PICTURE ALERT: Lots of photos because they are so pretty I had to share!
I meant to post while I was in Vermont these past few days, I even brought my computer. But I was so busy while I was there (in a good way) that I never got the chance. I don’t know if you’ve ever been to Vermont, but its incredibly beautiful and peaceful. Karl has lots of family up there so we decided to go for a visit.
Its about a 5-6 hour drive from NYC to Vermont so it was tiring to say the least. We always drive all the way north in NY State and then take the Essex ferry across to VT. By the time we got to the ferry on Saturday we were starving, so we stopped at the Old Dock House Restaurant in the tiny town of Essex for a quick bite to eat. I had some great fish & chips but the main draw of this place is the view. This is what it looked like from our table..
After lunch we took the 30 minute car ferry over to Vermont and drove to Karl’s aunts house where we usually stay. Its always great to see them and spend time with family. We had a great time catching up, meeting her new doggies (so cute!), and relaxing after a long drive. Plus, she lives right on the lake so this was our view of Lake Champlain while we chatted and recovered from the trip.
The first day there we took it easy. Sunday morning though we woke up early and got going. Karl went for a swim and I went for a run. When you are in VT its so easy to get out there and bike, run, etc for several reasons: everyone else is healthy, its quiet and nobody is on the road to get in your way, & the weather is great. It was a cool morning in the low 60s and I took off for a run on the quiet dirt road. I planned for 4 miles but ended up with 4.5 miles because I was having too much fun.
I barely saw any cars which was a stark contrast coming from NYC, it was quiet, and I basically had the road to myself.
It. was. AMAZING.
I also saw some livestock on my run. I know people see animals all the time but where I’m from its a big deal when I see anything besides a dog. I also love horses so seeing them on my run was really exciting. I am already missing the scenery I had running here and want to go back ASAP! I got used to it really fast
In keeping with the active vacation theme, Karl and I brought our bikes. So after we came back from our run/swim and ate some food, we headed out for a 9 mile bike ride around the neighborhood. It was SUPER hilly so it was a tough one, but again we had some pretty scenery on our ride.
What was also fun about riding was that the drivers are so courteous to cyclists. The few times someone drove past us, they really got out of the way for us and were aware we were there. So unlike NY. Plus, there were so many other cyclists out there riding since the weather was perfect, some of them had some serious bikes too!
After our ride we headed back to the house and got dressed to go out to dinner. We went to Church Street in Burlington which is the main strip of restaurants and stores in the town. We like to go here to walk around leisurely, plus they have lots of street performers which reminds me of the Village or something. We decided to get some good at a place called Leunig’s Bistro which serves French-type food. Karl and I both got seafood because you sort of have to when you are in New England.
After dinner we went back and swam a bit before calling it a night. It was a super fun first two days.. stay tuned for the rest of my trip in my next post!
Have you ever been to Vermont?
Do you like to relax or stay busy on vacation?