If you followed along with my Instagram stories last week, you know I was visiting my mom in New Hampshire and completely drooling over all the amazing fall foliage. New England is without a doubt one of my favorite places in the world. I love the simplicity and how picturesque all of the small seacoast towns are. I mean, you can’t take a bad picture of anything in the northeast! If you’ve been wanting some more info on this part of the country, read on to find out all about my obsession with it!
For someone that really isn’t a fan of driving or extended periods of time in the car, I could ride around in New England for hours and feel entertained. So many of the roads are surrounded on all sides (including the top) by massive trees—and in the fall—OMG. I mean, the pictures say it all. The colors were so vibrant and saturated, especially the really red trees. I didn’t even know tress could look like that.
The proximity to everything in New England is a breath of fresh air compared to Nebraska. Obviously, the states are a lot smaller, but I just feel like the opportunities are endless for weekend trips. Where my mom lives—in Northfield, New Hampshire—you can drive one hour (or less) north or west and be at ski resort OR you can drive one hour east and be at the beach, and that’s all still in New Hampshire. If you extend the timeframe to two hours you can hit up some incredible spots in Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts and places in Canada, New York and Rhode Island are definitely still within driving distance for a quick getaway.
The picturesque-ness of pretty much every town, on the water or not, is insane and like 10 levels above towns in other places of the U.S. There really is something special about the northeast and how idyllic its towns and cities are. For example, the town where my mom works, New London, is nestled in the hills/mountains of New Hampshire and looks like something out of a British fairytale. Every business is in an old house. It’s actually a city ordinance that businesses have to do this and all the signs are these ornate, beautiful signs that you would normally only see in the English countryside or something. And this town isn’t even on the seacoast, so imagine what those towns are like! These pictures below are from Kennebunkport, Maine, which is on the coast and highly ranked on my list of seacoast towns to go back to.
I have to mention the seafood. Even though I’m not much of a meat eater these days, or a fish eater for that matter, you have to indulge in it when you’re in New England. It’s really the only time I eat fish—when I know it was caught off the dock outside the restaurant I’m eating at. In Maine, we ate a local joint called Gilbert’s Chowder House and I had the most perfect lobster roll of my life. It was the first lobster roll I ever had, so maybe that’s not saying much, but you get the picture.
Even though everything I mentioned above gives me major heart eyes, my last obsession about New England is my mom. <3 I mean, if she didn’t live there, I probably wouldn’t have had all of these amazing experiences, and they mean a lot more knowing I get to make those memories with her.