If you know any girl who is as basic as I am, then you know one thing. We love Fall. We love pumpkin spiced lattés, going to pumpkin patches, corn mazes and cozy sweaters. This means that going upstate during Fall is basically my dream.
That being said, when I last went upstate I had to plan a quintessential autumn for myself. Since I have no car I commissioned my brother to drive me around.
But First coffee
No Fall day is complete without coffee so the first stop on our way was to Dunkin Donuts. Instead of my regular go-to I opted for their new Fall flavor, the Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin. I honestly do not prefer it to my typical caramel coffee but it was fun to try something new. With coffee in hand my brother and I headed off to our first stop.
Rathbun’s Sugar Maple House
Rathbun’s Sugar Maple House was our first stop in the trip. As an avid breakfast eater I absolutely love maple syrup. Maple Syrup is one of those things I simply can’t get enough of (even though I’m not a sweets person.) So it only makes natural sense that while upstate during the Fall I should go to a Maple House and get some pancakes. I Rathbun’s so much, I try and go at least once a year.
I ordered the sugar house special as did my brother. You get pancakes, eggs, and bacon which was much needed for a long day of adventuring.
After breakfast we stopped and took some outfit pictures in the field across the street and it was absolutely perfect. Then we piled into the car and went off to our next stop.
As we passed through the town of Granville we decided to stop by Hick’s Orchard. We honestly stopped mainly for an Instagram shot in the orchard. We did however pick up some honey crisp apples and sunflowers to commemorate the trip.
Hick’s is arguably one of the best apple orchards in Upstate New York. It’s so cute and kitschy, and not to mention they have the best cider donuts around.
Since we were headed in the direction of Vermont we decided to keep going. It was a bit early for leaf peeping but some colors were definitely starting to show. It’s always nice to drive through Vermont.
My brother drove us down Route 4 along the Ottauquechee River until we hit Quechee Gorge. We pulled off and just enjoyed the view for a few minutes. There’s something peaceful and wonderful about just enjoying how beautiful nature is. I definitely appreciate it more now that I live in the city.
Before we circled back to New York we stopped at the Vermont Antique Mall. This is a spot I always love exploring. Since I’ve last been they have added cheese and wine tasting so I’m even more in love.
As basic as it is, I love antiquing and searching for a “new to me” treasure. It’s more challenging and rewarding than regular shopping which I absolutely love. This trip I found only one antique. I bought this vintage bubble gum pink rotary dial phone. It caught my eye immediately and I could not leave without it. My current plan is to display it somewhere special in my apartment and use it as a fun Instagram prop on occasion.
The Drive Back
After a long day we turned the car around and headed towards New York. Before we got too far we stopped at the Taftsville Covered Bridge for that iconic Vermont Instagram photo. After that last photo I was content and ready to head home and enjoy the scenery on the way.
I had the best time having a quintessential Upstate day. I am already counting down the days until I return for more fun adventures!