We have always heard that fall in the North East is breathtaking... so we have been really excited about getting to see it in all its splendor. I came across a very useful website in one of my magazines which turned into a great tool for all you leaf peepers out there!
So starting in mid September I started checking the leaf reports that show color coded maps for color changes. Our thought was to go up to Vermont for a weekend and drive around. Simple enough right!
Well fast forward to October, the maps are indicating high color for the upcoming weekend and I used google maps to map out our drive recommended by the weather channel and I get a bunch of warnings about closed roads... As you may recall Hurricane Irene hit Vermont pretty hard with flooding and they are still recovering. I figure that I will just have to call the state hotline regarding the highways I have picked to make sure we can avoid the closures. I look up hotels... and in all of Vermont there is not a single hotel room available on Hotels.com (we only wanted one night Saturday night)....This makes me concerned about how well this trip will play out... so I tell Seana and she does some research... She also couldn't find anything but she offers up a new plan... How about Sunday Night... She will take a day off of work and we go on Sunday instead of Saturday... and whalah! Hotels galore available!! I came across this Hotel that looked FABULOUS called the Centennial in Concord, NH I booked it thinking that it s only an hour and a half away from where we want to go in Vermont... I then add it in my google maps road trip.. and freaked out, I read that it was almost 8 hrs to Concord.... which I was surprised to see... so I quickly cancelled our reservation and booked something in Vermont that was only 3 hrs away... I email Seana at work and inform her of the change... She calls me and is like what are you talking about??? Concord is only 4 hours away not 8! So I looked go over my steps in my head and realize the total drive time I was originally looking at was the TOTAL trip not just the segment between Trumbull and Concord. Grumble. I really liked the look of the Centennial but now I am stuck with the place in Vermont I know this because I went to rebook it and nothing was available. F$%k. This is me frustrated. This is me done. I tell Seana I don't want to talk I need to sulk. Which Seana of course agrees to... she gets off the phone with me and does what she does best... she fixes it. She calls me back and had somehow managed to book a room at the Centennial! (This is how I know I am spoiled!!!) She also took charge and picked out a drive in New Hampshire instead of Vermont so we don't have to worry about road closures! So away we went toward White Mountain National Forest!
We decided to drive up and check into our hotel and then continue our drive up to White Mountain National Forest. As we drove north we could see the transition slowly we saw more and more color!
The hotel is fantastic, beautiful!! If you ever want to stay in Concord stay at the Centennial!!! http://thecentennialhotel2-px.trvlclick.com/photogallery/index.cfm
Anyway the drive!! What a great drive AND when we saw this sign... I knew we had picked the right drive! That's right New Hampshire has a town named Thornton! Gotta love the east coast!
Seana and Maggie getting a close look!
The other must see for us in New Hampshire is covered bridges! So our return trip to Connecticut including a few stops to see some covered bridges!!
The first we saw was the Rowell bridge built in 1853. Here is a website that details the history of this bridge. http://www.nh.gov/nhdhr/bridges/p19.html