’m like, now you’re going to have, like, stinky rotting meat, like in the garbage. So we were like tying it up in bags so it wouldn’t smell and wasn’t disgusting. But anyway, that’s my terrible story about trying to cook while we’re at the tiny house.
[00:34:06.860] – Kim Tate
Oh my goodness, that is so funny. It’s just this is family travel.
[00:34:12.470] – Kim Tate
Like I feel like all of us who have traveled with kids have been in a situation like that where your food is such a stressor. There’s all these like different levels. And if something can go wrong on a family vacation, you know, there’s a good chance it will.
[00:34:26.870] – Tamara Gruber
So I thought I had it figured out. I was like, yeah, like, you can eat well.
[00:34:31.300] – Kim Tate
I mean, well, we all have so much experience on this, but inevitably something still is like, oh, I hadn’t planned for that. Like, OK, now, you know, you need to pack coals and lighter fluid.
[00:34:41.210] – Tamara Gruber
[00:34:41.930] – Kim Tate
And flashlights. Although did you use your phone flashlight you could have used. Yeah, yeah, yeah. We were using it. So funny. Oh my. OK, so well you know after any other parts of that stay that you want to mention, was it a nice it looked like a cute little place and a nice getaway.
[00:34:57.320] – Tamara Gruber
It was like I definitely you know, I would recommend it. It was so much more affordable too than some of the other glamping kind of things that are out there, because it starts, I think, around one hundred and forty five or a hundred and fifty dollars a night, you know, for this space, which, you know, I thought was pretty good. So it slept. I think that one could sleep up to six, but that would be really tight.
[00:35:18.200] – Tamara Gruber
So basically, like downstairs, it had a couch that could fold open. It had a table with three chairs. It had the kitchen, tiny little bathroom. And then you went up a flight of stairs to the sleeping loft. But the thing is, like the loft, it’s not like full size. You can’t stand up up there. Right. So basically, like, you walked up the stairs and then kind of crawled onto the bed and fell asleep.
[00:35:38.660] – Tamara Gruber
And there was a queen and a double, just like on the, you know, on the ground, like the mattresses on the ground. But it was fine, like it was comfortable and we enjoyed it. It was very different. You know, we had fun. It was just nice to be away. We like sat and like, you know, looked and watched the pond, like we took a little walk and then we went and did those excursions, you know, on those days.
[00:36:00.140] – Tamara Gruber
So it’s just like a chill, you know, getaway. It wasn’t about like we’re doing a lot of stuff.
[00:36:05.570] – Kim Tate
Awesome. So then the final trip of your, you know, massive travel reopening, you know, it was a couple’s getaway. So tell us all about that.
[00:36:16.280] – Tamara Gruber
Yeah. So my nephew was getting married down outside of Philadelphia. And, you know, we were all invited, but Hannah had to study for exams and she also wasn’t fully vaccinated, so she wasn’t really comfortable to go and do that quite yet. And so then I decided that we were going to go and we actually left her alone for the first. Oh, nice. Which is like big and that week was actually the first time that she drove on her own because like we you know, she got her license a month ago, but she’s still like only driven with me in the car, you know, like she hasn’t gone to see her friends or anything like that.
[00:36:52.770] – Tamara Gruber
It’s just like the way it’s a little bit hard because, you know, she lives a half hour away from school, half hour away from her friends. So, you know, anything that she’s going to go do is like, you know, getting on the highway. It’s like a bigger thing, like she does it with me. But just to do it on her own, you know, she hasn’t had the opportunity. She hasn’t asked for it.
[00:37:11.360] – Tamara Gruber
And then she’s not the type to be like, oh, I want to go to Dunkin Donuts. Like, it’s funny because sometimes I’ve been like, hey, why don’t you go do this? And she’s like, but then I have to buy something. Then I have to talk to someone. And she’s like, well, how do I do it? Like, I’m like, well, you have a debit card. And she’s like, Yeah, what do I do?
