Travel Blog!

Today it’s a travel blog!  And we have music!

First move in any off-island adventure is a trip on the ferry.  We’re traveling, as we always do, the slow way; meandering through four states, Massachusetts to Rhode Island, through Connecticut, into New York City, America’s Hometown.

As you can see, it was a perfect day for a sea voyage across the sound.  Cold and windy, around 38°, and clear. We parked our car downstairs on the freight deck, and came up to sit by a sunny window, drink coffee and read the paper.

Forty-five minutes later, we docked in Woods Hole.  We climbed back in to the van . . . Joe took this photo through the windshield, of me digging through by bag to find the phone.  We have everything with us, chocolate, apples, homemade granola; plus, an electric tea kettle and an ice chest for the milk for the tea–which I am happily drinking now.

About a half hour from Woods Hole, we leave Cape Cod via the Bourne Bridge . . .

On to 195, through Fall River, Rhode Island . . .

. . . and over the bridge . . .  tons of coastline in Rhode Island, so there are lots of bridges!

Into Providence.  My photos don’t do justice to this darling city . . . so many wonderful buildings, such a cute downtown . . . here are just a few I took through the car window . . . see the wind whipping the flags? Chilly!

More wonderful old buildings . . . New England cities are filled with them.

And a mix of old and new . . . gorgeous day, look at that sky!  We parked here and blew down a couple of blocks to the Providence Mall to SHOP.  People who live on Martha’s Vineyard (at least the ones I know) crave a good Mall (no chain stores on the island), but then when we get inside, we are like kids in candy stores, overwhelmed and don’t know what to buy.  It’s all so big and sparkly and there’s so much of it!

After shopping (tried on cute shoes, they didn’t have them in my size; found a sweater in “my color”) and mocha coffees, we drove into the most amazing Connecticut sunset that seemed to go on and on . . . heading west — and thinking, hmmm, where should we have dinner?

We choose a destination dear to our hearts, the Griswold Inn, where we stopped the very first time we went to New York together, all those years ago.

We love it because it’s filled with history!

It’s in the quintessential New England town of Essex, Connecticut — another extremely American town as all New England towns seem to be . . . this one, maybe even more so.  The moon was beautiful, horns up, smiling; it looks full here, but that’s just the trick the camera is playing . . .

I think they keep their paint colors simple on the old houses just so the flag looks good against them!

Even the lines on the road were red white and blue!  How can you not love this exuberance?  So we found a parking place . . .

And went in through the green door . . .

To this welcoming lobby . . .

And then . . . I hardly know where to start with the photos, the restaurant is so full of interesting things and cozy nooks . . .

Here’s the bar, very cozy, publike, and neighborhoody . . . With a fire in the fireplace and a twinkly Christmas tree taking center stage.

And who doesn’t love a well marked ladies room?  In all its two centuries of existence, the Griswold Inn has never met a sign or a picture of a boat it didn’t love.

And they have a Library Room, full of old books, where you can eat!

The walls are crowded with historical artifacts, everything labeled as to who, what, where, why, and when.

Like eating in a museum!

Loved the ship models — especially this one over the fireplace in the main dining room.  Guess which table we chose for the first of what will probably be a month of Anniversary Dinners?

Oh yes, the one in front of the fireplace.  A toast to 25 years of luckiness and Just the Right Guy for Me. ♥  The softest kindest heart I’ve ever met.

But, we have to get serious, enough of this mushy stuff, down to business . . . Mmmm, hot rolls with maple butter.

I had the white bean and tomato soup made with chicken stock and a green salad with bacon and tomatoes; Joe had a juicy steak with a gorgozola sauce and steamed broccoli which we lingered over, analyzing and enjoying every bite.  When Joe and I go out to dinner we do two things — 1. First, we mentally redecorate the entire restaurant — which wasn’t necessary in this case; and 2. We try to figure out what’s in everything, how it’s made; if we want to make it at home, we write everything down in the little red book I carry in my purse.  If it needs cayenne or more garlic, we make note of it.  This was simple and delicious and just right.

We shared this bad boy for dessert, because we can, because it’s our Anniversary.  Shut up.  You’re parked in a judgefree zone.

And that was it, back into hats, coats, scarves, gloves, and outside for more photos, this one is of the gift shop across the street — then into the car for another hour of driving, and then, last night, a hotel . . . and here we are, it’s morning, barely light out; almost time for me to make Joe his Anniversary Cup of Tea!  We head into the city this morning, New York, New York (a city so wonderful, as someone mentioned the other day, they named it twice!); we’ll be at the New York International Gift Fair for most of today . . . in case you’re looking for us!

With my iPhone I’m able to send photos and videos directly to Twitter . . . in case you’d like to check in today and see how it’s going.  Also, if you read that your comment is “waiting for moderation,” it’s because I’m away from the computer and haven’t been able to “moderate!”  (You wouldn’t believe the huge amount of spam that comes into this blog . . . I have to “moderate” in order to remove it before your comments can go up.)  I promise, it will come asap.  I do so hope you have enjoyed your Slow Boat to China today . . . Love showing you our little corner of the world . . . Have a wonderful day!

