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Winter Guide to Stowe Vermont

Named one of America’s Top 10 Best Ski Towns by Forbes, Stowe Vermont has a little something for everyone. One of my favorite spots to ski during the long New England winters, Stowe is great for beginners just learning how to ski, those seeking black diamonds, and if your more into Après Ski than actual skiing don’t worry, there is plenty for you to entertain yourself with! Stowe offers 116 trails, 13 lifts, and a gondola connects the two mountains, Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak. Filled with great restaurants, highly rated day spas, a long list of distilleries, breweries, and wineries, and plenty of outdoor activities.

If you’re trying to plan a ski trip this winter here is my breakdown of where it stay in Stowe, what to do during the winter in Stowe, and when to go!

There are so many options when it comes to Stowe accommodations, and a lot of factors to consider. First you need to decide do you want something on mountain – this is ideal for people who want to ski all day. Do you need something bigger for a larger group? Or do you want something quiet and a little further away from the mountain.stowe-mountain-resort-gondolas.jpg

The Lodge at Spruce Peak – This is really a one shop stop. If you’re looking to ski all day and plan on being to tired at the end of the day to go out this is the spot for you. There are a few different options here, The Village, offers traditional guest rooms, studios and suites. It is also the only spot with ski-in/ ski out option in Stowe. If you’re planning a trip with a large group The Lodge at Spruce Peak also offers luxury rentals and mountain cabins that can come with up to 5 bed rooms.

There are a number of dinning option located at The Lodge which is really convenient if your worn out from a day on the slopes. from the casual Great Room Grill to the more upscale Solstice Restaurant you will have a hard time finding a reason to leave Spruce Peak.

If you’re all skied out there is also Ice Skating, snowshoeing, ice climbing, horseback riding, and dog sledding! For my Après Ski warriors there are local brewery tastings, checking The Whistlepig Pavilion for fire baked cheese and whiskey cocktails!

 

Trapp Family Lodge – Want to feel like you went skiing in the Austrian Alpes? Check out Trapp Family Lodge, and yes that is in the Von Trapp Family. From traditional guest rooms in the lodge to 3 bed room villas, there is even pet friendly lodging if you want to bring your furry friends!

The Trapp Family Lodge has cross-country skiing, backcountry skiing, and snowshoeing. There is downhill skiing just a few miles from the Trapp Family Lodge.

For those looking for an Après Ski experience Trapp Family Lodge offers Farm-To-Table Dining, on site brewery, and enjoy mountain side hot chocolate at the Slayton Pasture Cabin.  While you’re there take advantage of the Trapp Family Wine Cellar, you can do tastings and guided tours. Book a massages and then go for an afternoon carriage ride, truly a magical experience in the snow covered mountains, end the day in the outdoor hot tub, don’t worry its surrounded by heated slate!Trapp_Lodge.jpg

Stowe Meadows – Valentine’s Ski Getaway? Yes please! If you’re looking for a romantic couple’s weekend Stow Meadows if the perfect spot for you. With only 4 suites, Stowe Meadows can easily feel like your own private mountain lodge.

Onsite there is cross-country skiing, snowshoeing. Downhill skiing is just a short drive away, Stow Mountain is 20 minutes up the road. You can also take advantage of the shopping and dining options in Stowe Village just 5 miles away.

Stowe Meadows if for those looking for a relaxing mountain vacation. If this sounds great but you were really hoping for more skiing, consider visiting in the summer to take advantage of their gardens, hiking trails, and swimming.

 

The Field Guide – This charming boutique hotel is part of the Lark Hotel collection, one of my personal favorite brands to stay with. Every room is uniquely decorated, with rooms starting at low as $87 a night. Stay in the main Lodge or in one of the Trail House suites, you can’t go wrong!

There is homemade breakfast every morning, they event partner with the BHAV Spa near by to offer Field Guide guest exclusive spa packages. Right in the heart of Stowe Village you are walking distance to tons of shopping, restaurants, and still just a short drive to Stowe Mountain.Screen Shot 2020-01-08 at 10.18.48 PM.pngrarebrick_20150811_2824.jpg

 

General Tips for Visiting Stowe Vermont this Winter:

-Book your lift tickets ahead of time!

-Book equipment rentals ahead of time, super important if you’re not bringing your own equipment, rentals will sell out during peak season so book ahead.

-Take a lesson! If you’ve never skied or are a little rusty Stowe is a great place to learn.

-Take a tour of the Ben and Jerry’s Factory Tour, its great trust me.

– Avoid school vacation weeks and holiday weekends, the mountains will be super crowded.

-If you want to ski all season long at a bunch of different locations look into the Epic Pass.

Looking for more recommendations on where to ski in New England? Check out my post on some of my favorite skication spots!

