Bennington Battle Monument in Vermont

I got to Vermont next right after my trip to New Hampshire. I arrived in Vermont around 2200H, checked in a hotel and called it a day. The next morning, I was having difficulty where to head. It was hard to look for a tourist attraction in Vermont since most tourist spots were either the mountains or a skiing location. I only have a day to see the state and following trails to go to the mountains is not feasible in my current schedule. Thus, I ended up looking for an attraction near me. I was in Pownal, VT at that time. I saw this historical site which was located in the next town so, I visited the Bennington Battle Monument in Vermont.

Bennington Battle Monument

Bennington Battle Monument is a 306-foot high stone obelisk located at 15 Monument Circle in the town of Bennington. The monument stands to commemorate the battle of Bennington during the American Revolutionary War. The battle that happened back 1777 between the soldiers of the New England states of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts against the British army took place and named it the Bennington Battlefield, now, considered a U.S National Historic Landmark.It is owned by the state of Vermont and is supported by the Friends of the Monument which is non-profit volunteer group. A small fee is charged to enter the Monument and to ride the elevator to the viewing platform. For adult, it was just for USD5. The entrance tickets were available at the Gift Shop right across the monument.

Battle Monument against the sun’s glare

The obelisk view right at the Gift Shop

Welcoming Moose at the foot of the obelisk with photos of Vermont’s tourist and historical spots.

The elevator to get to the viewing platform

While waiting for the lift, guests can look at the old artifacts and memorabilia

The re-enactment of the Bennington Battle through small and collectible statues

Upon getting to the observation deck, tourists will be in awe with the sights. From this level reached by the elevator, people can see the valleys and rolling hills of Vermont, New York and Massachusetts.

On top at the viewing deck, Vermont side

More green trees and hills

Love the view

Bennington Battle Monument is the tallest structure in the state of Vermont. It serves the purpose of reaching out to the people so that everyone will commemorate the past and learn the history. We are lucky that the Friends of Bennington and the state got to preserve the obelisk. The staff were knowledgeable about what happened and they were able to impart the series of events.

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Quick Stopover in New Hampshire

I was in Maine and the next New England state to visit was New Hampshire. Since it was already late when I left Maine, it was about 1500H and it took about almost an hour to get to New Hampshire. I only did a quick stopover in New Hampshire. I intentionally planned to visit Flume Gorge due to the fact that it was advertised beautifully in the web. But due to time constraints, I ended up visiting Manchester, New Hampshire instead.

Flume Gorge in Lincoln, New Hamphsire cr: NewEngland.com

I arrived in Manchester around 1600H and searched the internet for any sights that is open late. I found this park and just decided to take a peek. I was in Crystal Lake Park.

Crystal Lake Park in Manchester, New Hampshire

Crystal Lake Park is a recreation site with a natural pond for swimming, boating, fishing and picnicking with a playground. It is near Bodwell Road and Corning Road in south of Manchester. The lake is classified as a warmwater fishery with observed fishes such as smallmouth and largemouth basses, black crappie, brown bullhead, and chained pickerel.

Crystal Lake

Fishing in the Lake

Playground

Park Hall

Houses near the lake

I stayed in the Lake Park about 45 minutes and when I left, I was not contented of my brief stay in the state so, I ended up going to the mall. The mall was just about 10 minutes from the park. I got to the Mall of New Hampshire at 1925H.

The Mall of New Hampshire

The Mall of New Hampshire is a shopping mall located in the Lower South Willow neighborhood of Manchester. It has major anchoring stores like Macy’s, JCPenney, Old Navy, Sears and Best Buy. The mall has over 120 stores with large food court and is the third largest mall in the state. It was spacious and I got my souvenir made since I can’t go to the nearest souvenir shop.

Directions to Macy’s, JCPenney and Sears

Shoppers resting

My whole trip in New Hampshire was brief but I was still able to do some quick sightseeing even though I didn’t get to see the tourist attractions of the state. One of these days, I’ll be back and I will make sure to visit Flume Gorge and other beautiful spots of New Hampshire.

The Maine Attraction

Before I even left for the New England states trip, I already set the course of my journey to the state of Maine. Maine has a lot of tourist attractions and is also known for its really delicious and mouth watering lobsters. Thus, it made me decide without second thought of going to that state. I called my trip the Maine attraction.

Maine is in the New England region. It is bordered by New Hampshire to the west, the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast, and the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec. The state is known for its jagged, rocky coastline; low, rolling mountains; heavily forested interior; and picturesque waterways, as well as its seafood cuisine especially clams and lobsters. The capital is Augusta but the most populous city is Portland. Either way, I made up my mind to go to somewhere near the coastline and has really good lobsters. The main reason why I went to Cape Elizabeth.

Cape Elizabeth is a town in Cumberland County, Maine. The town is the location of the Beach to Beacon 10K road race that starts at Crescent Beach State Park (the beach) to Portland Head Light (the beacon). Thus, I followed the route and visited the state park first. It was around 1200H when I got to Crescent Beach State Park.

