Small Town Travel Log: Central New York

We’re heading out to Central New York to visit our friend Greer this weekend, and the ILoveNY fall foliage map is lit up! Does it get any better?


Small Town Travel Log: Seneca Schoolhouse Museum

We made a quick stop at the Seneca Schoolhouse Museum, a one-room schoolhouse built in 1865 of Seneca Sandstone, in Poolesville, MD. The schoolhouse has an interesting history, built on the community that created the structure from donations of both time and money. Modern day field trips allow local fourth graders to experience life in the 1880s. Driving to the schoolhouse, we also admired the large estates of Montevideo, originally built by Martha Washington’s great-grandson, and Rocklands – both located nearby.

Small Town Travel Log: Rockland Farms & Lewis Orchards

Over our long weekend in Potomac, we stopped by a couple of local farmers’ markets to stock up for dinner. Rockland Farm in Poolesville, MD offers farm lunch, fresh produce, and locally raised meat. They also use the barn as a wedding venue and for large farm dinners. We also stopped by Lewis Orchards in Beallsville, MD for a little pumpkin chunkin’ and an amazing head of cauliflower for dinner.

Rockland Farm

Lewis Orchards


Small Town Travel Log: Harpers Ferry, WV

This past weekend, we went to the historic town of Harpers Ferry, WV for a visit. The town sits on the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers and is part of the national parks system. Despite the government shutdown closing all of the park buildings, we had a nice day of peering in windows, exploring the St John’s Episcopal Church ruins and admiring the carved Jefferson Rock Stairway. We also strolled across the B&O Railroad Bridge and had lunch at a local tavern.

The streets were pretty empty since the park was closed, but we enjoyed having Harpers Ferry to ourselves.

The Jefferson Rock Stairway is carved out of solid rock to connect the upper and lower parts of town.

After an afternoon of exploring, we set off for 868 Estate Vineyards across the state line in Virginia for a quick tasting, which was the perfect end to our day.

Farmhouse Friday: Old vs New

While these two houses were built nearly 200 years apart, both are dripping with character and feature modern amenities. Which is your favorite?

Upstate NY: Malta, NY

This 200 year old farmhouse is more like an estate – complete with a barn, carriage house, and potting shed. I love the exposed beams and wide floorboards, but the highlights of the house are the four fireplaces in the living room, dining room and bedrooms. You’ll need the extra warmth to battle the upstate winters since this property is pretty far north of our usual territory.

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Farmhouse Friday: Victorian Painted Ladies

At drastically different ends of the price spectrum, we have a pair of five bedroom Victorian painted ladies in Upstate New York and New England. Both have the typical charms of a large Victorian home such as sprawling porches and ornate trim.

The best part of this house in East Durham is that it comes with a bunkie that looks like a miniature doll house. Can you imagine the surprised look on your guests’ faces when they see what a charming little house they’ll inhabit for a long weekend in the country? While the interior is quite bare-bones, I would love to build out a new kitchen around the white wood plank pantry in the corner.

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Small Town Travel Log: Croton Falls Reservoir

Following one of our recent trips to the country, we hit horrible traffic on the way home. Rather than sit on the highway, we decided to take a detour along the local roads. While not necessarily faster, at least there’s a great view! We stumbled upon the Croton Falls Reservoir along the way and had to stop.

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