We spent the past several days up north, enjoying autumn's colors and crispness in the woods, hills and farms of New Hampshire.
The city has a lot to offer, but acres upon acres of protected forest in the backyard isn't one of them, and for that it was nice to get away, breathe the fresh mountain air, admire cozy country villages, and spend as much time as possible in the woods.
When planning our little fall family getaway, I researched various spots that would offer a remote respite with plenty of conservation trails and simple village conveniences. I also searched for places near to local, sustainable farms from which we could purchase some of our food during our trip. The fact that an overly-welcoming, beyond-organic farm supplying diversified farm foods was closer than the nearest supermarket sold me on the quaint New England town we ultimately chose, and offered us an afternoon of farm-life to complement our time in the forest.
Our small city car broke down during our getaway and is currently being serviced at a garage near the village we visited. The good news is that it means we will need to take another trip up north to return the rental car and retrieve our (hopefully repaired) sedan, which leads to more opportunities for hiking leaf-covered trails, enjoying farm-fresh foods, gathering kindling for an evening of S'mores by the fire, and enjoying the richness of autumn up north.