I have had the pleasure of visiting my best friends in Massachusetts twice this month. Both trips Emma and I chased our obsession with “American Bloomsbury” by heading back to our favorite town, Concord, Massachusetts.
The first weekend we didn’t have as much time in Concord, but we did tour Emerson’s house, which was extremely awesome. We also stopped by the Alcott’s Orchard House and walked around the grounds and the gift shop, but didn’t have time for a tour.
The second weekend we had a lot more time, and went back to Sleepy Hollow (one of the first places we went in Concord during our very first trip), took the tour of Orchard House, and went to all three of Concord’s book stores. (Books With a Past, Concord Book Shop, and Barrow Book Store.) Orchard House had a special event on Saturday – a celebration of May Alcott’s birthday. They had traditional games in the lawn, and free cake and lemonade. The next day we walked around Minute Man National Park, and saw Old Manse (though we didn’t have time to take the tour of Old Manse, but we have to save some things for next time).
We also had time on Saturday to stop in Cambridge before heading into Boston to meet Emily/Steve/ESG and her family/friends for a big group dinner. This meant that we got to go back to the Harvard Book Store, which is an another awesome book store.
If you ever go to Concord (which I highly recommend), a wonderful book to read first is American Bloomsbury by Susan Cheever. It’s also a very wonderful book to read at anytime, visit to Concord or not.
Lots of pictures below, and even more on my flickr page.