In November, Stephen and I took a little weekend trip to New Haven to celebrate our second wedding anniversary. The idea was to go somewhere close enough to take a short train ride to from NYC, but far enough to feel like we were actually away from the concrete jungle.
I don’t even know how we landed on New Haven, but I won’t lie, “Gilmore Girls” had something to do with it for me…
It ended up being an easy two hour train ride from Grand Central, on the Metro North to get there. We were comfortable enough and didn’t feel like we wasted a full day on the train.
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Below, I share some of the fun things we did, the yummy things we ate and more. Two nights in New Haven was honestly just enough for us. There isn’t sooo much to do that you could be there all week (especially if it’s chilly, which it got our last day), but there is still a lot of food I wanted to try that we didn’t get to with the time we had- we just didn’t have an activities for in between those meals… #ClassicKaylaAndStephen.
WHERE WE STAYED:
We stayed in the Courtyard Marriot near Yale. All we had to do to get there from the train station was take a short Uber. Once we were there we took Ubers a few times (mainly when it would get cold), but mostly could walk everywhere on our list. It was close to the heart of New Haven and, though wasn’t anything fancy, totally did the trick for us.
What we ate/Drank:
I’m just going to list everywhere we ate, in order of my favorites to my “just okays.” Nothing was bad! We honestly enjoyed the food scene there a lot. * Means photographed below
- Ordinary: We went to this place, the oldest bar in New Haven, on our way home from dinner and both had fantastic drinks. I had this delicious gin cocktail with rose lemonade. It was so tasty. I believe Stephen just tried a whiskey, but we loved the atmosphere and indulging in a good, non-Bud-Light drink.
- Barcelona Wine Bar: This was recommended by a few people and for good reason. We got a few tasty cocktails and a bottle of wine. It’s pricey and not entirely original, but if you’re into apps and good wine, I think it’s a nice vacay meal.
- Maison Mathis*: This place is a blogger’s dream. From the decor to the food, everything is Instagrammable. I would highly recommend getting your coffee drink of choice and a Belgium waffle, their specialty.
- BAR*: This pizza place was busy the whole time we were here, and since it was a holiday weekend with less college kids in town, that’s saying something. I am picky on my pizza, so I rarely rate it high on my list outside of NY, BUT this was some good ol’ crunchy thin crust. The topping slide right off if you don’t life the slice at the right angle and the bottom is slightly over-burnt… that all goes to say it was made the way a thin crust pizza ought to be.
- Cask Republic: This was the first spot we ate at. After a long day and a cold night, this little pub was just what we were craving. It’s got a warm, cozy feel, but is spacious and has a lot of seating.
- Donut Crazy*: I think I’m just more into the way a donut looks than the way it tastes… Our donuts just didn’t taste quite as fresh as I thought they would. Could’ve been because we went later in the day, but I wasn’t wowed. The place is gorgeous though with velvet couches and neon signs.
What we DID
Like I mentioned before, I wasn’t really sure what there was to do there besides walk around and eat. We could’ve done museums, but neither of us like to do that on weekend trips, because they just take so much time to go through. We would’ve also liked to tour Yale, but because we went the day after Thanksgiving, those tours were closed the weekend we were there.
Here were the big two things we did to take up our time:
- East Rock Park: We climbed up to the top of the rock. We had no idea we were in for such a hike, but it was a stunning fall day and ended up being one my favorite things we did that weekend (including meals in that).
- IT Adventures Indoor Ropes Course: So there is this indoor rope course inside of a Jordan’s Furniture store. It’s so random, but was a fun thing to do when it got too brisk to be walking around all day. It’s mainly a bunch of kids and you, but I enjoyed it a lot. You end with this massive jump back down from course… you’re harassed in, but it’s a nice addrenadline rush.