Day 7 The final destination of our fall adventure was Boston, Massachusetts, where Autumn is a magical time of year. We had seen and experienced so much of it– but no New England Autumn experience is complete without visiting an apple orchard! It’s a fairytale experience. Among more than 50 orchards in the area offering apple picking, we chose the beautiful Tougas Family Farm in Northborough, MA. that has been family owned and operated since 1981.
We could not have chosen a more beautiful and perfect day to roam the almost 90 acres of land. In addition to apple picking, they offer a petting barnyard, a playground, wagon rides and a country store. We were warned that apple picking is a very popular fall activity especially for families with children. In order to avoid crowds we made sure to arrive early. You must check in at the pick-your-own shed first to purchase a picking bag and be briefed on things like picking locations and rules. There we learned prices vary and outside bags of any kind are not permitted for apple picking. Did I mention rules? There are many, many rules! Not to worry though, to their credit many of the rules are common sense and ensure others can enjoy the farm as well throughout the season.
In this day and age that we live in, seeing kids without an electronic device attached to their hand is rare and refreshing. Watching them enjoying their surroundings, running, laughing, interacting with each other and nature…it was magical. Because the farm is so large the kids spent hours chasing each other, petting the farm animals, playing in the playground and enjoying the gorgeous weather. They never complained of being bored and never asked for an electronic device! That made it an enchanting day for them and for us!
In the fairytale world of an apple orchard, it seems only right that there should be a very happy ending. Enjoying freshly baked sugary doughnuts, hot cider and other homebaked goods was a perfect way to close our storybook day at the farm. Kids were happy, satisfied and tired…success!!
Final Day After seven days of being road warriors we were ready to relax. We stayed at the luxurious Mandarin Hotel in Boston. The staff was very welcoming and extremely friendly. They made sure to make our kids feel special. I enjoyed shopping at the fabulous boutiques along Newberry Street and Faneuil Hall Marketplace. The rest of the family was more than happy to lounge in the comfy beds and catch up on all their missed time with their electronics…It does come in handy. 😉
To celebrate the end of our memorable journey we had a delicious meal at the small but historic neighborhood of North End. The North End is the city’s oldest residential community dating back to 1630’s. It is known for its Italian American population and fine Italian restaurants. Many of the restaurants are very quaint and therefore fill up quickly. Apparently we were not the only ones celebrating that night as we had to wait an hour to be seated at Trattoria di Monica. It is a very small space and the tables were very close together but I found that it made the atmosphere even more festive.
It turned out to be well worth the wait. Wine was flowing and everyone seemed to be enjoying their meals and the service. It was one of the best Italian meals we have ever eaten! Authentic, home-cooked perfection, generous portions and reasonable prices. The kids wanted Alfredo but it was not on the menu. To their great delight, however, the owner prepared it special for them and the kids still talk about that meal to this day.
Bravo! A perfect ending to an amazing journey.
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. We were left breathless many times during this journey – from the scenery to the adventures to the people and the food. To have shared this as a family is a blessing and made our hearts full. I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers!