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Christmas in Vermont: Part 2 – Stowe

The town of Stowe, Vermont is a charming place any time of year, but when you add in Christmas decorations and sprinkle snow on top of it all, you get a really beautiful destination.  In part 1, you saw where we stayed in Stowe at Edson Hill. So today let’s take a look at a few places we visited while we were there in December.

Our first evening’s meal was at Plate, a highly rated restaurant right in the middle of town.  Neither my husband nor I had dined there before, but our son had, and he really wanted us to try it out.


It is a somewhat small restaurant, and we were lucky to get in without a reservation (but maybe all the snow kept people home on a cold night.)  Here is a look at part of their winter dinner menu:


I had the cider grilled half chicken on corn bread pudding with braised greens.  It was one of the best dishes I have ever had…Yes. that good. (And I am a big time beef lover!)  The chicken was incredibly moist, and the corn bread pudding was delicious.  Both my husband and son said their meals were excellent as well.  So if you are ever in the area, I highly recommend Plate (and my chicken dish! 🙂 )

After dinner, we went back to the inn and relaxed, but the next day we drove through the snow into town.

After parking the car on Main Street, our son went over to a coffee shop so that he could study for his fall semester exams, and my husband and I headed to our first stop – Shaw’s General Store.  It was founded in 1895 by Howard Shaw and has been run by the family ever since.

In true general store fashion they carry shoes, clothing, food items, home decor, and even pet supplies.  I looked around a bit then left my husband in there to shop a while longer.  There was another store right down the street that I had been dying to see (and I knew he wouldn’t want to spend time in there.) 🙂

I had read about The Country Store on Main when I was doing some research on Stowe.  It is in the building that was occupied by Lackey’s Variety Store for almost 60 years.  It closed back in 2014, and then Graham and Christina Mink and Richard and Nancy Bennum purchased the building a year later.  (You can read about the interesting history of Lackey’s here.)

They remodeled the store being mindful of its historic significance yet updating it for today and then named it The Country Store on Main.

It is a delightful shop…full of everything for the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and even some gifts for children and pets!  I could have easily spent an entire day in there. If you would like a great virtual tour of the shop, click over here , scroll down a bit, and just take a look around. 🙂  I know you will enjoy it!

After I finished shopping in there, I met up with my husband again, and we strolled around town looking at the pretty buildings and the Christmas decorations.

This is the Stowe Community Church, one of the first non-denominational churches in the United States.

After going in several more shops, we ended up here at the old depot building.

The upstairs has a little cafe, a neat bookshop, and a couple other gift shops, and the downstairs has…

Stowe Mercantile!
This is the epitome of what I think a Vermont general store should be.  They have everything!

(a piano!)

(a place to play checkers)

a photo booth and even a ski lift!

The Mercantile meandered all through the lower level, and it was a fun place to shop. (My husband and I even hopped in the photo booth for some silly pictures. 🙂 )

It was getting late for lunch so we met up with our son at the coffee shop, hopped back in the car, and drove a short distance to our lunch stop – Doc Pond’s, a popular restaurant and bar. (Craft beers are BIG in Vermont.)


As you enter the restaurant you see this display of turntables and old records.  It certainly gives you a clue to the fun vibe of the place!


And here is a look at their menu for lunch.


I believe my husband and I both had the burger, and our son ordered the daily special that was not listed on the menu.  Every dish was well prepared and tasty, and the servers were all friendly…making it a wonderful place for lunch. We would have eaten there again if we had been in Stowe longer.  Our favorite dish we shared was the VT cheddar fritters with jalapenos and a cream sauce. We could have eaten our weight in those babies!!

After lunch we drove back towards Edson Hill Inn.  There’s a place you need to make a stop at any time of year but most definitely at Christmas….Laughing Moon Chocolates.


Of course they have delectable chocolates, but the reason to go during the holidays is because they make these:


Yes, candy canes!  They are available in several flavors but only during the Christmas season.  If you happen to be in there on certain days, they are doing candy cane making demonstrations and you can make your own! (Details here.)  Here is a video clip if you would like to see more from the shop.


Another place that is a must-see in Stowe, a little further down the road, is Stowe Kitchen, Bath, and Linens.  I made a short video tour on my phone to show you.  Fingers crossed you will be able to see it! (The audio is the Christmas music that was playing in the store. 🙂 )

And now here are a few photos from their Facebook page.


