Falling for New England

Aine O'Doherty details her travels to the United States and Plymouth, MA where she visited Plimoth Plantation, stayed at the John Carver Inn and dined at Cabby Shack and East Bay Grille. The article originally appeared in the Londonderry Sentinal.

Our stay in Boston was short and sweet, and we packed up early on Wednesday morning to make our way to the coastal town of Plymouth; where the Pilgrims landed in 1620. A 45-minute drive from central Boston, Plymouth is a picturesque town with a rich history.

The Mayflower II is currently being restored ahead of the 400th anniversary celebrations planned for Plymouth for 2020.

We stayed in the John Carver Inn, which is in the heart of the town, facing the oldest building in Plymouth.

I visited the Plimoth Plantation, which bears a striking resemblance to the Ulster American Folk Park, only with a very different history. It was fascinating to learn the story of the Pilgrims and their journey from England to the ‘New World’, and what became of them in the years that followed.

You are really spoiled for choice in Plymouth when it comes to food. Located on the coast, every restaurant prides itself in top quality seafood.

We visited the Cabby Shack on our first evening there, a restaurant you would expect to find on a Food Network TV show! The bar and restaurant was extremely busy for a Wednesday evening, and I quickly understood why. The food was sensational, and I had some of the best calamari I have ever eaten.

The following evening, we treated ourselves to dinner at the East Bay Grille, which would be classed as the more up-market restaurant in Plymouth. It also prides itself on its seafood, and once again it didn’t disappoint; it has everything from traditional fish and chips to swordfish!

On the way back to the airport, we stopped at Wrentham Village Premium Outlets, with more shops and bargains than you could ever imagine.

My New England experience really was a trip of a lifetime, and I will be planning my return trip in the near future. If you’re looking for a summer escape with a difference, NewEngland direct from Belfast with Norwegian should definitely be top of your list!