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This week, I am super excited to be kicking off Holiday Snapshots proper with the wonderful Izzie Anderton, who has been kind enough to share her memorable trip to New England, USA. This is the second time she’s visited the area and no wonder, it looks like absolutely stunning. I, for one, will be adding this to the bucket list, as hubby and I have already discussed the possibility of visiting America much more in the coming years.

Over to you Izzie…

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What do you look for in a holiday?

It has to be culture and sight-seeing now that our daughters are older. We all love to explore and have hugely varied interests, so booking a holiday that suits every member of the family can be a challenge.

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Where did you go?

New England. There were so many fabulous places to visit. And the option to choose not one, but three separate destinations during a two-week holiday was really rather tempting!

boston2 faneuil hall v2Who went?

The entire family – all four of us!

Where did you stay?

We stayed in Boston, Salem and Hyannis. We decided on three locations and all of them were very different. I may have been cajoled into booking Salem, as this appealed to my daughters with its fascinating history. I was pleasantly surprised with this location however, and despite my initial reservations, there was a lot more to Salem than the Witch Trials.

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What accommodation did you choose?

We stayed in three hotels during our vacation: the Sheraton in Boston, the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem and the Hyannis Harbor Hotel in Hyannis. All of the hotels were fairly central and ideal for exploring local places of interest. All of the hotels were found through the Virgin Holidays website.

Fotor0817205624Were there plenty of activities for the whole family?

Yes, and you’d never run out of things to do. We visited museums, took the ferry to Nantucket, went to the beach, explored in Rockport, visited China Town, walked the Freedom Trail, went on a ghost walk and so much more besides.

Your most memorable moment of the trip?

Our day spent walking The Freedom Trail (a 2.5 mile route taking in 16 historical sites from the American Revolution) followed by a trip to the Skywalk Observatory at Prudential Tower was one of the most memorable of any holiday ever!We took our time, soaked up the atmosphere and enjoyed every minute of it.

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Yes, definitely. A trip to the US is always going to blow the budget, but in terms of value for money it’s exceptional.

Your top tips for the area?

• If you’re doing a lot of sight-seeing in Boston, it’s worth investing in a Charlie Card pass for the local buses, Inner Harbour Ferry and the subway. The current price is $19 for 7 days.
•Talk to the waiting staff about portion sizes before ordering anything in a restaurant. Meals in the US are usually huge and the staff are happy to oblige if you want to share.
•If you go on a ghost walk after a rainstorm during the summer months in Salem, don’t forget your insect repellant!
•Explore a little: although our bases were Boston, Hyannis and Salem, we ventured even further afield and crammed in day trips to Rockport and Nantucket – both were fabulous.

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Which photo is your favourite and why?

I love the photo of Brant Point Lighthouse on Nantucket. It’s one of the most iconic views on the island and we got to spend an exhilarating, windswept afternoon here, collecting shells and taking lots of amazing photos.

Would you go back again?

I don’t think I’d ever tire of travelling to New England and I would recommend this as a holiday destination. This was already our second visit to the area. Last time we stayed in Boston, Plymouth and Falmouth and caught the ferry over to Martha’s Vineyard. Would I go back for a third time? Yes, most definitely. Although I’d probably change the itinerary all over again in order to see even more places of interest in this stunning location.

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What are your five holiday essentials?

• Converse pumps – if your feet are happy you can keep going all day.
• Snacks – perfect for when everyone’s feeling a bit fractious after a hectic day of sight-seeing.
• A good pair of sunglasses.
• Lots of reading material.
• My iPod.

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