Our East Coast Whirlwind Trip – Part 1 – New England

We are BACK! Let me just reiterate (for anyone who might not be aware) that traveling is my love language. The sights, sounds, hustle and bustle…all of it! For this trip, we had time in Boston, Providence, Martha’s Vineyard, Harrisburg and Philadelphia before heading back to the islands. It was a trip we had been anticipating for a long time for two reasons – 1. my brother-in-law’s college graduation and 2. my sister’s wedding!

We started out with an overnight flight straight into Boston (side note: we stopped in Minneapolis and were offered over $1,000 each to get bumped off the flight! But, we had events to get to or else I would have totally taken the bait!).

Dane’s parents picked us up at the airport and even though we were really exhausted, we tooled around the city for the afternoon with stops for cannoli, Paul Revere’s house and a few other historical sites. Let me just take a second here to point out that for the majority of the trip – Dane and I did not pack correctly. I think between the time we checked the weather on Wednesday and packed and the time we arrived on the East coast on Friday – the weather did a 180. We brought a lot of shorts, sandals and sunshine-wear….and the weather theme for most of our trip was “grey” LOL!

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After cruising around Boston all afternoon, we headed toward Providence where the rest of the family was waiting for us! Dane’s brother graduated from Brown and the university puts on an entire weekend’s worth of activities for friends and family in town to celebrate. Initially I was like – man, this is a ton of activities, but they ended up being awesome. On Friday night, we had what is called “Campus Dance”. It’s basically a huge party set up for graduates, friends, family and alumni to attend and..well, dance, plus they have a couple different bars and live music. Admittedly, we had gone to dinner and did a little college-style pregame so I was definitely ready to party!

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Saturday morning waking up was rough, but thankfully during the day we didn’t have any set agenda. Dane and I took a stroll around the local mall to find some more appropriate clothing (we bought nothing, but did score some Panera!), before heading back to our hotel to get ready for Water Fire, an amazing event where the river is lit on fire just as the sun sets. It sounds kind of weird, but it’s actually magical! We ate dinner at Jacky’s, which is delicious if you’re ever in Providence! Lots of fresh seafood to choose from and amazing sushi rolls 🙂 I had tofu lettuce wraps and they were definitely amazing, but not nearly as good as the rolls.

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And just like that…it was time for Erik to graduate on Sunday! The graduation at Brown lasts all day and is steeped in tradition. It begins with the graduates parading all around the campus with one another, passing through historic gates, continuing on to the Main Green for a large ceremony and finishing in individual college ceremonies where they get their diplomas. It’s A LOT (I won’t sugarcoat that), but it was really cool to see all the graduates together and of course, be there for my brother-in-law.

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Thankfully, my in-laws packed me a delicious snack for survival – peanut butter cannoli!

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After his ceremony, we all took photos together and then headed back to our hotel rooms for naps – it had been a long day!

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Dinner that night was my favorite restaurant we visited in Providence – Parkside Rotisserie. Holy amazing! There were nine of us at the table and I don’t think anyone had a single complaint. The food and drinks tasted amazing and the service was second to none. I enjoyed gnocchi and a spicy cucumber margarita – both were excellent!

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Shoutout to our hotel for always supplying superior mirrors for selfies!

The next morning we got up super early, because we had a super fun side trip planned! Come back tomorrow to see where we went, what we did and more about our trip – including my sister’s wedding and delicious homemade pizza!

 

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16 Comments

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    Erica @ Whimsical September

    June 6, 2017

    Loved keeping up with you guys during your travels! I didn’t realize that you’re already back in HI. Yaawwwnnn! Looking forward to the next recap!

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      Kait

      June 6, 2017

      It was a total whirlwind – one place to the next, never spending more than two days in a single location – CRAZY! But the good kind of crazy if that makes sense?

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    Jen

    June 6, 2017

    It’s always nice to be able to be with family to celebrate big events like that! My FIL is from Providence and it’s always been a place I’ve wanted to visit. I love your recap so far! 🙂

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      Kait

      June 6, 2017

      Oh how fun! I think you guys would love it up there, but apparently the winters are terrible so maybe a summer trip, haha!

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    chelsea jacobs

    June 6, 2017

    I love keeping up with your travels! You post the best insta-stories everywhere you go!

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      Kait

      June 6, 2017

      Whoa! What a compliment! I love being able to connect with people on Instagram stories, because it feels a little bit more authentic, you know?

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    Emma

    June 6, 2017

    this isn’t really the place for this comment, but wow your brother-in-law is gorgeous! looks like a lovely trip!

    Emma | Seeking the South

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      Kait

      June 6, 2017

      HA! Oh my goodness – this comment totally made my day. I had to forward it on to him and he said – I’m totally flattered! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    Anne

    June 6, 2017

    Yay for all these great events and good family time. Also yummy food. Your dresses are all fab, and I want to know where that last shirt is from!

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      Kait

      June 6, 2017

      Wow, thank you Anne! I take that comment seriously because I think you are so well dressed and put together at all times! You’re never going to believe this, but it’s from SheIn. I know – I was shocked too. The quality is very good and despite me being apprehensive about my belly showing, I really liked it!

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    Meg Taylor

    June 6, 2017

    What a trip!! You were in my home state – I grew up just South of Providence and attest to how great Water Fire is. It’s such a fun night just to hang out by the river. Congrats to your brother-in-law!

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

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      Kait

      June 6, 2017

      I loved it! We had been once before in November (so it was pretty cold), but the town is gorgeous and we loved seeing Water Fire in the slightly warmer (still chilly!) weather. How fun that you grew up there! I love that!

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    Laura

    June 7, 2017

    Wow you packed a lot in! Bummer that you didn’t have great weather. That’s so neat about all the traditions that they have for graduation. Sounds like a really cool experience.

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      Kait

      June 7, 2017

      It really was! I’m glad we made the trip and got to experience it!

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