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284 Responses to Travel Blog!

  1. Deb says:

    Happy Anniversary ♥

  2. Deb says:

    I haven’t been to the Griswold Inn in about 30 years – it was certainly nice to see everything again. I especially remember those books – my kind of place. I agree that you can’t travel without a tea kettle and milk. I also add cookies for “tea time”.

  3. Tricia B. says:

    Happy Anniversary to two of the most charming people I have never met!! However, I do feel as though we know each other so GOD bless the both of you as you celebrate 25 years of wedded bliss!! 🙂 XOXO The first leg of your journey is amazing…I have never been to the East Coast. You are very fortunate to be able to travel there and how thoughtful of you to share your anniversary trip with all of us!!! Thank you!!! GOD Bless you two on the rest of your trip and for another 25 or more years together. Take Care and can’t wait for the rest of your journey to unfold. Love and Hugs, Tricia B.

  4. Nina says:

    O Susan this is soooo exciting! I love New york and Connecticut holds some of my dearest memories! Thank you so much! Loved your colours by the way you looked fabulous! Here’s to the next 25 years for you and Joe! (Can’t wait to see what comes next! lol) xxxx

  5. Carol (gramz) says:

    Happy Anniversary to you and Joe. What a great trip you are taking. I live in Western Mass and know that entire route you are taking. The last time we took the ferry to MV, it was several years ago and the tide was treacherous. We had to stay in the middle of the ferry and no one could move but once we got to the island I forgot all about it….LOL! I would do it again and again.

    Have a wonderful anniversary vacation.

  6. Darlene H. (way out west) says:

    Happy Anniversary and thank you for sharing your adventure with us! (I live not far from San Fernando Valley – aka Bob’s Big Boy area) I have never had the opportunity to see Rhode Island before. Your pictures are a gift to your bloggers! Hope you get to shop ALOT! Thanks Susan.

  7. Denise in Virginia says:

    The seventh picture shows a sign for Sheppard’s Dept. Store. I worked there when I first got out of high school! Many years ago! So much fun to see it again. Haven’t been to Providence in quite awhile. Thanks for bringing back good memories, Susan!

  8. Denise in Virginia says:

    Actually, it’s the eighth picture!!!

  9. Trace says:

    What a wonderful Life! Being married to the Love of Your Life!
    Many Blessings

  10. JudyCinNC says:

    Hey Susan, just looked again and your lipstick and colors are stunning on you. Great job. Judy C

    • Gaylene says:

      Wanted to note your lipstick looked great as well. So I’m coming up to 50 and wear lipstick randomly, it makes me feel grown up! (and I’m just a girl at heart) Happy Anniversary! 25 years married? or together? You met him as a younger chick then you lead us to believe! But I can’t talk, 30 years married to my high school sweetheart, that makes us 33 years together! The love of my life! xxoo

  11. Sue Davies says:

    I love following along with your travel adventures. I so badly want to go to New York City some day as I’ve never been there. My husband was there with our high school band to play in the Macy’s Day parade in the mid 60s and has no desire to go back. I guess I’ll have to go with some girlfriends if I ever hope to see it. I was excited to see the Griswold Inn. There a recipe for the Griswold Inn Pecan pie (with chocolate chips in the bottom – delish) that I make every Thanksgiving. I wonder if that’s where it came from? Any place with a Christmas tree and twinkle lights still up at the end of January is the place for me! I want to wish you and Joe a very Happy Anniversary. We will be celebrating our 43rd in May. Enjoy your trip and thanks for sharing the pictures.
    Sue in Fl.

  12. ellen scott says:

    happy anniversary you two…..and to keep the celebration going when you come back ,,, make the vineyard cake you posted the other day….i just made it …it is unusual and very good…i am going to try and make a layed pudding dessert out of it because i made pudding too…i will layer the cake and pudding and whipped topping….i can’t wait to try the cake again but with the tomato conserve. thanks for sharing your trip with all of us. enjoy your anniversary.

  13. Liz says:

    Susan you look great in your “colors”! Looks like you’re having a wonderful trip so far. Loved seeing the pictures. Haven’t been to the Griswold Inn before but will definately have to go next time we’re in CT.

  14. I am new to your blog, Susan and I love it. I remember buying your cookbooks years ago and always loved them. I have many of your scrapbook stickers and have used them a lot. Thank you for posting on this beautiful sight. I look forward to reading it all.

  15. Nellie says:

    What a treat! How I’d love to drive on those New England roads again! Thank you so much for taking us along.:-)

    Have a wonderful time! xoxo

  16. Terry says:

    Hi, Susan!

    Happy Anniversary to you and Joe! I hope you have a fabulous time in New York! I can’t wait to read more about it.


