Our days on the road were coming to an end, but we still had time for one more adventure. After delicious coffees and pastries at Bolt Coffee at our hotel, we got back in the car for the final leg of our trip.
I knew I wanted to make a stop in Connecticut, but it took me awhile to decide on a specific destination. I’d had grand plans to visit Washington Depot, the town cited as the inspiration for Gilmore Girls’ Stars Hollow, on our way home from Providence. Sadly, it was just too far out of the way. So we went with the next best thing, New Haven, home of Yale and Rory’s collegiate life.
Hartford was also considered, but New Haven won in the end partly in thanks to the Cedarhurst Cafe.
After a week of indulgent meals, I was craving healthy, wholesome food and this cafe definitely delivered on those fronts.
Avocado toast on thick, seedy bread and a perfectly fried egg along with a tasty green juice were the perfect combination to get back on track.
Cedarhurst Cafe is your quintessential college town coffee shop, but with a laid back vibe and incredibly friendly staff. They even allowed Ashton inside the restaurant and gave him copious treats as we perused the menu.
In all honesty, we were pretty eager to get home by this point, so we didn’t stick around New Haven for too long. We did take a walk around to see a few of the sites.
(This picture was an accidental snap, but I love Ashton’s little cameo at the bottom. You can barely see him, but aren’t his little ears just the cutest?)
Getting out and walking around during each stop during our road trip was key for our health and our sanity and we were lucky to have clear skies and good (albeit hot) weather the entire trip so we didn’t have to resort to eating at a drive through with the dog. While I wouldn’t say we were healthy on this trip, incorporating healthy habits like this made me feel a lot more human by the time we finally arrived back home.
And with that, our road trip was over. We somehow made it all the way to DC from New Haven without even a bathroom break and then had to hit the ground running unpacking, doing laundry and catching up on email before heading back to work the next morning. And it only took me a month and change after returning to recap the whole thing!
I absolutely love a good road trip and I have to say this was one of the most memorable I’ve had yet (except for maybe this one). New England is a special place, and after getting acquainted with several of its beautiful cities I can’t help but want to do it all over again and see even more of this gorgeous part of the U.S.
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