[00:37:30.740] – Tamara Gruber
Put a pin in? And I’m like, I don’t know, like I don’t use a debit card like cash. So it’s just really funny. But it’s one of those things I think. I’m sure you’ve experienced this with your teens, but it seems like a big deal until it’s done. And so, you know, there was all this like I don’t know if I’m ready to drive on my own. I don’t know. I don’t know. And so earlier that week, she had something out at there, like the schools, like farm campus, which is a little bit easier to get to.
[00:37:56.720] – Tamara Gruber
And it’s you don’t have to parallel park on a very small city street. There’s a parking lot. So I’m like, hey, why don’t you drive yourself? And she’s like, what? It’s like, drive yourself. So she did it. And it was like, you know, this major milestone. And she came back. She’s like, Yeah, it’s fine.
[00:38:11.720] – Kim Tate
[00:38:15.980] – Tamara Gruber
and then they did it and they’re like, What are you talking about? I just never worried about that.
[00:38:19.770] – Kim Tate
Yeah, exactly. Yeah.
[00:38:21.290] – Tamara Gruber
You’re all you’re making it all up, you know. So we went away and she did have to drive herself to go to her friends, the school play there in the school play. So she did that and she cooked herself dinner and cleaned up after herself. So she had her first little independence.
[00:38:36.140] – Kim Tate
That’s good. Yeah, it’s kind of yeah. It’s been nice with Lizzie. She has a job now and stuff and she has a lot of her own money and she, you know, is responsible now. She books her own hair appointments and she’s totally done shopping on her own. She buys stuff online. She’s fully it’s nice. It’s been really it’s definitely a step in independence when they have their own money and they learn to start making choices with that money.
[00:39:00.230] – Kim Tate
And it’s cool. So, yeah.
[00:39:02.700] – Tamara Gruber
I guess it’s yeah, we’re at the beginning of that road. I know it’ll probably snowball and go quickly like once it starts. But it’s kind of neat to watch. But it was good. I mean we were nervous but she’s such a she’s a good kid. I mean when we were leaving Glenn’s like we’re still through any house parties and she’s like, Dad, I have to study.
[00:39:22.160] – Kim Tate
Yeah, exactly. Yeah, yeah. So it was also your anniversary.
[00:39:28.790] – Tamara Gruber
Yeah. So it was our twenty first anniversary and obviously we didn’t really do much last year. And so I was like, look, you know, we can stay at like the best western near the place where the where the wedding is taking place. Or we can just stay in downtown Philadelphia. Nice hotel and make a weekend of it. So we’re like, yeah, let’s make a weekend of it. So we went down and we stayed at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco, which I’ve stayed at before when I was in Philadelphia.
[00:39:52.160] – Tamara Gruber
And it’s such a great location. Like, I just I love Philadelphia. I know you haven’t been, but it’s like it’s just, you know,
[00:39:57.770] – Kim Tate
I was there with you once! We went for a one day conference. We took the train from New York. It was my first, like, East Coast train experience. Yeah. Yeah. But I didn’t really see much of Philadelphia, so yeah. I’ve been there.
[00:40:12.440] – Tamara Gruber
Yeah. I think where we stayed was more like Center City and this was more like Old City. So it’s right, right across from like Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell. So you just have like some cobblestone streets, you have all this history right there. There’s a lot of green space around like a lot of parks. It’s just a nice part of town. I really like staying there. And I just feel like Philadelphia in general, it’s just it’s cleaner.
[00:40:35.000] – Tamara Gruber
It’s like not as busy, but there’s still like a good vibe to it. You know, it’s still an energy. And this was our first experience, like kind of being in a city post, vaccination, you know, feel like it’s nice out and just feeling kind of normal ish. And it was it’s actually really cool. So we we arrived again. We’re like racing, you know, because Glenn’s phone calls and all that stuff, you know.
[00:40:58.220] – Tamara Gruber
So racing into town, I had made a nine thirty dinner reservation for us because I’m like, look, we can either stop an eat like whatever crap on the New Jersey Turnpike or we can get into town and just eat late but have a good dinner. And there’s this place called Buddakan that I’ve always wanted to try, and it’s like a three minute walk from our hotel. So I’m like, let’s just go there. So I thought for sure we weren’t going to make it because Friday night traffic and everything like that.
