You all know I am in LOVE with NYC, but in the Fall, one of my favorite things is to take the train out of the city to quaint New England towns. The stunning yellow, orange, and red fall leaves decorate river walks and picturesque towns bustle with people grasping at the last bit of warm weather before winter.
It's like stopping time!!! The colors from the natural turn of the leaves over the aged stone buildings consumes me entirely...
Feeling so inspired by this whole new world! Hoping to share some of that inspo with you ;-) Here are some of the most charming North Eastern small towns for your weekend escape!
Princeton is one of my favorite quaint towns. Despite being a college-town, there's plenty to do in Princeton even if you're not a student. The main square is bustling with students and tourists enjoying fine shopping and decadent restaurants. But take a break from the town and jaunt down to the riverside trail that is canopied by trees adorning the most beautiful fall colors. While there, you have to take a tour of the campus! It's historic architecture is truly awe-inspiring and will make you feel like you're a student at Hogwarts! The train from Penn Station takes you straight into Princeton in a little over an hour.
Guilford has a small, historic, charming atmosphere which is highlighted by its rustic character and individuality. Many of its shops and restaurants are clustered around the town green, a nearly eight-acre park at the center of town, which also hosts events like live music and craft fairs. It also boasts the third largest collection of historical homes in New England, dating from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, which you know I love!
PLUS views of the water from its many docks will have you never wanting to leave. And for my nature-lovers out there, if you’re looking for a peaceful hike, the town is also an access point for the New England National Scenic Trail, a 125-mile path that snakes through Connecticut and Massachusetts. Take the train from Penn Station to New Haven, and then hop on over to Guilford from there!
This one is a bit of a drive, but if you are a book lover, then it is worth it! The town's “book village” is made up of a collection of six independent bookstores on Main Street, serving every genre. Yes that's right. SIX!!!
There’s one whole store devoted to mysteries, another for antique books, and more. The town is also charmed by a slew of cozy shops and restaurants. But for those that prefer to be outdoors, Hohart is also a stop on the Catskills Scenic Trail, a 26-mile rail trail that follows the path of the former Ulster and Delaware Railroad.
I can't wait to hear about your trips!