The place is huge!  If you like things for your kitchen, your bath, or your bedroom (which I know you do 🙂 ) then you will absolutely love this shop! The upstairs is for linens, and the downstairs has all the kitchen and bath things along with gift items and even a small section of clothing.


Most things in the store are not ski related, but these just happen to be some of the cute things they carry that are.


Now on to our next stop.  If you have been reading here a very long time, you may remember my bucket list item to go on a “one horse open sleigh ride” preferably in Vermont during the Christmas season.  (Details here.)


The week before we left for this trip, my husband called Gentle Giants there in Stowe to find out if they still offered sleigh rides, if we needed reservations, what the cost would be, etc.  He was told that at that point they were only doing carriage rides because they did not have enough snow for the sleigh rides.  They needed a minimum of 4 inches to be able to offer that but to check back in with them when we got to Stowe.  So after we left the kitchen shop, we drove to Gentle Giants. (It was not very far from the turn off to our inn.)

It was snowing at that point, but there was not quite 4 inches of snow on the ground yet.  We saw covered sleighs, open carriages, and horses that were eating….

But there were no people around.  We waited quite a while (in the freezing cold!) We tried calling them, but no one answered or showed up.  So I did not get that bucket-list-sleigh-ride. 🙁  We considered going back the next morning, but that was when the weather forecast issued a severe winter storm warning with 14 inches of incoming snow and wind chill temps in the single digits.  I don’t think we would have really enjoyed being out in THAT weather!  So the one horse open sleigh ride is still on my bucket list, and that gives us another reason to return to Vermont at Christmas, right? 🙂

And now there is one last restaurant I want to share with you before part 2 is finished.  Our final evening meal in Stowe was at Harrison’s Restaurant. (It was way too dark to photograph, so these are from online sites.)


To find Harrison’s is not very easy…down some stairs off Main Street.  It is totally underground.  And it is teeny tiny…like only 14 tables tiny!  So you really really need reservations. But we got lucky!  There was immediate seating for our group of 3 in the bar area at a small hightop booth/table, and we happily took it. 🙂


You can see their menu here.  I had the Chicken Piccata which was very good. My husband had their venison steak…also tasty, and our son had chicken confit and gnocchi which he thought was great.

This is the venison dish.


All in all, a wonderful meal in a very cozy atmosphere.  But, I will say that if I had to choose between dinner at Plate or dinner at Harrison’s I would choose Plate. (But both places had delicious food. 🙂 )

And with that, we come to the end of this part of our trip.  I do need to tell you though that Stowe is better known as a skier’s paradise.  We did not have time for skiing on this trip, but if you want to do that on a visit there, you can find plenty of information about it here.

Part 3 (yes Kathy, there is a part 3!) from our trip to Vermont is coming up next, and I will be sharing details about our drive (our scary drive in the snowstorm!) and our next stop in a quintessential Vermont town.  Hope you will be back for it!

Until next time…


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Kathy - January 28, 2018 - 7:33 pm

OMGoodness! How beautiful and I am so excited for a Part 3! It is funny that almost every time I visit my parents (no Internet) you have a post and I am so, so excited to get home to read it. I have to read YOUR post on the “big screen”… not my tiny iphone! LOL! As I was reading I thought that DiAnne would HAVE to go here and LOVED reading her comments. (She actually took our daughter with her back when she went to Canada and New England…such a wonderful gift!) All of the shops and all of the food looked fabulous! I am sorry you didn’t get your sleigh ride but that will certainly give you a reason to go back! I love that you mentioned the piano. Every time my mom goes to a place with a piano, she sits down and plays it…by ear, of course…at 84 years old! Also, whenever I go to a really cool restaurant now I think…What would Kelly take a photo of! And, I take the photos and send them to Katrina. I can’t wait for Part 3! You go, girl!!!

Nita - January 27, 2018 - 7:20 pm

Oh I can’t wait for the third part of your trip! Reading these posts really does make me want to visit soon! I loved the Country Store and the other shops as well. Sounds like you really had an awesome getaway!

Cindy - January 25, 2018 - 4:40 pm

Kelly: You have definitely made me want to visit this town. soon! I know that you will love the sleigh ride; Mike and I have done a couple of them (one at night the other in the morning) and both were spectacular.
As always, this post was packed with helpful information and beautiful pictures.

Mrs.T - January 25, 2018 - 3:35 pm

I loved this post and the preceding one! We live right next door in New Hampshire, but these posts have given me some good ideas regarding getaways in Vermont! As always, your pictures are fabulous!

