There's nothing like a visit to a beautiful New England town, decorated for the holidays, to give you a dose of holiday spirit. Concord and Lexington fit this bill perfectly and you can get a bit of shopping done at the same time.
We spent the early part of the day in Concord. Our puppy Poppy was with us as we walked around the town stopping to window shop and paying our traditional visits to the Concord Shop to pick up a few kitchen items and to the Concord Cheese Shop for a few delicious things to take home.
It was a nice day, so we ordered cups of a great chili from the Main Streets Market & Cafe and dined al fresco. The chili had big pieces of winter squash – an idea Penny plans to copy – and was delicious! It also came with big pieces of cornbread.
Concord is a great place to shop with someone who appreciates quality and is looking for a selection that goes beyond the chains. For example, The Grasshopper Shop on Main Street sells clothing and accessories that are selected to appeal to women of all ages.
A stop at Wilson Farm is always on our list when we're in the area, so we were off to Lexington after lunch. The greenhouses were filled with red, white, and green, and the smell of pine was in the air.
They had gingerbread houses ready to go or with tubes of frosting to do your own decorating. They even had Holiday Gingerbread Decorating Workshops coming up on Thursday.
And, of course, this working farm is always a beautiful place for us city folk to feel more connected with the land. Ed and Poppy relaxed on a bench overlooking the fields and woods while I shopped for our supper.
We recommend a road trip to Concord and Lexington whenever you feel the need to enjoy the taste of small town life. It can be a wonderful alternative to holiday shopping at the mall or a great daytrip with holiday guests.Do you have an Amazon Gift Certificate to use? Or do you need to buy one for a gift? Remember to click over to Amazon from here to support this site!
Words: Penny & Ed Cherubino
Photography: © 2012 Penny Cherubino, Grasshopper Shop photo by StevenErat here it is on Flickr.
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