This weekend I was finally able to get a little taste of (real) fall during a long weekend getaway to New England! I couldn’t wait to pack boots and sweaters in my suitcase, although it did feel weird leaving my flip-flops behind!
Ted and I drove up to Boston from Rhode Island on Friday afternoon and checked into The Langham for an overnight stay and to experience their Afternoon Tea, a tradition from their flagship hotel in London. While Ted wasn’t crazy about the idea of going to tea, he was a trooper, since he knows how much I loved it in London last year. More on our time at The Langham later this week!
Next up was a little walking around Boston. It’s been a few years since we’ve been in the city, but I do always enjoy taking in the sights. One of my favorite places (despite it being a bit touristy)? Faneuil Hall! There’s a ton of shops, restaurants, and of course, history here. A must-do on any trip to Boston.
As the sun was setting, we headed over to Boston Commons (kind of like NYC’s Central Park) for a Beacon Hill Crime walking tour with Free Tours by Foot. As the company name states, the walking tours are free (it’s just recommended you tip your guide). We did a few of these tours in DC with the same company and loved it so we had high hopes for this one as well!
Overall, the tour was a little different than we expected, but we did hear some interesting stories of Beacon Hill (an old, upscale neighborhood in Boston) and learned some interesting tidbits about the area. For example, residents only get one parking spot on the street per home, so if people own more than one car, they pay $300,000 for a spot in the garage at the end of the street. Can you imagine?! Also, we passed John Kerry’s home, which is a few doors down from where a gruesome murder took place in the 1960’s!
By the time we finished up the tour and got back to the hotel, we were ready to warm up (man did those temps drop!) and get some food. After deciding we just wanted to be lazy and lounge, we settled on pizza delivery to the hotel. Yum!
Saturday morning we stopped at my favorite bakery in Boston, Mike’s Pastry, located in Little Italy. It was insanely packed (you could barely get in the door), but the staff moves pretty quickly so the wait ended up not being as long as it looked. Here, we picked up some delicious cookies and a Boston tradition – the cream puff, before heading back to Rhode Island for a low-key rest of the day.
Sunday morning we made our way to a local farm for the traditional fall activities – the pumpkin patch and corn maze! This year we went to a different one than usual, and were surprised to find the corn maze so much more difficult! We knew our trivia answers were right but still kept hitting dead ends. It was so frustrating but we still had a blast. And of course, couldn’t resist throwing out references to TWD and imagining what would happen if there were zombies in the corn maze. Ahh!
Such a fun weekend! And even moreso enjoyable because I’m officially finished with 2 of my classes, so I didn’t have a ton of work to worry about completing. Yay!
Totally unrelated to New England but still something that needs to be mentioned? The Walking Dead. OMG. Did you watch last night?! Talk about intense and holy feels!
Have you visited New England in the fall? How was your weekend?