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


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 Museum of America and the Sea

I was stuck in Marietta, my new home address, and I have thought that a vacation is long overdue for me. Since I can’t go on overseas trip yet so, I have decided to just do a road trip within the United States. I was looking on the map of the US on what states I haven’t visited yet. I am currently still in the Eastern part of the country, thus, doing a road trip to states closer to my location would be a plus. I’ve been already to New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and so on. It appeared that I haven’t gotten to the New England states of New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, but I’ve been to Rhode Island a couple years ago. New England states are also known for its Colonial past, Atlantic coastline, forested mountains and awesome autumn scenery. Anyway, as I was reviewing the New England states, I have decided to visit all of those states. First on my list was Connecticut.

Connecticut is the southernmost state in the New England region. The state is named for the Connecticut River which is a major US river that bisects the state. The word ‘Connecticut’ is derived from word and spellings of the Algonquin which means ‘long tidal river’. I got only few hours to see the state hence, I picked a destination that has a tourist attraction and can also save me hours on traveling and seeing the other New England states. I went to Mystic, CT. It has the nice seaport and was featured on a magazine few years back about nice places to visit in every state. I made up my mind and went to the Museum of America and the Sea, Mystic Seaport.

Mystic Seaport Entrance

Mystic Seaport has an entrance fee of USD28 per head. This entrance fee entitles the bearer to roam around the museum, discovering how the old life of the people of Mystic. There was a lot to see and it was very informative about the gold old days and ways.

Mystic Seaport Museum Map

It has various attractions such as collection of ships, old houses, stores, restaurant, museums, and historic vessels. Upon entering the museum, tourists are welcomed with this ship, the L.A Dunton.

L.A Dunton

It is the last example of early 20th century New England fishing vessel and it offers a glimpse of the long past seafaring days.

Other attractions in the shipyard museum were;

Fishtown Chapel

Druggists and Chemists Store or Pharmacy back in the old days

An Old Clock

Variety Store

The Galley Restaurant

It also has this Stillman Building which is a museum for whaleships and the history of whale hunting and the whales uses. They named it, ‘Voyaging in the Wake of the Whalers’.

The Stillman Building

Voyaging in the Wake of the Whalers is a new exploration of America’s historic and contemporary relationship between whaling and whales. The museum has exhibits that showcase artifacts and artwork alongside with audio-visual presentation. The exhibit pushes past the mechanics of whaling to show the richer and deeper stories of the people, places, whales, and ships that were impacted since the Morgan’s construction in 1841. Exhibits such as;

Detailed engraved on whales’ tooth and parts

Medicine Chest for Sailors while onboard

The Whaleship

Whales’ baleen

Baleen used as corsets and hat container

On the second floor of the Stillman Building, a much detailed history will be explained. History about how the ships and sailors work is waiting for guests from a well-experienced museum curator.

Ship with Sails

The Captain’s Quarter

A really nice couch for the Captain

Captain’s bedroom with detailed headboard showing a carving of a rising sun

Steam Boat

Cargo Vessel

The exhibits were well maintained and very informative. I stayed in the museum for almost half an hour. It was really nice. When I got out of the museum, I walked on to the direction of the Captain W. Morgan whaleship.

Captain W. Morgan whaleship

The Captain W. Morgan whaleship is the last of an American whaling fleet and the last wooden whaleship in the world. The ship is now the country’s oldest commercial ship afloat. Now, it is the flagship of the museum. Visitors are allowed to board the ship. Just be cautious when going around coz you need to watch your head due to low ceiling.

Some Barrels

The Bunkroom

Bunkroom for Carpenters, Cook and etc.

The Sails of Captain W. Morgan Whaleship

Captain W. Morgan whaleship afloat

There are more to see in Mystic Seaport Museum but I got to go to my next destination. It was a nice day indeed and very educational for me. The watercraft collection at Mystic Seaport is the largest of its kind in the United States. It includes four National Historic Landmark vessels such as the Morgan, the Dunton, the Sabino and the Emma C. Berry. I didn’t get to take photos of the other ships since I was out of my budgeted time in Connecticut.

Sentinels of the Sea

Mystic shipyard

For travelers out there, if you happen to be in Mystic, CT, go and see aboard the Museum of America and the Sea and its collection of historic vessels that span both time and culture.

For more information, visit their site here.