October Travel Round Up

I love California. It's got great weather, countless natural wonders, and a diverse mix of cultures that is hard to find anywhere else. What it doesn't have is fall. The weather does cool down, the air gets crisper, and the leaves do change color, but when compared to the colors of the northeast and midwest, it's a pitiful display. This October finally brought me fall in all its vibrant glory with a road trip through the northeast. 



Quechee Gorge, Vermont

Quechee Gorge, Vermont

Vermont was adorable and vibrant with fall colors. 

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Cooking demonstration at Strawberry Banke in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. 

Cooking demonstration at Strawberry Banke in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. 

Strawberry Banke in Portsmouth, New Hampshire is a living history park with over fifty historic buildings. 

 Adirondacks, New York

Pigeon Lake Wilderness 

Pigeon Lake Wilderness 

On our road trip back east, we stayed for several nights in the Adirondacks, enjoying the peace and quiet off the off-season. 

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston's North End

Boston's North End

In Boston, we traveled back in United States history while walking on the Freedom Trail. 


The fall foliage in Vermont and New Hampshire was splendid. I also loved the quaint Vermont towns, especially Woodstock. 


Waterfalls are always popular and this post about McCloud Falls doesn't fail. 


The new Smitten Kitchen Every Day cookbook is out! Now, I know most people don't sit and read through cookbooks, but Deb Perelman knows how to write and both her books and blog are a joy to read. Though I totally disagree with the description of "unfussy" as the subtitle leads you to believe. Most of the recipes take over an hour, require numerous steps, and use quite a few ingredients that even I, an avowed foodie, would not have on hand.


Long flights give me the opportunity to catch up on the movies I don't take the time to watch at home or in the theater. On our flight back from Boston, I watched My Cousin Rachel and Split. My Cousin Rachel disappointed me. While Rachel Weisz's performance was excellent per usual and the cinematography was beautiful, the pacing let the film down. Split, on the other hand, surprised me. M. Night Shyamalan redeemed himself (slightly) from The Happening and The Last Airbender. James MacAvoy nailed all the personalities and as a horror/suspense film, it didn't rely on gore. 


We're hoping to make our way down to southern California this month.