This unique location doesn’t just look like a real life fairytale setting, in fact, it is…
The 1786 cape-style Pickity Place farmhouse was the inspiration for a 1948 Little Golden Books illustrated version of Little Red Riding Hood. Once you visit this end-of-the-road and up-the-hill location in Mason NH, it’s easy to see why the children’s book illustrator was inspired by this New England home and farm. Today the house, barn, greenhouses and various outbuildings sit amidst lush gardens full of herbs, colorful flowering perennials and annual flowers. Beyond the gardens, the property is surrounded by forest. It’s simple to imagine wolves and woodsmen prowling nearby. Yet the cottage seems snug and quaint, everything Granny’s House should be.
The large old barn is now an herb shop, loaded, literally to the herb-filled rafters, with herb based gifts and other interesting herb gardening and cooking related items.
Dried herbs, herbal teas, unique baking dishes, kitchen linens and many more interesting offerings fill this fragrant space. A greenhouse on the premises has seasonal herbs and other plants available for sale. A small Little Red Riding Hood Museum inside the house itself contains a preserved antique bedroom complete with The Wolf ensconced in Granny’s bed! There is also a shop in the museum with books and other relevant items for sale.
The cottage houses a very unique little restaurant as well. Pickity Place has three lunchtime seatings daily. The meal consists of five herb-inspired courses and is an educational experience as well as a very tasty one. The friendly servers explain what each course consists of and describe the herbs and edible flowers used therein. I have been to Pickity Place four times in the past dozen or so years. The charm has never waned for me. This is truly one of those special out of the way places, a true New England treasure that is a great delight to experience, share and remember.
If you plan a visit, prepare to spend at least a couple of hours to fully enjoy the setting. For lunch, it is advisable to reserve ahead to assure a place, as seating is limited. Bring your camera and bring your appetite! The gardens change with the seasons and the menus change monthly.
Pickity Place is open year round. See their website for details.