One of the reasons why I think New England is the most fabulous place to live is because you could have lived here for decades, or your whole life like myself, and still find a new beautiful place to discover — all within just a few hours too! You can hit pretty much anything in two hours no matter where you are, but especially where I live on the north shore of Boston. There is so much to explore here especially during Summer and Fall. Historically I’ve always named Fall as my favorite season, but honestly it’s pretty hard choice. Although truly New England Fall can not to topped. So, this past Saturday a wonderful family from my church took me to Pickity Place in New Hampshire. In fact it was another mother and two daughters – not unlike myself with Kendra and our mom – and the entire event just felt like the perfect girls afternoon.
Pickity Place is this beautiful and quaint piece of property that the author of Little Red Riding Hood used as her inspiration! I told you New England was inspirational! I wish they would hire me as a social media consultant because their website/social media doesn’t do the beauty of this place justice. I suppose that may be a part of their charm that they are behind in the times. I read their description in the “about us” section and it truly is as if time hasn’t passed in a century. I had no idea what to expect going into this trip to Mason, New Hampshire to see Pickity. Was it a restaurant? A museum? A farm? Getting there was like traveling to Narnia because after a certain point there is no longer paved roads and or signs of street lights. I knew we had arrived because I saw people getting out of their cars that they parked literarily among the trees. Plus, it’s October in New England so all of the autumn foliage was in its glory. We emerged out of the car and walked between the beautiful trees until I saw a red cottage on what looked like a small farm property.
This place was everything. Not only could we eat lunch there – there are a couple different seating times every afternoon for lunch – but the menu changes each month based on the season. PLUS their food is cooked from their own herb gardens. That is the type of farm that surrounded the cottage turned restaurant/museum/gift shop — AN HERB FARM! Once they pick the herbs some need to dry out, which you can see hanging from the ceiling of the barn turned shop. Oh, did I mention there are two cats that roam the property named Rosemary and Thyme? Yes. I’m dying. It’s so amazing.
Once we arrived we took the grand tour around the gardens, we saw some sheep, and we thoroughly examined both shops. What was sold in each of these barns had an Anthropologie meets farmhouse meets Fixer Upper type of vibe (I know, I know… self control was difficult). Inside the little shop were the two cats lounging in front of the fire and smell of mulled apple cider filled the air. We purchase our $1 each hot ciders and continued our tour around to the second barn full of treats. Along the way was a wood plank path that ran along the moss and vine covered side of the barn. We met two sheep on our way. The entire place was so serene and intimate snuggled right into the heart of a beautiful forrest. It really was over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go! Even the women who were running the dining room and shops were certainly grandmothers. I felt at complete peace like the rest I had been needing but couldn’t find at home. My life has been so busy and on the go since the Fall season started. It not even bad stuff, it’s important work stuff and life saving ministry work. That doesn’t mean that the worker doesn’t get tired every once in a while. It was a wonderful getaway. For me, it was totally unexpected.
Lunch was a five course meal including speciality drinks and teas all for $22. This month being October our menu was appropriate. I was absolutely stuffed by the end! I was impressed with how they created enough space in the cottage for a dining room, complete with fireplace and vintage trinkets! Of course, you know me, the coffee and tea selection was delicious. You can buy from their tea selection in the giftshop as well. Even after taking in this wonderful place what made this trip so sweet was the company. I am so grateful this mom and two daughters team thought of me and knew I’d love this place. Not to mention that these three girls are incredible and absolutely empowering to be around. The mom whose name is Robbin is one of the most inspiring mothers and women I believe I’ve ever met. We spent a majority of our ride back talking about family, prioritizing, our values, our children, and time management. It might sound like a business meeting but it was the most holistic and educational conversation. Robbin spoke so passionately about mothering, the health of her family, the importance of adventuring, and using her time to care for people over completing tasks. It’s not that she didn’t complete important tasks either — she’s about to finish her PhD! Somehow with a successful career, schooling, running a household, a marriage (hello!), and raising two daughters she was able to keep her core values intact and live out a healthy and balanced life. In my line of work it’s pretty rare to come across a mom who considers her children in the way this mother does. She thinks about the messages she sends with her work habits, rest habits, emotional health habits. As we concluded our afternoon together I felt a great sense of hope for my own ability to some day lead my family in a way that lines up with my values. To be honest, I wasn’t really sure this was possible. I was encouraged and inspired.
Most places in New England are prime adventuring spots because everything is wondrously old. Filled with history, memories, and vintage charm. This family has inspired me to do a New England adventuring Bucket List. I was glad to have crossed off Pickity first and with such wonderful people. Check out my Snapchat story from this day below (and some of the following day, Sunday)… Yippee!
What are you and your family’s favorite Fall traditions?