[00:41:22.130] – Tamara Gruber
But we kind of like skidded in just in time. And I’m like, Glenn, go check the valet and I’m going to go like walk down and make sure that our table’s kept. So we we were doing like outdoor dining, but the way that they’ve done it is they’ve built like almost like little individual booths. So it’s like a protected kind of space, but there was like a barrier in between each table, so it was really, really cool.
[00:41:43.330] – Tamara Gruber
The dinner was fantastic. And then, you know, when it comes to good dinner stories, OK, I, I shared this on my Instagram story, but this story is still kind of blows me away. But we were having dinner and the table next to us, they were celebrating a fiftieth birthday. It was like a group of women friends and you know, so when they were singing Happy Birthday to her, we clapped and we were just like wishing them happy birthday.
[00:42:06.190] – Tamara Gruber
And then someone came along the street and he was like looking for money. And, you know, first Glenn was kind of trying not to pay attention because we were having our dinner. But then we you know, the guy I don’t know if his story was true or not, but he’s like, I served the country for 20 years was that, you know, I’m a vet and like all this stuff and I’m down on my luck and have four year old daughter.
[00:42:26.020] – Tamara Gruber
And we’re like, oh, you know, like it just it was we were in a tough spot. So, Glenn, I gave him some money and he left. And then, like, the people next to us were like, oh, that was so nice that you did that. Like, I’m so glad you didn’t come to our table because we wouldn’t have done that or whatever. And so at the end of the meal, you know, Glenn, I just like we’re just really enjoying, like, being out the two of us having a great dinner, great experience, just like a nice energy around.
[00:42:48.580] – Tamara Gruber
But we felt like super safe because, I mean, first of all, we’re outside we’re vaccinated. It’s all like, you know, distanced and everything. And and then the woman from the table next to us comes over. She puts a receipt on her table and she was like, your dinner is taken care of. And she walked away. And we’re like, what? Because this was like our anniversary dinner. We were not like holding back, like it was not a budget dinner.
[00:43:13.240] – Tamara Gruber
And she paid for our dinner.
[00:43:15.490] – Kim Tate
Yeah, that’s also it was unbelievable. Like, I was like, oh, cool.
[00:43:19.240] – Tamara Gruber
This is a time when I feel like so much distrust over other people and fear and like, you’re just getting used to being around other people again. And here is this woman comes over and just like pays for our dinner just because she thought Glenn did something nice. And I’m like, wow.
[00:43:37.120] – Kim Tate
Yeah, that’s amazing. That’s awesome. Yeah.
[00:43:39.520] – Tamara Gruber
So it kind of started our a weekend off great. But we had a wonderful weekend, just like exploring, you know, like walking around Philadelphia was like ninety degrees. So it was like boiling. We were it was just great. We were outside and just enjoying it. We stopped on Saturday that this independence beer garden near the hotel. So it’s just all this outdoor space really cutely designed, you know, some of it shaded just a beer garden.
[00:44:04.600] – Tamara Gruber
So we hung out there for a while, had had some lunch, and then we went, you know, got dressed and we went to the wedding. And then on Sunday, we just had brunch. And then we drove back home, which that was a nightmare, but it was just nice. Yes. I’ve had a little bit of every kind of travel, which is really nice. I really. What is that? Is it. Yeah, I think that sounds so great.
[00:44:25.720] – Kim Tate
I’m so excited about travel reopening and I think the biggest thing is now I’m it seems like everybody wants to travel again now. And so I feel like things are more busier than ever, and especially if some places are still not fully staffed and or have capacity limitations. I just I still wonder if we’re quite there yet where it’s normal. I feel like there’s people are ready to travel, but whether the industry can handle it right now is where am I, where my worry is.
[00:44:53.950] – Tamara Gruber
I agree. And I do think that there’s going to be some both disappointment and frustration this summer because of that. I think people are going to find they’re going to be very eager to have the perfect experience, but they need it, you know, after everything. And then they’re going to get there and it’s going to be crowded or service may be what they’re expecting. And so I definitely think that if you can set your expectations, you know, a little bit lower, it would be good, because I just find, yeah, everything is going to be crowded and you are off the beaten path as you can get, you know, like the better.