  17. Karen Moore says:

    first … Happy 25th anniversary to you both! What a lovely way to celebrate all those years together. I’ve never been in your corner of the US and I loved every single picture!!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful adventure with all of us. Happy trails …

  18. Karen Moore says:

    first … Happy 25th anniversary to you both! What a lovely way to celebrate all those years together. I’ve never been in your corner of the US and I loved every single picture!!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful adventure with all of us. Happy trails …

  19. starr miller says:

    Happy Anniversary Susan and Joe and may you both enjoy many, many more!
    Thank you for all the fabulous photos and descriptions; I love how you and Joe make an adventure out of all your travels.
    It is obvious that you two are soul mates – and cherish this blessing every day.

    Girlfriend, I admire you and so enjoy your many, many talents. Keep ‘it’ coming!!
    Big hug—-

  20. Lisa R says:

    What a sweet husband you have! Happy, happy Anniversary. Enjoy every moment.♥

  21. Pamela Jewett says:

    Hello dear travelers,

    Even the soup is “your” color. I could almost taste it. Driving through so many historical cities makes me want to go there. They are truly charming. Thank you so much!
    Have a wonderful time.
    xoxo Pam

  22. Pat says:

    Happy Anniversary! I loved see the Griswold Inn and your delicious celebration dinner.

    Hope you had a wonderful time at the New York International Gift Fair at the Jacob Javits Center, and I hope you get a chance to do some other fun things while you are in town. Come on over to Brooklyn and go to Brooklyn Heights and walk along the promenade — it has a fabulous view of the Manhattan skyline! Here are two blog posts I did about it:



  23. Dale Worness says:

    Isn’t New England great? Just last night I watched “Aerial Vermont” and “Aerial Connecticut” on my new HD TV. Talk about gorgeous scenery! At least when you’re driving you can stop when you want, to smell the chocolate if nothing else! The Griswold Inn looks like a place you could move right in and never leave. But then so does your house on the Vineyard! Enjoy the rest of your trip and Happy 25th Anniversary! to you both! 🙂

  24. Jackie says:

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY SUSAN and JOE! Dreammmmmy blog this time and loved the sunset picture. The Inn is gorgeous and romantic and everything! I love East Coast pubs and inns with lots of history! Hope you enjoy every minute of your trip!

    Oh, and I wanted to post a note to you on previous blog with Sweetheart of Sigma Chi for musica….I was on the Sweetheart Court for Sigma Chi….such wonderful memories! What fun to see the pictures on that!!

  25. Betsy says:

    Hi Susan! And Happy Anniversary to you and Joe. Sounds like you’re having a wonderful trip to NYC.

    I’ve been a fan of your art and books for many years and just stumbled upon your blog a couple of months ago! I wanted to let you know that we enjoyed your onion casserole last night…it was paired with grilled pork chops and a salad. Wonderful! It was immediately added to the ‘family favorites’ list.

    Thanks, dear!

  26. Wendy says:

    Oh so very enchanting! Looks like a fantastic start to your trip. That inn/restaurant looks soooo cozy!!

  27. Jane alexander says:

    I loved the photos. Thank you so much for taking the time to take these photos and comment on them. It’s so refreshing and such a blessing. Beautiful.
    Jane Alexander

  28. suzee branch says:

    hey there, susan B!
    happy anniversary. (a rhyme!)
    ours is in march. (25 years old, too, as you may recall!) mine own husband is a peach like yours.
    does it come with being a BRANCH?? do you ever say your name like this when someone asks you? “Susan Branch-like-on-a-tree”! If you put the accent over the ON word in that, it becomes what i call my indian name! you might already have discovered this. i’ve been saying it like that for 25 years since people always think it’s brandt or branth, etc.

    you are getting so into photos. i love them. i especially love how much fun you are obviously having taking great pictures! maybe, since i am new to your site, you’ve always been a major picture-taker.

    i wrote about girlfriends this week. right up your alley. check it out if you ever get a second which i doubt that you do. (but you’ll LIIIIIKE IT!) and keep on doing every little thing you’re doing here with this loverly and loving world you’ve created. you are helping the rest of us in so many ways.

    Suzee B

  29. Debbie Ferguson says:

    Susan you look so beautiful in your lipstick and sweater, they really are your colors! The pictures that bring us along are fabulous. I feel like I really am there with you and your wonderful Joe. I am so excited that you are going to the gift show and are bringing stuff…..”the best stuff I am sure” home to us. We are so blessed to have you in our lives. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
    P. S. Did you get the recipe for that delicious bean and tomato soup you had?
    It looks so good I can taste it. Cannot wait for your next post. Happy Anniversary to you and your best friend/husbsand Joe.

  30. Tamar Weaver says:

    love the shut up part. very funny. 🙂 heart goes here.

  31. Susan McEnerney-Brasier says:

    sp lovely, thanks for sharing your happiness with all of us……..

