For years, I had been a city dweller, very dependent on public transportation. Right after graduating from college, the first thing I did was sell my car to help pay the absurd broker fees for an apartment rental.
Up until recently, life with out a car was nice… but oh-so-inconvenient at times. While yes, it meant that a chunk of my paycheck didn’t go towards car maintenance, gas, insurance, you know.. the whole she-bang… often times, when I wanted to hit the road, it came with a few problems. How would I get there? Did Jeff (my husband) want to go on the road trip as well (he’s the one with the car)? If not, what were my solutions? Typically, it involved looking up bus schedules, followed by train schedules, followed by a glimpse at Priceline to see if I could even take a cheap flight, and eventually car rental options.
Luckily, I was recently introduced to a new travel app, Skedaddle, which makes long-distance travel so much easier and affordable. Essentially, you download the app, choose your pick-up location, destination, and time of travel and the Skedaddle team does the rest! You’ll be picked up in a luxury bus and transported to your destination with 9 other travelers.
OR, if you’re looking to get away but not sure where, you can browse routes already set up that need a few more passengers. Just hit the “explore” button on the app’s home page and you’ll see dozens of routes to choose from. Best yet, if you’re the first to join a route and/or you create one yourself, your ticket is free (whoop, whoop!).
Now, Jeff and I absolutely love to ski and when we noticed a weekend route to New Hampshire, we hopped on board. We typically ski at Mount Snow in Dover, VT, so we were very excited to explore a few of the ski mountains in the New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest.
That Saturday morning, we woke up at the crack o’ dawn, made our way to Boston and hopped on the bus departing at 7AM. Prior, we reserved two seats for the weekend that would bring us to a few of New Hampshire’s ski resorts and back.
Just a short three hour drive and we found ourselves at Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway, NH. Once picking up our lift passes, we made our way up the mountain, spending the next few hours exploring the trails. Of course, when we noticed a lodge at the summit, we couldn’t help but take a break for a quick beer.
After a few more runs & a bite to eat, we hopped back on our Skedaddle bus and drove over to King Pine for some afternoon tubing. I am OBSESSED with sledding and haven’t had the opportunity to do this for years (San Diego doesn’t get snow), so of course, when handed my tube, I started to speed walk (OK, maybe run) to the lift.
Hi, Jeff. (see photo below)
The group we were with suggested grabbing a beer to end the day, so once we finished up sledding, we walked the short distance to King Pine‘s base lodge for a drink & live music. Along the way, I noticed a cabin in the woods, creating a very Robert Frost-esque moment.
At that point, we were exhausted from the combination of traveling, skiing & tubing (I know, such a hard life) and ventured over to the Red Jacket Hotel to drop off our luggage before grabbing dinner at Horsefeathers in North Conway. After filling up on burgers and beers, we got in a good night’s sleep to begin the next day.
The next morning, our Skedaddle bus brought us to the beautiful Bretton Woods ski mountain. And wow. The views were absolutely phenomenal. Seriously. It was about five degrees at the mountain and I didn’t even mind venturing to the summit to get a glimpse of the snow-capped mountain range.
Now, we always wish the weekend could last forever, but a las, it does not. Once we finished up skiing, we took a quick tour of the Omni Mount Washinton Resort… which I am now clearly obsessed with. When you combine history and amazing architecture, I can’t help myself. I’ve already started thinking about my next trip here during the summer as I expect it is just as beautiful during other seasons.
Once finished with our tour, we hopped back on our Skedaddle bus and skedaddled back to Boston (sorry, had to!). And the trip back was just as simple as the trip to New Hampshire. In just under three hours, we pulled up to our original departure spot in Boston’s Back Bay, unloaded our gear, and made our way home.
This trip was sponsored by Skedaddle but all opinions are my own.