Road Trip New England: 7 Wonders You Can’t Miss

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When I was a kid, I always thought (hoped) I’d one day live in New England.

My grandparents used to keep a permanent home in Ft. Lauderdale, but would rent a rustic house in New Hampshire or Vermont every summer. I’m not sure how long they rented the house for – whether it was two weeks or two months (in my kid-sized memories), but we’d go up to visit from New Jersey every summer. I can still smell the cedar and balsam sachets and pillows in the drawers and on the beds. I feel the crisp air we’d never get down in Jersey in August from an open bedroom window. And I remember the sound of car tires crunching on a gravel driveway – announcing our late-night arrival.

That and the sound of a door swinging open followed by footsteps on wooden planks will always take my breath away.

Those summers sealed my fate, because as soon as I could drive, I’d want every road trip to be to New England. And after a brief stint in San Francisco, I knew that New England would finally be mine to call home. Even though I live here now, it’s still my favorite place to road trip. And you may be thinking, “Wait, how does that work?” It’s because there’s so much to see and so much to do. It’s because New England has SIX states – each with its unique offerings for food, attractions, hidden wonders, and other delights. We have a huge fair (The Big E). There’s ice cream and crisp, colorful autumn leaves.

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There are cow parades and ice cream factory tours. Scenic byways, moose statues, and trolley museums. I could go on!

Before I do, though, let’s talk cars and oil changes. You all know by now that I once lost a car on the highway because I didn’t take care of it. Before every road trip, I grab a kid or two and take them to our nearest Walmart Auto Care Center.

The thing is, with impending summer road trips, you can make your life so much easier with 1-stop shopping at Walmart! You just drop your car off at the Walmart Automotive Care Center for an oil change, and then you go inside the store and grab everything you need for your trip! Snacks. Drinks. Coolers. Towels. Bathing suits. Sunscreen. Oil for your car. Check!

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There’s a lot at stake for me here – it’s super important that my car runs well because I have kids (and I’m pretty important too) and we have big travel dreams. I wouldn’t sacrifice any of that, especially in summer! Using the DIFM (Do-It-For-Me) service at Walmart ACC helps my life. I get my oil changed with Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle – oil that helps clean out sludge lesser oils leave behind. I simply couldn’t have that sludge for my summer road trips! This saves time and money.

Speaking of which, there’s a Rollback going on right now at Walmart ACC for Pennzoil® High Mileage. It’s on Rollback – $4 off (39.88 to 35.88). Details about that, plus a Walmart Auto Care Center store locator are HERE.

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Pennzoil High Mileage Vehicle helps clean out the sludge that lesser oils leave behind, as I mentioned, and also helps to reduce leaks and oil consumption in worn or higher mileage engines, like my minivan. This motor oil is specifically designed for new or late model vehicles with over 75,000 miles – with the mission of keeping engines running clean and going strong.

And this is what I need for my summer New England road trip or ten. It bears noting that we have tourists in our backyard. I LOVE living somewhere that people want to visit from all over. I also love that New England is unique in that you can cover a lot of ground in a relatively short amount of time. So much to see and do and eat! Ready for my grand list?

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1 – Cape Cod beaches/dunes. I’ve never seen anything like them, although I grew up in New Jersey and spent time in California and all of those shorelines are so unique. We go to Cape Cod every summer, and our house is almost all the way up the length so we get to see all the little and big towns. There’s never enough time to see and explore, it seems, but definitely make a concentrated effort. There is natural beauty everywhere, and so much to do. It’s not to be missed.

Parks, libraries, drive-in theaters, seafood, seals, whales, big cities, small towns, and tons of coastline.

2 – The White Mountains. Climb the mountain on foot, by car, or by Cog Railway. Have a cup of chowder on top of Mount Washington and experience a 30 degree difference in temp. You can ride a gondola, look for moose on the Kancamagus Scenic Highway, hit a theme park, go on a wildlife safari, go camping in a National Forest, and ride the scenic railroad.