  32. What a wonderful trip! The fun of driving, being able to stop when you want to! What an absolutely cozy restaurant! I hope I remember it if we ever get to drive up that way again. Happy Happy Anniversary to two sweet people! Have fun in NYC! Doing only what you want to do! That is a rule on Anniversary months!
    Oh! Oh! I got my birdies yesterday! My Granddaughter was with me when we let them out of the packaging! I let her kiss them, and we both hugged them, they were so glad to get out! They are sitting next to two cardinals and having the best of time!
    Thank you so much!
    I want to send you a snail mail thank you, not sure you will get it. I commented to FOSB to see if they would send me (privately) the address, haven’t heard yet.
    chirp chirp!

    • sbranch says:

      Don’t worry about it Jeannie, I hear your thank you! I love your granddaughter being there and sharing that moment . . . I’m sure she’ll never forget it . . . those little things stick with us. Have a wonderful day! Chirp chirp!

      • Christine from Lafayette, CO says:

        So happy for you Jeannie! How lucky those birdies flew from one happy nest to another!

  33. Beth Keser says:

    Happy Anniversary! And thank you for sharing another trip with us!! I love The Griswold Inn or The Griz as we all call it. The inn is about 30 minutes from my home. We go there every Christmas season for dinner. It is a must in our family 🙂 Strolling the streets of Essex is a wonderful experience, no matter what time of the year it is. Essex even has a huge celebration for Ground Hog Day!! Only in Connecticut 😉 .Have a wonderful adventure in New York, and again, Happy Anniversary!!

  34. deezie says:

    Hi Susan
    Happy Anniversary to you and Joe. How fun to be in New York City.
    I love where you went for dinner, such a charming little place. The ride to New York seemed wonderful. But you make everything Wonderful Susan
    Have a great time in New York

  35. Linda P says:

    Happy Anniversary!!! Looks like a perfect place to have a toast! Ours is actually on Valentines Day – 32 yrs this year! I just may keep him! LOL!!!
    *Wait – who’s watching kitties????

  36. Cyndi Harp says:

    Happy Anniversary! Your dinner sounded yummy and I think the dessert was just right. Yes, as others have said, I love your sweater, the color is super on you. Who knew right?! Have a great time in New York. I leave to travel back to the States tomorrow. Iit’s 9am Wednesday morning here in Okinawa now and 7pm on Tuesday your time. I’ll have to catch up on your adventures on Thursday night in DC. (The time difference is so confusing at times!) Take care all and have a great day.

  37. Kathy Phenix says:

    Wow, I feel like I’m back in my growing up years. I grew up in CT and we vacationed on The Cape or Nantucket for years. We never drove directly to the Cape because my father always wanted to stop in Providence since he graduated from Brown University back in 1932. Another favorite stop was Essex because he had a friend with a large sailboat who would let him play crew. Now my sister lives in Ivoryton, one town north and every time I visit we wander through Essex. The GRIS is wonderful, as are all the little shops which are very welcoming to dogs etc.
    My husband Paul, and I are also celebrating our 25th this Oct. Have a wonderful anniversary. Love, Kathy

  38. Barbara P says:

    Happy Anniversary! Twenty-five years, congratulations! I love your photos. I am thinking of dropping everything and heading to New England!

  39. Patsy says:

    I’ve often said, “I wish I were a fly on the wall, observing everything”. Now I am. I’m taking a trip on my computer. Love, love, love the patriotic road stripes and so happy you’re wearing your colors.

    I want those cups and saucers from The Griswold Inn.

    To Joe: Hi, thanks for making our Susan Girlfriend happy.

  40. Rosemary says:

    The picture of you in the van…..wonderful! Colors are perfect for you. What a grand adventure for you two! Love the small New England towns. I am impressed that you are driving into NYC…doo wah ditty! Charming that you take your tea kettle and all the fixings…sounds so fun. A great 25 years and here’s to 25 more, at least! Happy Celebrating and Congratulations! Thanks for the posting along the way.

  41. Carol says:

    Dear Susan,
    Do you know about this NY gem…..
    *****Tender Buttons, 143 East 62nd St, New York, NY 10065 a tree lined street in the east side of Manhattan is a tiny brick townhouse which houses the only shop in America devoted entirely to the sale of buttons.

    *****M&J Trimming … amazing place
    1008 Sixth Avenue
    (Between 37th & 38th St)
    New York, NY 10018
    B, D, F, N, Q, R, V, W
    At 34th St. – Herald Square
    Mon – Fri : 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
    Saturday : 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    Sunday : 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Tel: 212-391-6200

    *****ALICE’S TEA CUP

    *****MACARON CAFÉ M-F 7:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.
    625 Madison Avenue SAT. 9:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.
    Entrance on 59th Street SUN. 10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.

    19 Commerce Street

    New York, NY 10014

    New “Bacon Smack!” cookie

    I think these places are just right for you! Oh dear – what have I done to your waistline. Have a splendiferous, funderful time in NYC !!
    …from a girlfriend who is also ‘learning’ New York.

    • sbranch says:

      Of your list the only place I know is Tender Buttons! The rest are waiting for discovery–THANK YOU for all that info, addresses and links!

