Weekending: Fall in New England

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!

afternoon tea langham

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.

faneuil hall

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!

boston pizza

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.

mike's pastrymike's pastry treats

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!

corn mazepumpkin patch

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?

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  • Emma Byers

    Looks like such a lovely weekend! Nothing beats fall in New England. :) Happy Monday!

    • It was! And so true, it’s beautiful up there this time of year!

  • The trees in the picture and that top picture are absolutely devine!! Fall in New England looks absolutely beautiful!

    • It really is! Definitely something to add to the bucket list if you haven’t experienced it!

  • That looks like so much fun! My mom is from a mountain town in upstate New York and I loved visiting in the fall. New England is so beautiful this time of year. We get fall here in Virginia but it’s always fun to experience fall somewhere else. :)
    Kiersten @ Autumn Country Girl

    • Agreed! It’s especially great to go anywhere else during fall when you live in Florida. It’s easy to forget fall exists :)

  • MY HEART! MY CITY! MY HOME! So jealous, but so happy you got to experience Boston in the fall time! I love everything about it! And Mike’s Pasties are to DIE for; next time you have to try a canoli or a lobstah tail from there!

    • Me too! I was so tempted to order one of everything in there. SO MUCH GOODNESS! Can’t wait to visit again!

  • Emily @ Painting it Purple

    Looks like you had a great time! I’ve never been to New England but it looks beautiful!

    • I did! New England is amazing this time of year. The foilage!! You should definitely plan a trip one of these days!

  • This looks like such a lovely trip! I’ve always wanted to get afternoon tea<3

    • It was! We should plan an afternoon tea date next time I’m in New York! It’s my favorite!

  • I’d love to go to Boston and explore the city. I’ve never been, but I’m thinking that I may need to plan a trip! I’ve also been slacking on the whole ‘fall’ thing because we haven’t even been to the pumpkin patch yet! Crazy, I know! I can’t believe it either…looks like y’all had a good time and got some gorgeous pumpkins. Umm…I also LOVE your handbag!

    • You absolutely have to plan a trip! There’s so much history to see, and it’s beautiful this time of year! I hope you’re able to get to the pumpkin patch and do some fall things soon, time is flying! And thank you, it’s my favorite bag!

  • We always pass through Boston on the way to the in-laws’ place, but we never have had a chance to spend time there! Well, I haven’t anyway.

    • You should try to plan a stop there next time you’re passing through! It’s such a fun city to visit!

  • I love New England this time of year! I grew up in Maine and am currently living here again for the next year and cannot get enough of it. I was actually just in Boston and Salem a few weeks ago, visiting a friend and had a blast!

    • How fun! I haven’t been to Maine or Salem in probably a decade, but want to get back up there as well. There’s so much to see/do!

  • Cat

    Oh man, sounds like you indulged in some serious pastries! Those little tea cakes are absolutely adorable. I’m sure we have somewhere in San Francisco where I can get an afternoon tea that looks that delicious, but I doubt I could drag my boyfriend with me, haha. Good job!

    Cat
    http://oddlylovely.com

    • No regrets about the pastry indulging whatsoever! I’m sure they have tea in SF too, you should look into it, it’s so fun! And you could definitely convince him. Where there’s a will, there’s a way! lol

  • I’m glad you had fun in Boston! I’ve walked around the city plenty myself but haven’t heard of the free walking tours, I’ll haveta check it out now!

    • They’re so interesting! I love that there’s a variety of them too (but I think they won’t last too much longer in Boston before they stop for the winter). I hope you’re able to check them out soon and enjoy them!

  • DT

    Beautiful pictures.. It looks like so much fun (with pretty food)!
    — DT | Here I Scribble

  • HAY! I live in FL too! Im always excited to see other Florida bloggers. I miss Autumn SO much. Your trip sounds like it was a lot of fun. Im jealous. Im seriously jonesing for some fall weather!

    • Woo yay for Florida bloggers! Are you from up north originally? Our mornings have been nice here, but by mid-day it’s too toasty! We need a cold front or something to roll through!

  • Artsnark

    Great photos! Lucky you. I’m from NE originally & miss the fall every year. (However, I sure don’t miss the cold and shoveling that they get in a couple of months!)

    • Thank you! There’s nothing quite like fall in New England! I hope you’re able to get back for it one of these days :)

  • Jessica Spivey

    I was in Boston a few weeks ago! Didn’t make it to Mike’s Pastry! Jealous!
    Stopping by from the #TBB #FridaySharefest!!

    • I hope you had a great time! Next time you’ll have to be sure to squeeze in a stop to Mike’s. Totally worth it!

  • Boston is such a great city! And I’m totally jealous you got to pick pumpkins!!
    Great feature for the #FridaySharefest!!

  • Nancy Loring

    I live in northern New Hampshire and Fall is so beautiful around here. We also make a lot of pumpkin foods. Pumpkin whoopie pies are my favorite.

    • That sounds amazing! I drove through NH years ago on the way back from Maine but definitely want to plan a trip to explore and not just pass through!