Hi Travel Friends!
Summer is over and the kids are back in school and we are getting back into our routines. Having coffee with friends and co-workers asking each other what we did over the summer.
My summer was uneventful because of needing a knee replacement so I was kicked to the sidelines as the rest of my family had adventures. I instead was able to get caught up on all my reading and so I began wondering what these authors were doing during their vacations.
Have you, like me wondered where do they go on vacation with their families? Do they lie at a beach resort some place and soak in the sun all day and party all night? Do they plan adrenaline pumping adventures?
I knew the person to ask, my friend Kristen Kehoe. Kristen is an author of several Young Adult Romance novels. I asked the question burning in my soul.
J4T: What did you do this summer?
KK: We went to Boston.
J4T: Why did you choose Boston Massachusetts?
KK: My family is from Boston, so we took our kids to visit them.
J4T: It’s the middle of summer did the weather in Boston effect what you packed?
KK: The unpredictability of the weather caused us to over pack. We were glad we did as there were several thunderstorms in the area and we needed jackets.
J4T: I have traveled with children across country so I know how difficult it can be. How did you handle traveling with a child?
KK: I have an awesome six year old who is good at sitting still. Kindle Fire has games, small shows, coloring and audio books to keep her busy. We also played go fish and tick- tac- toe and hang man. She understands why she can’t walk around or yell.
J4T: How did you plan for your trip?
KK: My sister planed everything, even handing out an itinerary. If we didn’t want to do something we didn’t have to.
J4T: What adventures did you go on?
KK: We went to Fenway and took a tour of that. We were so glad that we planned so far in advance. We saw people lined up trying to get tickets to take the tour and they were unable to. The walking tour was one hour long and we even got to sit up on the Green Monster!
Fenway looks so much smaller than it does on TV, I loved the sense of history all around the park and the tour was very informative. There are even tours that include staying for the game, how great is that!
Click here to look at a tour of Fenway Park: Fenway Park Tour
KK: We also went to Salem Massachusetts where we saw the Hocus Pocus House and we were over the edge excited. If you are a fan of iconic movie Hocus Pocus this is a must see for you. The house is located at 3 Ocean Ave we walked by and took pictures of the outside.
We walked around Salem and took in all the historical sights including The Witch Museum which was amazing! Seeing the different places in person brings history to life and we enjoyed our time there.
KK: We then went and spent time on Plumb Island. We booked a home right on the beach, we had started looking at booking a place almost a year ago since it is a small island the rental homes fill up quickly so you need to book months in advance in order to get a good place. The home we chose said that it had an air conditioner; it wasn’t central air, but a window unit in one of the rooms. It didn’t matter since we were right on the beach and able to open up the windows and have a nice breeze blow through. We spent our days walking on the beach playing football and enjoying our time together as a family.
J4T: Was there a surprise adventure that you went on?
KK: Yes! We took a thirty minute boat ride to Wingaersheek Beach in Gloucester MA a private beach area
where the sand was so fine it was like powdered sugar and the water was so blue you would swear you were in the Caribbean.
We had a picnic and played in the water, so beautiful!
J4T: Did you have an impression of what to expect that was changed once you got there?
KK: I forgot that Boston would be so city like. All cities seem the same no matter where you are in the world. A lot of concrete, cars and crowds especially during the summer tourist season.
J4T: What would you change if you were to travel to Boston again?
KK: We would stay in a different part of town and go at a different time during the summer. We would have liked to do more tourist type of things and see some more of the historical aspects of Boston, for instance where the Boston Tea Party happened and the Freedom Trail. We would build those things into our timeline for next time we visit is a must.
J4T: What was the local scene like? The local people? Did you have a favorite place to eat?
KK: We went to a restaurant close to where we were staying called the Summer Shack and it was amazing! It is our favorite restaurant and it did not disappoint. This restaurant is family friendly and boasts that it has the largest Raw Bar, the food is delicious! Before visiting Boston, you might want to visit their website (link below) and look at their menu, they offer $5.00 off parking in adjacent lot when you dine with them and that is a huge plus, so be sure to ask about that when you dine there.
The locals were all so nice and helpful.
J4T: Thank you so much Kristen for giving us a little insight to your summer travels. I look forward to reading your next novel and encourage others to check out your numerous books on Amazon.
Happy Travels Everyone!
You can find out about Kristen Kehoe on her website and social media accounts.