After being inspired by Miss Campfire's post about "gladdening her guests
", I started putting together some ideas for our out of town (OOT) guests who will be in town celebrating with us for a few days. Since our only official wedding events are the welcome/rehearsal dinner and the wedding itself, I wanted to make sure that visitors had plenty to do while in our area. Fall is my absolute favorite season, and being from Southern New England - we have lots to take advantage of from the months of September to November.
First, our guests' drive in on Friday will be quite a spectacle as the trees lining all of our major highways will look something like this:
And even better, my area's peak foliage time is late-October. Boom. Nature.
We hope that once everyone's settled into their hotels, they'll take advantage of some of our local pumpkin patches and apple orchards where you can pick your own! I remember taking hayrides out to the big pumpkin fields as a kid in search of the perfect pumpkin. (Okay, this was like, last year - but still, it's important to find the perfect pumpkin!)
Where else would I find the two perfect pumpkins to carve 2009's masterpiece, The Raven?
After all that hard work in the fields, our guests will need a hearty lunch...
This is Antonio's Restaurant, a traditional Portuguese restaurant that's 5 minutes from my house. NO ONE told me that Martha Stewart came by for lunch a few summer ago. So mad I missed her! Anyway, hopefully our guests enjoy some traditional Portuguese fare like pork alentejana or shrimp mozambique.
To wash down those Portuguese carbs, they might head over to Mr. Jet's favorite local bar, The Pour Farm Tavern for a Pumpkin Beer and a Sox (post-season!!) or Pats game...
New Bedford Guide
Finally, we might entice our guests to finish off their night over in Providence, Rhode Island to take part in Mr. Jet's and my first date activity, The Roger Williams Park Zoo Jack O'Lantern Spectacular!!
Dayton Daily News
They display literally THOUSANDS of hand-carved pumpkins throughout the zoo at night that are carved by local and international artists. My favorite from last year?
The Indiana Jones pumpkin! How amazing is that??
We hope our guests not only enjoy the wedding festivities, but take the chance to explore our favorite season in our favorite little city!
Ever spent a fall in New England?