Crescent Beach State Park

Crescent Beach State Park is a state-operated, public recreation area on the Atlantic Ocean. It has a mile-long, crescent shaped beach for swimming and sunbathing, fishing, kayaking, and even trails for hiking and cross-country skiing. It was freezing cold that day since it was still May so, I skipped the swimming and just wandered the state park.

Trails for Hiking

Rock Balancing in the beach

It was relaxing just sitting on the beach. It was indeed a good way to spend the day if only I didn’t have other sights to see. I left the state park after an hour and have decided to grab something to eat. One of the main reasons why I wanted to visit Maine is its lobsters. The state is known for its really good and delicious lobsters. I asked the concierge in the hotel on where to eat in town and she said to try the Docks Seafood Fish Market and Restaurant.

Docks Seafood Fish Market and Restaurant
15 Evans St, South Portland, ME 04106

Docks Seafood Fish Market and Restaurant is a casual kitchen and fish market offering fried and steamed seafood platters with sandwiches and chowders. It is located South Portland and is family owned. Diners can enjoy great local fare in a relaxed and comfortable ambience. Their menu was the freshest local seafood what Maine has to offer. They always carry haddock, dry scallops, tuna, swordfish, wild salmon, lobsters, clams, shrimps, calamari, crab meat, and mushrooms. Of course, I ordered the lobsters.

Shrimps and Calamari

Live Lobsters

Delicious and perfectly cooked lobster

It was so good that I want to bring some back in Ohio but I don’t want them to get spoiled while I’m on the road since I have two other New England states to visit. Maybe next time I get to come back in Maine, I’ll make sure to bring more lobsters. For more information, just visit their site here. Anyway, after that sumptuous late lunch, I headed to my next Maine attraction. It was Fort Williams Park.

Fort Williams Park

Fort Williams Park is a huge 90-acre park encompassing numerous historical sites with Portland Headlight as the most famous and the largely demolished Fort Williams which was operational during World War I and II. These historical sights include:

1. Battery Hobart

‘Battery Hobart was built in 1898 and named after Lt. Henry A. Hobart, one of the first Maine graduates of the U.S Military academy, who was killed in action during the War of 1812. The battery mounted one British-built six-inch gun whose function was to help protect the mine field laid in the main channel in time of war from hostile minesweepers. Battery Hobart was manned during the Spanish-American War but was made redundant by the completion in 1905 of Battery Keyes which mounted more modern American-built guns. Therefore, when the U.S Army determined that America’s pacific defenses required strengthening, Battery Hobart’s gun was removed in the summer of 1913 and sent to the Hawaiian islands where it was used to  protect the Army and Navy facilities at Pearl Harbor during World War I. The battery’s magazine continued to be utilized for the storage of ordnance supplies at Fort Williams until 1929.’

What is left of Battery Hobart

2. Goddard Mansion

‘Goddard Mansion was completed in 1858 for John Goddard (1811-1870) to an Italianate villa design prepared by Portland architect Charles Alexander who planned other prominent buildings in the area. It was built of native stone and was one of the first grand houses to be built along Cape Elizabeth shore. Goddard had been successful in the lumber business and then in 1853, he purchased the Cape Cottage which was a popular summer hotel built in 1835. The mansion was built on a portion of the hotel property. Goddard was active in a number of local businesses and was appointed colonel of the 1st Maine Regiment of Cavalry during Civil War but he saw no action. The mansion was acquired in 1898 by the U.S Army and was used for housing married enlisted men and their families stationed at Fort Williams. The basement was converted into the fort’s Non-Commissioned Officer’s Club.’

The outside look of Goddard Mansion

3. Portland Head Light

Portland Head Light is a lighthouse inside the Fort Williams Park. It was built and completed on 1791 by directive of George Washington. The headlight stands 80 feet above ground and 101 feet above water. The grounds and the keeper’s house are owned by the town of Cape Elizabeth while the beacon and fog signal are owned and maintained by the U.S Coast Guard as a current aid to navigation. Portland Head Light was added to the National Register of Historic Places on 1973.

The Beacon

Other side of Portland Head Light

4. The View

And of course, the view of the state park and the seas were amazing. The rock formation and the water compliment each other making the state park a must visit location.

Blue seas and the rocks

As a conclusion to my trip to the Maine attraction, it was indeed one of the highlights on my New England states trip. It was memorable and everything I put on my checklist came into reality. I was able to see the Atlantic Ocean and seas. I got to visit amazing and beautiful state parks. I got lessons about history and historical places. And especially, I got to eat and taste the most delicious lobsters I ever devoured in my life. My entire trip in Maine was worth every penny!

Check my vlog during my Maine attraction trip:

The First Public Botanical Garden in America

Massachusetts is the next destination in the New England region if you came from Rhode Island. Massachusetts is the most populous state in the region and is named after the Massachusett tribe which once inhabited the east side of the area. The capital of the state and most populous city in New England is Boston. Boston is famous to tourists and is a must visit if you are in the United States. It covers 48 square miles city proper. Since Boston is the capital of the state, what better to see the city is the heart of Boston which happens to be the First Botanical Garden in America, the Boston Public Garden.

