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New England in the Fall
Autumn's Glory in New England
Few things are as beautiful as New England in the fall. On one of my favorite vacations, I experienced that beauty at just the right time of year when temperature changes created a canvas of trees and foliage vibrant with color. Everywhere I looked sat a landscape alive with enchantment and color bidding for my attention to witness its amazing scenes found nowhere else. The colorful variety produced with shades of reds, oranges, and yellows, ranging from brilliant to subdued, all mixed with varying shades of browns and greens to create images I will never forget.
For my husband and I, our time in New England included a visit to each of the six New England states plus New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. In addition to the vivid visual experience of the autumn countryside, we enjoyed eating at several restaurants, which are historical landmarks each with a story dating back to colonial America. Walking through this part of America is like taking a tour back in time. It is an unforgettable feeling to be where Americas beginnings actually took place. To eat at the same restaurants frequented by our founding fathers including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and many others. Plus, the sites, the smells, the sounds, the taste, and the feel of fall in the air all contributed to a special vacation experience we will always treasure and one we would love to repeat! But for now I will share some high points of our New England vacation plus a few highlights of our visit to New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
Nature's Abundant Beauty
New England, a fall masterpiece of beauty created with a paint brush dipped in autumn colors which reach perfection by the addition of near frosty temperatures and then blanket the countryside leaving behind the enchanting, vibrant color of autumn.
From Texas to New England
Our dream vacation began with a flight from Dallas/Fort Worth Texas to LaGuardia Airport, New York City. After landing, we rented a car and maneuvered our way out of New York City towards the much less crowded countryside of New York state, then through New Jersey, and finally to the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. It was a very pretty journey that got even prettier the closer we got to our hotel.
Our Home Away from Home - . . .a Vacation Resort in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts
The Beautiful Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts
This quaint and comfortable resort was part of a time-share our son owned, which he shared with us. Everything about our trip was amazing!
Exploring Massachusetts & Vermont
Vermont & MassachusettsClick thumbnail to view full-size
A Maple History Legend from Vermont…
According to the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers the discovery of maple syrup came about like this…A native Indian Chief returning to his village after a hunting trip threw his tomahawk into a sugar maple tree trunk. The spring sun warmed the tree and sap ran down the bark from the cut the tomahawk had made and into a birch bark container left under the tree. Thinking the crystal clear sap was water, the Chief’s wife poured it in with some meat she was cooking. As the water boiled away, a sticky sweet glaze formed on the meat, adding a wonderfully sweet maple flavor to the meal.
Maple Syrup today is a sweet, delicious Fruit of the Fall Harvest from Vermont which is enjoyed in many different ways...
There's nothing like it on hot, buttery pancakes!
A product of harvest-time, Maple syrup can be found almost everywhere you go in Vermont. And it is delicious and worth every penny!
A Thankful Heart is a Happy Heart!
The Pilgrims were thankful to be in America and thankful to have survived the harsh conditions they faced in their early expedition to a new land. They therefore, showed that gratefulness for the bounty they enjoyed by beginning the traditional American holiday of Thanksgiving and celebrating with their new found friends...the Indians.
The Site where America began--Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts - A Giant Piece of American History . . .Click thumbnail to view full-size
The Pilgrims Sacrificed Much Enduring Great Hardship & Adversity
but they prevailed and accomplished their goal. Understanding their history makes the traditional American Thanksgiving holiday even more meaningful. The first Thanksgiving Day was decreed by Governor Bradford and was a day set aside for the special purpose of prayer as well as celebration.
Menu for the First Thanksgiving
History shows that the food included in the first Thanksgiving feast was venison, corn, and lobster.
The Last Thursday in November is Thanksgiving...
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A Song Appropriately Describing Fall in New England
The History of the Yankee Candle
The Yankee candle was born out of a desire for a young teenage boy to give his mother a Christmas gift. On a frigid December night in South Hadley, Massachusetts, sitting at his family’s kitchen table, having no money to buy a gift, a young boy came up with an idea which was quite unique and would prove to be very lucrative for many years to come.
