Date registered: Dec 2005
Vehicle: Volvo 940GLE, GMC Suburban, Infiniti I30, Toyota Prius, VW GTI, MB SLK350, Lexus IS250
Location: San Jose, CA
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Drive in New England and restaurants along the way
With Spring coming, there are many great roads to take in New England with our SLKs. Many with dry stone walls lining the way dated from the colonial days or built by modern day French Canadian and Italian masons. Driving roughly along the old Boston Post Road towards NYC, here are a few of my favorites:
1. Going west out of Boston, the Boston Post Road follows US20 thru Weston, Sudbury and Marlborough parallel to the Mass Pike. The Wayside Inn is an old inn from the Colonial days and the staff speak in period and you can order grog (if not driving).
2. Further west just as I84 turns south towards Connecticut, near Sturbridge Village is the Publick House, another watering hole on the old Boston Post Road.
3. As you head out of downtown Hartford towards West Hartford on Farmington Ave., the imposing house on the left at 355 Farmington Ave is the Mark Twain House. The back porch is shape like the bridge of a riverboat and he wrote many of his stories here.
4. Further west in the town of Plainville, another colonial watering hole is the Cooke's Tarverne at 143 New Britain Ave. Today called J. Timothy's. Like most wayside inn, it had a blacksmith shop to fix whatever is broken on your carriage.
This same route is also great to drive between Oct. 10th to Holloween for the foilage and blowing leaves on the ground.