While our visitors have been in town we took a day to look at the fall colors. Peak leaf season had already passed through Massachusetts so we had to drive south a bit. D and her sister are fans of the show Gilmore Girls. The show is no longer airing new episodes, but the girls love the re-runs nonetheless. Since I knew we were going down to CT, I decided to do a little research on the places where the show was set. The results of the research led to an afternoon filled with fun looking at Yale University and Washington Depot, CT (the town that the writers got their inspiration from).

Although we didn’t have a long time, we picnicked at Yale in one of the many beautiful courtyards. After eating our PB&J’s and feeding the birds with our bread crusts, we walked the campus for a bit. Yale’s campus is beautiful. The architecture mixed with the fall colors made for a picturesque afternoon. And the weather was great. It was quite warm, which made exploring even nicer. After walking around and stopping by the school’s bookstore to peruse their selection of books, magazines and memorabilia, we got back in the car and drove up to Washington Depot.

Washington Depot is a small town in the middle of CT. It was located out in the countryside. As we drove in, the fall colors were accentuated by the rolling hills and streams that run along the roadside. The feel of this village is very “New Englandy” and it is easy to see why the creators of the show were so inspired by this town (not to mention that the people we talked to were extremely nice). Since we were there, we walked around a bit and got some pictures of the girls in front of the town hall. We ended the afternoon with some coffee and snacks at the local coffee shop (if you have seen the show, you know that this was a fitting end).

All in all, it was a lot of fun. We saw lots of beautiful colors and had a great time being together on the road trip.