Driving across the southern United States during the winter is not on everyone's bucket list. But on a recent marathon drive from Cape Cod to San Francisco, my travel companion and I realized that the trick to enjoying the coast-to-coast journey is to allow for bursts of local entertainment and to treat yourself to good lodging.
Starting Point: Provincetown, MA
Bleak, wintery landscapes across the Midwestern states were tolerable in exchange for low-season tourism, traffic, and room rates. Beginning in Provincetown, here is how we kept things interesting between 12-hour driving shifts.
Stop 2: Oysters in Boston
Before stopping in New York for the evening, we looked for Neptune Oyster Bar in the city's North End. It gets crowded fast at this small, no-reservations raw bar, and there is usually a wait. If there are a couple of bar stools available chairs available, sit at the high white marble bar and order a platter of local oysters and flutes of champagne.
Stop 3: Gin Cocktails in Brooklyn
Gin lovers will want to check out New York Distilling Company's new Brooklyn bar, The Shanty. The bar happens to be attached to the distillery where NYDC produces Perry's Tot-Navy Strength, Dorothy Parker, and Chief Gowanus New Netherland gins. The return of more small distilleries to Brooklyn is reshaping the way we drink in the city, and The Shanty is a place for trying out the borough's newest spirits.
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