Florida and California are sunny paradises that seem to go on forever, but it's fun being in New England where's a short drive to your next-door neighbor states. Friday I offered up my car for a group drive up to Portland Maine to a friend's 30th birthday party. I couldn't imagine anywhere having more snow or being more cold, but there they were, giant 5 foot piles of frozen white stuff.
Next was Providence. I had driven down to Ikea and figured, well half way there, might as well call my friend. My friend, whom I hadn't seen in years, was, thankfully, not doing anything, so I sped right down to the Ocean State. The city was absolutely adorable. Hilly roads, small little streets, cute New England houses.
Despite the car fatigue, today I drove a load of co-workers up to Concord, New Hampshire for a staff meeting. My day was spent in meetings, but I ventured out to a cute little co-op that served a mean cup of coffee, of which I imbibed several throughout the day.
In each case, my experience was limited to basically seeing the people that I had come to see and not exploring the city. Heck, I've barely had a chance to explore Boston, but each little state capital left me with the impression that in New England, small and quaint are beautiful. Neon is completely unnecessary when you've got little capitol buildings with shiney gold domes.