 

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Sustainable Living

Ways you can help aid victims of the Australia Wildfires

Australia is being devastated by wildfires, these fires are a direct result of climate change. Sustainability is no longer something we can casually think about, we need action now. The CO2 emissions coming off the fire in Australia will impact us all in the long term, we have one earth, one ozone layer, one atmosphere.

Nearly 12.35 million acres have been burned, 25 people are dead and many others are missing, 500 million, that’s half a billion, animals have perished. Threatening populations with extinction the Australian summer has just started and the Australia. Government does not have and is unwilling to help. Being on the other side of the world may make you feel like there is nothing you can do, but there is!

Places to give

Australian Red Cross: providing humanitarian aid to the thousands who have been displaced by the fires. The Red Cross is providing temporary shelter, water, and food.

NSW Rural Fire Service: North South Wales has been hit the hardest by these fires. Many of those out there fighting the fires are volunteers. Donate to the NSW Rural Fire Service to help provide resources directly to those on the frontlines fighting these fires.

WIRES: A half billion animals have perished, forever changing the Australian eco system. WIRES is Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organization. Donations will help rescue wildlife from the fires in NSW, the hardest hit state.

World Wildlife Fund: It is estimated that 1/3 of the Koala population has died in the wild fires. Many of the Koalas rescued from the fires have been badly burned. Donations to the World Wildlife Fund will go directly to medical care for the Koalas and planting trees to rehabilitate their habitat after the fires.

Can’t donate? Don’t worry there are other things you can do.

Educate yourself on climate change: There has been an aggressive disinformation campaign led by fossil fuel interest groups that have left many people misinformed on climate change. I have a list of documentaries you can watch here, pick a couple and then do your own research. When looking for sources, look for peer-reviewed scientific articles, published in reputable scientific journals. The New York Times, Time Magazine, The Economist, are all great sources that do a good job of reporting the facts.

Speak out on Climate Change: We live in a beautiful world where anyone can be an influencer. If you have an online following, no matter how small, you have an audience you can speak to. Speak out on your concerns, talk about ways people can live more sustainably. Post on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, where ever you spend time online you can spread the message that Climate change is real, it is man made, and it will be catastrophic for us all is we do not make change now.

Contact your elected officials: If we want to see large scale, long term change, we need government initiatives. Reach out to your local city councilors, your state’s governor, congressmen, and senators. You as a citizen have the right to contact and meet with your elected officials. Call there office, write them via snail mail or email, tweet at them, of tag them in social media posts. Even if they are already taking action on climate change reach out, tell them you see them and you want large scale change. Keep them accountable and keep them motivated. Find your elected officials here, and if you don’t like where they stand vote for some who is willing to fight for what you believe in. Register to vote here.

Share this post: I always appreciate when you guys share my posts. But this one is near and dear to me. Climate change is going to wipe out entire ecosystems, the earth we grew up on will be unrecognizable to our children and grandchildren. So please share, spread the word, and most important take action. Save the below images to easily share on your Instagram Story.

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The Ultimate Holiday Guide to Boston

There are so many fun things to do in Boston around the Holidays. This year Thanksgiving is late so the Holidays are going to go by in a flash! Be sure to get tickets now and schedule in the Must-Do’s.

BYOB Trolley Lights Tour! This is so fun, it always, always sells out. Many dates are already completely booked so if you want to do it I suggest you book tickets ASAP. Its BYOB so pack some festive holiday drinks, toss on an ugly Christmas sweater and enjoy.

Black Nativity! This event is a Boston Staple, its called a “theatrical wonderment”  on their website and trust me it really lives up to the hype. It only runs on the weekends so reserve a night to go and see it, trust me you’ll want to go back year after year.

Boston Ballet The Nutcracker! Probably the most obvious, and for a reason, the Boston Ballet’s annual performance of The Nutcracker is spectacular! I have almost every other year and every time I go I enjoy it. Get dressed up, have a glass or Prosecco and enjoy!

Skating at Frog Pond! Before you know it there will be snow on the ground. Skating at Frog Pond is a nice way to enjoy sometime outside despite the cold. Once the Common’s Christmas tree and holiday lights are up it is truly magical.

Slutcracker! If you’re looking for a fun night out with you S.O. or your friends look no further than The Slutcracker. What is the Sluthcracker you may ask, well Choreographer/Director Vanessa White used to dance The Nutcracker at a big ballet company, but was told she was “too big” to keep dancing for them, so she started The Slutcracker!  A parody or the original ballet this burlesque version is 18+ and is general admission so get there early.

Holiday Tea at The Boston Public Library! Looking for something quiet to do, maybe with a parent, older family member? The Holiday Tea at the Library is fantastic! It’s super easy to make reservations on their website and they even have a special holiday menu.

