First Taste of Vermont

I have longed to visit New England in the fall for as long as I can remember.

Don’t get me wrong, Autumn at home is wonderful… but as with everything in America, they just do it bigger!

Bigger colours, never ending landscapes, new flavours, fiercer weather, lots of everything. 

I still have a few posts to share from Boston, but honestly I’ve been itching to share our American roadtrip and just can’t wait any longer.

The drive from Boston upto Burlington was excruciatingly wonderful! Watching the colours change before our very eyes, the leaves get more and more vibrant, the views opening up along side the road.

I wanted to stop every few feet to roll around in them, but we were on a deadline. We arrived at the airport just in time to collect Thomas and Julia, nip to the hotel to drop off our stuff and together we all headed out to start our autumnal adventure.

BFF adventures

Happy to be reunited and excited for what was to come…

New England in the Fall

We went for a drive.

Pulling off now and then, when ever something caught our fancy.

And alpacas always catch Julia’s attention!


She and Thomas raced off to meet the fluffballs, while my fella and I took a stroll around the property.

Alpaca Farm in the Fall

Floored by the scale of the landscape around us.


Alpacas in New England

After enough alpaca tickling to keep Jules content, we continued onto Shelburne.

Shelburne Store selling pumpkins

Where I discovered “Maple Creamies”, much to everyone else’s amusement.

Ice-Cream in Autumn

What we call Whippies/Softies, they call Creamies. And in Vermont they’re made with real cream and real maple syrup.

A true revelation!

Hooded Red Coat and Gelato!

Shelburn doesn’t have much to offer, but what it does have is unequivocally adorable.

Shelburne, New England

Particularly in golden carpet season.

Maple Leaves in Autumn

Walking in Crunchy leaves!

We couldn’t resist…

Gingham Shirt and Tartan Scarf for Autumn

Red hooded coat

Gingham shirt // Skinny jeans

Kiss Me Darcy flats // Gucci bag

Tweed blazer (similar)

Poloneck // Brown skirt

Chestnut boots (UK/US) // Handbag

New England Farm in the Fall

We journeyed on a little further to Shelburn Farms.

Skipping the petting zoo for a stroll and a proper catch up.


I missed this little one ^!



Walking in an Autumn wonderland!

Red Coat and Orange Tweed Jacket for Fall

New England in the Fall

All the way down to the lake.


Gingham Shirt

Savouring the crisp sunshine.



There’s an Inn on the water’s edge where you can toast gently beside the fire, sip on mint juleps, or just pour a cup of tea.


We took ours out into the garden, pulling up a circle of deck chairs beneath an oak tree.

Afternoon Tea in Autumn

Revived and somewhat peckish, we went in search of Apple Cider Doughnuts (another Vermont speciality) at Shelburne Orchards.


Oh my gourdness, this place was gorgeous!


Apple picking, pumpkins, maple syrup, donuts, cider, this place as everything “fall” you could ever ask for!

Pumpkin Picking in a Red Coat

Cute Pumpkins!

We filled mugs with hot apple cider (which isn’t alcoholic in the states, really a sort of mulled apple juice) and took a bag of donuts to go.

Fall style

Hot Cider and Donuts

Of course there were those who were somewhat jealous of our haul…

Tartan Scarf and some Donuts

So we ate the rest on our travels.


We caught the very last on the sunshine on the way home, climbing to the top of the hill to watch it go down.

Gingham Shirt and a hair flick!

I spy my Silver May acorn necklace hidden away up there… ^

We reached the hotel just before it got dark.

A little Relais & Chateau spot called The Pitcher Inn.


Each bedroom is uniquely decorated and sort of becomes its own little world.

We opted for the “Mountain” room. Complete with sitting room, open fire and a little wooden cabin to sleep in.

The Pitcher Inn - Vermont

While my inner child was squealing with the delight, the adult in me was busy swooning over the steamroom shower and bath.


Which is going firmly on the list for when I build my dream house!

The Pitcher Inn - Vermont

We spotted the sweetest gift basket, stuffed with local treats.


So lit the fire, called the others to come join us for a pj party and got stuck in.

I can’t even begin to imagine a better start to our trip.

Pop back for the next chapter tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after… I’ve got lots of adventures for you to come on!

In the meantime check out Julia’s pics!

