A few months ago my mother-in-law announced that she was giving my husband and me a trip to Vermont as our Christmas gift this year, and we could take that trip in either the autumn or at some point during the Christmas holidays. Since I have always wanted to see some small towns in Vermont decorated for Christmas, (see my post about that here) we chose an early December trip.
And of course when our son who is in law school in Connecticut heard about it, he decided he wanted to tag along with us because he would only have to study for exams at that time. Ha. We agreed as long as he would get his studying done. So we booked our flights and made our reservations, and as we were making our plans I kept saying…
I hope we see some snow.
I hope we see some snow.
Our departure flight was scheduled for Saturday, December 9. My husband and I were doing some Christmas shopping on Friday evening when we got the text that our flight had been cancelled due to the winter storm that moved into Atlanta. When I had said, I hope we see some snow, I didn’t mean in Atlanta! Luckily the airline was able to rebook us for Sunday, and I was able to get all our hotel reservations delayed one day.
On Sunday morning, we left very early for the airport. We saw snow in Atlanta, snow when we landed in Philadelphia for our connecting flight, and snow when we arrived in New Haven to meet our son. We were to drive 4 hours from New Haven to Stowe – where the only snow in the forecast there was a 40% chance a day or so after our arrival.
We had stayed at Edson Hill Inn a few years ago in the summer (see the post about that here) and loved it so much we knew we wanted to stay there again for this trip. Our little car made it all the way to Stowe with no problem – even though it snowed the entire 4 hour drive. But when we arrived at the inn, it couldn’t make it up the drive. The inn is named Edson Hill for a reason…it sits at the top of a hill, and without snow chains our tires had no traction.
Luckily the staff there helped us out with their sanding truck. We checked in at the manor house and then made our way to our room.
(The house below is the owner’s home on the property.)
I love the rooms in the guest houses because they have fireplaces, so once again we were staying in one of them. (I took the photo below early one morning so the sky had a yellow cast to it.)
Our room was the “Make Today Amazing” room located in the Birch house. (We had previously stayed in “Now or Never” also in the Birch house.)
Right outside the door was a generous supply of firewood.
We weren’t in room 21, but I took this photo on the way to breakfast one morning..loved the icicles, the wreath, and that red shovel! 🙂
Here is our room with its charming iron beds and fluffy comforters.
I thought the quirky desk lamp was quite unique and cute.
Here’s the fireplace that we immediately lit as soon as we brought in our luggage.
The bathrooms at Edson Hill are soooo nice….especially with their heated floors…
and generous walk-in showers.
Breakfast is served in the manor house each morning and is included with your stay at the inn. So each morning we walked the short walk from the guest house to the manor house through the snow.
You can see they keep quite a supply of wood on hand for the winter. 🙂
There are some beautiful spaces inside the manor house, but I couldn’t resist photographing this clever door knocker there. 🙂
After walking through the office and common area, we entered the dining room. In the summer, we enjoyed our breakfast out on the patio, but on cold winter mornings this cozy room was the perfect place to start our day…
especially when we were seated by the fireplace!
A small table was set up with juices and a few pastries,
and we ordered our main entrees from their breakfast menu.
We each ordered a different dish so that we could sample as much as possible. All the meals were delicious. I loved my French toast, but the polenta was also very good.
While we sipped our coffee and ate our meals, we could watch the snow fall outside the window by our table.
Remember how I said earlier there was a 40% chance of snow for one of the days while we were there in Stowe? This was what it looked like on the “40% day.”
Then the forecast changed suddenly and dramatically. A winter storm moved into the area…with a winter storm warning issued and 14 inches of snow predicted!
Same photo a day later after the winter storm began…
And where was the best place to be at night when the snow was falling?
Yes, right in front of that fireplace. 🙂
I think I certainly got my fill of I hope we see some snow, and now I’ll leave you with a little snippet of that snowfall until the next part of our trip.
Until next time…