Susan Lazur - January 25, 2018 - 9:54 am

So beautiful!I must say your blog is beautifully done and such a refreshing change from some blogs that bombard you with ads. I know this “ad free” zone was a decision you made a year or so ago and it was the RIGHT decision. Thank you! I enjoy it so much!!

DiAnne - January 25, 2018 - 9:41 am

What a fun post! Everything about it was a fun read. Loved the food, the shops, and the scenery.
I have to tell you something funny about me. I LOVE going to ski resorts but I am not wild about skiing. There is just something about going to places where there is lots of snow, great food, and fireplaces. I just don’t like heights and speed and putting those two together is not for me. I know how to ski and can and have had more than my share of lessons but zooming down a mountain thinking someone behind me is sure to slam into me is not for me. However, I could sit in a lodge with my cocoa and watch other people ski all day long. Those pillows with ski themes are sooooo cute.
The other sunny thing about me is I have been to every New England state EXCEPT Vermont! How did that happen! About 15 years ago we did a big road trip and did a big loop up into Canada and somehow we didn’t make it to Vermont. It was the first time my husband had ever taken two weeks off work and we just didn’t make it to Vermont. After reading your posts I have to go.
Looking forward with Kathy and Katrina to the third post.

Rosemary - January 24, 2018 - 6:26 am

Thank you sooo much for this Kelly! Lovely to see Stowe covered in snow. You’ve rekindled so many happy memories for me of our summer visit there. I wandered in many of the same shops. Watched fireworks on Independence Day, standing by the church. We also ate at Plate and Harrison’s and I totally agree with you re the quality of the food!
Sorry that you weren’t able to take a Sleigh Ride but then again always good to have a reason to return! I’m wishing, very hard! ☺ that I may get to visit in the winter one year.
Take care Kelly, hope you’re having a good week.

Gina Kennedy - January 23, 2018 - 9:14 am

Hi Kelly,
I am new to your blog and am really enjoying it! I love to travel and your pictures and comments make me feel like I’m there! I love the same things you do and the shops you go to. A sleigh ride in New England is on my list, too! 🙂 Keep the great posts coming. I can’t wait for part 3!

Debbie Brown - January 22, 2018 - 3:54 pm

Loved getting a peek of the different stores on your shopping trip; one reminded me of Mast General Stores which I love! The pictures and descriptions of food were fantastic too! Can’t wait until I get to take a trip to some of these places!

Marianne in Mo. - January 22, 2018 - 10:04 am

What a fun shopping and dining trip! Thanks so much for taking me along! Sorry you didn’t get that sleigh ride, but yes, you’ll have to just go back again! That last photo of your drive reminded me of the one we took when my daughter was having our first grandbaby. They lived three hours away then, and we made a scary drive through an almost blinding snowstorm to be there. Then we ended up spending another 9 hours waiting for that baby! So glad he came after we got there, but it was a long labor for my daughter, and I was kinda mad they made her go through that. He’s now a lanky 11 year old, and I always think of his approach into the world during a snowstorm, just like his Mom did when she was born!

Cheri - January 22, 2018 - 9:12 am

I just love your blog and I know I have told you that before but all the info you give on your trips and the wonderful pictures is great and makes planning a trip easy. The Chamber of Commerce should hire you.

Carol - January 22, 2018 - 8:46 am

Such a great tour! Thanks!

Barb Simmons - January 21, 2018 - 10:46 pm

Your blog is one of my favorites. I love your choice of decorating your home and really enjoy the blogs posts about the trips you take.

Kerry Simister - January 21, 2018 - 10:11 pm

Hi Kelly. I enjoy your blog, seeing your beautiful home and all your traveling adventures! When I saw that you just visited Stowe I just had to comment! We live in NH so we’re used to seeing beautiful New England towns but nothing surpasses Stowe! I grew up visiting there as a child and now my husband, daughter and I visit there summer fall and winter. I’ve seen many store changes in my years on Main st. But visiting Stowe never gets old! Riding the bike path, driving up the Toll House auto road, the British Invasion car show in Sept. , the hot air balloon festival in July are a must do! There’s too many to mention! Can you tell we love Stowe too?
Yes, I can definitely tell you love Stowe. LOL It was a fun place to visit for sure. A hot air balloon festival would be gorgeous to see there! I hope we get to visit there again in the fall with all the beautifully colored leaves.
Thanks for commenting Kerry!

