After a couple of days in sunny Rhode Island, we packed up our car and pulled up a Google map, as we were on our way to another state, Connecticut this time.
We only stayed on night in Connecticut, but we covered a lot of ground in that time, and we loved what we saw.
Our first stop of the day was at Clyde’s Cider Mill, a place that kept popping up on websites when I was researching the trip, so we decided to check it out. Clyde’s, based near a town called Mystic, is the oldest and last steam powered cider mill in USA. We did some taste testing, and a little bit of shopping in their sweet little store and jumped back in the car toward Mystic.
Mystic, Connecticut is such a beautiful coastal village to visit. You may know the movie Mystic Pizza starring Julia Roberts? This is the place the movie is based on, and yes there is a pizza store there with the same name.
We were so lucky with it being a perfectly warm, sunny day, and so we slowly wandered around the main street, which is full of some really fab shops, which meant a little bit of shopping was in order!
Spotting some great restaurants, we decided to check-in at our Airbnb in the nearby town of New London, and head back into Mystic a little later for dinner. But not before pulling over as soon as I spotted another pumpkin patch farm ;o) Complete with goats and farm dogs. I was in farmyard heaven!
I knew our Airbnb was going to have a bit of wow factor when I found it online, but seeing it in real life was a whole different ballgame. The place was HUGE! Built in 1852, the house felt like a movie set, with so many grand rooms to explore and staircases leading to different parts of the house. I’m not gonna lie, it did have that slight spooky feeling and I was half expecting a ghost to float over me when I got into bed that evening ;o)
Back in Mystic for the evening, we had an amazing meal at Grass & Bone, a butcher shop and restaurant, with a very cool interior and delicious food.
Waking up the next morning, as is the theme of any road trip, it was time to pack up and keep moving.
Our first stop for the morning was at the most charming town of Essex. This small village, surrounded by ocean, is truly adorable!
We picked up Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Essex Coffee and Tea Company and wandered down the main street in awe of the stunning large houses, which were mostly all decorated for Halloween.
This little Connecticut village was a highlight of my trip, it really is a picture perfect place, and one I recommend visiting.
Departing Essex, we drove northwest to visit a few other sweet Connecticut towns, and we ended up getting one of the most memorable lunches of my life from a tiny little place called Warren. The Warren General was an unexpected surprise for such a small area. A super chic general store selling the most delicious deli sandwiches, salads and cakes, AND they had gluten free bread, hallelujah! The Rueben sandwich they made for me was the most amazing sandwich ever! I still think about it.
And the best bit about this stop for lunch, the very stylish owner used to live in Sloane Square, London, another unexpected surprise when we were in such a small place.
It was time to start heading south towards New York state, where we were staying for one night before heading into Manhattan, but I had one place I wanted to visit before we arrived at our Airbnb. Some of my favourite Instagrammers, Noelle Downing and Rach Martino, always take a tonne of fun Halloween photos at a pumpkin patch called Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard, so I wanted to check it out.
As we drove towards the farm, I remember thinking to myself ‘I wonder what it would be like to meet them’. We pulled into the carpark, and wandered into the store as the heavens had opened up and we decided to wait and see if the rain might clear. A few minutes later, I realised that standing in front of me was Noelle, Rach and another Instagrammer I follow Jag Lever. I literally couldn’t believe it, and felt like a nervous 12 year old until I gathered myself together, and introduced myself. It was such a crazy co-incidence seeing them at Harvest Moon, with them being the reason I’d visited in the first place.
The rain never cleared up, so photos were impossible, but bumping into these Instagram gals made it worth the journey anyway!
Back on the road, we head south to Scarsdale, New York, where the rain continued to pour, but we had the cosiest sleep in a beautiful, large home, before heading to our final destination: Manhattan.
Until next time, thanks for reading :o)