Boston Bound

No, not that kind of Boston Bound. I spent the past weekend in New England celebrating Coach BFF Ultra Vera’s wedding.

It started on Wednesday, when we boarded a plane in Chicago, bound for Detroit. Unfortunately, there was a brief groundstop in Chicago due to weather, and we just missed our connection in Detriot. More unfortunately, even though it was only 4pm, Delta said they couldn’t get us on a flight that day, but could get us on a flight the following morning.

Rather than stay the night in Detroit, we made the wise decision to rent a car and drive, instead of hanging out in Detroit for 15 extra hours. That is an 800-mile drive. If we had our passports, we could have gone through Canda and saved 100 miles.

You might be thinking “that sounds like a dumb decision,” and well before we even made it to Cleveland (only 170 miles into the trip), that’s pretty much what we were thinking. But it was too late. We had to drive. We looked for a cheap hotel so that we could at least be well-rested and make the drive during daylight. (Which, at this point … yeah, staying a night in Detroit doesn’t look so bad.)

But, it was a lovely drive. We’ve always wanted to take a roadtrip through New England in the fall, and now we have.

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However, it’s hard to get a good picture from a moving car, and we didn’t have time to stop. Even though we came really close to Niagra Falls and Seneca Falls, home of the Women’s Rights National Historical Park and the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

Thankfully, we made it to Boston in time to head straight to Night Shift Brewing for the welcome party. Sadly, we missed out on a day of sight-seeing in Boston (or Marblehead and Salem, which was our loose plan).


Man of Honor, Bride, Maid of Honor

Friday morning started with a workout with the Bride at her favorite – Barry’s Bootcamp. Then I had to head to a UPS store to get my dress, then shower, check out of our hotel, and eat, which left my husband and I with not that much time for sightseeing since we had to be at the rehearsal, in Providence, RI, by 5:45pm.

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We spent a little bit of time in the Public Garden

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And stopped by Quincy, MA, to “look at the ocean.”

We were staying at an AirBnB in Providence which was quaint and on a very cute street near Brown University. I wish we had more time to explore.


Saturday (yes, Halloween) was the big day! Apparently it was raining in Chicago, but we had gorgeous weather on the east coast. The bride started her day at 6:45am with a fun run. I opted to skip it and get some extra sleep so I would be able to make it to the end of the day. She might be able to power through with love and adrenaline … me, not so much. My day started with make-up and then hair at 9:45am. By 2pm, everyone on the bride’s side of the wedding party was gussied up and ready to head to the Providence Public Library for photos, and then the ceremony and reception.

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The ceremony was beautiful and heart-felt. I held it together and came close to crying, but didn’t. Vera looked gorgeous!! The metallic theme for the bridesmaids’ dresses looked really awesome.

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The PPL was a beautiful site for a wedding. The pics I’ve seen so far from her photographer are great.

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Vera had a great time and it seems that the day (well, weekend) was everything she wanted! I wish I could have contributed more, but being almost a thousand miles away makes that hard.

Sunday morning was a brunch for wedding guests, and then we flew home. Thankfully, our flights were booked as two one-way trips, so missing part of our flight there had no impact on our flight home. And our flight home went smoothly, minus the fact that I discovered yesterday that I probably left my library book on the plane at Midway. Oopsie.

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And in case you were worried, Olive spent the weekend with my brother and sis-in-law, and their 2 cats, 2 dogs and the additional cat and dog they are fostering for a friend. She started getting comfortable (sort of) by the time I picked her up on Sunday night.

So, lessons learned:

  • Always book direct flights. They are usually worth any additional costs.
  • Don’t assume you can just up and drive for 12 hours on a whim.
  • Take the rescheduled flight.
  • New England in October is beautiful.
  • Rent the Runway is awesome.
  • Driving in New England cities is borderline terrifying. I was so thankful to return to Chicago and the grid system.
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11 Comments on “Boston Bound”

  1. Not staying the night in Detroit is usually the right choice 🙂 Hey but you could have stayed in my hometown of Toledo, OH instead! You drove through it getting to Cleveland (which is the only experience most people have with Toledo).

    You guys need to go do that road trip again when you have lots of time! T and I did it in May and had a little bit more time than you, but still felt rushed because there’s so much to see.

    1. I would like to make the trip again. And do one way through NY and the other way through PA. And there is still so much I haven’t done … go to Niagra Falls, explore Salem, stay in a coastal B&B in Maine and eat fresh lobster, see NYC, hike on the Appalachian Trail, visit Atlantic City.

      New England is vast.

  2. Gurl, you ain’t lying about driving in Boston! And all around the state. So many round abouts. Woof.
    Glad you had fun! You and Vera looked gorgeous.
    Kantor and I would be up for Boston again.

  3. Love the pics. Looks like you had great weather. Have you done Air B&Bs before? I am hesitant to try them, but I haven’t heard a first hand horror story yet, so they are probably fine. Anyway, how is this for a tip?: If you must connect, try to make sure the connecting airport is only a 3 to 4 hour drive/train ride from the destination in case you miss the connection.

    1. I definitely wished when we missed our connection, we were in NYC or in Detroit coming home. Oh well.

      This is the second AirBnB we’ve done. We’ve had good experiences so far. Look at the reviews. Ask lots of questions. If someone is new and doesn’t have reviews, you can likely score a great deal while they try to build up rental history (and reviews). But that can be riskier. We also go for “entire home” rentals and not “room” or “shared.”

  4. Oof. That is a LONG drive. I always book direct unless, for some reason, it’s impossible. Like when my in-laws lived in Flagstaff and you had to fly through Phoenix to get there. But, at least when they canceled those flights or you missed your connect it was only a 2.5 hour drive.

    Regardless, it looks like you made the most of your time there. I’ve only ever been to NYC and New Haven so there is a lot of New England I’ve never seen!

  5. How long did that drive take you!?!?? Thank goodness for phone GPS’s these days. I remember the days when we had to pull out paper maps and try to figure out the routes by flipping from page to page! YES on the craziness of driving in the northeast, too. My friend who lived in Boston said that the roads were designed for the old horse carriages, hence all the “veering” as opposed to grids.

    All of your pictures are stunning and that gold dress is just beautiful!

    1. I think it was 11-12 hours total of driving! The east coast cities do still have a feel a being built for another era. It can be neat but a pain! Most walk-up apartments have VERY steep stairs! I cannot imagine moving in or out.

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