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Last August I went to Rhode Island with some friends. Now I am posting about it. You’re probably asking, Why did this take seven months? Well, what usually happens in seven months? That’s right. That is the exact gestational period of an Orangutan. Congratulations to me!

Anyway, back to the post. I have personally discovered New England and how fucking quaint it is, all over the fucking place. Ugh. Quaint. FUCK! So far every post on this blog is tagged “road trip” and “New England.” Maybe I’ll go to Canada in 2011.

Nicole went to some chi-chi grad program at Brown so she got us free digs at their student housing, in former slave servants’ quarters in a historical building:

First, we took a walk around downtown Providence. You can walk from Brown’s campus into downtown in less than twenty minutes.

Sesame Street?

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Kingston, NY is Quaint as Fuck

KINGSTON! Where the quaint house to regular house ratio is 5:1. I dub Kingston the Shangri-La of QAF until I find something quainter.

Kingston reminded me of Bristol (PA, on the Delaware River) in that it is both quaint and ghetto. Prime gentrification time. Let’s blow this shit up!

They are both situated on rivers, near large metropolitan areas and have great quantities of Victorian architecture. Also lots of shirtless men, tattoo parlors and loitering preteens. But Kingston is much larger and has an actual “nice” part of town: the Stockade.

Greg and I picked up a couple of brochures at the Kingston Historical Society. One for the Rondout (nice area near the creek) and one for the Stockade (nice area up on the hill). In the 1600s the entire town moved uphill from the creek to escape the Injuns and built a high defensive wall around the entire town (the Stockade). The wall doesn’t exist anymore but all the current streets conform to the former boundary. It’s pretty neat. The Stockade area, which used to be all of Kingston, was the capital of New York until 1797. The Rondout used to be its own village.

Kingston is about 90 minutes up the Hudson from NYC. Houses are cheap. This is my current favorite. There doesn’t seem to be much going on in Kingston in terms of business and industry. Back in the day it was an important transportation hub for coal between NYC and PA.

We toured the Rondout area first. The Rondout has a main drag with some restaurants and an antique store and, of course, the Historical Society. Which had some nice exhibits (and some free buttons). The rest of the Rondout is hilly and full of delightful Victorians.

I just love how much this person loves color.

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I forgot to feature the quaintest thing from New Hampshire! Quainter than the other thing that I said was the quaintest thing.

Let’s ignore the satellite dish.

This is an actual house on Locke Island in Lake Winnipesaukee.

Quaintness breakdown:

80% White Victorian trim

12% Disproportionate porch-to-house ratio

03% It’s in the woods AND on a lake.

05% It’s on an island!

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Other things I bought in NH!

My friend Andrea is a new homeowner and I am helping her out with the decor. So most of these things are for her if the hoarder in me lets them go.

Vintage table cloth from a consignment shop in Laconia ($5):

These three prints were in the basement at an estate sale. The little description in the bottom right states that they were commissioned by the Union Pacific railroad for promotional purposes. Andrea is from St. Louis so I thought the expansive landscapes would make her nostalgic. I overestimated my color correction skills.

Kansas:

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Last weekend I visited New Hampshire for the first time. (Only 29 states left on my bucket list!) My boyfriend Greg’s family has vacationed there for about 500 years and his Dad owns a cabin in Gilford with a view of Lake Winnipesaukee.

The Lakes Region (Lake Winnipesaukee and a few smaller nearby lakes) is pretty out-of-touch with the rest of the world which means I LOVED it! For example, I bought these 2 items at a barn sale for $.50:

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