We had wonderful accommodations at the Colonel Roger Brown House on Main Street in Concord. The room had kitchen facilities. Those have been a key aspect in the lodgings search for this walkabout, because we prefer to cook for ourselves most of the time. The idea is to live in places, even if our stay is a short one, instead of doing the hotel and restaurant thing. Lauri Berlied was a wonderful hostess, and we had a great time talking with her. We highly recommend this place and hope to be back there ourselves.
We have been lucky time and again with the timing of our visits to places. This time was no exception. The park had redcoat reenactors that weekend. Also, we saw an evening play at Hartwell Tavern between Concord and Lexington, in which park rangers acted in character and costumes from 1775. Monica Squires was one of the reenacting rangers. We met her in Toulouse earlier this year, where she was finishing up a period of teaching in France. Now she teaches high school history in New Hampshire.
I also went down to Lexington, Mass., where the first militia to oppose the British advance were fired upon and brushed aside. Lexington is as picturesque a New England town as ever there could be.
Nathaniel Hawthorne lived here, near the Old North Bridge.
Boston is a great city, almost as nice as San Francisco.
After a long day on our feet, we were glad to get back to Concord and the Roger Brown House. The next day, we took the car back to Cambridge. This was quite a feat, because there was a lot of traffic due to the Harvard-Lehigh football game. But we made it, and then took a cab to the hotel to get the limo bus down to New York.
We will be back to Boston, again and again. Just not in the winter.