Fall Foliage in New England
I have always wanted to go back and see New England in the fall. To see the trees all painted by nature in the warmth of autumn colors does something to warm the heart. This year we decided to take a family vacation back and visit my oldest daughter and her family in New Hampshire. My youngest daughter, son in law and 16 month old grandson Shane were going to make the trip with us . I must admit we were all a little unsure of how Shane would do on such a long flight! We had a vast array of toys and snacks to help keep him entertained.
Our flight consisted of two segments, the first would be from San Diego to Newark NJ. We departed just before 7 am and after a few rounds of screams and cries, Shane slept the next hour of the trip. Once he awoke his periodic shrieks could be heard seven rows up where his grandfather and I sat. I looked over my shoulder and saw Amber with a desperate look upon her face; it was now our time to hold Shane. My sister Sandy had provided us with a tablet that we had downloaded some games and shows on for him. Thank God for my sister! Note to anyone flying with an infant or toddler: bring entertainment and a stock pile of binkies! The last flight was a breeze with Shane sitting on his Grandpa’s lap and looking out the window the entire hour.
Breakfast in Milford NH
My kids’ father lives in New Hampshire and we have always been able to still hang out and enjoy family together. We all met for breakfast at Cafe on the Oval https://www.facebook.com/cafeontheoval/ a little cafe in the middle of the Milford Oval that has great food. We enjoyed the cool morning and being able to wear some warm clothes that seem to grow cobwebs in San Diego. This quaint little community has some fun shops and holds festivals in the middle of town throughout the year.
Homes with Space
It was so nice to see property that you did not have to listen to your neighbor’s toilet flush due to the homes being so close. Everything was a luscious green and most houses did not have fences up which is so different from California. Gas was $2.50 a gallon and we just paid $4.39 back home. How can they justify such a high gas rate in CA? They say it is for road maintenance but the roads in New England have better upkeep then we do! Don’t get me started!
Back to the Great Outdoors – Hollis New Hampshire
We all went to Ashley’s boyfriend Tommy’s house for a BBQ. He has nine acres of land where his sons can ride dirt bikes, play in the woods, golf and play Lacrosse outside the back door. It was great to see kids enjoying the outdoors and playing hard versus sitting on electronic devices. This is what growing up should be like. Shane discovered a Lacrosse stick and quickly attempted to learn how to maneuver this strange looking item. His dad Danny took the opportunity to show Shane his newly acquired skills and enjoy a little father- son bonding.
Nashua New Hampshire
We drove to Nashua New Hampshire to tackle a few items off our to do list. Nashua is the second largest city in the state and still carries the quaint charm you would expect in New England. Amber wanted a tattoo from Richie at PBA Tattoo (Precision Body Arts) https://www.precisionbodyarts.com/. Rich is a great artist that has a lot of pride not only in his work but in his customers’ overall experience. I must say PBA is a very impressive parlor from the second you walk in the door.
Afterwards, we stopped at Margaritas Restaurant https://www.margs.com/locations/town-page-nashua-nh/that is in an old historic mill on the Nashua River. The patio has a gorgeous view of the river and the food and beverages are amazing. We enjoyed a leisurely lunch here before heading back home.
Ever since my kids were little, one of their favorite things to do was go to a pumpkin patch. We found a pumpkin patch in Tyngsboro MA, just over the border from New Hampshire. Parlee Farms https://parleefarms.com/ has everything from tractor rides and hay mazes to flower picking, a petting zoo and pumpkin patch and so much more. There is a little store filled with all sorts of goodies to temp your taste buds too! The caramel apples and whoopie pies are amazing! The boys spent a good hour running around the farm and exploring the various activities they had to offer.
Shane loved the petting zoo and pumpkin patch and was so intrigued by the goats and feeding them, he could have stayed there all day. Our little man ventured into the pumpkin patch and picked up some pumpkins that I thought would have toppled him over as they were quite large. He loved all the different color pumpkins and the fact that he could run among the fields.
Farewell to New England
Our trip was wonderful and although we didn’t get to do all we wanted, it just gives us a good excuse to go back soon! The White Mountains, Vermont and a trip up to Maine again, there is so much to see. If you fly back to New England, car rental is a must. You will most likely be traveling an hour or two in any direction to get to an array of destinations sure to satisfy everyone. If you have a favorite destination in New England please leave us a comment! We would love to check it out our next trip back!