Well, another month down. July was an easy going and peaceful month. We started in Boston, visited Portland Maine, Bar Harbor Maine, and Vermont and as a family we were just at peace. Little did we know the challenges August would bring (more on that in our August update!)
July 2016 Fulltime Travel Update
So let’s kick off the month!
We spent the first few months of July in Boston Massachusetts still. My husband was able to go to a Boston Red Sox Game and take the two older kids. They had a blast at the game. He enjoyed the game, and I think the kids enjoyed the food and ice cream.
Then we had a bit of a layover in New Hampshire where I got sick and when I was feeling better we spend a VERY long day sourcing for Amazon FBA (read more about our new way we make money traveling).
From there we headed up to Maine. We spend a few days just south of Portland in the Kennebunk area. Our first day out we decided to go big or go home. We headed out to Len Libby Chocolates and met Lenny the Moose (who was also the only moose we saw the whole time we were in Maine). We picked up some fudge and of course a lobster on the rocks.
Then we headed over to Cape Elizebeth and the Fort Williams Park to take in the beautiful of the Portland Head Light. This is the most photographed lighthouse in America. I can see why it’s just beautiful! Also at the park, we visited one of the beaches, and the kids stuck their feet in the Atlantic Ocean. My 3-year-old was just mesmerized by the water and took it all in. Yes, she is not standing IN the water because it was way too cold (to her).
After that, we had to have a Lobster dinner and headed to the Lobster Shack for dinner. It’s off the beaten path but right on the water, and it was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives!
While in Portland area we took a lot of time just to take in the beautiful are, and we also visited the Portland Famer’s Market.
After our way to short visit to Portland Maine, we headed up to Bar Harbor Maine. We stayed off the Island in Sulivan Maine at the Mountain View Campground. The campground was right pier both parts of Acadia National Park and had the most fantastic views. That mountain in the distance is Cadilac Mountain in Acadia National Park.
Our first trip to Acadia National Park we drove up Cadilac Mountain from the visitors center. We stopped at both the overlook just before the top of the mountain and again at the top of the mountain.
We also drove into Bar Harbor and had to eat at the Famous Getty’s.
The next time we visited the main park, we Montpellier the Park Loop Road Circle. It’s a mostly 1-way circle the most beautiful parts of the park. We drove this twice while visiting once Mark Vermont to and the 2nd time I drove so Mark could take in the sights. We suggest doing this drive during the week. The weekends were packed and hard to get to the beautiful areas and see anything.
This drive includes Thunder Cove, Jordan Pond and some light hiking our dog loved!
We also took a day to visit the Shoodic Point part of the park. It also has a one-way lop with some very scenic views. Just before the one-way road starts, there is a great pier and picnic area, perfect for lunch or dinner on the water!
On our last day there we stumbled upon so wild blueberries too! While it was still early in the season, we were able to get enough for one batch of blueberry muffins.
Then on to Vermont, it was. The Vermont welcome center was a bit unique; it had a greenhouse!
We spent a week in Vermont and stayed at one of the best campgrounds, Meadowcrest Campground in Marshfield, right outside Montpelier. One thing I learned about Vermont is so many fo the major companies that come out of Vermont are STILL made there in Vermont and are still made in the USA!
Our first day there we went and visited the Ben and Jerry’s Factory we did the tour and got an ice cream sample at the end of the trip! Ben and Jerry’s main factory is till right there in Vermont but they have several across the country, and it’s all made in the USA!
Our next day out was a trip to the Vermont Tedy Bear Factory (also still made in the USA) We got a factory tour and even got our Pin Bears with the tour. It was great to see the whole process of making a bear and how it’s shipped and even the bear hospital when you have to send your bear in to be fixed.
We then saw signs for free chocolate tastings and Lake Champlain chocolates, can’t pass that up!
The next day we spend the morning at Cabot Cheese and getting a factory tour there and cheese sampling. From there we headed to the Green Mountain Coffee Visitor Center and Cafe. I wish we had known was right around the corner from Ben and Jerry’s! On the way there we passed Martin’s bridge an old covered bridge we were able to walk through and get some pictures. As you can see the baby was so tired once we hit the Green Mountain Coffee Visitor Center and Cafe she wouldn’t even wake up!
Our last day in Vermont we met up with another fulltime family (from My RV Wanderlust ) and visited the Shelburne Museum. This places is 45 acres and has over 35 buildings including an old working carousel your tickets includes rides on. We got to see an old ship, join in arts and crafts, get to see everything from Grandma Moses Paintings to old circus banners. We also saw a few Monet painting and some Rambrent paintings! We only made it through half of the museum before our younger kids were just done. But being we got in free with one of our memberships it wasn’t a bad day!
Next, we are on to New York and Ohio making out way up to the Fulltime Families Rally in September in Bainbridge New York!