Last year I really wanted to make sure I got off island and up north to get a real taste of New England’s famous fall foliage. Don’t get me wrong, Nantucket has beautiful foliage too, but I figure while I live on this coast I should experience the real deal! I hopped on the ferry for a jam-packed weekend getaway up to Concord, New Hampshire.
I think I’m going to start a series of these posts…I do a lot of weekend trips now thatI live on an Island which makes traveling a little more difficult. Stay tuned for more weekend getaway posts to Boston, San Francisco, Maine, and NYC! I really do like to pack it all in!
Concord, the capital of New Hampshire, is just located an hours drive north of Boston making it an easy getaway if you’re looking for a change of scenery from the city!
I’ve ended up in Concord many times since living on Nantucket and I have just a few recommendations if you find yourself there! Of course, fall seems to be my favorite time to go anywhere in New England so get ready for an onslaught of fall photos (I may have gotten a little carried away)!
I don’t know what it is…the comfort of retreating back indoors to your forgiving yoga pants or the excuse to indulge in all of your favorite baked goods, but I love fall. Who doesn’t?! The crisp, fall season is a novelty to me. I get to revel in the fact that I can layer on the scarves, sweaters, and booties to my hearts content without sweating them off by noon. I kind of feel like I’m cheating on my past of year-round summers in California, but this girl is hooked.
Okay, I’m back. Sorry for that little fall rant! Keep reading to get a little dose of Concord New Hampshire!
Concord is the perfect little city/town in my opinion–feels small and quaint sometimes (remember I grew up in LA so…), but it really isn’t. It’s packed with all the amenities of a city and you’re only minutes away from tons of nature trails to really escape!
Carter Hill Orchard
I love coming here! You can spend the morning apple picking, and then grab all your fall necessities on the way out. I usually always get some real maple syrup, baked good mixes, hot, fresh apple cider donuts of course, and I’ve even purchased a pumpkin and butternut squash which made the most divine soup I’ve ever had!
It’s the New England version of a California winery…so pretty! ^
Yeah, I was up at 6 am that day so now judgements on the outfit guys…
This is one of my favorite hikes, just about a 20 minute drive from downtown Concord. You can park along Oak Hill Road and just hike to the top look out point. It only takes about an hour or so. There are other trails off this to hike to the water tower, but I usually just head for the main lookout point.
View from the top!
This isn’t a hike but it’s a nice easy walk from downtown Concord.
Concord has a beautiful downtown Main Street filled with shops, cafes, bars, and restaurants. They are currently expanding the sidewalks to make it more pedestrian friendly I love it!
TO EAT and DRINK
A few of my personal favorites!
Dos Amigos: 26 North Main Street — grab and go burritos!
The Barley House: 132 North Main Street — “elevated pub grub”
The Works: 42 North Main Street — bakery and cafe…and fresh bagels-yum!
True Brew: 3 Bicentennial Square — best coffee in town, I wouldn’t go anywhere else! And the best part…cafe by day, bar by night! Best of both worlds.
Penuche’s: 16 Bicentennial Square — dive bar with an insane happy hour if you like draft beers!
The Draft: 67 South Main Street — tried and true sports bar.
Stay tuned for more recaps of my weekend travels! How about you, do you have any other ideas for a weekend getaway in New England? I’d love to see more foliage! All the foliage please!