  42. Soozcat says:

    So happy for you both! Happy Anniversary and enjoy every bit of the hot fudge goodness it brings you.

  43. Cindy Tuning says:

    Happy Anniversary to you and Joe and Happy Travels!! Speaking for myself PLEASE no “moderating”. No moderation of any kind this trip. You deserve a break and uninterupted time with your honey buns(that would be Joe).As long as you see these posts that’s all that matters. But, I do like seeing the travel log as Riley is standing up for a wedding in Providence in June and now I can’t wait to go more than ever.I live in NYS but have only been to NYC once for a short time of walking around and never felt so alive! Great place to recharge your batteries. Have fun!!

    • sbranch says:

      Just a teeny tiny bit of moderating 🙂 — YES, had to say, you are so right — never felt so alive. I can hear it outside the window right now. I would like to stay here for a week and do nothing but take pictures.

  44. carmel says:

    I can’t help but join everyone and wish you and Joe a joyous anniversary. May your celebration last all year and may your lives continue to be graced with goodness and love. “Grow old with me, the best is yet to be.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning (I hope I have the correct author of this quote. ) Have a great time in New York and enjoy as many desserts as you both want. After all, it’s your anniversary!

  45. Karen says:

    Happy Anniversary. Love the Griswold Inn. It is magical. Essex is such a cute little town too. Great pictures. Enjoy your NYC stay!

  46. DonnaRay says:

    “the softest, kindest heart I ever met” ……..I loved the mushy part of your post most of all. I’m a sucker for love. Thanks for letting us tag along on such a delightful trip. Can’t wait for more.
    As always, DonnaRay

  47. Carol Maurer says:

    Oh, thank you, for including all of us in your adventure to New York City! What fun and great pictures. Can’t wait until the next set of pictures arrive.
    Carol M.

  48. Susan Martin says:

    Happy Anniversary to you both – here’s to the next adventure!

  49. Jeanette says:

    Susan & Joe, Happy Anniversary!!! My heart is so, so happy for you both – you are a darling match. Thanks for letting us come along for the oh, so special trip. I love your scarf! Looks beautiful on you. Eat dessert with every meal, such a special commemoration deserves it. Hugs to you, Jeanette

    • sbranch says:

      Precisely what I love best about girlfriends, the support! 🙂 No matter what you want to do, someone is always there to say you go girl! 🙂

  50. Katherine says:

    Welcome to the Big Apple!!!! Hope you’re having the most miraculous time!!!! Do yourself a favor if you happen to be on the Upper East Side: pop into Bloomingdales for a great shopping spree where you can find your colors—and not feel limited! Then cross the street to make yourself a reservation at the infamous Serendipity where you will sip the most delicious frozzen hot chocolate or better yet—share a sweet sundae with your husband…and perhaps, while you await your reservation—take a peek in Dylan’s Candy Store and feel like a kid again as you fill up a baggie of delicous goodies!

  51. Paula B. says:

    Thanks for sharing, I wonder if we drove over the Braga Bridge at the same time, I would have waved to you! Better yet, couldn’t we have made a date to meet at the mall, love Providence Place where the big city meets our little state. The Griswold Inn, too funny, I’m a facebook friend for some reason but have never been there, will have to dine there soon as it is Susan Branch recommended. Here’s to the first of your anniversary celebrations, enjoy the Big Apple!

  52. kathie says:

    That hot fudge sundae looks DELICIOUS!!

  53. mel cunningham says:

    a very Happy Anniversary to Susan & Joe!! thanks for sharing your trip with us!! Many more happy days ahead!

  54. Barbara says:

    Happy Happy Anniversary Joe & Susan! Have a great trip to New York New York! Safe travels. Happy to hear there’s someone else that likes milk in her tea.
    Here’s to Joe and Sue, Happy Anniversary and many, many more!!

  55. Teresa G. says:

    Happy Anniversary! I loved all your pictures, but especially the red, white and blue stripe down the road. Makes me swell with pride just seeing that. God bless the USA! As I always tell my kids when they hit the road: Have fun, be safe!

  56. Kathy Clarke says:

    You just go ahead and eat a hot fudge sunday any old time!!!
    Happy 25th Anniversary!

  57. Mrs. Joan Keller says:

    Have a blessed year ahead….Thanks for the visual trip to New York. I was born in New England in Mass. just over the Rhode Island state line. I have traveled the very roads pictured in this blog. In fact our first honeymoon night was at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Providence. My Dad and Mom also spent their first night at the Biltmore in 1925. We have been married 48 years. We are retired and living in Tenn. I do miss the wonderful History of New England and the homes that have so much charm, but we get to visit as we have a daughter and family in Conn.

  58. janet says:

    oh your hair is so cute with a headband! . . . and glam glasses. Looks like you’re having so much fun – spicy lip color looks perfect – and you’re all snuggled up in that wonderful scarf too! I love how you and Joe just love being together and love eachother – what a wonderful gift! I love that you love America and love life! thanks for sharing your joy with us.

