72 hours in burlington

i’ve been seriously overwhelmed with the process of moving (yes, we’re moving. to winooski. THIS saturaday, ah!) and attempting to learn everything there is about this new job of mine. oh and my mom came to visit. which came at a perfect time for a little mini-staycation. i’ll have lived in burlington for the last 9 years come august and my parents visit for holidays and typically one or two other times during the year. needless to say, we’ve done the “burlington tour” a time or two. this time when my mom came we made an explore different places in chittenden county. here’s a little recap of our weekend. and if you’ve never come to burlington before, here’s your go-to guide.


first activity was a cruise along the burlington bike path to the new north end. we didn’t make it to the causeway (as we couldn’t rely on mother nature to hold out) regardless, it was fun to go for a little spin. my parents still live in colorado and being the land-locked state that it is, my mom is always wanting to be by the water. it could’ve been a downpour and she would’ve had fun. ūüėÄ


next stop was citizen cider for a couple afternoon cocktails. it’s a great little place in the south end art district on pine street. i’m not a huge fan of the cider (only because i don’t love overly sweet drinks) but i certainly love their cocktails mixed with the ciders – particularly, the cold fashioned. the poutine from the snack menu is¬†insanely good. be sure to check out their menu for their weekly specials!


IMG_0652we ventured out to shelburne inn for breakfast sunday morning. if there’s one place you shouldn’t miss when you’re here, this is it. it’s seriously gorgeous at any time of the year. while only open during the warm months (half of spring, summer and early fall) that certainly doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t check it out in the winter. if you don’t go for a meal, that’s fine too. park at the front gate and walk along the grounds back towards the inn or drive and park at the inn to explore from there.¬†IMG_0653


summer in burlington isn’t complete without spending a couple of hours at a local berry farm. we picked raspberries and strawberries at sam mazza’s farm in colchester with the intention of using them for some sort of baked good – we failed at baking [didn’t even start the process…] i’ve been to a couple different farms and personally have no strong feelings towards one over another, just get to one before the season is over.¬†Processed with VSCO with c1 preset


growing up we could always find my mom in her garden up to her elbows in dirt. nothing has changed now that we’re officially “up” she still loves to spend her time tending to the flowers. as kids, we would gripe and moan when she took us to the nursery because we knew we’d be there for at least 2 hours.¬†you can imagine her surprise when i was telling her how amazing this nursery in colchester was. i figured¬†that she had to see the place in person. we weren’t shopping for anything in particular and she fit right in. good thing we had an agenda otherwise we might still be there…E5762EFA-9A96-4318-B256-A781F459FD10.jpg


the spot has been one of my favorite lunch places in burlington – great menu, easy to get in, and super nice owners – added bonus, we can walk from our house. the spot opened up a lovely “spot on the dock” right on the water and it’s awesome. i will say that putting your name in under the “yelp” app is highly encouraged as they’ve had long lines but worth the wait if you can handle it! again, another spot on the water is an A+ in my mom’s book so we just chilled in the sun while waiting for our table which certainly didn’t make for a bad afternoon.


another place to eat and drink [shocker] that is worthy of mentioning is¬†waterworks,¬†located in the champlain mill along the winooski river. they’ve got a great bar and ambiance if you’re looking for a place to have a girls night but they, also, have really good food.


and, certainly, her trip wouldn’t be complete without the infamous trip to tiny thai where we are most certainly NEVER disappointed. it was such a fun time having her here – we’ll have to do some more exploring the next time she’s back.

oh, and i’ll be sure to keep you posted on the move. as long as i don’t go crazy before then…

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life lately in photo

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.

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L –> R : me, kathryn, sara, hannah, hillary

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.img_2597


as a kid growing up in colorado, labor day signaled the end of summer Рschool has started and all the neighborhood pools close. in vermont, we have access to some of the best lakes, ponds and streams around Рand 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!

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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.