[00:45:27.160] – Kim Tate
But avoiding national parks. Yeah, I agree too. Yeah. We so we jumped on because the girls really wanted to go to they miss Disney when we went down for spring break. Like I don’t mean to be one of these crazy Disney families, but we do like Disney and the girls had really wanted to go to Disneyland again. And so I thought, well, you know, kind of the same situation with you. The summer right now is definitely the only time we can really travel, because Lizzy, going into our senior year and with college applications, everything, it’s just not a lot of flexible time.
[00:45:56.860] – Kim Tate
And she has a job. And so we booked a trip for mid-July for Disneyland. I thought this is going to be a great time to go. We’re hoping that it’s opened out of staters. I mean, they’re saying that they think it’s going to happen in June. And they but now with the worry over if they’re going to reopen everything at one hundred percent, which is what California is going to do starting June 15th, we’re just worried, like, are we going to end up in the summer at Disneyland with eight million crowds?
[00:46:23.530] – Kim Tate
Like, I don’t know what their capacity is. So, yeah, I think it’s people we’re all I mean, I was hopeful. I was so excited like twenty five. Thirty five percent capacity. That sounds awesome. Like, OK, let’s use our hard earned money to buy this communication and now I’m kind of regretting it and. Yeah, I think everybody just going to have to really keep in mind what I don’t even know what I’m trying to say, but just have a little bit of ability to be relaxed and, yeah, expect crowds and maybe slower service than you might think.
[00:46:54.720] – Tamara Gruber
It’s going to be tough as things continue to to change. And I you know, I feel bad for the people. Like I know some of the people that I follow on Instagram now had booked a trip to Disney World and was super excited about it. But then, like before they got there, they dropped the mask mandate. And, you know, and so her experience there is not at all what she expected it to be.
[00:47:20.460] – Tamara Gruber
And that changed on a dime. Know. So it’s.
[00:47:22.710] – Kim Tate
Yeah, they made that decision quickly. Yeah, exactly. Yeah. I mean, we are lucky that all four of our family will be vaccinated, and that’s a huge relief.
[00:47:34.150] – Tamara Gruber
So, yeah, I feel actually as of today, Hannah is fully vaccinated. So I’ve said that many times. Like I feel today when we’re recording this, I feel very fortunate, you know, that we’re in that position. I definitely you know, I feel for the families that are dealing with having younger kids and then feeling, you know, maybe not as safe because of the some of the restrictions have been lifted. And, you know, but they’re still vulnerable.
[00:48:03.030] – Tamara Gruber
So it’s it’s a challenging time to continue to navigate and hopefully have a little bit of, like you said, patience. But also just share a little love, I guess. Yeah, I’m still feeling it from my experience.
[00:48:15.450] – Kim Tate
Well, that should teach everyone be kind to your neighbor. Yeah, well, it’s been great to chat with you and hear about all those trips. And I’m sure that if anybody has any questions for you, they can always reach out to you on your social media @we3travel. So I know our next episode is going to be about another one of your travel adventures in the Northeast. So why don’t you give everyone a teaser about where we’ll be talking about next?
[00:48:38.040] – Tamara Gruber
Yes, my next trip is to Maine, which you and I have been to, and I’m going back to some of that region, but I’m first going to do a trip along the coast and so hitting a lot of the coastal towns of Maine. And then I will be up in what they call down east, which is the area around Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. But I’m going to be doing exactly what I’m recommending everyone else do, which is do the stuff outside of the national park, you know, the bit off the beaten path kind of stuff.
[00:49:09.000] – Tamara Gruber
And then I’m going to head up into the Maine Highlands, which is around Bangor, and then like Baxter State Park and some of the kind of lakes and mountains area, a little bit, you know, close to where you and I were when we had our girls trip up there. And so definitely getting like a little off the grid, you know, off the the beaten path. And so I can’t wait to share that because I think it’s going to be a good option for families, at least those in driving distance to the northeast or flying this summer.
[00:49:38.730] – Tamara Gruber
I think it’ll be a good option. So, yeah. So stay tuned for that one. And then I guess after that, we’re going to be talking about your travel and my travel. And we’ve got other topics coming up. So definitely stay tuned.