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324c709Somehow I've gotten it into my head that a proper summer vacation includes going somewhere I should go, like visiting historical sites. It should be weeks long, and therefore involve lots of planning. And it should involve as little food as possible, lest I gain weight.

But because vacations are about ‘freedom from', I've decided to get this improper notion out of my head, vacating the ‘land of should' and do what we really like to do this summer. What that was we didn't know until one day during dinner, the perfect idea bubbled up. In retrospect, the ingredients to the recipe of a perfect summer vacation were hiding in plain sight.

1. A favorite pastime of mine is lunch with friends.

2. One of the most enjoyable times of the day is dinner as a family, and we feel closer.

3. We enjoy watching, The Next Food Network Star, Master Chef — and Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.

On the off chance you would like to take the best summer vacation ever, here's my recipe:

1) Do what you like. Because a delicious meal = enjoyable, we're going to take a day trip to Kittery, Maine where we'll eat at Bob’s Clam Hut (pictured above). Said M.F.K. Fisher, “Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly.”

2) Go somewhere that is personally meaningful, where possible. It turns out, I have an ancestor, Christian Remick, a planter and surveyor, who was the treasurer and selectman of Kittery, who died there in 1715. Bruce Feiler, author ofThe Secrets of Happy Families, wrote “the more children know about their family histories, the stronger their sense of control over their lives.”

3) Spend enough time for you. A long vacation can be restful; it also may involve oodles of planning, time or money that you don't have. Or want to have. A short vacation may be just the break you need to refresh. You decide.

We'll also head down to Harwinton, Litchfield, Connecticut where my ancestor Joseph Halstead, who fought with George Washington at Valley Forge, enlisted in the Continental Army on May 9, 1777; then lunch at Corey's Catsup and Mustard(pictured above).

Finally, we'll drive out to Yarmouth, Massachusetts where William Chase Sr., who came to the U.S. in 1630 as part of the Winthrop Fleet, was the constable in 1639; we'll have homemade ice cream at The Ice Cream Smuggler (picture above).

I can't wait.

What are the ingredients for your perfect vacation?


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