In 2009, I moved from Southern California to New England. My eyes were set on New York City, but after spending the Summer driving around the country, the idea of moving to a big city again didn’t feel right. It also didn’t help that I found myself re-connecting with an old boyfriend (who would eventually become my husband) on a road trip through New Hampshire and Maine in my absolute favorite season, Fall!
Acadia National Park
When Sean and I first got in touch with each other again, we decided to take a road trip to Acadia National Park. We drove up the Coast of Maine, through delightfully small coastal towns, until we reached Acadia. We spent the day hiking the National Park and eating in town.
The Fryeburg Fair
The following day we drove over to the Fryeburg Fair. It’s not exactly a direct destination back to New Hampshire. But, growing up, we had family friends who lived in Fryeburg. They would talk about their local fair and how it was the best around. We were up that way, so we made a day of it.
The Fair is everything about New England that you would want it to be. The food was good and junky. Our favorite was the kettle corn and local root beer. Did you know that New England is known for their small batched sodas? There are a wide variety of them, and all are super delicious.
The characters were colorful.
The rides and games looked fun.
I really loved spending time with all the animals. Which is where my love for alpacas formed.
The Fryeburg Fair is usually the first two weekend of October. If you live in New England, I highly recommend attending.
Applecrest Farm Orchards
Once we arrived back to Southern New Hampshire, we spent our last day of Columbus Day Weekend at Applecrest Farm Orchards. We ate apple cider donuts, drank hot apple cider, and went apple picking. Their Fall Festival is pretty much every weekend with hay rides, a band, petting zoo, face-painting, and concessions.
At this point, I was sold on relocating to New Hampshire. I had fallen back in love with Sean, and Fall. I made New Hampshire my residence for the next two years…until the ideas of babies in wintertime got the best of me – and we moved to Florida!
But oh Fall, I do miss you!
If you are interested in spending more time on the New England Coast, you might find my blog post on Family Friendly Activities on the New Hampshire Seacoast interesting.