Earlier this month, Dan and I traveled to New England for a week of Fall fun. Although it’s been a few weeks since we returned home, I still fondly think of our trip nearly every day. We had such a fun time together and I have so many great memories from the trip that I will always treasure.
We arrived in Boston very late on a Tuesday night and spent the night at a Hilton outside of Boston in Woburn, MA. On Wednesday morning, after sleeping in and grabbing Starbucks, we drove north to New Hampshire. Already, we were in awe of the beautiful autumn leaves. We drove part way around Lake Winnipesaukee until we arrived at Meredith, our destination. We checked into our quaint hotel, The Inn at Mill Falls, and spent the afternoon and evening relaxing. In fact, that’s all we did in Meredith – RELAX. We walked around the inns, shops, and lake; ate a late lunch on a porch across from the lake; read; and sat in rocking chairs on another porch. It was wonderful. The next morning, we continued our relaxation theme by indulging in an 80 minute couples massage at the spa. Pure bliss!
After we left Meredith, we continued our drive north towards the White Mountains. We stopped at Franconia Notch State Park and went on a 2-mile hike to and from Flume Gorge. Everything on our hike was beautiful – the trees and leaves, the Pemigewasset River, the Gorge, the covered bridges, the mountains. We just tried to soak as much of it in as possible.
We left the park and ventured slightly off our main travel path to stop in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Although we were only in Vermont for a few hours, we loved it and can’t wait to go back someday! We ate at at the lovely Dylan’s Cafe where the owner’s dog napped near our table, stopped at Maple Grove Farms to stock up on maple syrup products, and visited Dog Chapel on Dog Mountain (too bad Snoopy wasn’t with us!).
Back on our regular route of travel, we continued our drive straight through the breathtaking White Mountains. Words truly cannot describe their beauty during the peak Fall foliage season. As day turned to night, we crossed the state border into Maine and headed to the Atlantic coast. We arrived in Portland, ME, after sunset, but still with plenty of energy. We checked into our adorable room at the Inn at Park Spring and then walked towards the waterfront to find a restaurant for dinner. Dan enjoyed a local microbrew with his dinner and I made a giant mess of myself eating the most delicious lobster. We couldn’t have been happier:-)
On Friday morning, we took a ferry to Peaks Island in the Portland, ME, harbor. The ferry captain’s dog was on the boat and I got the biggest kick out of seeing the dog sitting in the captain’s chair, looking as if he would be navigating the ferry for us to the island. On the island, we rented bikes from an “honor system” bike stand and rode them around the island’s 5-mile perimeter. After our bike workout, we ate a yummy lunch at Cockeyed Gull overlooking the harbor.
We ferried back across the harbor to Portland and drove to the famous Portland Head Light on Cape Elizabeth.
Finally, we pointed our rental car back towards Boston, stopping briefly at an apple stand and grocery store on our way back into the city. We checked into our vacation rental, the “Apple of Boston,” in the South End, returned our rental car at the airport, and then met Dan’s parents at baggage claim after they flew in from San Francisco to join us for the rest of the trip.
Dan’s mom really did an excellent job describing our time together in Boston, and so, for more details, I invite you to check out her well-written and detailed blog entries about our trip: