A few weeks ago, Katie and I traveled up the East Coast to spend a lovely weekend with our Aunt Mary Beth in Boston. We ended up taking Amtrak, which is always preferable to the bus. For one thing, the views tend to be better when you’re not in the middle of an interstate highway.Though we would have been content to cozy up by the fire and watch the Olympics all weekend, Mary Beth (the perfect tour guide) got us out and about. One of the first stops was to the house where Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women. (Is it just me or does Katie’s hair kindddda look like an ill-fitting wig in this picture?)
The house was furnished in the period style with much of the original items intact, but we were not allowed to take pictures inside. And the staff there took their jobs very seriously. One of the highlights was the creepy children’s nursery: Just imagine a large closet with a tiny iron frame bed, a rocking chair, and lots of those vacant-eyed porcelain dolls dispersed throughout. Next stop was Grist Mill—pictured at the top of this post—which apparently is one of the most photographed locations in New England.
We also visited Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, an old inn that began operating in 1716. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow immortalized the place in his book of poems, Tales of a Wayside Inn. Along with modern accommodations, they also have rooms set up as they would have originally looked. The beds were particularly uninviting. It’s a good thing Katie is a 21st century girl, because she was not liking the sound of mattresses stuffed with hay and horse hair. Here, Katie is a tad indignant at the sight of the British flag flying on U.S. soil.
We also took a quick peek at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery—notably home to the Alcotts, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.
And finally, some cheerful quilts at a flea market in Boston.Thanks for a lovely winter weekend in New England, MB!