Louvina - January 21, 2018 - 9:05 pm

Oh I am just sappy with all these wonderful pictures, stores, food and snow! It was wonderful! Just wish you had gotten your sleigh ride— next time for sure!! You have made my evening and wondering about part 3? And the scary part – oh dear!:( We are looking forward to FL weather this week— in the 20’s was a bit too cold for me!! Did love that you got a dusting of snow— looked so pretty with your outside Winter decorations!! 💕❄️🙏❄️❤️❄️💕⛄️
Well Louvina I am happy that you enjoyed the post so much! Yes, I wish we could have done that sleigh ride too, but we will get it eventually. We crammed a lot in this trip as it was.
This weather has been crazy hasn’t it?? 20’s in Florida was VERY crazy! Tomorrow is going to be so warm we are taking the canoe out on a nearby lake. And it was less than a week ago we were looking at that dusting of snow outside!

bev tippett - January 21, 2018 - 8:45 pm

What a beautiful trip…thanks for sharing. Love all the beautiful photo…I wanna go shopping!! and have lunch.
Thanks Bev! Shopping and lunch in Stowe makes for a great day! 🙂

Renee S Cook - January 21, 2018 - 8:32 pm

Happy New Year, Kelly! I’m so happy you enjoyed this wonderful trip! I am sure enjoying it with you, and am looking forward to Part 3! I love the stores you highlighted today. A few years ago, we went to Cooperstown for the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony; it was the year our 3 Braves were inducted. I had never been to Vermont and had always wanted to go, so one morning we went to the Vermont Country Store in Weston and I absolutely loved it! Our 25th anniversary is in 2019 and we have tentative plans to go back, so I’m pinning all the great places you share! Thank you!
What a great way to celebrate your big anniversary Renee! I know that will be a good trip, and I am so glad I can provide some inspiration for you. Glad you are enjoying the posts!

Charissa - January 21, 2018 - 8:26 pm

i loved your trip i just stayed at edson hill in at the end of september and i cant wait to go back. the grounds are absolutely gorgeous the food is fabulous and the property managers are darling. i would go back again and again. i spoke to 2 gals frome NY who were staying at the supposed #1 rated hotel who had come there for dinner and they were so impressed and wanted to switch hotels. i loved seeing it with snow. i cant wait to go back. thank you so very much for sharing i loved that we went to a lot of the same places😙 you always capture things so beautifully.
I’m so glad you have gotten to experience and enjoy Edson Hill too! We would go back again and again as well! It was gorgeous in the snow, but I hope we get to see it in the fall one year. That’s next on my list. 🙂
Thank you for your kind words about the post!

Katrina - January 21, 2018 - 6:39 pm

What awesome pictures! Looks like a winter wonderland! The food looks yummy too. I do hate you didn’t get to go on your sleigh ride but now you have a fun excuse to go back.
I love that this trip was a gift! The best kind of gift ever …. one that will live on in your memory! (and honestly at this point in our lives, who needs more stuff…. haha)
Kathy will be so happy there is more to come ( and so am I).
Thanks Katrina! It was a winter wonderland everywhere we looked. Yes, it was a WONDERFUL gift, and you are so right about not needing more stuff! I need to have another yard sale!

Christmas in Vermont: Part 1 – Stowe’s Edson Hill Inn

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.

Stay warm!
Until next time…

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Trudy Dudley - January 24, 2018 - 12:30 pm

So nice to find your blog and read about Stowe, Vt. This is my home state and I only live a few minutes from Stowe. Thank you for sharing your beautiful & inspiring photos of Stowe. So much to see & do in all of our four seasons here in Stowe & throughout this magnificent State. Happy to see you enjoy it!

Debbie Brown - January 20, 2018 - 12:14 pm

Beautiful pictures and what a great gift! Definitely on my bucket list! Love the way you share your experiences through the blog and photos! Can’t wait for the next post!
It was such a great gift! I do hope you get to visit Vermont one day in the near future. It is so beautiful there – any time of year. Thanks for reading the post and leaving such sweet comments!

