hiiii everyone, i’ve missed you all. it’s been a bit since i’ve been here, and for that, i apologize. but, what better time than the present to jump right back into the swing of things?!
things in my life have been quite busy recently – been picking up some extra shifts at the hospital, helping plan a bridal shower, and trying to enjoy the last few bits of summer and sunshine before it’s gone! here are a few snippets into the last weeks….
some girlfriends and i were FINALLY able to get together after what had been far too long. summer travel, what feels like an endless wedding season and working every other weekend limits what free time you have to see friends!
we started our night at the bar juniper which is located in hotel vermont. after a couple drinks, we headed next door to hen of the wood.
summer in burlington isn’t complete without hitting up the champlain valley fair in essex. we devoured corn dogs, fried dough, and the best corn on the cob. we attempted to stomach some rides after inhaling all the food with little success. lots of people watching, a random game or two, and some dancing in the beer tent (only because tiffany makes me) to round out the night.
as a kid growing up in colorado, labor day signaled the end of summer – school has started and all the neighborhood pools close. in vermont, we have access to some of the best lakes, ponds and streams around – and lucky for us, they never close. this labor day, ian, and i hiked up to sterling pond. it was hot, humid and steep. the shaded trail along with the cold pond at the top made it a lovely hike.
a bit about sterling pond….
the trailhead is at the top of the notch road – aka 108 – in vermont. it’s closed from november to may due to the extreme winter conditions and the limited access to help bail cars out. we drove up through cambridge and through smuggler’s notch to the top and drove out past the stowe mountain resort through the town of stowe. it’s a great hike for families but keep in mind it’s especially wet and can be slick – and we even hiked on a dry day! although it’s steep, it was quick. we were done in 90 minutes and that’s even with swim at the top! a must do if you’re in the area and have an afternoon free!
back in burlington and after a quick shower, we dined at the kitchen table in richmond which just so happens to be one of my all time favorite restaurants. it’s a quick 15 minute drive south on i-89, located right next to the Cat business. it’s an amazing restaurant with the best food – sourced from the best local ingredients. it’s one of those restaurants where you can’t not have room for dessert.
the other night we packed up some take out, grabbed some booze and biked down to oakledge where we watched the last of the sun set and spent some time outside before the weather changes too much.
i promise to come back later this week to show you all a new pair of booties i’m obsessed with. stay tuned….