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.
Happy Friday! We are in town today and Sunday and planning to chip away at more house projects (mostly finishing painting the living room and doing some unpacking). Tomorrow we’re headed to Rhode Island for the day for our annual family reunion on my dad’s side — it’s always a good time with all five siblings and their significant others, siblings and cousins, a diving contest, a talent show, and lots of good food. I hope you all have a great one!
1. We are house hunting in Darien too! Any advice on picking a good house to renovate?
So exciting! We’re so new to the world of fixing up an old home that I don’t feel qualified to give advice just yet, but I’d be happy to share more on our thought process! We decided we felt more comfortable taking on an old home where projects could be tackled room by room than a house that needed a massive addition or complete gut job that would require us living elsewhere for several months. I shared our first round of house projects in this post, but we’ve already put a lot of thought into what rounds two, three, and four will look like! Everything in this house is liveable as is, so it was a question of what on our wishlist to prioritize financially as opposed to absolutely needing to do this or that before we could live in it. We were drawn to the high ceilings, relatively open layout, what we could see of the original hardwood floors — I guess I would say the house had good bones that we could see ourselves being able to breathe new life into over time.
2. What are the first five or so things you’re doing to your new home before moving in?
No way! I thoroughly enjoy decorating and am excited to take my time in making this house feel like ours. We will of course hire an architect/contractor when we take on bigger projects like our kitchen next year, but the interior design will be all me (with input from my husband and mom!).
4. How do you store statement earrings?
You can see a peek at my jewelry storage system in this post! I use several of these linen trays (the 12 grid size for statement earrings and the 24 grid size for necklaces, rings, studs, etc.) which are pretty enough to keep on display.
5. Going to an October wedding that is “CT casual.” Is this Tuckernuck dress too dressy with heels/earrings?
Wedding dress codes can be so confusing but I think you’re spot on! It’s always best to err on the side of being too dressed up rather than too casual, especially for a wedding. I wore the same dress to an event a few weeks ago with espadrilles and this wicker bag (now on sale!), but for a wedding I’d dress it up with a big statement earring like these or these.
6. Favorite day-to-day sandals during pregnancy?
Jack Rogers for sure! Anything I can slide into and not have to bend over and tie is a major win right now.
7. Before pregnancy, what was your favorite white jean brand and fit?
These J Brand jeans have been my go-to white jeans for several years. I can’t recommend them more highly if you’re on the shorter side!
8. Do you have a sunscreen rec that doesn’t make your hair gross? I have a good face one but would love something for ears/neck/body.
Have you tried the Supergoop Unseen sunscreen? It’s more like a gel than a thick cream — I like it a lot for my face, ears, and neck. I’m less picky about what I use on my body — just the higher SPF, the better!
9. Go-to lip products? Favorite gloss, color, etc.