Mike and I took a trip to Vermont earlier this month. For the first few days, we stayed in Stowe, with Mike’s parents and sister, celebrating his parents’ 30th wedding anniversary and our negative one anniversary. The main drag is quintessentially New England and there were some nice shops and restaurants. It was Columbus Day Weekend and we weren’t the only people who had the idea to visit the area, so getting seated at dinnertime was a bit of a comical challenge and, as a result, we didn’t try too many restaurants. But that’s ok, because we were really just there for the company anyway. One day, we took a memorable, rainy hike up Mount Mansfield, which is the highest mountain in the state. Other highlights include: sampling cheese at Cabot, discovering the hammock chairs of my dreams, visiting the Trapp Family Lodge and eating a cheddar everything biscuit from PK Coffee.
We spent the second leg of the trip in the Burlington area by ourselves. Technically we stayed in Charlotte, in the most charming converted barn that was so lovely that we had a hard time leaving. One of the best things we did was fill a growler at Fiddlehead Brewing and take it next door to the BOYB restaurant Folino’s Pizza. The salad and pizza we ordered were not only incredible, but the service was excellent. It was one of those date nights that goes unexpectedly well and you wish you could relive over and over again.
We also really enjoyed spending the day at Shelburne Farms, which abuts Lake Champlain and is beautifully and lovingly maintained. We spent a while with the animals and walking the grounds before watching the sun set from the lawn at the inn on the property, fancy drinks and all. Other highlights include: buying complementary flannels at Vermont Flannel, finding my wedding dress (!!) at Everthine Bride, eating gingerbread pancakes at Penny Cluse Cafe, picnicking at Charlotte Beach, sitting by the fire at our little cabin and our Airbnb hosts’ famous ginger chocolate chip cookies.