Connecticut : Barns, Beers and Brooks

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If you make it to New Milford, CT you have to eat at Dagwoods. Great beer selection and the Dagwoods Burger was a burger that I will dream of until I make it back. IMG_6971

Next stop, about thirty minutes away in Oxford was Black Hog Brewery.  I really enjoyed all of their beers but my favorite was probably the Bush Pig just because it was so unique I don’t think I have ever tried a beer with Kumquat.

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Next stop, a few miles away is OEC Brewing. Really delicious unique brews. IMG_6980IMG_6983IMG_6984IMG_6990IMG_6991

Heading back to the Barn for the night and getting some brews and ‘road sodas’.IMG_7003IMG_7006IMG_7009

‘Road Sodas’ for everyone but the driver!IMG_7020

Adorable antique stores in Gaylordsville, CT.IMG_7022IMG_7023

The Brook behind my friends house.IMG_7025

Their adorable red barn!IMG_7026

Another day, another burger. Great Burger at the Fife’ n DrumIMG_7048

I had such an amazing weekend in Connecticut and can not wait to ( hopefully) come back this Fall.IMG_7049IMG_7052

East Coast Fall Delights

A night at the MFA in Boston. Probably the most amazing museum I have been to. They had one of my favorites Georgia O’Keefe in their contemporary wing.IMG_3880 IMG_3882 The Post 390 is delicious for dinner and drinks but be prepared to spend some cash money. IMG_3884 IMG_3887 For dessert we split the banana cream pie and this amazing popcorn waffle sundae that was out of this world. IMG_3889 IMG_3891 In the Spring/Summer months in Cambridge be sure to head to Formagios for an unforgettable BBQ. IMG_3893 IMG_3894 IMG_3895 IMG_3897 IMG_3898 IMG_3900 I ordered the Mac n’ Cheese and the Brisket! It was one of the best BBQs I have ever had and I can not wait to go back. IMG_3901 Following our BBQ, we drove out to Western Mass for some Fall fun and apple picking. IMG_3904 IMG_3906 IMG_3907 IMG_3908 IMG_3910 IMG_3913 IMG_3914 IMG_3915 IMG_3916 IMG_3921 IMG_3922 IMG_3923 IMG_3924 IMG_3925 Some of the most amazing apples I have ever had in my life.  There is nothing quite like biting into an apple you just picked! It was very satisfying. IMG_3926 IMG_3929 IMG_3931 IMG_3933 Last couple stops before heading to the airport included, Beacon Hill Monument and Mystic Brewing!IMG_3935 The 394 steps to the top of the monument are seriously no joke! My friends and I are all relatively active and we were sore for days. However, the views were worth the sore gams so don’t let the steps scare you. IMG_3938 IMG_3939 IMG_3941 IMG_3944 Mystic Brewery is a great spot. It is a place where you feel at home and seems like its the perfect tap room to go to on Fall / Winter days when its cold out. They have a few games to play or bring your own while you sip on their delicious brews. Note: They don’t serve food so you are welcome to bring in outside grub. IMG_3945 IMG_3948 IMG_3949

This post concludes my East Coast trip. I had an amazing time filled with friends, brews, views and lots of good food. I am hoping to head back in the Spring so please let me know of any great places I should try!

Drink Vermont Beer!

Greetings from the land of Maple syrup, Cider, and Craft Beers! This little state sure has a whole lot to offer – be prepared to drink, eat, and then drink and eat some more. Better find a good hiking trail to burn it all off!

Here we are at the state capital – Montpelier!IMG_3537 You would think in a state popular for their pancakes and maple syrup we could easily find breakfast! Not the case at all. Some towns we rolled through didn’t even have anything open in the morning. One place we stopped had a two hour wait?! Finally we happened upon this tiny cute place in Montpelier. No wait and we had a delicious breakfast!IMG_3541 Here are some shots of Montpelier. IMG_3542 IMG_3543 IMG_3544 IMG_3551 State Building. IMG_3552 IMG_3555 Next stop, Ben and Jerry’s factory! And an opportunity to take funny pictures of my friends. They were good sports. 🙂IMG_3560 The Flavor Graveyard is a really funny cemetery for all the flavors that didn’t work out and they have stopped producing. IMG_3562 Next stop, Prohibition Pig. SUPER friendly staff, cool location and great beers! It sounds crazy but we did not eat here cause we were still full from breakfast but the food looked amazing – my beers were tasty and we got a growler to go!IMG_3563 Next stop we tried some cheese at Cabot. Probably one of the most unsanitary things ever but really fun to try different cheeses.IMG_3565Onto the Cider Mill but not just any cider mill, Cold Hollow Cider Mill. If I lived near this it would be dangerous! I would have diabetes in a hot minute – but man hot cider and cider donuts – I hope they serve this in heaven. Mmm tasty.
IMG_3566 IMG_3567 IMG_3568 We have all seen the Sound of Music right?? Well this spot will blow your mind. The Trapp Family settled here because it reminded them of their native Austria. The lodge itself is beautiful, but the surroundings are truly breathtaking and the brewskis are on point! Head to Trapp Family Brewery for a one of a kind experience.  I hope to stay here one day!IMG_3569 IMG_3571 IMG_3572 IMG_3573 I loved how traditional their brews were, very authentic, no crazy flavors here, just honest to goodness beer. IMG_3574 I couldn’t help myself – picture perfect. I can only imagine how beautiful it is in the winter!IMG_3578 Me and my Krausey – I am so lucky to have her as a friend. I know she loves me because she doesn’t complain ( too much) about taking me to try different breweries even though she is not a hop head. IMG_3587 IMG_3589 Last stop of the night was Lost Nation brewery, really amazing food, the beer prices were the most reasonable I have ever seen – not too mention delicious… Wooowie it was a flight to remember. IMG_3591 IMG_3593 IMG_3595 IMG_3599

