There is a White Room at Ladyfinger’s Tea Lounge, too, but of course Barbie fans will gravitate toward the Pink Room.Photo Credit : Garrison Inn
I grew up “playing Barbies” with Lisa down the street. And I’m not sure anything in the decades since has surpassed the thrill of finding a Barbie Townhouse (with a pull-string elevator) beside our tinsel-garland-festooned Christmas tree. So, it’s a sure bet I’ll be heading to a theater to see the Barbie movie this summer. And I’ll also be keeping an eye out for even more pink and pretty New England restaurants, attractions, and hotels that invite us all to live our Barbie dream lives… or at least relish the photo ops.
Contessa, on the top level of The Newbury hotel in Boston. With its pink banquettes and lush greenery, the Ken Fulk-designed restaurant has a glamorous, dream house feel and dazzling city views. The menu of chic cocktails and shareable Northern Italian-inspired dishes makes Contessa the perfect spot for date night with Ken or a boozy brunch with the girls.
Jessica’s Garden and Lobster Shack, a cute roadside find in Marlborough, Connecticut. Not only is this lobster shack pink and flowery, there’s a pond out back where she can kick back and savor a lobster roll, lobster mac & cheese, lobster salad on a grilled croissant, or other menu highlights, from hot dogs to 13 different gourmet grilled cheese creations. A berry-pink smoothie is a must.
She’d love Time & Tide Coffee in Biddeford, Maine, with its retro wall graphics and pervasive pinkness including a Pink Bag coffee of the month to purchase and take home or order online. Of course, any Dunkin’ also screams ’60s and ’70s: That’s when the chain began using hot pink in its logo and color scheme.
Ladyfinger’s Tea Lounge at the Garrison Inn in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Afternoon Tea in the Pink Room comes at a steep cost, but an open champagne bar helps Barbie justify spending the hard-earned money she makes as a ballerina, fashion designer, news anchor, eye doctor, veterinarian, and circus performer (she’s actually had more than 200 careers!).
It’s north again to Crispy Gai—a pastel-pink Portland, Maine, hangout—for plates of Thai fried chicken and Chinese sausage fried rice. Paired, of course, with a deep pink, Thai basil-garnished Roselle Royale for two. You can’t blame Barbie for not wanting to share the dessert sensation here: It’s ice cream sandwiched between two Fruity Pebbles cookies.
Barbie and her squad will feel right at home at the oh-so-pink Tilt’n Diner in Tilton, New Hampshire. “Time to EAT” the sign outside says in big, pink, illuminated letters. The diner serves up breakfast and a big taste of ’50s nostalgia all day. It’s a place for Barbie to remember how far she’s come since she burst on the scene in 1959.
She and her travel buds will love touring Roseland Cottage in Woodstock, Connecticut. Painted sherbet pink, this Gothic Revival-style summer home, built in 1846, is set amid gardens and outbuildings including one that houses America’s oldest indoor bowling alley. Four U.S. presidents have visited: It might be time for Barbie to mount a campaign… again. She’s run in all but one election year since 1992.
Nothing compares to the Gallery Selfie Museum at Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. In addition to sets with pink backdrops, there’s a Barbie-themed station right inside the museum. Talk about rolling out the pink carpet!
She’ll feel right at home at the Verve Hotel in Natick, Massachusetts. This is no ordinary overnight. Everywhere she looks, Barbie will find reminders of her own 20th-century “eras.” It’s like stepping into a museum of American TV and pop culture, complete with video games to play and album cover art to snap. And, yes… there’s even a collection of Barbies and Barbie memorabilia… in the ladies’ restroom near the front entrance.
Barbie will be so surprised her friends have rented the entire peachy-pink Three Stories Guesthouse at Saybrook Point Resort & Marina for a bachelorette party to remember. With accommodations for up to 16 people, it’s a classy hideaway on the Connecticut shore in Old Saybrook, where the girls can enjoy spa treatments and dance the night away at the marina bar.
The ultimate location just might be Pink House Farm in Cornwall, Vermont. This dreamy pink 1798 farmhouse on a hilltop has westward views toward New York’s Adirondack mountains. It’s well-enough hidden that perhaps the paparazzi will give America’s favorite couple some privacy now that they’ve finally decided to exchange vows… 62 years after they met.
Where do you go in New England for that Barbie vibe?