Let there be pump­kins

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - KATE ROWAN

WE read about pump­kin sea­son be­fore de­part­ing for au­tumn in the US, but noth­ing quite pre­pared us for the vo­rac­ity with which New Eng­lan­ders cel­e­brate har­vest.

Au­tum­nal dis­plays graced many a weath­er­board doorstep in Bos­ton, where squashes and gourds of all shapes and sizes were paired with pots of rus­set-coloured daisies and clus­ters of ruby-red corn.

We spot­ted dogs in pump­kin-themed cos­tumes and su­per­mar­ket aisles were awash with sea­sonal of­fer­ings. Pump­kin Pop Tarts, any­one?

In Ver­mont, we stayed at a fam­ily home, re­plete with an ex­ten­sive veg­etable gar­den, which meant home­grown pump­kins. The younger mem­bers of the fam­ily had en­graved their names into baby veg­eta­bles and watched their hand­writ­ing grow as the pump­kins took shape in prepa­ra­tion for Hal­loween.

On a sunny Sun­day bumper-to-bumper drive up the moun­tain to Stowe we en­coun­tered the ul­ti­mate road­side stand — a com­plete pad­dock neatly lined with thou­sands of pump­kins for dis­cern­ing lo­cals to in­spect, se­lect, take home and dec­o­rate.

On Cape Cod the change of sea­son brought a cold blast of wind and we hud­dled on the beach to watch the sun dis­ap­pear across the pretty Hyan­nis Port har­bour, with an aper­i­tif of pump­kin-pie soda, the kids munch­ing pump­kin-spiced tor­tilla chips.

I picked up a Martha Ste­wart Living mag­a­zine and noted that no-carve pump­kin em­bel­lish­ment is the go for last-minute dec­o­ra­tors — ac­cord­ing to Martha, all you need is a can of spray paint, a pair of lacy stock­ings and 15 min­utes to reach your pump­kin-dec­o­rat­ing peak.

Back in New York, we hunted out fam­ily-friendly ac­tiv­i­ties and spent a morn­ing at a Green­wich Vil­lage com­mu­nity gar­den. Our kids ate crisp, just-plucked ap­ples while dec­o­rat­ing pump­kins. En route to JFK air­port for our re­turn jour­ney, we stopped for in­flight sup­plies. The chil­dren counted out their re­main­ing US cur­rency, des­per­ate to pur­chase one last sou­venir. The pump­kin-carv­ing kit, com­plete with six lev­els of knife serration, was stuffed into checked bag­gage.

Come April in Australia, while the snow is melt­ing across New Eng­land and the buds are un­furl­ing in Cen­tral Park, we’ll head to our lo­cal farmer’s mar­ket and pick out the big­gest, bright­est pump­kin we can find. The knives will come out for a se­ri­ous crafternoon.

But please, make my re­fresh­ment a long black. I’ll pass on the pump­kin-spiced latte. Send your 400-word con­tri­bu­tion to Fol­low the Reader: travel@theaus­tralian.com.au. Columnists re­ceive a pair of qual­ity beach tow­els in bright prints and struc­tured geo­met­rics from popular life­style brand KAS Australia. $119.90 ($59.95 each). More: (02) 8035 2244; kasaus­tralia.com.au.

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