We are coming home from our New England Fall trip. As much as I love traveling, I am always ready to head home and get back to the routine (even though one of the reasons that I love traveling is to get out of the routine!) I think my little babe is ready too - she needs to get back to more naps and having more freedom to roam around and get her rammies out.
On Sunday we ran in the White Mountain Milers Half Marathon in North Conway, New Hampshire. It was a fantastic day for a race. Cool weather in the 40's, which made for great running conditions, on a flat course that went through the gorgeous Mt. Washington Valley. Liam and I ran with my daughter in her jogging stroller. She slept through the first hour and then said "Hi" to everyone we passed, which probably encouraged some and annoyed others. After the race we had lunch at our favorite restaurant, Flatbread Pizza. When we're in New Hampshire and Maine, we always go at least once. Good, simple food made with local ingredients in a low key, hippie environment, its a great restaurant for kids. My daughter crawled around on the low sofas that they have and older kids can design menus.
For the weekend we rented a house through Airbnb that was right outside of North Conway. It was a cute, brighty decorated little house. It had an adorable sunroom that we didn't get to use because of the cool temps, so we'll have to go back when it is warmer. It was called Chateau Beata and we're really glad we found it. My husband's parents joined us for the weekend and it was a great place for all of us to relax.
On Monday we headed back to Portland and made some stops along the way. We drove through the picturesque town of Jackson, NH and started our day off right with a Mexican Hot Chocolate from Backcountry Bakery and Cafe. I am definitely going to try and recreate the recipe at home!
Then we stopped at Weston's Farm to peruse the local produce and goodies. They had a large assortment of gourds, squash, and pumpkins. We bought a Tondo Pumpkin, which I'd never heard of before.
They had fresh cranberries, something we don't see at home (the plastic bags in the grocery store don't count). The woman working there said she makes fresh apple and cranberry pie, so our next stop was at Pietree Orchards to pick some Maine apples. We had been there in July to pick blueberries and knew we wanted to come back in Fall for the apples. Since it was a Monday morning, we were the only ones there. It sits up on a hill with a fantastic view and has a farm store with local food and crafts and of course we had to get some of the mini apple cider donuts.
Then we headed into Portland for lunch at the Flatbread restaurant there (yes, we're addicts) and then wondered around town a little bit more. Then we headed to our place to stay for the night, a farm near Portsmouth called Spirit Wind Farm that we found through Farm Stay US. We were the only guests staying there, which was nice since we didn't have to worry about keeping the baby quiet. There are two large Shire horses, some pigs, chickens, and goats. We got to see the evening and morning feedings, which included a mini goat stampede as they ran from their pen to the barn. It was great!
We tried some super fresh goat's milk, which was not at all "goaty" like I expected. The owner of the farm makes goat's milk soap and cheese. The farmhouse was beautiful, with old original doors, wide plank pine floors, and a unique "beehive" brick oven.
We then hit the road and swung into Portsmouth for a pick me up before hitting the road. I was pleasantly surprised by downtown Portsmouth. They have some interesting stores and restaurants. We bought a couple gifts in a stationary store, Gus & Ruby Letterpress, that has beautiful paper products such as calendars, hand printed wrapping paper, and invitations.
My babe was such a great little traveler. She has either inherited an extroverted gene from somewhere or I have trained her well, because she says "Hi" to everyone and loves getting attention. Since I'm supposed to be doing my Thankful Tuesday post today, I am thankful that we had a safe and fun trip with family. We are fortunate to be able to take a trip like this. We have a car packed to the gills with food, gifts, and dirty laundry, so I'll be busy for the next couple of days! Have a great rest of the week!