In the years just following our country's war for Independence, a little red cottage was built in the sheltering woods of New Hampshire. On this sleepy little hilltop, time has left this cottage and its surroundings nearly untouched.
The little, red, storybook cottage with the old ash tree towering high above it, called Pickity Place, was once the inspiration for the illustrator of a 1948 edition of Little Red Riding Hood.
Today Pickity Place is a gourmet lunch spot, located in the small southern New Hampshire town of Mason. With its herb and perennial gardens, gift shop, and garden shop, it is also a lovely place to stroll, relax, and stay the afternoon. When I went with a friend in May, it was rainy and misty. The spring colors were bright against the mist, and though my toes and sandals became wet in the saturated grass, I could not resist the desire the explore the beautiful grounds, made almost haunting in the foggy storm.
Inside the gardening shed
Lunch was delicious, made using local ingredients and herbs from their own garden. The menu is limited, changing monthly, for one fixed price. The five course meal was perfectly filling and yummy. I chose the Four Cheese Ratatouille Quiche as my entree. I highly recommend reservations, as this place fills up quick.
Big, bad wolf in grandmother's bed
Pickity Place is a magical little place, where you feel completely hidden from the world. It is classic New England - an historic cottage and bucolic farm set against the New Hampshire woods, like a fairy tale.
Also: Check out my newest article on Yankee Magazine on the gingerbread cottages on Martha's Vineyard here.