Good morning, friends! I meant to get this post up yesterday, but it ended up taking a really long time to write! I wanted to share our exact itinerary for our recent New England road trip. A ton of planning went into this trip, as we were there for nearly two weeks! The tricky thing with planning a fall foliage trip is making sure that you get the timing right to catch the leaves in their peak. A safe bet is usually going during the first couple weeks of October, and if you can, check out a fall foliage predictor map to help you decide on locations. If you have any questions about our trip that I didn’t answer, leave me a comment and I’ll get back to you there!
First Stop: Harrisburg, PA
The first day of our road trip, we drove six hours from Winston Salem up to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. There are really two main routes you can take to get to New England, but we go through the Shenandoah Valley every year (it’s a much easier and less trafficked route rather than going through Baltimore). Harrisburg, PA, was a great place to shop for the night; if you can make it an hour further, I would also recommend staying in Allentown because there’s a Whole Foods (buy lots of snacks!!) and a Target.
Second Stop: Litchfield, CT
Our second stop was Winvian Farm near Litchfield, CT. Winvian Farm is a really cool resort encompassing 113 acres of land and 18 individually-designed cottages. We stayed in the Library Cottage, which was designed to look just like a two-story library – bookshelves filled with books adorned every wall (even in the bedroom), along with heated bathroom floors and a real fireplace. The real winner of Winvian Farm, though, is their restaurant, where they serve farm-to-table meals with fresh ingredients right from their own organic garden. We had breakfast there every morning (it’s included in the cost) and ate there twice for dinner – and they were the best meals we had the entire trip!
While you’re in Litchfield, definitely check out downtown Litchfield and the neighboring town of Bantam. Downtown Litchfield is adorable (as are the nearby houses!) and we loved the restaurant Market Place Tavern, which is the old Litchfield jail. Bantam is another really cute spot – we went to Bantam Pizza one day for lunch, and visited Arethusa Farm Dairy multiple times for ice cream made from fresh milk and cream.
On Jessica: white turtleneck // black and white flannel // Timberland boots // on me: white ribbed tee // similar orange and black flannel // Red Dress Boutique jeans (almost sold out), also love these// booties
Third Stop: Green Mountains, VT
After Litchfield, we drove north through the Green Mountain National Forest headed towards our next cabin. We drove through at exactly the right time: the leaves were all in peak, but they hadn’t started falling yet – to be honest with you guys, it was so beautiful I cried! I had never seen the leaves look so brilliant before. We arrived in Wardsboro, Vermont, to stay in this incredible A-frame cabin with our friends Jessica and Jasmine. The cabin is pretty isolated (not many restaurants or shops nearby), but that was part of the fun! We made our own log fires every night, cooked meals and had lazy mornings drinking coffee and reading novels. One day, we drove to the Vermont Country Store for lunch – it’s SUCH a cool store with so many interesting knick-knacks, I ended up going home with some authentic Vermont maple syrup, cookies, chocolate and a few beauty products.
on Jasmine: Abercrombie camel coat // similar faux leather skirt // black over-the-knee boots // on Jessica: black turtleneck // on me: white tank (almost sold out), also love this one // camel cardigan // similar Chanel bag // similar over-the-knee boots
Fourth Stop: Manchester, VT
After Wardsboro, we drove about an hour north to Manchester, VT, to stay in one of my favorite hotels for the night: the Equinox Resort! A visit to New England simply wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Manchester. This hotel is incredibly peaceful – I got a massage at the Equinox Spa, had room service delivered to the room, and went to bed early the one night we were there. To see my full travel guide on Manchester, check out this blog post from last year.
on Dani: cable knit off-the-shoulder sweater // Express plaid skirt // similar Chanel boy bag // boots // on me: white ribbed tee // Forever 21 plaid skirt // Gucci Marmont handbag // similar suede boots , also love these
Final Stop: Woodstock, VT
Our final stop on our road trip was Woodstock, Vermont, about an hour north of Manchester (so we slowly made our way north the entire time!). My mom flew in and we met up with my friend Dani and her mom for a girls trip, and this time we stayed at the Woodstock Inn, which we absolutely loved! Unfortunately, it rained almost the entire time we were in Woodstock, but that didn’t stop us. One night we ventured out to Simon Pearce Restaurant for an amazing meal made with fresh, local ingredients. Another day, we headed to the Woodstock Inn spa and spent almost an entire day there, even having lunch and wine delivered to us. 🙂 I really wish the weather had been better, because I really wanted to go back to Sugarbush Farm to sample their maple syrup and cheese like we did last year!
Like I said, if you have any questions about our trip let me know in the comment section! xoxo and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!