Fall Foliage Trip

A few weeks ago, I posted a blog called New England, Here We Come. This is the follow-up to that post.

Two weeks ago, Brock and I took a vacation to the Northeast. We had *such* a great time! The weather was cool and crisp. It was most definitely fall in New England! And it was SO nice. It was actually a little cooler than the forecast said it would be, so I didn’t bring warm enough clothes. But I should have known; I’m kinda cold-natured. I had one sweater and a down vest. I think I wore the vest 7 out of 8 days.

Other than one day of rain, we had great weather and we made the most of it!

We flew into Hartford, CT and stayed there one night. From there we drove to Newport, RI and spent about 4 hours sight-seeing there. We loved it there so much that we’d like to go back and spend a week or so in Newport–make that our base while we see Martha’s Vineyard, Block Island, and spend some time exploring Newport.

After spending the afternoon in Rhode Island, we drove into Boston, where we stayed in an old Brownstone row house for 3 nights. We were a block from Fenway Park in one direction, and a block from the Charles River in the other! It was a great time!! We got to go to the Red Sox/Yankees game, where we sat less than 30 feet from both the Green Monster and the field! I loved being there!! After the game, we had dinner with some friends and got to meet their sweet little girl. We also did lots of walking around and exploring in Boston, and ate some great food.

From Boston, we headed north to Cape Elizabeth, ME and Portland, ME. In Cape Elizabeth we were right on the coast of the Atlantic, in very cold wind. But we got to eat delicious, fresh lobster rolls at The Lobster Shack (recommended by Adam Richman of the Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food). I’ve never been a huge fan of lobster, but after those lobster rolls, I was hooked!

We stayed in Maine for one night (and shopped at the LL Bean flagship store) before heading west across the White Mountains (which stretch across New Hampshire), into Vermont. This was where we got to see *so* much gorgeous fall foliage! The pictures posted below just don’t even do the vibrant colors justice!

On our way through Vermont, we stopped at the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory, which was a lot of fun. We finished our drive through Vermont in Burlington, which is on the coast of Lake Champlain. This was definitely one of our favorite stops along the way. Burlington is a college town, and pretty small. But so picturesque! It’s another place that we’ve talked about returning to someday.

After 2 days in Burlington, we headed south through Vermont and New York. We ended our trip in Central Valley, NY. Which is the home of an enormous outlet mall! It has more than 220 stores, many of them designer brands (Gucci, Prada, Kate Spade, French Connection, Diane von Furstenberg, etc…). They also had all the favorites too (J. Crew, Banana Republic, Fossil, etc…). Because we happened to be there on Columbus Day weekend, we found many great sales! We hoofed it through almost every store in less than 6 hours and left there exhausted, but happy.

We found a hotel in Danbury, CT to rest and repack our bags for the trip back home. In doing this, we discovered that we’d need to find some place to ship all of our outlet mall purchases home. So the next morning we found a UPS Store on our way to the airport, and made one last stop at a Man vs. Food haunt for lunch at Ted’s Restaurant in Meriden, CT.

All in all, it was a FABULOUS trip!! We love the northeast! Great food, great scenery, and such charming little towns along the way–in between some of the more well-known big cities. I’m sure we’ll be back someday!