In this episode of Weekends with Yankee, co-hosts Amy Traverso and Richard Wiese reunite for a road trip through the White Mountains of New Hampshire, just in time to see the spectacular fall foliage. Starting in North Conway, they hop aboard the Conway Scenic Railroad, check out local products at the iconic Zeb’s General Store, and take in the breathtaking view at Echo Lake State Park, then head north to Jackson to explore the creative displays of the annual “Pumpkin People” festival.
Then, we head south to Boston, Massachusetts, for launch day of the legendary Swan Boats. Guided by the fourth generation of a family that’s run the business since 1877, we get behind-the-scenes access to the work and dedication that goes into preparing these one-of-a-kind boats for the season.
Finally, Amy travels to Charlestown, Rhode Island, to visit the original location of Dave’s Coffee, an artisan coffee roaster. There, she explores how the country’s smallest state delivers big coffee flavor, with signature drinks and foods found only in Little Rhody. Owner Dave Lanning then takes us to his roastery in Narragansett for a tour and a cupping session to experience a proper tasting of freshly roasted beans. Afterward, Amy brings a bottle of Dave’s coffee syrup to the renowned Ocean House, where she joins the executive pastry chef to bake a classic opera cake made with layers of coffee syrup–infused almond sponge, coffee buttercream, and chocolate ganache.