It’s not too late to feast on a late-blooming surge of fall colors this weekend in the Boston suburb towns of Lexington and Concord. Brilliantly colored sugar maples, always the last to turn, line country roads and farmsteads while farm stands offer last-minute buying opportunities for tart apple cider, plump pumpkins, both large and small. and decorative ears of Indian corn.
Even though the first snowfall of the season has dusted the northern hillsides, a combination of clear skies and warmer days has extended the foliage season for much of southern New England this year. A stroll through some of Lexington and Concord’s historic sites can still provide great photo opportunities beautifully framed by breathtaking foliage.
Make the trek to one such historic site, the Author’s Ridge in Concord’s Sleepy Hollow Cemetery where, in a natural wooded setting, you’ll find the final resting place of the Thoreau, Emerson and Alcott families. Some visitors leave quotes and notes at the grave sites so bring a pen and paper if you wish to express your feelings. Take the time to walk around Walden Pond whose banks are heavily treed with a myriad of late blooming fall colors.
In Concord, you can also experience the home of the extraordinary Alcott family with a visit to Orchard House where Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women. This historic home is open year round with special seasonal events and tours of the house. Visit www.louisamayalcott.org. Too, no visit to the area would be complete without a good look at the Minuteman Statue on Lexington Common. A skirmish with British Redcoats here was a precursor to the “shot heard around the world” that was later fired on the North Bridge.in nearby Concord.
Reports are coming in from all over the region of vibrant reds, bright oranges, bold yellows and rusts for a full palate of color. Fall floral bouquets are sold in abundance at farm stands too. One,Wilson’s Farm Stand, in Lexington is a great place to indulge in so much of the season’s bounty. In business since 1884, this family run greenhouse and farm stand is well worth a visit. Here, you can find the perfect container of eggnog crafted from the freshest of eggs, homemade breads and local produce along with fruit and gift baskets.
Staying overnight? A stone’s throw from Lexington Battle Green, the Inn at Hastings Park with 22 beautifully appointed rooms and a full service restaurant welcomes guests with genuine New England hospitality. A stay at the inn includes a full service complimentary breakfast at their adjacent “Artistry on the Green” Restaurant. The menu favors fresh produce from local farms accompanied by excellent service. For the perfect closure to an invigorating day of fall leaf peeping, enjoy dinner in the inn’s casually elegant restaurant followed by a cozy interlude in one of the inn’s rooms with a fireplace. Each room comes with flat screen TV and iPod docking station. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. www.innathastingspark.com.
Lexington and Concord are located about 15 miles from downtown Boston. For more information, visit the Lexington Visitors Bureau at www.lexingtonma.gov/visitors/visitorscenter.cfm