Boston Public Garden

Boston Public Garden is a large park in the city center. The garden is listed on U.S National Register of Historic Places and U.S National Historic Landmark. It has 24-acre and has open space, a pond, and a large series of formal plantings that are maintained by the city and other organization.

These plants vary from season to season. It was a good timing that I visited during spring since flowers were bloom and trees were having leaves. The prettiest garden flowers I’ve ever seen in the nation. It has different colors of tulips and also other flowers, as well as, blooming trees.

Trees near the Lagoon Bridge where you can put a hammock

Another tree in bloom

The pond is the home of great many ducks, as well as of one or more swans. A popular tourist attraction is the Swan Boats. For a small fee, tourists can sit on a boat and pedal around the pond with a tour guide. Being no more than 3 feet deep, the pond easily freezes during the colder months. The reason why the Boston City Council passed an order to maintain the pond for skating during the winter and it is an official skating rink.

The Pond

Lagoon Bridge and the Pond

The Public Garden has several statues and structures all throughout the area. But the one that stood the most was the Equestrian statue of  George Washington. It is located at the Arlington Street gate entrance. The statue itself stands at 16 feet tall and made of bronze, and stands on a granite pedestal for a total height of 38 feet.

Equestrian Statue of George Washington

The Gate

Right across the botanical garden was a very big open space, the Boston Common. It is a central public park and is the oldest city park in the United States. The Boston Common or referred to as the Common was designated as a Boston landmark by the proper authority.

Boston Common

My stay in Boston, Massachusetts was brief but it sure was a beautiful experience. The public garden is well maintained by the locals and the management. It was the center of the city with people from afar and near just making it a rendezvous point for meet-ups, fun and strolling in the park. It was absolutely colorful and lively to look at.

Back in Rhode Island

After I visited Connecticut, I went back in Rhode Island. The reason I came back to Rhode Island is to see a pal who used to live in Ohio but left after he got a job in Rhode Island and be close to his family. It was about an hour drive to North Providence. It was a nice drive, not so traffic as compared to my trip to Connecticut passing through Bronx and Manhattan in New York. I arrived in his family’s apartment around 1400H. I met his family and they were accommodating and welcoming and treated me like part of the family.  They toured me around Rhode Island but this is my second trip in the state. I already visited Rhode Island back in 2016 when I tried to reunite with my cousin and that’s the reason why I Love Rhode Island as my previous blog entry.

Bowen’s Wharf

First on our road trip in RI, they brought me to Newport. It was my second time there too. Newport is really famous for tourists. The location is really good since it is in the seaside and it has popular mansions and some summer resorts. Newport harbors is one of the best in the country. It is still known as the sailing capital of the United States. We were in Bowen’s Wharf just checking the stalls and their products that they are selling. We went to this chocolate factory store. They sure have a good and delicious chocolate products.

Tours available in Newport, RI

Chocolates…

…and more chocolates

We went to College Hill after and visited Brown University. Brown University is the seventh-oldest institution of higher education in the U.S and one of the nine colonial colleges chartered before the American Revolution. The school is also the first college in the nation to accept students regardless of their religious affiliation. The university’s location is filled with stores, restaurants, establishments, and etc. from blocks to blocks.

Brown University

Busy streets in Brown University Area

Pokéworks and other restaurants and stores

When we were done in Brown University, it was almost 7 in the evening so, we headed out for dinner. We got back to North Providence and have decided to eat in a buffet restaurant. His sister, Becbec, suggested to go to a Korean buffet restaurant. It was the best suggestion since I love Korean food especially samgyupsal. We spent almost USD200 for 5 people. It wasn’t bad but I was full with unlimited grilling of fresh meats in different cuts, seafoods, side dishes, rice, and drinks.

Korean buffet, grill all you want 😉

The next day, it was a relaxing day. I stayed in bed until late morning. I went out around 1130H and had lunch with my friends in a Hibachi buffet restaurant. I was really craving for seafoods, the reason why I ate all seafoods dish in the buffet. It was really good. I can tell the difference between the seafoods in Ohio and in Rhode Island. The taste of the seafoods in Rhode Island is very good. It was fresh, kind of sweet tasting, and I can smell the sea. We stayed in the restaurant until 1400H. We drove to a nice park in Providence. It was the Roger Williams Park.

Roger Williams Park

Roger Williams Park is a 427-acre landscape city park named after Roger Williams who is the primary founder of the state of Rhode Island. It is also listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. The layout of the park contains 7 lakes and is one of the finest urban parks in the US in the 2000 annual report. It contains the Roger Williams Park Zoo, Museum of Natural History and Planetarium, Botanical Center, Japanese Gardens, Victorian Rose Gardens, Casino, Dalrymple Boathouse and boat rentals, historical tours, Carousel village, bandstand, Temple to Music, Hasbro Playground, and many more walking paths.

Japanese Garden

Blooming trees in Japanese Garden

Japanese bridge

Bandstand

Roger Williams Casino

Walking path and bridge

Temple of Music

My back in Rhode Island trip was great. I got to meet my friend and was able to explore more of Rhode Island again. It was also nice to get out of Ohio once in a while. Rhode Island is one of the smallest states in the US but it sure never failed to amaze me.