What could be better than spending a week in New England in Autumn?
Quite simply, not much.
We spent the weekend in Vermont, near a charming town called Chester that looks like Mayberry’s’ clone. For the icing on the cake, we happened to be there on a weekend when they were having a Fall Harvest Festival, and folks, no one does Harvest Festivals like New Englanders.
If you’re a fan of victorian homes, then I’ll excuse you for a moment while you wipe the drool off your chin.
Take a good look at the details on this beauty. The corbels, the trim, the railings. I could go on.
And I will :).
What about the paint colors? Even though there are several, they all blend beautifully together and don’t overwhelm the home. Perfectly executed, don’t you think?
The Victorian is a hard act to follow, so let’s not even try. But I was quite taken with this next one too. Normally, I wouldn’t think I would like this color for a house, but it works. Love the wraparound porch and trim along the roof line.
When I think of small town Vermont, this is what comes to mind. Subtle, quaint and unpretentious.
For all you gardeners out there, this lovely Inn had some beautiful climbing plants in the front by their fence. I don’t have a picture, but they said it’s called Thumbria. It’s an annual but grows quickly. I took note because if it can do that well in Vermont, it can do well in Massachusetts and maybe where you live too. The flowers it produces are beautiful, vibrant shades of yellow or orange. I’ll be looking into that for next year!
Am I the only one out there who likes old cemeteries? Our daughter thinks I’m nuts, but then again, she doesn’t even want to live in a house because she thinks they’re all haunted.
Speaking of haunted, isn’t this creepy, but in a funny kind of way?
Inside the above ‘creepy’ building was a tag sale, and here’s something that’s not creepy at all. I LOVE this rug! And you know what I loved even more? The price. It was only $50, and it was huge! At least 10’x14′ and appeared to be wool. The colors were beautiful, and I stared at it for about 10 minutes, trying to figure out if there was any way I could use it, but no.
That concludes the tour of Chester, but back at the ranch, i.e., near our camp site, there was a cute fairy garden display near the river, and you know I love my fairy gardens!
After our weekend we headed to Bar Harbor where we hung our hats for five days. A couple of weeks ago I showed you some of the photos from that trip, but I left out pics of the town itself, so here goes.
Clever name! Notice the backdrop. Those are the mountains called ‘The Bubbles’, near Jordan Pond, which I showed you last time. Admittedly, they do look like they could use a good bra.
This is the town green area, located right near the ocean.
If you look to your left from the Green, you’ll see this stately Inn.
And if you look to your left a bit more, you’ll see this. On this particular day, it was cloudy and foggy, but you can see there is a rather large cruise ship in the background which had just arrived that day. In my first post about Maine I showed you a photo of a ship leaving the Harbor, which I believe may have been this one below.
There are lots of interesting (albeit expensive) shops in town. Have you ever seen a chandelier like this? I haven’t, and I simply love it! I could see this working in a contemporary space, a traditional one or definitely shabby chic.
I took this picture while having lunch. We snagged a street side table, perfect for people watching. I imagine someone lives here. Maybe the owner of the store below?
We took a walk to one of the side streets in Bar Harbor, and this home was one of my favorite finds. The picture doesn’t do it justice. Maybe it’s because it’s not a very exciting color, but it was so incredibly charming! I love the side porches, and the gardens were so pretty! I so wished I could have had a tour of the inside, but I feel that way about most homes I see, even if they’re not this pretty!
This is actually a restaurant, but I wanted to show it to you anyway. Love the look of the vines on the outside and the arched door.
The day before we left Bar Harbor we headed to the Schoodic Peninsula, which is basically the mainland part of Acadia National Park. This area is considerably less touristy than Bar Harbor and beautiful in its own right. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.
Not far from the peninsula is a town called Winter Harbor where there are a few lovely shops and restaurants. This one was nearly impossible to resist, and the merchandise did not disappoint.
That concludes the grand tour my friends, and I hope you enjoyed it. If you have never been to New England in the Fall, you MUST come! There’s a cabin on Fox Den Rd. just waiting for you, and in case you need convincing, I’ve got some freshly baked chocolate biscotti, my ‘cheese lover’s lasagna‘, and some Italian Wedding Soup with your name on it. We’ll keep the light on for ya’.
Now, if you don’t have a travel board on Pinterest, make one and PinIt!
In other news…
I started writing this post a little earlier than usual (on Sunday) since my computer is in our guest room and Sarissa & Josh will be here on Friday (when I normally publish my weekly posts). The leaves are at peak right now, so it’s a good time for them to visit. They don’t see too much foliage in Singapore ;).
I’m now writing on Friday afternoon, and Sarissa & Josh went to NY to pick up Mikey and bring him back for the weekend so I have some time to finish this post up. Yesterday we drove to Mt. Greylock, the highest peak in the Berkshires, so they can experience the beautiful foliage, only to have it rain and have zero visibility! Ya’ gotta love it :).