And there you have it! A booked solid Holiday season in Boston! Really there is so much to do and see during the holidays but these are my top priorities every year. So many years I have had trouble getting into the Holiday spirit but after attending just one of these event you will find yourself humming Christmas carols on the T. Let me know what you’re most looking forward to this Holiday season and be sure to follow me on Instagram to see all the fun things I am doing this season!BBNut2018 0413B2FC2AB3-0B9D-4836-9E4F-0F59F3EA2F68BBNut2018 01925D2246B3-DFA6-413D-A87D-695DA63441EF

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Holiday Shopping Guide

Two words: Tartan Everything! I love dressing for the holidays, the rest of winter in New England can be pretty depressing so I take full advantage of the bright, colorful, fun outfits that come out every holiday. This year I picked out a few favorites that I wanted to share with you all.

1.Sail to Sable Tunic Top: this tunic is perfect for all your holiday occasions. It can be dressed up or down, the velvet color adds a little extra something. It is also super comfy and the long sleeves keep it appropriate for when the weather gets cold and snowy.  Limited stock in my Red Tunic but the is also available in the Navy Plaid version! 5D2246B3-DFA6-413D-A87D-695DA63441EF

2.Vineyard Vines Holiday Plaid Dress: I love the bell sleeve on this dress. A basic shift it is flattering on many different body shapes, and the plaid is holiday perfection! VV did a similar version on this dress in a Black Watch Plaid a couple of years ago that I was obsessed with! It even comes in a “Mommy and Me” version if you’re looking to match.

3.Cozy Fairisle Sweater from VV: I am constantly looking for holiday wear that I can keep wearing January-February. This sweater is just that, a cashmere blend that is super soft. 729BB4CE-B4BA-4410-9ABA-DE5AB6E4709E

4. J.Crew Velvet Jumpsuit: I have to say it has taken me a while to come around to the Jumpsuit trend, but I’m finally here and I am loving it. This one is so classic, perfect for any holiday party you have this season. Screen Shot 2019-11-18 at 4.23.29 PM.png

5. Plaid Ponte Pants from VV: First things first, Ponte pants are ridiculously comfortable! Plus these are plaid and have an adorable bow on the front? I told myself I would not buy yet another pair of plaid pants this year, but that is so not happening because I NEED these in my life!

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6. J.Crew Stewart Tartan Dress: Perfect for all your holiday parties and it is super flattering on tons of different body types. Screen Shot 2019-11-30 at 4.02.51 PM.png

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Pre-Holiday Getaway with Lark Hotels

The Holidays can be wonderful, but they can also be stressful! So this year Mike and I decided to get away for a weekend before the Holidays really ramped up. We checked in to The Hotel Salem, a fabulous Lark Hotel located in the heart of down-town Salem. It was perfect timing, the Halloween crowds were gone and things were still calm ahead of the Holidays. 4DF123E3-BEBF-44C7-8C54-9B501FA8B29E

The Hotel Salem opened just over a year ago. It is conveniently located, a bunch of great restaurants and cute shops are all within walking distance. The Peabody Essex Museum is just one block away and The Witch Museum is right next door! If you’ve never been to Salem I highly recommend doing both.

On Saturday we hit up Far From The Tree Cider and did a couple of flights to sample all their different ciders. On warmer days you can sit out on the patio, they don’t serve food but you are welcome to bring your own or have something delivered! Definitely try the seasonal cider, everything is made with local, freshly pressed apples for small batch cider.  BDBE0C89-84B2-44D7-B718-58E1C7D62B49_1_201_a.jpeg

The Hotel Salem has a restaurant located on the first floor of the building, The Counter. The staff was super friendly and the food was delicious! Friday night I had the Short Rib Grilled cheese, this thing was bigger than my head and it was amazing!! For breakfast in the morning I had the French Toast and Mike had the Chorizo Hash,  while we planned out our fun day of exploring Salem. When you stay at the hotel you get 10% off food at The Counter so definitely stop in for at least one meal during your stay.

Our hotel room was roomie and as with all Lark Hotels was uniquely designed to fit the location. It was the perfect setting to unwind and relax. Each room comes with all the necessary amenities; waffle robe, big screen TV, comfy bed, and most importantly a wine opener! There is also a coffee and tea station on each floor that you can help yourself to anytime of day. The station was also equipped with sparkling and filtered water. We had such a nice time, after a long day of exploring Salem we literally just crashed and took a quick nap before dinner. If you’re a light sleeper, try and request a room towards the back of the hotel, our room overlooked Essex St and it was definitely a bit noisy with all the bars and restaurants right there. 8B22BFFF-27FA-425A-9437-3C4AE745F35062CEFF46-6F25-4BB9-AADF-A4253727A52118287A47-CEC3-47B1-86B3-46C204DD84C7

After a weekend with The Hotel Salem I am feeling refreshed and ready for the holidays! What are you doing to relax and unwind before the holidays?

Thank you so much to Lark Hotels for hosing us for the weekend, as always all opinions are my own.