  59. veronica says:

    The water,the sceenary,the dinner…Ahhh!!!! Thank you Susan and Joe for letting us be a part. Happy! Happy! Anniversary. Safe trip home!

  60. Cynthia Krynock says:

    Happy Anniversary, you two love birds! You make wonderful traveling companions for me…I always feel like I am sitting in the back seat, enjoying the sights, as you narrate the trip…such fun for me, as I can’t always get to the places you go to! Hope that the gift fare is a beneficial and enjoyable time for you both!


  61. Thanks so much for sharing with us. The inn was lovely and that sunset – 10 kinds of gorgeous! Can’t wait to see what you have for us tomorrow! Much love – Raquel XO

  62. Oops! Almost forgot – Happy Anniversary!

  63. Kelly J. says:

    Happy Anniversary, Sue & Joe!! And thanks for the beautifully photographed travel log! So generous of you to take us along for the ride 🙂

  64. Julie says:

    Thanks for the road trip and Happy Anniversary!

  65. Christine from Lafayette, CO says:

    You know what I love most about your (our) travels? You enjoy the JOURNEY to the destination! So many times we are on such tight schedules we hurry, hurry, hurry, rush, rush, rush… whew! No time to take in the sights and really enjoy the ride, sights, history, beauty. Watching and reading your blog has helped me start my photo scrapbook of our Bucket List Trips. I usually try to include 100s of pictures but its over whelming and loses the essence of the day. Just a few photos with a great narrative makes it a story! Another lesson learned! Thanks! Where are you taking us today? 🙂

    • sbranch says:

      Today we are going to tea, and we are going to dinner. Priorities are straight. Hopefully we get to the Library as we would like to see Winnie the Pooh, but we are also going to the Gift Show again, trying to find new and wonderful things for our store! Would like, just for today, a 48 hour day!

      • Pat Mofjeld says:

        Oh, if you get to the library and it is allowed, take pictures??? I’d love to see the originals… 🙂 Sounds like you have a wonderful fun day planned. Thanks, again, for sharing. It is cloudy, dark, and gloomy here today. Temps in 40’s today again and more and more grass is showing–another day of this and we will have no snow here where we are! Though possibility of a snowstorm coming through this weekend though might go south of us…Good thing Norm and my BFF, Sandy, are working and not available or I’d plan something fun to do today. Guess I need to re-define “doing wash” for the day! “-)

        • sbranch says:

          So sorry, but they wouldn’t let me take pictures!!! Killed me, had camera, but they said no. Fuzzy, a little worn, all of them soft colors of brown, exactly as drawn, sweet, characters.

          • Laura says:

            🙁 no pictures! If you go to NYC public library website I think they have pictures there….I was surprised to see all the characters, not just Pooh Bear. Sounds like you are having such a lovely week…

  66. Marie says:

    Happy Anniversary Susan and Joe! I have to say I am really enjoying the journey so far. I just love New England. If I could live anyplace on the earth that I wanted to I would have a difficult time picking between Connecticut and Vermont. I have family in both places . . . but also in Mass. I think I just love New England full stop! xxoo

  67. Lynn McMahon says:

    As long as we are talking about hot fudge sundaes~ when in San Francisco ~ I know~ wrong coast~you must have one at Ghiradelli’s! I wanted to jump into the vat of chocolate sauce and drown!

  68. Daphne says:

    Happy Anniversary!!! I am also married to a Joe, and we went to college in Connecticut right down the road from Essex. Joe was in a singing group (the Idlers) that would often have a ‘gig’ at the Gris on Friday nights. Such great memories! We miss the North East – thank you so much for sharing your adventures with us!!!

  69. Tracy says:

    Happy 25th Anniversary to you and Joe, Susan! Congratulations! Love your trip to NY. I’ve never been there before. I appreciate that you enjoy the journey as much as the destination. New England looks awesome – I think I may have a calling! My husband and I are also celebrating our 25th this year, in May. Maybe we’ll have to make a trip to NY – my Grandmother was born in Brooklyn in 1889. Thanks for sharing your trip <3

  70. Pigeon's Mom says:

    i can’t think of many better ways to spend a morning than drinking coffee on a boat with your love <3

  71. Debbie P says:

    Good morning, Susan~

    I just wanted to pop in to say Hi and to wish you and Joe continued blessings in your marriage. The photo of your toast is awesome…I love pictures of hands…I think they say so much about the soul of a person. The photo of you is simply beautiful…what a pretty smile!
    As great as the pictures are, I’ve noticed more than anything…your writing to all of us has become more and more “intimate” (as it does with really close friends). I can feel your hand pushing against my arm as you playfully say, “Shut up! You’re parked in a judge-free zone!” and when you tell us about Joe’s soft, kind heart, I can see you smile and swoon and I hope you can feel me hug you and say, “I’m sooo happy for you!”
    I love that we’re getting to know each other and making lots of girlfriend connections through each other. That’s what sets your blog apart from so many others….wonderful, creative, thoughtful connections! Thanks, again, for sharing your light and not hoarding it under a bushel basket.
    Enjoy the days ahead on your anniversary adventure…

    Love and blessings~
    Debbie xoxo

    • sbranch says:

      So sweet Debbie, thank you! And yes, it makes my heart happy to see the girlfriends getting to know each other….such an amazing opportunity in this age of the computer! xoxo have a wonderful day!