3- Farm stands and berry picking. It’s actually overwhelming this time of year. I had a photo shoot about an hour away on Sunday, and I must have passed dozens of side-of-the-road berry picking and farm stands filled with New England’s finest. Whether it’s strawberries in June, raspberries in late summer, or wild blueberries in Maine, you will not be disappointed. And be sure to visit the many farm stands that the summer has to offer. You can get corn, asparagus, cucumbers, zucchini, and much, much more. Nothing tastes like seasonal local produce from New England!

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4 – Three Sisters Sanctuary. Since four is my lucky number, I’m going to put this right here! Located in Goshen, MA, you will be amazed and breathless at what environmental artist Richard M. Richardson has done as caretaker of the sanctuary. With nature as his medium, he has created a place of peace, healing, sanctuary – and even excitement.

Do not even think about missing this!

5 – Acadia National Park/Bar Harbor, Maine. I am pretty partial to California, because of its epic beauty, and this park is as close to that kind of view as you can find on the east coast. Then follow it up with dinner/lodging in Bar Harbor!

6 – Mystic Seaport/Aquarium/Food. This is an easy day trip from our house. We go for the pizza, the bakery, the scenic walks, the local flavor and color, and of course – the aquarium with all its close encounters of the epic kind.

7 – How can I even end this? We haven’t touched upon Boston, Vermont or Rhode Island yet! That said, I have to be ME. Go to the Moosehead Lakes region of Maine. Rent a cabin, go on a moose boat trip, eat breakfast alone at a diner – listening to the locals talk about town dances, hit a gift shop, rent a canoe, or just.. drive. That’s right. You never know what you’ll see on the roads around there. I have stories that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up! Check it.

And get that car ready at Walmart! You’re going to need it.

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Enjoy your adventures!

Get Summer Road Trip Ready With These 5 Things

Are you summer road trip ready? Get in the car but not before making sure you have these 5 things! What are they? Come see the what you need #ad #LKEveryday

Honestly, sometimes the hardest thing about living in New England for me is the extended, eternal winters.

I can’t reason with that! In fact, I’m often disappointed at how late spring is around here, because by March, I’m aching to wear a sundress and feel the sun on my skin. I am yearning to be driving down the road with my family – with the journey sometimes being the destination itself. We’ve had some times together and I can’t wait to see what’s next. Will it be Cape Cod? Will it be NYC? Or will it be Maine, or Canada? Will we go west? Should we go south? Will we go east, and get on a boat?

There’s still so much time to find out.

When we woke up today with a powerful sun shining in by early morning, we talked about summer bucket lists. I have been planning a beach trip or two, and Cassidy is picking up Six Flags season passes. I loved hearing what my family wants to do.

And that got me thinking of 5 things you need to get summer road trip ready!

1 – Water. How much water? Decide on how much you think you need, and then bring more than that!

2 – Cash. You never know where you’ll need it, and it’s nice to keep extra cash on hand for unexpected souvenirs.

3 – Music. Whether you make playlists by CD (like me!) or you’re more advanced with streaming/satellite radio, this counts!

4 – A toolkit. It’s also a good idea to check your spare tire, and clean your car first!

5 – Snacks. Is there anything better than road snacks? I think not.

For me, it doesn’t get much better than Lorissa’s Kitchen meat snacks. I’d take them anywhere – from Maine to Alaska. In fact, I have! You can read all about their awesome products, their company story, and where to buy them.

I could go on and on about their great taste, and the energy that good protein snacks can give you. Lorissa’s Kitchen meat snacks are made with 100% grass-fed beef, and antibiotic-free chicken and pork. There are 11 grams of protein per serving! There’s no added growth hormones and there are no nitrites. There’s also no added MSG, no preservatives, they’re gluten-free, and so no worries! They’re easy to take anywhere, and you’ll also WANT to take them everywhere.

Even into a bed of flowers. ESPECIALLY into a bed of flowers.

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