Our bus parked across the street from the house and the house next door, Wayside House. Nathaniel Hawthorne and his family lived next door to the Alcotts at Wayside (and the Alcotts actually lived there too - one of the 27 moves they made in 20 years.) Later Harriet Lothrop, author of "The Five Little Peppers" series under the pen name of Margaret Sidney also lived at the Wayside; but the house is being restored right now so we could not visit.
The gardens at Orchard House were lovely - this is just about the best time to see our New England gardens with the hydrangeas, daylilies and true lilies running riot!
After the tour and a short shopping break, we walked up the hill to the office building (an old house that's been beautifully modernized and air conditioned) so the girls could participate in their journaling program.
We ended with a quick snack and water break under the trees before the girls boarded the bus to the whale watch out of Gloucester Harbor (pronounced Glostah Habah. Get the accent!) The snacks were provided by Foodlink (a perfect example of a TAP - read their story) and if you are near Arlington MA, get involved with this wonderful organization.