Sunday, January 9, 2011

Vermont Vacations

Jake and I will be leaving Saturday morning for a quick trip to Stowe, Vermont.  We don't ski so we'll spend the long weekend relaxing and exploring the area.  Oh and we'll also be touring the 2011 HGTV Dream Home while we're in town.  :)  The dogs will be having fun at their favorite daycare and boarding facility while we're away so they'll be blissfully tired when they come home.  Love that!  

The Dream Home's Guest Bedroom - If you win, can I come visit please?
guest bedroom bed seating view

During our August 2009 summer vacation, Jake and I stayed a few hours south of Stowe at the Mount Snow Resort in West Dover, Vermont.  It was off-season but the resort and views of the Green Mountains were still beautiful.  We planned to spend the week hiking but instead the very hot and humid weather kept us by the pool, visiting the few places in town that are open off season, and exploring the Berkshires.   We also  discovered our favorite show on the DIY network, Renovation Realities, during this trip.

We stayed at the Grand Summit Hotel in a cozy studio suite.

We didn't blog back then and I forgot our camera in the hotel room most of our trip.  I snapped these at a scenic lookout one hazy day.

During one of our day trips to the Berkshires (about one hour south of the Mount Snow resort), we visited the The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  If you enjoy Impressionist art like I do, you'll enjoy Sterling and Francine Clark's collection.  You can see a sampling of their Impressionism collection here.  We didn't take the official guided tour of the institute but Jake and I really enjoyed viewing all the different collections on display.  We were mindful of the 'acquired by' info on each piece and made up our own stories regarding the circumstances surrounding how Sterling and Francine may have acquired each piece.  My absolute favorite was their Renoir collection but it's currently off view because it is being displayed in Madrid.

The Clark

At the end of our 2009 Vermont vacation, we picked Brewster up from the Vermont breeders' and started our four hour drive home with a 10 week old puppy.  We brought a dog crate for her but I ended up holding her in my lap the whole ride home.  I had a few towels in my lap just in case but she didn't have any accidents.  Whenever she got a bit restless, Jake quickly found a place to pull off the road and give her a break.  Fun times!

Of course, I took plenty of new puppy photos!

It's hard to believe she used to be this tiny just 1.5 years ago.  She's always adored Jake.

Do you have any plans for the long weekend?


mississippi artist said... [Reply to comment]

I am ready for a get away too-but to somewhere WARM-if there is such a place in the US left. We are encased in ice after the winter storm yesterday. Havew fun on your trip.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I'd love to take the HGTV Dream Home tour ... how fun!

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Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Oh fun! We drive to Smuggs every year for our winter vacation and have a BLAST! (Smuggs is on the other side of Stowe) If you get a chance check out the aquarium in Burlington, we went last year with our little kids and had so much fun! They even let our one and a half year old son hold a starfish! Oh and they have a little eco friendly cafeteria with amazing lunches. Have fun!!

saving in belle rive said... [Reply to comment]

found you on the blog hop and now a new follower great blog makes me want to come to vermont teri

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I'm your newest follower from Mingle Monday! Hope you'll stop back by Wednesday to link up to my Welcome Wednesday hop!

Have a great week!

P.S. Have fun at your getaway. I think we all need those from time to time!

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What an adorable puppy! I bet she's huge now!

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Following you from Wandering Weds. Love to have you follow me back. Great pics!

Marie @ Sally Lee by the Sea said... [Reply to comment]

Was blog hopping this morning and happened upon your marvelous blog. Vermont is gorgeous - I hope I get to visit sometime.

Have a beachy day!

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DIAPERS in the DESERT said... [Reply to comment]

Your pics make me want to go on a relaxing Vacay~ Have fun on your trip.
I am a new follower from the Tues's Blog Hops...Happy Thurs.

Elle said... [Reply to comment]

Your puppy is so adorable!! It makes me want another one...not to mention a vacation in Vermont. I love New England. Beautiful no matter what time of year you're there.

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