Rosemary - January 20, 2018 - 7:02 am

Wow Kelly, absolute perfection! All that snow!! What a wonderful and thoughtful gift. I’d love to visit Stowe in the Winter, around Christmas time, as I loved it so much when we were there in the Summer. I’m very happy to experience it vacariously though so thank you for sharing all your experiences. I can imagine how excited and relieved you all were when you finally got to your room. I guess the views were spectacular en route but the actual driving, maybe not too much fun! Can’t wait to read part 2. Have a good weekend … have you still got snow? It’s just dull and rainy here at the moment and very cold!!
The driving there was a little rough…especially that driveway up to the inn! The worst driving was after we left Stowe on the day of the severe winter storm. That was scary for those of us that rarely have snow (and when we do, everything shuts down.) Our temp here today was 70! Wish I could you a little of this warmth. 🙂

Donna - January 18, 2018 - 5:13 pm

So glad your wish for snow came true for your trip to Vermont . The inn looks so lovely and the scenery is gorgeous ! The door knocker skier is hilarious! Thank you for sharing your trip on the blog .
I am always so happy to see Talk of the House waiting in my inbox !
Thank you Donna! Edson Hill and its surrounding grounds was indeed gorgeous. Wasn’t that door knocker something?! I’m afraid I have never seen another one like it. 🙂

Dawn - January 17, 2018 - 11:49 am


Thank you for sharing your enchanting trip with us! Take Care.

You are more than welcome Dawn. Thanks for reading!

DiAnne - January 16, 2018 - 10:45 pm

Thanks for sharing this trip with us. What an awesome gift from yourMother in law! I also think it is pretty cool your son could tag along. I love the thought of heated floors in the bathroom Can’t wait for the next post.
Wasn’t it a great gift?! We loved that our son could come along with us – even if he did have to spend so much time studying. (At least he studied in coffee shops, and he loves that.)
Those heated floors were so nice! I can see how they are really useful in places with a lot of cold weather.

kathy - January 16, 2018 - 10:10 am

What a wonderful gift! I like your mother-in-law! (DiAnne and I are trying to give “experiences” as gifts.) Did you get to go on a “one horse open sleigh”? I went back and looked at The Hermitage. Both places are beautiful! I love your photos with the pops of red. I hope you will frame the photo of you in the snow in your red coat. What a peaceful place to sit in front of the fire! That doorknocker is too cute! And, I love the wooden container the juice was in. And, most of all I like a post that starts with “Part 1” because I know there is more to come!
My mother-in-law is really good at giving special kinds of gifts. No one horse open sleigh ride this time. Hopefully we will get to do that on a future trip. Perhaps I will print out the photo of me in the snow…hadn’t even thought about doing that.
There are enough photos to do a part 2 and a part more will be coming! 🙂

Bonnie from Macon - January 16, 2018 - 8:57 am

Lovely! What a wonderful trip…and you definitely saw snow!!
Boy did we ever see snow!!

Jeanne Bell - January 15, 2018 - 8:15 pm

Loved the dining room. The Inn really looks cozy. We live in Pennsylvania and we have been living in snow and sub zero weather. The next time you wish for snow you can come and see us!
That dining room was beautiful, wasn’t it?! I will keep you in mind the next time I am craving snow Jeanne. 🙂 (But we certainly enjoyed our spring like temps here today!)

Vicki - January 15, 2018 - 7:36 pm

Beautiful!! Thank you for sharing!! I am the one that kept saying post pictures!! I loved it!
I’m so glad you liked all the photos Vicki! It is hard to get the light and color right when you are photographing snow.

julia walker - January 15, 2018 - 5:31 pm

Hey Kelly! What a wonderful gift from your in-laws!!! Thanks for sharing. I would love to know where to find the skier-doorknocker for a friend of mine. She’s a skier in CO. You live a charmed life! Your friend, Julia
It was a wonderful gift. Wasn’t that a cute door knocker?! I have looked online, but I am afraid I do not know where you can find one like it. Perhaps you can call Edson Hill and ask if they know of the source. Good luck!

Sandy - January 15, 2018 - 5:00 pm

Thank you for sharing your stay in Vermont. It’s snowing off and on today in Ohio. I am a firm believer that snow should only fall on lawns and rooftops. Anxious to read Part 2.
Hmmm….not sure how we can restrict the snow to lawns and rooftops, but I do understand why you would wish that. Driving in the snowstorm in Vermont was quite scary!
Thanks for reading Sandy!

