Exploring New England with an Infant

Boston

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A few weeks back in September my family of three (still hard to believe!) took our first trip by plane to the northeast. Traveling is something Greg and I love to do and the day we found out that I was pregnant was the day we decided we wouldn’t stop, even with a baby. And that is just what we did. At 2.5 months, our daughter, Adeline, took her first flight from Atlanta to Boston and she couldn’t have been better. Flying with a newborn certainly has its challenges but aside from the extra luggage and a little pre-planning, our precious cargo was an angel and handled everything so well.

We did get the eye-rolls from plenty of passengers when boarding the plane. I am guessing they thought Adeline would be screaming the whole way, but that wasn’t the case. As long as there was a bottle in her mouth for takeoff and landing, she was fine. They say the sucking helps with any pressure in the ears they might experience, a pacifier probably works too.

We flew Delta. I am not sure about traveling with an infant on other airlines, but they were super accommodating and made the flight a little smoother than we even planned for.

When we landed we went straight for the hotel so Adeline could get a nap. In Boston, Uber and taxis require babies to be strapped in a car seat (plus, even if they didn’t we feel safer having her in one), so we arranged for car service with Boston Airport Express. We found them on Trip Advisor and had a very pleasant ride. They were friendly, prompt and easy to communicate with. We would highly recommend! We stayed at the Intercontinental Boston; our second time staying there, and had another great experience. The hotel is clean, accommodating, with friendly staff, and a baby bed and refrigerator (score!), and ideally located to get around town easily. It is a close walk to the waterfront and pier, a short walk to Boston Common and Boston Public Garden, not far from the Children’s Museum and the New England Aquarium and about two blocks to the South Station, which can simply take you anywhere.

Around the corner from the Intercontinental is Sorelle, a coffee shop we enjoyed a lot. Their breakfast sandwiches, bagels and drinks were great, we ended up going there every day. We are coffee lovers so, as such, when we were walking to Boston Commons and noticed George Howell Coffee Shop, we couldn’t help but going in. Also another great spot to check out!

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Our recommended dinner spots during this trip:

Cambridge

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A quick subway ride (about 6 spots from the Intercontinental Boston) and you are at Harvard University. We had a blast exploring Cambridge and Adeline enjoyed her stroller ride through campus. If you go prepared, you can rent bikes and there are lots of trails, but if not, everyone is on foot this time of year. Harvard played football the Saturday we went and it was fun to watch their band march through the streets.

Tatte Bakery and Café is a must! We have been a few different times. From sandwiches, to soups, to pastries and coffees, it never disappoints. If I was a student, I would be there everyday!

Mike’s Pastry Shop is a tradition. There’s one in Boston North End and they expanded and added one in Cambridge. It’s an Italian bakery known for their cannoli, it is a must see (and taste!).

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Portland

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We had not been to Maine and with Portland only about a 2 hour drive (2.5 hours with baby), we made a day trip of it to get some lobster and explore the town. It was a lot of fun, walkable and beautiful sites to see. There was markets open when we went, entertainment playing at the restaurants on the water, and a lot of other fun things for families or anyone who visits. We ate at Porthole, which we enjoyed – a typical on-the-water seafood restaurant with the best fish tacos and excellent, fresh, oysters. If you go and eat, make sure to get a table on the patio – that was the best part. But don’t worry, there’s plenty of other restaurants to stumble upon in this town, both casual and fancy, and lots of public parking.

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A suggestion: We drove through Salem, MA on our way to Maine. Salem is about 45 minutes from Boston, easy highway drive, and a good place to stop and break up the trip. There is a lot of interesting sites and history in Salem. We couldn’t stay and explore as long as we would have liked, but check Trip Advisor and there are lots of sites to see, mostly the witch trial history.

Travel tips we learned along the way and wanted to share:

By Plane

  • When traveling with an infant we were moved up the line when going through airport security. So that was a win.
  • Even though you have priority in security, it still takes a little longer since they have to check and test each bottle, so plan for that.
  • Make sure your icepacks are completely frozen. They may not let you get by if the icepack is melting.
  • We rode Adeline through the airport in the stroller and you check the stroller at the gate when boarding the plane.
  • Delta gives priority boarding to those traveling with babies – another win.
  • Under 2, you do not have to purchase a seat, instead “infant in arms”. However at check in, they do ask for the child’s name and information to provide them with a boarding pass as well.
  • Strollers, car seats, and other baby related items as such do not count as your carry-on items. You can still bring your own 2 carry-on items with Delta, which is so helpful.

By Car

  • We rented a car to drive up to Maine and all rental car companies rent out infant car seats (or any size car seat) for $10. Not a bad deal and we brought along wipes to clean it down before putting Adeline in.

 

Next trip, NYC! Stay tuned!

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