Designated as a travelling day, I don’t even remember having breakfast in a diner on that faithful day of 27 Oct 2014. For someone who lives to eat, this is utterly shocking ?! 🙂 Armed with some pastries and Pepperidge Farm cookies for the journey’s provision when hunger strikes, we left early in the morning to maximise sight seeing. Btw, have you had Pepperidge Farm cookies before? Mmm.. utterly delicious! You most definitely must try! Most oftenly, when you plan a fall foliage vacation in New England, New Hampshire will come to mind. Having visited Connecticut, I think this beautiful state deserves serious consideration for fall foliage vacation.
Leaving NYLO Providence/Warwick Rhode Island, our final destination for the day, at the shortest distance is 183 miles away but I’m sure we’d covered more grounds than that, bypassing the Connecticut State, where we will spend a night at the Homewood Suites By Hilton Newburgh-Stewart Airport in the New York State. If you do decide to follow in our footsteps, you can now boast of being present in 3 US states in one day. It is definitely an entirely doable exhilarating experience. Do try it one day!
Homewood Suites is an interesting hotel chain whereby between Mondays – Thursdays, you can wind down with a complimentary evening social (Main course, Salads, Desserts, Beer, Wine, Juice galore… be truly spoilt for choice). If you are curious, do click on the hotel link below to check out the menu of the day.
Homewood Suites is certainly a perfect choice for tourists and executives on business. Have you experienced the generous hospitality of Homewood Suites before? Homewood Suites offer excellent value for money. It’s my little secret for saving money when planning a US road trip. I’m not paid to endorse this hotel chain 😉
Do check out the CT Fall Foliage report and tips for CT Leaf Peepers . As a leaf peeper, you can either drive or make time to hike to the viewing towers and fall foliage lookout spots. It’s always wise to plan your driving routes beforehand to maximise your chances of leaf peeping. We took the I-95 and eventually made our way to one of the most fashionable address in the early 20th century, Bristol’s Federal Hill Historic District. It’s earned its stripes in the National Register of Historic Places. The maple trees were of a golden, orangey to reddish colors. I love the Bristol residential areas, with fine Georgian (preferred, possibly due to its elegant symmetry and the best ones have white exterior walls), Victorian and Italianate style homes. An American Flag is commonly seen proudly flying outside most homes. With 4 days until Halloween, the lawns were dotted with advertising signs for safe Halloween parties, Wanted! Carved Pumpkins for Pumpkins Fest! and 7 dollars all you can eat breakfast buffet with a ladies auxiliary bake sale! Do pass by the Beleden House too (built in 1908-1910), a rare example of a Beaux art style home. If you are curious about Georgian architecture, do visit the Wikipedia entry below:
After Bristol, we drove on past Plymouth, Thomaston, Humaston Brook State Park and aiming for the Litchfield Hills and the Bantam Lake. I can never get enough of picture-postcard sceneries of reddish maple trees, with the perfectly manicured green lawn strewn with fallen leaves, flanked by Georgian style churches with white coloured exterior walls. Do spend some time taking photos in the rural countryside of Warren. Truly the back roads of Connecticut will offer you the best opportunities for leaf peeping. Another of our favourite autumnal spot is Lake Waramaug in Kent. Spot the family of ducks swimming in the Lake Waramaug clearly enjoying a splendid time together oblivious to our watchful eyes. We were still suitably impressed by the greens, oranges, yellows, reds picturesque autumnal landscape and the cute farmhouses with cows resting on the meadows of the hillside. You can also take the chance to visit a winery called Strawberry Ridge Vineyards (by appointment only). There are also many farms offering tomatoes for sale on an honor system, how very different from England. I am very impressed by the honesty!
We stopped for a much needed coffee at the Wandering Moose Cafe at West Cornwall. Can you smell the exhilarating smell of a warm cup of joe in my hands? Coffee is always great in America. We are coffee snobs and a visit to coffee roasters is often the highlight of our vacations, so you will have to trust our words on this subject! Unfortunately, the Wandering Moose Cafe is now permanently closed for business. What a shame! It was a delightful little lunch spot. The West Cornwall covered bridge is a one lane bridge. The journey to this coveted red coloured covered bridge is paved with gold… alas… only golden autumn 🍂 Time to 📷 the famous 172 feet long West Cornwall covered bridge (1762) over the Housatonic River, added to National Register of Historic Places in 1975. Some couples even hold their wedding inside a covered bridge! Creative and highly unusual! You can stop your car and admire the picture-postcard village of West Cornwall. Next time, we must stop at the Cornwall Bridge Pottery Store. I love potteries and porcelains. Also, love the red farmhouse in Lakeville. After West Cornwall, we continued our journey through Falls Village whereby the maple tree leaves were a bright yellow colour! Now let’s drive onwards towards Sharon.
Soon, we could see the Welcome to New York, the Empire State, sign. Crossing a different state, you will observe a distinct change in scenery. There are certainly more wide open landscape of hills and mountains in the New York State dotted with many vineyards and wineries e.g. the Millbrook Vineyards and Winery. We must return one day to slowly savour and learn about the New York State’s wines. This time, we did not have much time to stop at many wineries as we were interested in lunching at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA)’s Hyde Park restaurant. It was a magnificent majestic building. I still prefer the CIA restaurant in Napa, CA though. Call me picky but I am a foodie that appreciates discerning tasteful restaurant ambience and mood! It felt quite surreal to drive along the Hudson River. Our next stop is the Brotherhood Winery, for a spot of wine tasting at America’s oldest operating winery est. 1839, located in Washingtonville. It’s an interesting spot for its historical values.
At about 6.30pm, we finally arrived at our hotel, the Homewood Suites Stewart Airport, happily satisfied with autumnal beauty. Do I wish to see another glorious maple tree? I must admit that I had seen and taken photos of enough maple trees to last a lifetime by now, but there were another set of feelings urgently needed to be satisfied .. and you’ve guessed right! Hunger pangs! We were very tired but truly hungry! I suppose I had no right to complain of tiredness as I wasn’t the driver. 🙂 Our Evening Social is waiting, so do excuse us as we must go and check it out!
Hope you’ve been inspired by our whistle -stop tour of Connecticut and New York State. I believe that our itinerary will help you to design your very own New England adventure. Be adventurous and tell me all about it! La Vie est Belle! Do take your time to taste, explore and discover life… Till we meet again, happy autumn and take care. Bye!
- Homewood Suites By Hilton Newburgh-Stewart Airport
- West Cornwall covered bridge
- Lake Waramaug
- Culinary Institute of America (Hyde Park, NY)
- Brotherhood Winery