Peggy Bryant - January 15, 2018 - 4:49 pm

Kelly, What a fun time of the year to go. Looks like a wonderful time. Peggy
It was a great time of year to go for sure! I hope we get to go in the fall one year. 🙂

Gina - January 15, 2018 - 4:40 pm

What a wonderful gift from your mother-in-law!! Perfect weather for you southerners too!! 😉 So picturesque and I am sure relaxing. I bet it really put you in the Christmas spirit and I am sure you both enjoyed the time with your son. It’s such a treat to have a good long visit with adult children, isn’t it?
🙂 And welcome to our world, not being able to drive up a hill. We live on one so my poor husband walks occasionally in the winter. Ha, I try to just stay home. We walked yesterday to go to church though. Luckily my sister-in-law lives out a short path and her road is state maintained so it wasn’t strenuous. 😛
Definitely a wonderful gift! And we certainly enjoyed having our son along for the trip. (And he enjoyed it too!)
Hills must be murder for you in the winter Gina. Not only did we have the hill there in Stowe, but also one at our son’s home in New Haven. We don’t know how to drive in that snow!
Be safe!

Linda Ishmael - January 15, 2018 - 2:32 pm

Love your travel stories!!!! You always seem to visit places I have visited or want to visit!!! Great minds!!! 😀 Just tell me though how they attached the wire words to the wall!!!! Waiting on snow to arrive again here in Kentucky. Glad to hear from you again! Take care until next time!!
Thank you Linda! I am not exactly sure on the wire words. It looked like they drilled a small hole in the wall at each end, and then both ends of the phrase were just stuck in the holes. Don’t know if that makes sense or not.

Amanda - January 15, 2018 - 12:36 pm

Oh, I can’t hardly wait to see and read more!
There will be a part 2 and a part 3 Amanda. Hope you enjoy!

Linda - January 15, 2018 - 12:36 pm

I so enjoy your posts. Hearing your joy in this post helps me to not despair that it’s snowing AGAIN in Litchfield (CT). Originally from Arizona, I now living in the NY metro area and recently bought a country house in Connecticut. Am also getting lots of ideas from your home on decorating my new place. Thank You!
Thank you so much Linda! It sounds like you have lived all over the United States. A country house in Connecticut sounds like the best! I am so glad you are finding ideas on the blog that you can use. 🙂

N from VA - January 15, 2018 - 12:10 pm

Am putting this on my wish list of places to visit and stay! Lovely. Thanks for sharing.
Glad you liked it! I hope you get to visit Stowe and stay at Edson Hill Inn.

Barbara (WA) - January 15, 2018 - 11:37 am

Let it Snow, Let it Snow!! Oh, I love the interiors of this Inn. Beautiful!
And it did indeed snow! Definitely beautiful interiors there (and the grounds as well!)

Peggy Z - January 15, 2018 - 11:11 am

What a beautiful, magical place. And just to go and sit by the fire. Putting this on my bucket list as I’ve always wanted to visit Vermont. You are probably not old enough to remember a movie called Holiday Inn with Bing Crosby but the exterior pictures brought that to mind. Someone does a lot of hard work splitting wood. Can’t wait to see your excursions.

Kristy - January 15, 2018 - 10:52 am

It’s snowing like that right now in southern Indiana. We had wintry mix with 4-6″ on top of it Friday — frigid temps, and now another 2-4″. I’m ready for that southern spring trip I’ve planned with my schoolteacher daughter over spring break! The snow is lovely to look at if you don’t have to shovel it to get out of your driveway!

Debbie @ Shadows of the Blue Ridge - January 15, 2018 - 10:05 am

Oh how peacefully beautiful! Thank you for sharing these lovely photos of your trip. I feel as if I’ve benefited from the calm of a New England vacation :o)

Karen - January 15, 2018 - 9:54 am

What a charming place to spend Christmas! Thanks for sharing the pictures.

Marianne in Mo. - January 15, 2018 - 9:51 am

So nice to get this post, even though I saw many of these shots on Instagram while you were there! I wondered how much driving you had, if you flew to Vermont, etc. The drive didn’t sound fun, but worth the views and the Inns’ accommodations! We have had snow almost constantly since Christmas, but only an inch or two. But it’s been mostly cold days that have made it last – and I can do without the cold we’ve had! Our Town has an info page on Facebook, and when it’s really cold they post a photo of Antarctica along with the temp. there,then a photo of our town with our temp., and ours is lower! I may move to Antarctica! LOL!

Karen B. - January 15, 2018 - 9:23 am


What a spectacular way to start the holiday. I’ll be eager to hear about what you did during those snowy days!

Anne from Atlanta - January 15, 2018 - 6:06 am

So pretty! Looks like the perfect Christmas vacation!

Tricia - January 15, 2018 - 5:09 am


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