36 hours in New Haven, CT

One of my favorite things about the next couple years in Mike’s and my life is the opportunity to really explore the Northeast. Neither of us had imagined living outside of Washington, D.C., let alone this part of the country, so I’m hoping to take advantage of our time here and travel the area! I’ve been to Boston before with my sister, but would love to go back and experience it again with him. I’m dying to spend some time in Vermont and would love to explore parts of Maine, as well. On top of us living in this area, one of my best friends is spending the next year living in New Haven, CT! I went to hang out with her last weekend and it was my first time in CT. It was a quick trip, but we packed it in and followed many of your suggestions for what to do and where to eat!
I left at about 9:45am on Friday morning and made it to New Haven at 4pm. I got caught up in a bit of traffic crossing the GW Bridge in New York and it was slow going after that, but the drive was so easy and otherwise pretty scenic. My favorite part was coming up to NYC and being able to see so much of the skyline from the highway – it reminded me of Chicago and made me nostalgic for our old home!
She showed me around the city a bit and we explored Yale’s campus. The campus is so beautiful! It was cool to be walking through a small city and then, on the next block, find yourself on a beautiful campus. We got dinner at Pepe’s Pizza that night. So many of you recommended it, so I knew I couldn’t very well spend time there and not go to Pepe’s. Listen, it was good pizza. But those of you that told me that it’s the “best pizza in the world” have clearly forgotten that I’m from Chicago, home of the actual best pizza in the world 😉 But really, I’d totally go back there again – it was delish!
We woke up Saturday morning and made the short drive over to The Pantry for brunch. There was a short line outside, but it was the perfect fall day, so we didn’t mind having to wait. I ordered the California Benedict and will most certainly be craving it for weeks to come. The only thing I regret is not ordering a chocolate chip pancake, so I guess I’ll have to go back.


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After brunch, we made our way over to Stony Creek Brewery, which is right on the water! It was such a nice day, so we were able to sit outside and enjoy the warmth of the sun and the endless amounts of people watching. The only thing I would’ve done differently was plan ahead to bring some snacks – I was jealous of everyone that was picnicking!


On our way back, we drove through East Rock Park to see the view of the entire city. I’d love to hike around there, but we weren’t prepared, so we drove it instead. It offers a beautiful view of the city and the water and you can even spot Long Island on a clear day.
Later that evening, we went and enjoyed some cocktails at Elm City Social, which was a cool place. Being that it was “Halloween”, there was ample amounts of people watching and costume guessing to be done.And just like that, it was time for me to get back on the road and drive home! It was a quick trip but so fun to explore a new area.

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  1. sb. wrote:

    If you're looking to explore the Northeast, you should come to the Adirondacks! Especially if you enjoy hiking. If you stay in Lake Placid, lots of the hotels include boats, paddleboards, etc., are right in the heart of downtown, and are less than 10 minutes from some of the best hiking in the Northeast.

    Posted 11.1.17 Reply
  2. NIKA wrote:

    Wow it looks like it has been quite a fun there!:)

    Posted 11.1.17 Reply

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