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the past couple of days have been extra sunny so i’ve been soaking up as much as possible. a few days with a co-worker and a couple at the delta for some kiteboardng

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¬†i promise to come back later this week to show you all a new pair of booties i’m¬†obsessed¬†with. stay tuned….

mar-t-ha

my uncle, joe, once nicknamed my mom as, mar-t-ha, also short for martha. my dad, calls her, marth while tiffany, siri & i have been known to call her, master martha. master martha really is the best lady around. and this week, she came to visit us in good ol’ burlington. she’s been to visit a bunch during college, and since i’ve graduated, we’ve started to spend the winter holidays here.


she flew in monday and i met up with my sister and my mom after work. after an evening of catching up over a few bottles of wine, we hit the hay.

tuesday we got up, guzzled some coffee, and headed to addison, vt for the day. we decided to spend our morning hours hiking snake mountain. it was my first time hiking up and it was gorgeous! easily one of my new favorite quick hikes. it took us about 2 hours round trip [and that was even with a 30 minute hang out at the top checking out the views]. it wasn’t too steep and with the tree cover all the way up, we were able to stay cool(ish) on the 90 degree day.

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the view from the top

after the hike, we figured we were too close to middlebury to¬†not go to our favorite restaurant, the lobby. the lobby is located right along the river and we sat on the shaded porch, ate far too many fries [among other things], and enjoyed a bottle of rose. it’s a great spot with an even better ever-changing menu. if you’re in the area, it’s a must.¬†we finished our¬†evening at a local eatery [because we hadn’t eaten enough…]¬†in the old north end of burlington. butch and babe’s is a relatively new joint with locally sourced ingredients with an emphasis of being a family and neighborhood hangout. i fell in love with my cocktail – gin, basil, and strawberry with a salted rim – what more could i want?!

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the gals at dinner

wednesday we lounged around, spent a few hours at the beach in the terribly humid heat, packed a picnic and headed out to shelburne museum for the edward sharpe and magnetic zeros show. before we had left for the show, we thought the entire night was going to be a bust due to the TORRENTIAL downpour. however,  mother nature, let up and we were able to groove the night away with friends.

we may have started the evening with a few cocktails at home during the rain and then may or may not have had some fun with a photoshoot and some hats. ūüėÄ

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we started thursday¬†with a mani/pedi combination at the mini spa. nothing better than getting pampered over a cup of coffee after a few too many glasses of wine the night before. ūüėÄ we continued the pampering by heading over to mirror mirror and picked out some new items for our faces. a workout, some lounging, and dinner at tiny thai closed out the vacation week.

it was a great week spent with my mom and sister. time always flies by, so i’m already looking forward to the next reunion. thanks for coming, mar-t-ha!

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and thanks for the pic, alexis! XO

updates

let me start by just saying hello, “hello”.

1. my mom came to visit! it was such a good weekend and we had a blast when she was here.

activities: we drank. we dined. we shopped. we hiked. we laughed.

overall, it was a fabulous weekend.

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waitsfield, vermont
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mom, looking extra cute on our hike.
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panorama.
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dinner @ tiny thai – winooski, vermont

2. halloween is quickly approaching. and i love halloween. but only if i have an amazing costume. we’re having a party at our house on the 1st so i MUST have an amazing costume. here are some pictures i’ve been obsessing over.

how bada*$ is this?!  courtesy of ever magazine
how bada*$ is this?!
courtesy of ever magazine
"oh deer" this is precious courtesy of cheap frills & thrills
“oh deer” this is precious
courtesy of cheap frills & thrills
sugar skull
i have decided to do a sugar skull spinoff. i’ll be sure to post pics.

3. i am now the extremely proud & boastful owner of this heavenly piece of technology. ūüėÄ i knew it was going to love it, but i wasn’t quite sure of the extent of love.

4. i’m cutting my hairs. all of them. today. ah. i’ve been wanting a little change and figured what better time but the present?! i’m going to salon cruz in burlington (never been there) and i’m actually really looking forward to it. i’ll be bringing in these pictures

 

5. i’m going to leave all you lovely readers with an article my dad sent me a link to recently… let me know your thoughts. ¬†for me, it definitely makes me want to do a little bit of extra research before i buy something.

fast company article

happy wednesday!