Weekend with Jack

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 |
Jack Frost was our host this past weekend in Vermont.  He was the perfect gentleman and did his very best to insure that we were chilled to the bone during our entire stay. In fact, he went out of his way and dropped the temperatures to a balmy -30 with wind chill just for us. Such an invigorating treat!

However, we weren't about to let this spoil our fun. Despite the frigid weather, we prevailed and treated ourselves to all the winter sports and fun that Stowe had to offer. Thanks to a snow day here in Connecticut, our trip began earlier than expected.

With a few extra layers packed in our bags, we eagerly hit the road with childlike anticipation.

* Warning ...
Bad hair and Weeble Wobble lookalikes ahead.

Growing up in Michigan my family had snowmobiles. Almost every weekend our friends and family would go up north to our cottage for skiing and snowmobiling. Being back in this mode brought back some really great memories. I had to include the photo of the snowmobile parking lot at the restaurant. You just gotta appreciate a place that offers areas for vehicles and snowmobile parking. The food was fabulous as well. If that isn't your choice of transportation, there is also the option of skiing in for dinner. I love the photo of the tree with skis parked right next door.

Please note the fashionable outfits and hair styles. One must wear half their winter wardrobe for the weeble wobble look. In order to master the flat lifeless hair style, you must don a helmet for several hours in a row ~ dedication I tell ya!  Jealous, I know :)

I haven't laughed {to the point of tears} so hard in a long time. There was always something that put us into fits of laugher. The best one was Courtney riding along on her snowmobile and then falling over into a snow drift. We still have NO idea how she accomplished this difficult task but she did. With grace; nonetheless. We had to laugh when she came back with a map at lunch trying to explain the tricky terrain of our tour.

My photo does not offer justice to the Von Trapp Family Lodge. It was gorgeous! There are several buildings on the property all dressed up for their winter guests. It is a winter wonderland.

We ate and drank at some amazing places. There is almost nothing better than stepping into a warm room with a roaring fire and a host offering you a beverage after being out in the elements all day. The entire weekend we ran with the theory of play hard during the day and sit back and relax during the evening. What a treat!

We ladies did manage to find a few spare minutes to hit a couple of the sweet shops in town. I think my husband was rather proud that I continued my quest of stimulating the economy with a few fun purchases. Hope you're picking up on the sarcasm here :) I am very excited with my new antique champagne vessel. It’s much larger than anyone I’ve seen before. I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to use it for but one thought is a planter for spring bulbs.

No trip to Stowe, VT would be complete without a stop at the Ben and Jerry's homestead. Oh so yummy! They have flavors there that I haven't seen here in Connecticut. I tried my hardest to convince my husband we needed purchase a cooler so that we could bring some home. I came home empty handed ... next time I'll go prepared.


The winter weather isn't going away any time soon so I guess I'll just continue to find ways to enjoy the snow covered festivities!

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Hot Pink Dahlia said...

I love it!!! Glad you had a great time.

Would you mind emailing me how you make those photo collages??


Thanks so much! I have been trying with Adobe Photo shop, but I can't figure out how you do the collages how you are!

Dee Stephens said...

How fun! We plan to go skiing in a few weeks! I love snow sports!

Lauren said...

What a fun (and beautiful) getaway! And I appreciate your "hair" comments....With all of our snow and cold, I feel like I live in hats and scarves...my poor hair! I carry around dryer sheets for my girls...CRAZY hair when their hats come off! :) And Ben and Jerry's????? Ice cream....even if it's -30, it can warm my heart! YUM!

Suburban Princess said...

Looks gorgeous!!! We went there a few years ago - the last trip before the little guy came. I loved the views from the VonTrapp lodge! I was blown away that the movie I watched over and over met me in the mountains of Vermont!

Henley on the Horn said...

What a winter wonderland! Yes, enjoy it while it lasts because it'll be HOT before you know it!

Kim @ Quit Eating Out {Recipes to Make Dining Out a Choice, Not a Chore} said...

I have always wanted to visit that area of the country. It looks just beautiful and like a lot of fun!!! So glad you braved the cold and made the best of it!!!

JMW said...

Looks like a beatiful place, even thought quite frigid! I would like to visit Stowe at some point - will definitely head to Ben & Jerry's!

Rene said...

What a fun time! You cracked me up with the weebles comment. You are always so photogenic Jo.


Sue said...

Cold but fun!!! Glad you had such a nice trip, Jo. Wow- those icicles look deadly. Kinda like the ones that hung off my roof last year. Great shots of everything you saw. :-)
xo Sue

bevy said...

How beautiful! And I think you look great - like you've had a WONDERFUL time! Stowe is lovely... I'd love to go up there. Need to put it on my bucket list!

Tessa said...

You are too much, funny girl! I love Stowe. I AM jealous! You look well equipped for those chilly temps!!

Kathy said...

Jo~ It's so fun to see photos of your weekend away. I'm glad it was such a fun time for you. A little weekend retreat sounds just heavenly right now! The pictures are beautiful ~ always fun to see what the other side of the US has to offer ~ and you do NOT look like a weeble wobble. Lovely, as usual.

Be sure to take a photo of all that snow right outside your door step. Stay warm and happy baking today. :)


Heidi said...

OH my goodness how beautiful! bbbbrrrr! We are really jealous here in the south!

annechovie said...

Looks like fun, Jo! Cozy!! xo

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Jo,

Your snow photos are jut gorgeous as are the new purchases you made.
We had a few snowflakes fall while we were walking around Momtmatre in Paris so i hope it does not get too much colder.
Stay warm and enjoy the rest of the weekend.


Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh my goodness you have really gotten a lot of snow! I thought that we had gotten a lot but now I don't feel like we got all that much. I am so ready for Spring! I really like your blog.

Sherrie said...

Boy it's been a tough winter! I am dreaming of the warmer days of spring. It can't get here soon enough. Those cookies look awesome, can't wait to try them!
Have a Wonderful day!

Susan said...

Oh I hear ya. As a matter of fact, as soon as the roads are safe enough, I'm off to Home Depot to find a snow blower. I'm so tired of shoveling and my back can't take it anymore. I don't think they make enough Motrin to take care of me anymore.
I'll make sure to stop by the local sporting goods and pick up the required uniform too.
My arteries just cringed looking at those cookies. This weather certainly isn't doing anything for my weightloss. The only thing to do on snowy days like these is to read and bake.

...just another preppy shopaholic said...

Oh, I love Stowe! I have been vacationing there for over 16 years. My family has a timeshare at the Trapp Family Lodge. So many great memories...riding the bike path, Ben & Jerry's, lobster dinners, fly fishing, hiking, etc....fun! fun! fun!

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