On our last morning in Woodstock, we had breakfast at Mon Vert Café and then made our way to Quechee Gorge, the “Little Grand Canyon” of Vermont. Our plan was initially just to stop for a photo on the bridge some 170 feet above the Ottaquechee River, but we decided to do the short hike down to the bottom of the gorge and I’m so happy we did. There were way fewer people on the trail than on the bridge and it was exactly the kind of perfect fall day that’s just meant to be spent outdoors. We wound up spending an hour just exploring and relaxing and it was one of my favorite parts of the trip! Highly recommend a stop here if you’re staying in or passing through Woodstock.

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I wouldn’t say I was perfectly prepared for a hike given that wasn’t originally in our plans, but at least I was in sneakers and not boots or flats! You’ve seen me wear my Barbour jacket a hundred times on the blog so needless to say it’s a wardrobe investment I 100% stand behind. I have the Beadnell waxed jacket in navy (size 2 US / 6 UK) and Will has the Beaufort waxed jacket in olive green. I also love this classic quilted style! (P.S. You can see more of my fall wardrobe essentials here!)

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One of you commented on yesterday’s post asking about the bag I was carrying and it reminded me to mention how much I love the Mark & Graham bamboo Elisabetta slouch handbag I’m carrying here. The pebbled leather is virtually impossible to scratch, it easily fits my laptop, and it has a zippered pouch in the center. Sure, the bamboo handles aren’t the comfiest to throw over your shoulder, but that doesn’t stop me from using this bag just about every day. The one I have is the slouchy style (it practically falls flat if there’s nothing in it, which I consider a perk if I’m traveling) but they now make a more structured version available in both solids and stripes.

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Barbour jacket (also available here)  //  Kule striped t-shirt (more sizes here)  //  Frame jeans

Celine sunglasses  //  Mark & Graham bamboo Elisabetta slouch handbag  //  Tretorn sneakers

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