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Road Trip: Herby Lunch in Mason NH


Summer is the perfect time of year to meander along back-country roads in search of new culinary pleasures. And Pickity Place does not disappoint. The chef changes out the menu just once a month. But you can have your choice between two entrees — one vegetarian and the other not. Every element of the 5-course gourmet luncheon incorporates fresh herbs from their gardens. If you find a flower blossom garnish, guaranteed it’s edible, too. Isn’t the lavendar lemonade a happy shade of pink ? It was a real thirst-quencher on one of the hottest days of the summer.

The dining area is in a darling antique cape-style house that was once the inspiration for the illustrations in the 1948 English edition of Little Red Riding Hood. Across the hall from the dining room is the ‘museum,’ complete with the big-bad-wolf dressed in granny’s bedclothes and nestled beneath the quilt in the four-poster bed. And after lunch, before heading home, a walking tour of the herb gardens …

… and a view through a window in the herb-drying shed. All in all, a quentissential New England summer afternoon.

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  • snydeen August 23, 2009, 2:50 pm

    Absolutely. I haven’t been in years, but I really enjoyed it. Sounds like you had a great time.

  • Fran August 20, 2009, 9:18 am

    I’ve been to Pickity Place once–and loved it! You remind me that I want to go back!