The other weekend Joel & I attended a friend’s lovely wedding in Stowe, Vermont. It was my first time ever in the state. As soon as we crossed the state line entering Vermont everything got better – roads were smoother, traffic was lighter and the surroundings were greener. This was a good sign. Likewise, as soon a we crossed the county line into Stowe we were both smitten. Even at night I could tell this town was a charming little gem and immediately wished I had more time to do everything on my “Stowe To-Do List”. We packed as much in as we could in a short amount of time. After checking into our awesome hotel, Stowe Mountain Lodge, we headed for a late dinner at Crop Bistro and feasted on a local cheese plate and other yummies. Saturday, we had time for breakfast at Green Goddess Cafe, a stroll through town and a drive up Smuggler’s Notch before the afternoon ceremony. Driving up the steep, narrow and windy road through the notch was a highlight, looked like something out of a fairy tale with the mountain mist in the air. (Dear Smuggler’s Notch, I’m coming back with boots and a camera to hike you!) We had a couple hours to kill post-ceremony and before the reception so stopped by the Cold Hollow Cider Mill for well, some cider donuts, and then to the Cabot store to stock up on some local Vermont cheddar to bring home with us – added bonus: they have about 20 kinds of cheddar for free sampling (hello lunch)! Then it was off to a fabulous wedding reception. The lush green mountains served as our backdrop during the cocktail hour followed by a couple hours on the dance floor! (Congrats to Yvonne and Ryan!!!) We left just enough time Sunday morning for a gondola ride up Mt. Mansfield, the highest mountain in Vermont, for lunch at the Cliff House while enjoying the scenic view overlooking the area. I decided next time I’m going to hike up for lunch and take the gondola down.
Like a dummy, I forgot my nice camera but I snapped a few pics on my iPhone.
We’re already planning another Fall hiking trip and Winter ski trip!