Traveling is something my husband and I enjoy doing together. Most of our travels are business related, but we usually manage to find some time to break away and explore. (I’m actually writing this post while on an airplane!) Sharing some of our travels is something I’ve steered away from, for many reasons. However, I draw so much inspiration and ideas from the places we are blessed to have the opportunity to visit. Next to the wonderful people we cross paths with, I also discover new makers, products, and beautiful things along the way, which I plan to start incorporating into gifts.
With fall breezing in around the corner, I’ve been dreaming about our trip to Vermont the year before last. I’m a Texas girl all the way, but fall in Texas is almost non-existent. If you’re from Texas, you know what I’m talking about! Fall in Vermont… now that’s something unlike anything I’ve ever seen.
506 On The River Inn was one of the most charming hotels we’ve stayed at. It’s located in Woodstock, just a short drive from the Farmers Market and shops in town. We were greeted with pumpkins, hay, and the most beautiful mums I’ve ever seen. If you adore fall as much as I do, you will fall in love with Vermont. It felt like a scene right out of a Hallmark movie!
Needless to say, our room was absolutely gorgeous, too.
I adored everything about the hotel’s restaurant, the 506 Bistro. From the farmhouse decor, furniture, and miniature pumpkins sprinkled on every candlelit table covered simplistically with brown Kraft paper, it was an ambient and cozy atmosphere. We ate pancakes topped off with the best maple syrup for breakfast most days. During the day, the hotel had fresh apple cider and maple sugar cookies for the guests. What a nice touch that was! We’d sit outside on the patio and just breathe in the crisp, fresh air. Ahh, I can almost taste that refreshing apple cider. (Take me back!)
When in Vermont, you must do all the touristy things. First things first, we visited a maple syrup farm. There are so many farms to choose to visit, but we chose Sugarbush Farm. You can walk through the maple trees, see how maple syrup is collected, learn about the process and different types of syrup. Best part is the gorgeous backdrop of fall colors and did I mention, it’s all free! They also have a gift shop where you can purchase their maple syrup and other items before you head home.
My personal highlight of the entire trip was when we stopped for an impromptu apple pickin’ adventure! I was taking a photography class at the time, so I was taking pictures on our drive that day. My husband would drive and stop at pretty locations so I could take photos.
We were driving down this country road and came across the most serene apple tree farm. I gasped and began clicking away. The trees were lined in rows, filled with red plump apples. Each row was labeled with a wooden stake in the ground, so you knew what kind of apple trees they were. It was definitely a photo worthy moment.
After I hoped back in the car, we started to drive away and I mentioned how awesome it would have been to actually pick an apple from one of the trees. My hubby then turned around, went back, and told me to go pick an apple! And you know what?! I did!! It was so exhilarating and fun! I know that might sound silly, but that apple was the sweetest little thing. (It took me a while, but I finally managed to send them a note for my apple pickin’ shenanigans.)
I must admit, after watching the 80’s movie Baby Boom (starring Diane Keaton) when I was younger, I always dreamed of having apple trees and making applesauce!
Our fall trip to Vermont was so incredible, I’m working on one more post just to cover a few more treasures and things to do: Woodstock Farmer’s Market, Simon Pearce, Farmhouse Pottery, and the Woodstock Town Center.
How about you… have you ever visited Vermont in the fall? What were your favorite spots?
If not, tell us about one of your favorite fall trips, activities, or about a time that brought you joy and made you feel like a kid again.