Our final stop in Vermont a couple weeks ago was the Simon Pearce flagship store and restaurant in Quechee. My parents had visited years and years ago and my mom convinced me we absolutely had to visit. I love Simon Pearce glassware (like this bowl and these candlesticks we received as wedding presents) and was excited to see where the magic happens!
First we had lunch overlooking the waterfall and covered bridge and then we made our way downstairs for a glassblowing demonstration. I had never seen glass blown in person before and I was truly mesmerized watching an employee create a wine glass before our eyes. I could have stayed and watched all day and was even more eager to make a purchase upstairs after seeing all the attention to detail that goes into every piece. We came home with two of these hurricanes which are now a happy reminder of a wonderful weekend getaway!
After our drive to Vermont and our morning in Woodstock, we drove 90 minutes north to Stowe in search of more changing leaves. Sadly the foliage was still pretty green during our visit but Stowe was beautiful nonetheless! We stopped at the Ben and Jerry’s factory in Waterbury then made our way to the Von Trapp Family Lodge. There was a big Oktoberfest celebration happening in the Bierhall, a chill in the air, and cows grazing on the lawn of the hotel so even though it still looked like summer, it definitely felt like fall!
A few other fall basics… a blackwatch scarf I’ve had forever (found a similar one here) and the J.Crew MacAlister wedge boots that I’ve had my eye on for years. I had a pair of Madewell desert boots that I wore into the ground a few years ago and I’m so happy to have this even comfier pair to carry me through fall and winter. And I rarely travel without my XL boat and tote bag from L.L. Bean — it’s just so easy for carrying my camera, lenses, laptop, etc. But I am on the hunt for a camera bag/backpack if you have one you’d recommend!
Will and I had a really fun weekend exploring Vermont this past weekend and definitely want to make this an annual trip going forward! Next year we’ll try to go a little later in the season to catch more foliage (it seems like mid-October would be ideal) but this was one of our only free weekends this fall so we went for it anyways. There weren’t many changing leaves yet but it was definitely chilly (low 40s in the morning but up to 65 degrees mid-day) and got us in the mood for all things fall. Here’s what we did on day one!
It was a three-and-a-half hour drive from Greenwich to Manchester, Vermont, and we had a hot mess of a morning involving getting Rory to the groomer and dropping off a massive chair to be reupholstered because it was “on the way” (sorry, Will). When we finally got to Vermont we stopped for a late lunch at Marsh Tavern inside the Equinox hotel. It was pretty overcast outside so we had a leisurely lunch inside complete with an insane cheese plate and a glass of rosé (which I insist on drinking year-round because I’m basic and the worst). A couple of our friends said it was a must-stop along our route and a ton of you recommended it as well and it wound up being the perfect way to break up the drive between home and our hotel in Woodstock. The Equinox was absolutely stunning and surrounded by the most beautiful flowers. I can only imagine how incredible it is once the leaves start to change!
After lunch we drove ten minutes to nearby Dorset, a quaint little town with a town green and pretty fall decorations at every door. The clouds magically parted when we pulled up and all of a sudden it looked like a picture-perfect blue sky day so this was a favorite quick stop on our trip. We stopped for coffee from the Dorset Union Store and I snapped a photo of all the pumpkins across the street at the Dorset Inn. So festive!
With coffee in hand, we drove the remaining hour and a half to the Woodstock Inn and checked in to our room. The hotel was even more beautiful than it looks in pictures with huge lawns in the front and back and a roaring fire in the lobby. The leaves were just barely starting to change and again I can only imagine how magical it must be once there’s full-blown foliage (or a fresh blanket of snow!).
We drove a half hour to Hanover, New Hampshire, for dinner at Pine, a spot that several of you had recommended and that totally lived up to the hype. There were so many places we wanted to try from all your recommendations it was hard to narrow it down, so we’ll have to check out more of them on our next visit. Stay tuned for more from days two and three!
Will and I are heading to Vermont this weekend and I’ve been researching non-stop. I haven’t been to Vermont since a family ski trip there probably fifteen years ago and my Texan husband has never been so we’re both looking forward to exploring and hopefully spotting some early fall foliage (fingers crossed!). We’re staying at the Woodstock Inn and know we want to eat at the Simon Pearce restaurant (where you can also watch them blow glass in person — I definitely want to pick up a souvenir or two for our house!). Besides that I’ve bookmarked a bunch of picturesque little towns, covered bridges, and restaurants but I’d LOVE your two cents if you have any must-see favorites in the Green Mountain state. As of now we’re planning on taking a scenic route through Manchester on our way north and road tripping to Waitsfield and Warren at some point before our drive home but again I’m all ears!
It’s going to be around 60-65 degrees during our visit and I’m so excited to embrace sweater weather in full force. I recently added this twist-front style to my closet and it’s so cute with high-waisted jeans… I wish I’d had a dark wash pair like these to style it with for these photos so those may be my next purchase. I’m also tempted to try it backwards with the crewneck in the front and the v-neck and twist in the back but I wore it the “right” way so you could see this pretty little disc necklace from the Moon & Meadow collection at Bloomingdale’s (so many pretty and timeless pieces — I love this and this). And I’ve been living in these Tretorn sneakers — they’re true to size and seriously feel like walking on a cloud.
I’m excited to kick off my 2019 gift guides with a long list of ideas for the ladies in your life! I’m keeping things simple this year and sharing all my best gift ideas in fewer, longer posts that you can bookmark and refer back to once the cyber week sales start next week. I hope this is helpful! I scoured all my go-to retailers and racked my brain for the items that I love most and think would make fabulous gifts for any number of recipients. I incorporated a wide variety of price points, but definitely keep in mind that the vast majority of these items can also be purchased with a promo code over the coming weeks. Whether you’re shopping for your mom, your grandmother, your mother-in-law, your sister, your best friend, or putting together a little list for yourself, I hope you find something you love!
P.S. I’ll be sharing a similar round-up of gifts for the men in your life as well as a list of experiential gift ideas. Stay tuned!
This water bottle has been a lifesaver for feeding Teddy in the middle of the night and it’d make a great gift for any fitness fanatics on your list. It holds 32 ounces, keeps water cold for up to 24 hours (!), and has a straw cap that prevents spills and can be opened one-handed.
If you’re not familiar with Dudley Stephens, you’re majorly missing out. I wear their Park Slope style with everything from jeans to workout leggings and it’s the most flattering turtleneck I’ve ever owned. The high neck is flattering for all ages and their super soft fleece has repurposed more than 1 million plastic water bottles! Lots more colors here.
We use this cart as a side table in our family room (you can see it in our last place here), but it’s a versatile piece that anyone on a decorating kick will be happy to find a home for. It’s a bit of a splurge but stay tuned for a big Serena & Lily sale next week!
I’ve been practically living in these since I gave birth. The shearling lining is insanely cozy, plus they have a rubber sole so I can let Rory out in them. I just realized J.Crew Factory sells a nearly identical pair for $39!
Every household needs at least one. This $8 purchase is key to keeping your sweaters (and everything from workout pants to throw blankets) looking brand new — see my before and after here. Perfect as a stocking stuffer or yankee swap gift!