  72. Sue says:

    Happy Anniversary………………

    I so want to live in your town and travel that route, the resturant is just wonderful, thanks for including us in your day!

  73. Happy February 1st to Everyone!!! Today is my Birthday (not sure if a hot fudge sundae is in store for me??), Jim is taking me out to lunch and won’t tell me where we are going? hmmm so, I will just deck out in my “colors” and enjoy the day and CELEBRATE….because it beats the alternative!! I cannot believe this weather it is sunny and beautiful and I am not use to that believe me!!! Wishing everyone a day filled with happiness and love.

    • sbranch says:

      Happy Birthday dear Deborah!!! Have a wonderful day . . . Love that Jim is surprising you! xoxo

    • Debbie P says:

      Happy Birthday, Deborah! You share my sweet Grandma’s b’date. When she was still with us, my sisters and I loved to take her out to lunch to celebrate. Hope you have a wonderful lunch with your hubby, celebrating YOU!
      Debbie (also a Deborah….1955….we should start our own club, don’t you think?)

      • Thank you Debbie and YES we should start a “Deb” Club because there are sure a lot of “us” on this blog. I also was born in 1955 in Tokoyo, Japan (Military Brat)….I don’t find many with the spelling of our name and the pronunciation of the “or” when it is said….happy to meet you!!

  74. Hi Susan!

    The only judgement I have about that sundae was around the idea of sharing it… I think I would have had to have had one for myself… So, rather than thinking you shouldn’t have eaten it, I am deeply impressed that you were able to exercise such unnecessary moderation!

    Have fun!


  75. Mary Pacey says:

    Happy Anniversary–glad to see more people reaching that milestone!

    I love seeing the pictures of the buildings in the towns you are going through–I REALLY liked seeing the red, white, and blue road stripe!

    Keep the pictures and commentary coming- will be a mini-vacation for me

  76. Terri says:

    My husband and I love to analyze whatever we’re eating when we’re out too. Sometimes we’ve come pretty close to reproducing the flavors and on rare occasions, even going one better. I never thought of writing down our observations at the time, though – that would certainly help. Thanks for the great idea, I think I may get a little red book of my own. Happy silver anniversary! Cheers to many, many more and may all your memories be golden!

  77. Thanks for including me on your road trip. I’ve never been to that part of the world and am in need of a getaway. Out here in the Pacific Northwest we’ve been under a lot of clouds for quite a long while so it was lovely to see bright new places.

  78. Julie Cavrich says:

    Happy Anniversary to You and Joe! I loved driving down the old towns with you. Your “colors” are beautiful! Have a happy & safe trip. Can’t wait for the next post.

  79. Bobbie Ann Picard says:

    Happy Anniversary!!! I loved the pictures, thanks for sharing them!!

  80. Diane says:

    Happy Anniversary! Let me first say that it would have been nearly a SIN not to have eaten dessert for your celebration with your Joe! Diet or no diet, there is no excuse for not having some kind of special treat at your anniversary dinner! I actually felt like I was practically there with you… did such an exceptional job of capturing the atmosphere and beauty of the place that you had your dinner!! You also did the same wonderful job of the road trip too! I cant tell you how much fun it is to wake up and go to my computer and experience this! What a pretty pic of you in the car too! Have a fantastic week in NY!!!! 🙂

  81. I’m a Michigan and Chicago area girl transplanted to TX so I loved this travelogue to places I have never been. What a delightful post! Happy blessed anniversary to you two.

  82. julie borg says:

    Happy Anniversary! Thanks for sharing! And I LOVE the judgefree zone! Enjoy your trip!

  83. Bobbie says:

    Looks like you had a great time on your anniversary! I just had to mention that FOSB on Facebook reminded us that Friday was Visit your Local Fabric Shop Day so since I was giving Mommie a Quilting lesson I would stop at the Quilt shoppe near her- and guess what I found!!! I found delightful SB fabric in a bundle! I was so excited because I had just said “I *need* some Susan Branch fabric” it was folded in a triangle and stacked with other triangles to form a star- very cute- but I saw little birdies and blueberry pie and knew it was from you! I have no plans for it- right now I just look at it and smile! Wow I am typing run on sentences! my Comp teacher would not be pleased!
    Love ya

  84. Pam says:

    The Griswold looks lovely. I am really enjoying all the photos and information because if we ever come to America and New England we will know lots of nice places to visit.

