January 21, 2017

Stowe, Vermont

Just before Christmas, we went on a short trip to Stowe, Vermont.
Hubby and the kids love to ski so that is what they did but you
may be able to guess what I did while there.


Yes, a little shopping and exploring of course.
I really love New England and the small town of Stowe lived
up to the picture in my mind of an adorable New England town.
I took these photos with my phone so they're not the best and it was
very, very cold that day so I didn't take as many as I would have liked.


I was surprised how small the town was but I also loved that about it.
It was so picturesque especially with the snow and Christmas decorations.


Shaw's General Store sold clothing - lots of chunky sweaters and warm woolen mittens.


I borrowed a couple images from the internet of things I didn't get a picture of.
This red building is The Old Depot which houses a small restaurant, 
a bookstore and The Stowe Mercantile which has lots of goodies to look at.


Of course every proper town should have a Public House . . .


. . . and a Cheese Monger.



It's never too cold for ice cream, right?



All of these pictures are from the main street running through the town.


I also loved that there were no fast food or chain restaurants, not even a Starbucks!
One of the places we ate was the Depot Street Malt Shop and it was very yummy.


Look how cute it is inside.
At first we weren't aware that most shops and restaurants close very early.
We were there in the late afternoon and we made it just in time before the kitchen closed.


I happened upon this cute B&B on the edge of town.
We may have to check this out if we ever go back.



Here are a few pictures from Stowe Mountain where the rest
of the family spent their time.


I know there are much higher mountains for skiing,
but these looked plenty high enough to me.


The scenery was beautiful!


Do you love little New England towns too?
I dream of living in one of them someday.

Thanks so much for visiting today.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

JoAnne

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December 15, 2016

Home For The Holidays ~ Entry, Family Room and Kitchen

I have always loved the phrase "Home for the Holidays".
Even though we are taking a short trip right before Christmas,
we will be back in time to enjoy Christmas at home.


Of course, home can be wherever the people I love will be.
That's the most important thing and the most necessary ingredient.





But I don't mind if it also includes a cute little reindeer.





And a decorated mantel.





A Christmas tree, of course.



Pretty packages.






And a cozy kitchen with little bits of Christmas sprinkled around.







Christmas also includes our cute kitty with visions of sugarplums dancing
in his little head . . . or kitty treats, whichever.


Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by.
I know there are so many beautiful homes to visit right now.

Hope your Christmas is Merry and Bright!
JoAnne

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December 12, 2016

Christmas In Our Dining Nook

Uh-Oh!
It's almost here.
Are you all scrambling to be ready for the big day like I am?


It will all get done - at least good enough, right?
That's what I keep telling myself.



We're actually going on a short ski trip right before Christmas.
I'm not sure who's crazy idea that was!
With our oldest being in college now, it's more difficult to find 
a time when we can do things as a family.


So my deadline is very near.
I need to have everything ready before we leave.


But don't worry (just in case you would) - I won't be skiing.
You can find me in the lodge by the fire with a warm drink.



Sounds very relaxing about right now.

I hope you enjoyed these pictures of our simple dining nook as I rambled on
and I hope to share a little more of Christmas at our house before we leave on our trip.



Have a wonderful and productive week with hopefully a little bit of
relaxation and enjoyment of the season mixed in.

Thanks a bunch for visiting!
JoAnne

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