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  • Wow, this looks like such a dream day! Maple creamies and mulled cider and donuts followed by such a beautiful room – this is all going on my bucket list. Love how you both match all the Autumn colours 🙂 xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

  • Ashley Christabelle

    You guys seem to go on the most amazing road trips whilst together! New England is 100% on my bucket list now. Can’t get enough of the llamas, they’re sooo cute. x

  • Awww, I love the look of the Alpacas, too cute. Breathtaking beautiful views of A fabulous Fall. 🙂

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  • Becca

    Oh my goodness! What an amazing time of year to visit Vermont. Can’t wait to see more Autumn-y photos xx

  • Sophie Stewart

    Looks like you had a great time away. You both are stunning! And gorgeous outfits. Sophie x

  • The slow pace

    Well, between Bavaria and Vermont you are having the most Autumnal Autumn!

  • I love these photos! X

  • thanks for sharing. i live in New England, i write about life here too. I absolutely love here. no matter fall or spring or summer. It’s one of the most amazing places in the world.

  • this looks like a dream! Autumn on the east coast is unlike anything else… so happy to see these pics on a year when I can’t be there to see it myself! xx Maren

  • Wow this is just the dream! Autumn is by far my favourite season of the year, so I think I have to return to Vermont in the fall now. I was in Québec last year and it was absolutely magical – I highly recommend googling ‘fall in the Laurentian mountains’ and you will fall (lol excuse the pun) in love!

  • Rach

    Wow it looks like Fall heaven there! I heard great things about the Northeast’s Fall, but seeing them in photos now makes me want to go visit!

  • Oh wow, this just looks incredible! x
    Sophie Cliff

  • Tiffany McGoff

    I love seeing you two together , it makes me so happy. I live in the states in Charlottesville, Virginia and seeing you here makes me so happy! xoxo, stunning as always!

  • This looked like such an amazing trip! The colors are absolutely stunning! And as always you girls look perfect! xo Bryn

  • Julia Engel

    CAN WE GO BACK ALREADY?! Miss this & both of you!

    x Jules

  • I grew up in New England and this makes me so nostalgic! We used to go to a farm called the Big Apple in southern Massachusetts to pick apples, and you could watch the cider doughnuts being made and coming out nice and hot on a conveyor belt. There really is nothing like autumn up there!

  • Annie

    The pictures are so beautiful! I’ve been wanting to make my way up to New England during the fall, the colors are so beautiful. Can’t wait to see more of your trip!

  • Maria Salomonsen

    Those colors almost look surreal! New England in fall is also high up on my bucket list 🙂
    Maria @

  • This is amazing!!
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  • This is so cute! And I love Julia!

  • Quite a bit different from autumn in the U.K. isnt it. I’m so pleased you got to experience it while the season was still at its height.

  • Autumn is my favourite season so to me these photos are an absolute dream!! I love the warm oranges and burnt reds!

  • i’ve been to vermont in springtime and winter but never in autumn. luckily i have friends there who send me picture of their glorious scenery<3 at least I tested the creamyXD

    xx from italy
    Cate ღ kate/

  • Rasa Virviciute

    This almost looks too beautiful to be real! x

  • Jen

    That steam room shower/bath situation…this is all perfect! Can’t wait to see and read more. x

    Jen | affecionada

  • The pictures are lovely!

  • Just looks amazing!! US road trip is high up on my list of things to do 🙂

  • These pictures are INCREDIBLE! Adding this to my must see list for sure!!

  • Ice cream, fall leaves, and pumpkins! Not to mention there isn’t a cloud in the sky! You all picked the perfect day 🙂

  • Amy

    Oh my god, looks too good to be real! Absolute photography paradise.
    Very jealous!

  • Jaina

    Oh, I’ve never been to Vermont in the fall! Looks like I’m missing out. Beautiful pictures!

  • Athena Politou

    A roadtrip across New England is THE dream. I don’t think there’s a better place to be at this time of year! You ladies are giving me so much inspiration.


  • Sarah Stanfield

    I have been longing for years to go experience a New England summer, and with so many friends who live in the area I just don’t know why I don’t! Placing this on my wishlist ASAP!

  • Kelly

    You two are adorable and this looks like it was the best trip!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • Sara Skyttegaard

    Oh My God! This looks like the perfect place to be in Autumn. I love the coloursr in you photos. Amazing! 🙂
    x Sara

  • Looks like all your autumnal dreams came true in this one!