This weekend the hubs and I left the toddler with grammy and grampy and headed up to beautiful Vermont for a weekend getaway.  It is so important, especially once children enter the picture, to spend time with just your spouse.  No other couples, parties, commitments, just some alone time to catch up on each others lives.  We visited Woodstock, VT a few years ago and just fell in love with it, and the Blue Horse Inn.  Here are my posts from a few years back.  The Inn is run by a former Georgia girl and fabulous cook Keri Cole.  The place is cozy, comfortable and did I mention the food?!?!  Our two breakfasts there consisted of a gruyere cheese egg soufflé, lemon ricotta pancakes (gluten free for me), some amazing apple crumble coffee cake (again gluten free) and french pressed coffee.  I could get use to that treatment, although my waistline may disagree.

Our weekend was spent taking scenic drives to find a snowshoe trail (no downhill skiing for this pregnant lady this year), napping, talking and oh, did I mention the eating.  Woodstock reminds me a lot of Boulder, CO in that the place is a foodie town.  Shops and restaurants pride themselves in serving local sourced food of the best quality.  It was a great weekend.  Now off to order a salad for lunch.

We got lost looking for a snowshoe trail, but the drive was half the fun.

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Keri recommended The Worthy Kitchen for dinner and the food was fabulous.  You just have to get down their ordering system.  I think you have to order up at the bar and then take a table…I can’t say I totally know it, so just walk in and ask. Definitely a local place but they are so kind and the food is sooooooooo good.

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On our way out of town we stopped by the Woodstock Farmers Market to stock up on some weekly items and a few local treats.  Cheese and syrup galore.

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Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Monday morning is here with a bang.  At least the arctic temperatures have subsisted for at one day.

Blue Horse Inn

February 28, 2011

For our winter wonderland weekend in Vermont, we choose to stay at the Blue Horse Inn.  I had heard about the inn from my blog-o-world friend Martini from Beyond Boston Chic a few months ago and have been dying to go.  Between the  awesome logo, the large king beds, and the fact that one of the owners is a fellow former Georgia girl, I was sold.

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Cobalt blue with white silhouette of colonial rider…yes please

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I was totally taken by the wood work and details of the old inn.

 

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That Sunday evening the inn held a wine tasting complete with parings of fabulous hors d’oeuvres.

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They had many Austrian wines and I was quite surprised how much I enjoyed them.  Austria isn’t a place that screams wine country to me (and my very limited knowledge of wine), but I love them just as much at the French, Italian and California wines in which I am more familiar.

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Best of all the inn is pet friendly.  This adorable 5 month old husky, Tenakee, belongs to inn employee Jess and came to work with her each day.

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I can’t wait to plan a spring/summer trip.  The inn was full our weekend and I am dying to see and photograph some of the other rooms and suites.  I also can’t wait to see how the winter wonderland of Vermont transforms into the lush green of summer.

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P.S. Here is the awesome snow angel Steve left in the front yard…a parting gift if you will.

Photo by Kari from Blue Horse Inn

 

Winter Wonderland Weekend

February 23, 2011

Our weekend in Vermont last weekend, was a blissful and peaceful as I had hoped it would be.  The rolling hills and mountains, the clean country air, the darling town of Woodstock; it all just makes me want to run away, by a little farm and raise chickens or something.

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Vermont State of Mind

 

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Local bakery and coffee shop

Because as Liz Lemon would say it’s “all about fair trade and local artisans and staying green.” (Steve and I could not stop saying this all weekend :))

 

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We skied, we snowmobiled, and drove the little back country roads.

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My little Georgia Jeep did surprisingly well.

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We of course made sure to spend some time by the fire with a glass or two of wine.

 

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I have so many more photographs from the darling Blue Horse Inn, which I am still editing.  More Vermont tomorrow or Friday, but for now…

See you soon Vermont.

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