Escape to Vermont

If you want to get away from it all for a while, I’ve got the place for you. Head on up to Manchester, Vermont where you can breathe deep and disconnect from everything. I felt lucky that I had minimal cell phone service and no wifi when I was there because it really forced me to enjoy the weekend for what it was- calming, peaceful and oh so far away from the noise and craziness of today’s world.

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We started our Saturday with a quick run (well not quick exactly… so let’s just call it a run).
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There were lots of roads like this. Naturally, we had to stop a lot (to take pictures you know– not for any other reason like being winded or anything like that- though I will point out that it’s very hilly in Vermont).
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Hildene is worth a visit- we reserved some time mid-run to explore the grounds and drink in the breathtaking setting and amazing views.
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Views like this.
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this,
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and this.
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Seeing this made me want to learn how to be a dairy farmer and open up a cheese shop.
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For certain I’m romanticizing farm life, but how could you not–standing in this spot?
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After the run we spent a lot of time drinking coffee and looking out at this. The golden glory of Fall.
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Later we headed out for a hike in these ridiculously picturesque woods to work off some of the jitters that were a side effect of a long, lingering morning of coffee drinking.
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I feel like a Thoreau quote would be appropriate here.
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Like maybe: “I took a walk in the woods, and came out taller than the trees“. I checked afterward, and I was still 5’2, so…maybe I did it wrong?
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One of my favorite Thoreau quotes is “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see“.  So don’t just think of these as trees, ok?
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We made it to the falls. They were a little less impressive than we’d imagined.
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But still, it’s always good to have a destination (and a turnaround point!)
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This weekend was actually a book group field trip that we spontaneously decided to do one night after reading a book that was completely unrelated to Vermont or nature in any way. We were missing a bunch of ladies, which was too bad because they’re all pretty awesome and unique and special. I love spending time with women who inspire me.
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After we made it out of the woods we stopped at this really fantastic bookstore (Northshire) because we felt it was appropriate for a book club trip and also we needed books. Well, maybe we didn’t need the books, but we wanted them. Anything goes in Vermont.
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Manchester has lots of buildings that look like they belong in Vermont.
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See what I mean?
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And shopping is very cute in Manchester.
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Drinking wine and watching the sun sink behind the mountains was alright, I guess.
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We went to Gringo Jacks for dinner and it was really good. Funny story: I’ve only been to Manchester one other time, maybe 13 or 14 years ago and I ate dinner here. There are other restaurants in Vermont, I think. But this one has tacos.
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Also, it’s cozy and they serve really good margaritas.
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On our way home Sunday we stopped at the Vermont Country Deli for the best dang sandwiches around.
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They also have lots of other stuff.
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Like maple syrup, for example.
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Maple wine (um, ok).
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Maple seltzer (I’m sensing a theme).
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Maple candy. It was only after I left that I remembered my daughter loves these. I didn’t buy any. Oops.
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Maple. Maple everything.
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So that, in a nutshell, was my weekend escape to Vermont. It was super relaxing. I highly recommend it. Disconnecting is good. Very good indeed.

 

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