That sums up my day in Vermont. Can’t wait to spend more time here in the future. There is so much more to do and see. Glad I got to sample what this Green Mountain state has to offer.

Live Free or Die

On Saturday Morning, we loaded up the CRV and headed up to New Hampshire. The cool thing about Massachusetts, especially where my friends live in Eastern Mass is that you are so close to so many different states. Within a half hour we were already in New Hampshire and on our way to our home for the weekend.

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I spot a covered bridge down there!IMG_3467 IMG_3469 IMG_3472 IMG_3475 IMG_3477 IMG_3478

Here we are exploring Flume Gorge in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  To explore the Gorge it is 16$ which seems like a pretty penny but the trail and bridges/ walkways are well maintained. Keep in mind that NH does not have sales tax so they have to get money for their parks some way and I really don’t mind helping save these cool spots for future generations!
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You can start to see a little bit of color change here for the fall. IMG_3483 IMG_3484 IMG_3486IMG_3489 IMG_3492

My friend, Katie posing under a covered bridge. IMG_3495 IMG_3499 IMG_3500 IMG_3502

After our car ride and exploring Flume we were ready to have our picnic lunch. Not far from Flume is a pretty lake called Echo Lake. It was windy the afternoon when we were there but we did enjoy the views and the hustle and bustle as a wedding was about to begin.  IMG_3505 IMG_3506

Next stop, Littleton, NH. A really cute town with a great brewery! Schilling Beer Co. My friend had heard about Schilling from a friend and this brewery and town did not disappoint – It was a fun little side trip for this beer lover.IMG_3510 IMG_3511

View from the side deck of the brewery. IMG_3513 IMG_3514

Gose, Saison, and Porter on Nitro – ALL so delicious! IMG_3557

We had just had lunch BUT the food looked amazing so we ordered this hummus plate. It did not disappoint.IMG_3518 IMG_3519 IMG_3520

What? Another covered bridge. They really are everywhere!IMG_3521 IMG_3522

Wow! Can you imagine this in your backyard! Lucky. IMG_3523 IMG_3526 IMG_3527

Finally, our campsite! All these beautiful green trees full of chipmunks ready to pelt you at any second with flying acorns. IMG_3528 IMG_3529

Its starting to look like all we did was eat and drink … only semi true! For dinner we made burgers over the grill and enjoyed them with a satisfying smoked beer from GermanyIMG_3532 IMG_3603

We stayed at Dry River Campground that had probably the most deluxe bathrooms I have ever seen and free warm showers. Also coin operated laundry and this awesome dish washing area. So convenient!IMG_3604 IMG_3607 IMG_3608 IMG_3610

Our adventure that day was climbing to the top of Mount Washington – the tallest peak in New England and also the record holder for windiest weather in the WORLD! We really lucked out with the amazing weather we had – it was perfect!IMG_3613 IMG_3614

We hiked up the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail and down the Jewell Trail, We began the assent at 9:45 made it to the top at right around 12:45 and arrived back to the car around 5 pm.  It is a lot of rock climbing – I made it in my nike frees but it would have been much better to wear real hiking shoes with grip and maybe some ankle protection. It was challenging but SO worth it. IMG_3618 IMG_3620

Right before your final assent to Mount Washington you come upon the Lakes of the Clouds a truly breathtaking site.
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Here I am! In all my top bun glory!

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Finally! WE reached the top of Mount Washington. These White Mountains are outta this world. I can not wait to get back.
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Cairns guide your way – along the sometimes not so obvious trail!IMG_3624 IMG_3625

New Hampshire – I love your mountains, your trees and your spirit. I can not wait till I come back.