Autumn shows how beautiful it is to let things go!
Welcome to my first fall lookbook of the season.
Weather is always unpredictable in the New England area to plan ahead. We went to Vermont this past weekend and even though we booked this trip in advance, we couldn’t really plan anything at all. Before packing for the trip, I looked at the weather and it predicted rainy and foggy day on Saturday and Sunday was showing cloudy and sunny with high temps. Travel Tip – Always check the weather before you start packing.
I am glad I live in a world where there are Octobers!
Fall is arriving a little late this year and it’s looking beautiful than ever. We went to Vermont this past weekend to witness the green mountains in fall colors. We were able to spot the colors from far but it’s still not the peak time. We stayed for a couple of nights at the base of Mt. Killington and explored the nearby towns – Woodstock, Killington, and Stowe.
We booked a condo for 2 nights and 2 days at Mountain Green Resort at Killington. We arrived late Friday night and didn’t see the mountains very clearly. But when we woke up the next morning and saw the views from the room – we couldn’t take our eyes off of it.
Our first day, we did the gondola ride at Killington mountain and after reaching on top did a short hike to these breathtaking views. We spent some time up there but it was too windy and I wasn’t dressed appropriately to hike the whole mountain. The rest of the day, we drove through the scenic byways in and around town. The scenes were too captivating and pictures don’t even do justice. We also did hidden drives with dirt roads to reach the various peaks of the mountains and found secret places.
We spent the next day at Stowe exploring the town and checked out a few cute stores. Later we headed to Moss Glen Falls – it was a very easy & short hike to the waterfalls. The place was all so serene. We also drove around the Green mountains and consumed all the beauty of the place.
Newport is the one of the prettiest towns on the New England coastline. It’s famous for its million dollar mansions built for warm weather retreats.
We took the weekend trip to Newport on a whiff and booked Airbnb last minute. We planned to see at least two of the mansions and relax for the remaining hours. We left on Saturday morning and went directly to the 1st Mansion – ‘The Breakers’ which is the grandest of Newport’s summer cottages and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family’s social and financial preeminence in the turn of the century. We were mesmerized by the beauty of it. The audio tour was very informative; we spent about 2 hours listening to it, taking pictures and relaxing at the Lawn facing the sea. To know more, check out their website.
We recently took a day trip to Martha’s Vineyard during the Memorial Day long weekend. It was our first time exploring the New England besides Boston. The image below pretty much sums up the things to see/do in this island.
Martha’s Vineyard is an island located south of Cape Cod in Massachusetts that is known for being an affluent summer colony. You can only travel there by air or by boat. We decided to go with Steamship Authority and booking tickets were easy.
We drove to the woods hole and take the ferry from there. If you need to take your car with you in the ferry, you need to purchase the tickets in advance. But if you’re planning to rent a car or bike in Martha’s Vineyard, you can just show up at the steamship authority ferry terminal and buy the tickets there. The round trip ticket per adult is just $16 from Woods hole to Martha’s Vineyard. The schedules are available online.
The ferry ride is just 45 mins and you can choose your destination as “Oak Bluffs” or “Vineyard Haven”. Martha’s Vineyard has 7 small towns, scenic beaches, beautiful light houses and pretty houses. Not to mention, the boutique shops and the seafood.
We took a car with us in the ferry because we were travelling with family. We took a ferry to Oak Bluffs, but we drove to Vineyard Haven to spend some time exploring the streets, boutique shops etc. My sister got a henna tattoo done from Bridgette of of Maple Mehndi. If you are there, be sure to check her out. She is a wonderful artist.
Then, of course, we had to check out the Amazing light houses – there are 3 in Martha’s Vineyard. We went to Gay Head Light House based in Aquinnah and Gay head cliffs. We spent some time at the light house, then we took a trail from there to the Gay head cliffs where you see endless water view and the light house from far. We couldn’t really enjoy the beaches because it was little cold that day. But if you go on a sunny day, make sure to spend some time at the scenic beaches. On a side note, this light house makes the perfect place for pictures – engagement pictures, family portraits etc.
After that, we headed to Edgartown – it has a completely different vibe than Vineyard Haven. Beautiful Gingerbread houses, Breweries and another Light house. We mostly drove around town and then had lunch at Sharky’s Cantina. We also stopped by a beach on the way to Oak bluffs.
Finally, we went back to Oak bluffs near our terminal to spend last hour before we headed back to Boston. Oak bluffs is known for Ice cream and Pizza, there were at least 5 ice cream shops in the same street. We had to try ice cream, so we went to Mad Martha’s Ice cream shop. The Street outside the terminal had bike rentals, surf shops, clothing stores and more.
However, I would recommend a 2 day stay at Martha’s if you’re coming from far.