Wednesday, June 29, 2011

our vacation part 3: Woodstock, Vt.

On our way to Boston from Brandon, Vt, my dad suggested we stop in Woodstock and said I would love it, well love is an understatement! I would move there in a heart beat, at least for the summer up until the new year, I don't think I can deal with all of the harsh snow storms they have up there.

We were welcomed into Woodstock with this bridge lined with street lamps.

Their sheriff's office was probably the cutest sheriff's office I've ever seen.
I wanted to browse the antique stores but with 3 little wild boys and being all alone I decided to save my sanity and stress.
The houses were out of a magazine.

There was a covered bridge that led cars and walkers over a river.

The Village butcher.

This house sat right next to the covered bridge, I think it might be a bed and breakfast/Inn.
And this guy kept watch out over the house.

This adorned an old house turned shop's front door and now I want one for my home.

The Town's center. We ate lunch in that corner section. The place is called Bentley's and was really good. However you have to climb 26 stairs to use their restroom so If you have 3 kids and a stroller, it's not that easy... plus the stalls were smaller than a normal closet.
I think this was the town's history building. I love the two different sidings used and the black shutters.

I didn't get to go into this store either but I love the sign they had hanging over their entry.
I really enjoyed our little stop in Woodstock and would love to go back and actually browse the shops, maybe with no children next time. Have you been yet? I can just imagine it during Christmas time with the white covered ground, and festive decorations adorning each shop and light post. Can you picture it?

Last and final stop was Boston. Come back tomorrow to finish our vacation tour with me there!



Tuesday, June 28, 2011

our vacation part 2: Brandon Vt.

Our second stop on our vacation was in Brandon Vt. where we witnessed one of my cousins get married. They choose a cute little town for their "destination" wedding and it was held in the town's Inn, which all the family stayed at. So cute and the perfect spot for a family reunion!

Right next to the Inn, and owned by the same people, is an ice cream and antiques store, can you think of a better combination? See all of that stuff on the front porch? They kept it there over night, and it would all still be there the next morning, I guess no one in the town ever has the idea of stealing antiques in the middle of the night.

This huge rocker was a big hit with my boys, as well as any other kid who walked by it with their parents.

Inside was jam packed with goodies. I saw so many things I wanted but none would fit in my luggage. I had already been to some yard sales and barn sales so my space was taken up!

The backside of the Inn, and where their cocktail hour took place.

I'm pretty sure this was just a maintenance closet but it looked like a secret garden house. I love those types of hinges.

And this was a little "secret" path off of the courtyard. My kids called it the echo bush {from Dora}.

The small town has a couple of waterfalls.

This one was home to these guys.

This one had my kids mesmerized. We went to see it everyday we were there.

I love the building built over the river and fall.

Another thing I love about the New England area is the vegetation. I love how cottagy it all looks.

The town square is home to this church steeple.

And this drinking water fountain that my kids decided to use as a play area instead.

As you can probably guess, they were soaked by the end of their fun and most of their clothes were shed. I'm pretty sure everyone at the Inn was wondering what happened to them when we walked back in to dry off.

Tomorrow I'll take on a tour of Woodstock, Vt. If you love the idea of small town living and character, you'll love Woodstock!


Monday, June 27, 2011

our vacation part 1: Barre, Vt.

We are finally home from our summer vacation to the New England area to visit with friends and family. I want to say thank you to all of the wonderful bloggers who guest posted for me and for giving everyone such fun ideas for summer!

Since I have a ton of pictures to share with you I'll be posting it in parts. Our first stop was in Barre Vt where all of my relatives live. I spent my summers and an occasional holiday there growing up. I love taking the boys up there. They love to be able to run around and not worry about bugs, or snakes in the grass, or getting red hot and sweaty from running around. We went on lots of hikes through the "woods" and climbed many "mountains". Here are some pictures I was able to capture to show you around the town.

My grandparent's lilac bush was in bloom when we arrived. I loved falling asleep and waking up to the aroma of it. It's petals on the ground looked like snow, almost.

The views are to die for. I want a home with this view. My aunt and uncle have it.
The faintest, tallest mountain that can barely be seen is Camel's hump.

We brought the kids to the local quarry.

Drove by field after field of wild flowers. When I was a little girl my favorite thing to do was pick wildflowers when I was there. The boys actually enjoyed doing the same this trip.

And of course you can't go to Vermont without seeing some old barns and cows.

I loved the rust and chipped color on this old tractor.

I loved playing with my new camera and trying to take professional looking pictures, I know I have a ways to go before I can call my pictures professional but at least I was able to play around with it and learn some new techniques. Tomorrow I'll share with you pictures from Brandon, Vt where we visited for my cousin's wedding.