  85. Carolyn (SoCal) says:

    Well, Susan, you did it again… made me have an inner squeal the entire time I read your post! I love that I get to travel to places that I’ve never been because of your generosity. Joe is generous, too, for sharing his time with us as you photograph and narrate everything. My husband and I are planning a trip with long-time friends this summer to the East Coast. I just can’t wait to experience it for myself!

  86. gail says:

    I want to go on a road trip now…Griswold Inn looks great!!

  87. Vicki says:

    Happy Anniversary dear Susan and Joe!! Have a blessed and memorable time. Thank you for sharing your adventures!

  88. Happy Anniversary <3

    A library in a restaurant! I LOVE IT!!!

    and that sundae *drool* now I'll have to make that tomorrow 😉

    Love all the pictures! Such buildings!

    Denise of Ingleside, PEI

  89. Mary Beebe says:

    Looks fun beautiful and relaxing. Nice when you can go at your own pace. I’m so jealous! Have a great trip! 🙂

  90. Audrey Patterson says:

    Thanks for the visual trip to New York. We often take the ferry to Manitoulin Island Ontario, it’s between lake Huron and Georgian Bay. It only runs from May till October so we never get to go there all winter long and miss it so. Thats why your ferry trip was such a treat.
    Bernice Audrey

  91. Debbie Young says:

    Familiar and longing…my brother in works at Woods Hole, my sister in law an RN in Falmouth, lover their town and love MV where more family lives. Across the Bourne Bridge, headed to Mass where my husband is from, Natick. I love the east coast but roots are firmly planted in the little Ojai Valley CA. Can’t wait until we can do an east coast trip again…time to start a new piggy bank! Have fun and Happy Anniversary!

  92. Karen D says:

    Love the blog! Love the comments!
    I am surprised at how many people have a connection to our little state of Connecticut! I am wondering if any girlfriends from this area are interested in having their “colors done” with Wendy. When she mentioned that she did a traveling pop-up studio, I emailed her for details. We need 4-5 people to make the trip worthwhile for her. Any interest? Email Wendy and let her know -maybe we can make it work!
    Oh- Susan! I just got my beautiful rug from your online store! The oval, octopuses garden – LOVE IT! Hope you are having a wonderful time! Can’t wait to see what you pick out this time for the store!

  93. Carol says:

    I’ve been thinking about you on your Happy Anniversary trip to NYC as I sit and plan a very short trip to the Big Apple with a girlfriend. I hope you’ve been showered with happiness as you make your way through the ‘energy’ of New York. It’s indescribable. There’s no time for sleeping! We’re traveling from CT to spend the day next Wednesday with a former, very favorite high school teacher who now lives in Manhattan. After visiting the brand new Italian market, EATALY ( and then paying our respects at Ground Zero, we’re heading for Mulberry Street in Little Italy. DaNico’s for a special birthday dinner ( (highly rec. by friends) and then…are you ready?… Cha Cha’s In Bocca Al Lupo Cafe Little Italy ( for dessert! I’ve never seen an Italian dessert menu that looks like that. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy the rest of your time in the city. I’m so hoping that you’re picked up by the CASH CAB! Ha! Ha!

  94. Glenda says:

    Susan and Joe,

    Congratulations on your 25 years of marriage. So totally awesome and I wish
    for you both many more happy years together. What a wonderful place to spend an anniversary dinner and time away from home. (Love your trips! ) Thanks so much for sharing with all of us! God continue to bless you both.

  95. Erin says:

    Those photos of the Griswold Inn literally made my heart skip a beat! Maybe it’s because I’m from New York and I’m used to seeing the city, but I can’t imagine how anyone could ever want to leave New England to come over here! 😛

  96. Tami says:

    Susan! 🙂
    Thank you for all the beautiful pictures! It’s fun to live vicariously through your adventures. I’m beginning to think your talented descriptions could make the inside of a paper bag sound cozy & charming. <3 The actual purpose of my note was to tell you that you look FABULOUS in "your colors"!! 😀 (which are coincidentally my colors too). I tell myself it must be because it's also my favorite season… Hey, what's life without a little nonsense? Hope your trip is as wonderful as you are!

  97. Victoria says:

    Dear Susan
    You’re beautiful inside and out and you leave sparkles of beauty wherever you go and on all you touch.
    Wishing you and Joe a Very Happy Anniversary and a wonderful trip!
    God bless you.

  98. Paulie says:

    What a wonderful tour you are sharing with us! It is so great to be tagging along with you and to be able to visit these wonderful sites……how delightful! I was ready for a nice vacation……..thanks so much Susan! I am enjoying this so much.
    Happy Anniversary to you……..and keep on posting………we all love it! Bon Voyage!

  99. Terri says:

    Golly, I am so blessed to be traveling along with you to places I always wanted to go! I feel like you have packed all of us (your faithful readers) in your suitcase. Thank you so much for your kind sharing and lovely art. You are beautiful on the outside but ever so much more so inside!

    Showers of blessings, Terri

  100. Enikö says:

    Thanks for taking us along! Wonderful photos!

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