I did a fall foliage trip several years ago which was a combination of bus and train in several areas. This was a trip with a fairly large group and we all met in Waltham, MA and headed up to New Hampshire, over to Vermont, down to the Cape and eventually back to Waltham. It was an awesome adventure over several days and I met many interesting people.
My friend didn’t join me on that trip and she thought this train ride on the Providence & Worcester train to see fall foliage and a enjoy a pumpkin festival in Putnam, CT at the end would be a wonderful way to spend a day…she was right! It was a perfect fall day and though the foliage started out with minimal color it got prettier as we approached and went through Worcester, MA and further south to CT. This was about an 8 hr day. We had to meet for the train at about 9 AM and since I am not a morning person I used some Hilton points to book a room at the Hampton Inn in Smithfield, RI which would get us up and out in time. A plus to this location was the fact there was a nice restaurant within walking distance, Laura’s. Win/win!
Our location was changed due to a conflict. We had a very large group hopping on the train and we were a little confused to find out we were meeting at a VFW and lining up into several groups but there was no train station…hmm! Eventually we heard a train and discovered we were going in groups to walk up the street to get on the train waiting on the tracks. And off we went…
Before I forget…Santa was on the train! I changed his image to black and white because…well, he did have red in his floral Hawaiian shirt so this will help keep him incognito! 🙂 Remember…it is October and even Santa is entitled to a little down time enjoying fall foliage…and what better place than New England!
Going through Worcester by train is interesting and much more fun than attempting to drive around Worcester…I dislike driving in Worcester almost as much as I dislike driving in Boston! But by train…I got to see parts I would never see in a car. One of these days I might have to take a train ride across country…or maybe half the country…it is on my bucket list! I will call the blog “Life through a Train Window.” 🙂
I have well over 100 images from the train ride of the fall foliage and the ponds, lakes & rivers along the way. I am not hesitant to post all 100+ but I want to post fewer so you can truly enjoy a New England fall day. I hope I don’t post too many…or not enough! Enjoy fall in my corner of the world!
And then we arrive in Putnam, CT for the Pumpkin Festival…enjoy! We did! I am not a fan of large crowds and generally avoid them at all costs but today was fun, walking around town, having lunch at a local restaurant, enjoying some music, street acts, all sizes of pumpkins, Halloween decorations, a church flea market, etc. Fun day!
When all this fun was over and we arrived back in RI my friend and I went to Lindy’s Tavern to join my sister for dinner. My sister introduced me to Lindy’s in 2015…the food is amazing. In the original location you sometimes had to wait 30-45 minutes or more. This was the first time I had been at the new location and we basically walked right in and sat down. The new place is nice…it just doesn’t have the ambiance the old place did…you know…small, tables close together, noisy…loved it! But the food is still delicious and that is what matters! If you think you might be in the area and want to check it out…
And this ends my last trip of 2019. I will be posting my 2020 trips, limited though they were, before the world got quarantined. I am looking forward to the day I can start traveling again…hopefully very soon! Thank you for traveling with me! i truly appreciate you coming along!
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