Using materials he found on hand, the first Yankee candle came to be. This ingenuative young man made a simple candle using household wax, a red crayon, some string for a wick and a milk carton for the mold. When it was finished, a neighbor saw it and liked it so much that she convinced him to sell it to her. This is how the business began—with his first sale he bought enough materials to make another candle for his mother and another to sell. Viola…Yankee Candles was born!
Then in 1969, this young man with an entrepreneurial spirit began designing and handcrafting candles in his family’s home. And soon afterward, with his father’s help, he opened a small retail shop near the Mount Holyoke College campus. The candles were in demand from the start and the business grew.
In 1973, due to the growing demand for taper and pillar candles, the company known as Yankee Candle moved to an old paper mill in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Their first factory outlet store was opened on the ground floor. This was the location that my husband and I visited on our trip of New England in the fall.
For a Sweet Autumn Smell - It's a Yankee candle made in Massachusetts.
We saw the place these fragrant Yankee candles were made.
This is one of my Autumn favorites; love its sweet, spicy smell.
Let's Go to Maine - for Lobster and Lobster Rolls!
A Must Try for All Lobster Lovers!
Something delicious I discovered in Kennebunkport Maine!
Lobster Rolls truly are a taste of Maine and are found abundantly everywhere you travel in the New England state of Maine.
New England is a Beautiful Place - Planning a Vacation There Anytime Soon?
When would you prefer to visit New England?
Rhode IslandClick thumbnail to view full-size
White Horse Tavern
The White Horse Tavern, constructed before 1673 in Newport, Rhode Island, is one of the oldest tavern buildings in the United States, providing a unique and delicious dining experience. They dress in colonial attire and the food is amazing! On one visit there, I tried the Lobster Mac & Cheese; it was the best and not an ordinary meal, which you might assume from the name.
A tour of historical downtown Newport
New England Fall Beauty is Abundant!
Enjoy this video of all six New England states adorned in their fall apparel.
New England is 66,608 square miles and forms the northeasternmost section of the United States.
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Ever Been to New England in the Fall?
Have you visited New England in Autumn when the countryside is a rainbow of color?
Colonial American Cooking - by Walter Staib
Get your cookbook here just like the ones sold at The City Tavern in Philadelphia and enjoy a taste of American history.
Walter Staib is the head chef at the historic City Tavern where Colonial American comes to life with food, drink, and music from the past.
Enjoy foods prepared in the tradition of George Washington! Create dishes like those served back in time and serve a historical meal at home.
Meet Walter Staib - Head Chef at The City Tavern in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The food is delicious and the experience amazing.
The City Tavern was frequented by George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry, and many other famous Americans from the colonial era. It was also a meeting place for the First Continental Congress.
The fascinating part of this historical restaurant is that you can enjoy the same food now as our forefathers did back then. The restaurant is an authentic "back in time" experience with every detail creating an atmosphere of Colonial America including the clothes they wear and the harp music played while you dine. It is absolutely fascinating to experience. It makes you feel as though you have become a part of that American history.
My Cookbooks Purchased from the City Tavern - All personally autographed by Walter StaibClick thumbnail to view full-size
City Tavern Ambiance - in Colonial America Style.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Night Views of Downtown PhiladelphiaClick thumbnail to view full-size
Historical Places of Interest in America
- Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth Massachusetts
Learn more about Pilgrim life in the 1620's at the museum full of history, containing all sorts of things used by the pilgrims to live daily and also to survive the adversity they faced.
- The Oldest Restaurant in America
The oldest restaurant in America, the White Horse Tavern in Newport, Rhode Island, built in 1652.
- The City Tavern in Philadelphia
Here you can learn more about The City Tavern and Chef Walter Staib
All photos are the property of Deborah Leigh Alexander.