05 March 2014

Vermont, Part II - Maple Cream & Covered Bridges

We had local gift items for our guests while in Vermont for our event. Snapdragon Inn surprised us by making up these darling gift bags.

Photo by Chris Cammock

Photo by Chris Cammock

A huge, heartfelt thanks to local Raymond's Sugarhouse. They are a small, all natural maple farmer and provided 100% pure maple creammaple candy, and maple peanuts for our guests. Ummmmm....HEAVENLY. I had to stock up on two tubs of that maple cream before leaving. I can't believe something that good even exists. I was so glad I finally got to try it. You can buy your own here at the Raymond Etsy shop. It's paleo-friendly and gluten-free!  

 UPDATE: Amy at Raymond's says to mention this blog when ordering and she'll throw in an extra treat. :)



 I also highly recommend Raymond's maple leaf candy. So, so tasty.



And, we had THE BEST EVER RAW JUICE BAR provided by a brand new business in Windsor called The Vermont Juice Company. Hannah's flavors were soooo clean, healthy and good. I am not even joking when I say the Omega Maple is my new favorite drink on earth! (It's a fresh nut milk with almond, flax seed, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, sea salt, and maple.) I want to buy this by the case. We were all just dying over it. She does sell her juices on-line, as well (you can pre-order now). And, she offers juice cleanse packages, which would be a great way to start off spring. 


Photo by Chris Cammock

Photo by Chris Cammock





Lake Champlain Chocolate, an all natural, Fair Trade, artisanal chocolatier in Vermont, also provided everyone with Organic Peru Chocolate Bars and chocolate heartsThank you, thank you! Everybody loved them!

Photo by Chris Cammock

And, Vermont's Finest Ben & Jerry's spoiled us with an ice cream party one night. Ice cream and fireplaces go together really well. :)

 Photo by Chris Cammock

Photo by Melissa Hope

 Photo by Melissa Hope


In between workshops, we got to experience some more Vermont awesomeness... 

Covered Bridges.

 Photo by Danny

Below is the longest two-span covered bridge in America! It's right in Windsor, a few minutes from the Inn.  Excuse me, ma'am, "Walk Your Horses or Pay Two Dollars Fine."


Photo by Melissa Hope

Photo by Melissa Hope

Glass BlowingThe famous Simon Pierce is minutes from the Inn. The pieces they make are heavy and thick and really the best quality you could find. My favorite pieces are from the Geo Line

Photo by Danny

Charming Vermont Foodie Shops.  Sustainable Farmer was especially fun to visit (they have a whole section of super foods.) Also, they will customize a welcome bag for your room at Snapdragon. DO IT and feel spoiled when you get off the train and minutes later arrive to the most delicious, local goodies made from whole ingredients. I highly, highly recommend asking for: Raw Spinach Dip w/ crackers (they do have GF Whole Grain Glutinos, if needed), Cashew Chocolate Truffles (paleo, no sugar, super clean ingredients), Village Cannery Organic Applesauce, Jan's Farmhouse Crisps, Local Cheddar or cheese curds, raw honey (they harvest their own!), and maple butter.



Photo by Melissa Hope

And Woodstock Farmers' Market is the PERFECT place to pick up sandwiches and freshly prepared side dishes made in-house, as well as locally made specialty foods. I loved the Mediterranean salads and Vermont Maple Walnut Peanut Butter.


Old School Restaurants. We had dinner at Windsor Station Restaurant. Yes, it's a train station! It's RIGHT NEXT TO THE TRAIN TRACKS and it's such a thrill to sit there while the Amtrak trains speed by during dinner. I have a nephew who would go crazy over that place.



We also enjoyed a dinner at historic Skunk Hollow Tavern, right next door to these beauties.


Photo by Melissa Hope

Good-bye, Vermont!!! Thank you for an extraordinary weekend. See you next year! YES. Next year. (We plan to duplicate this event at Snapdragon Inn every single year. It was that good.)


reposting...

A GIFT FOR ALL OUR READERS:

The Snapdragon Inn is showing the LOVE with a huge discount for our readers of $149/night ... any room, even the weekends!! To get the discount you can book directly on their website www.snapdragoninn.com. Once you've selected your dates, before hitting checkout, make sure to enter the code LOVEBLOG to get your savings. Give the Inn a call if you have any problems during checkout, or have any additional questions. Holidays and blackout dates apply, complete travel before August 28th, 2014. 

$149 for heated bathroom floors, luxury feather beds, breakfast included, and claw foot tubs (available in some of the rooms)?!? I can't believe their generosity. I hope you can jump on this and have an amazing getaway! Try to get Room 9. It's a dream. I recommend riding the "Vermonter" Amtrak to the Inn. You can walk straight to Snapdragon in five minutes.

13 comments:

  1. Sigh. Looks so dreamy. I wanted to come to this in the WORST way. But being so far away, and with work demands, financial limitations, etc. it was just not in the cards. Best of luck on your journey south! So excited for you two!

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    1. You are so kind to write. Thanks for the support from afar.
      Here's our plan - we want to have an event at Snapdragon once a year (we'll go to other locations, too, but for sure come back to VT yearly. We just loved it so much there.) We'll announce dates when things are more final. But for now, tentatively plan on an event at Snapdragon again next February, 2015. We hope to go all out even more. And this time, we'll give you all much more notice. :) Have a great week. XO

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    2. Excellent! Hopefully by then I'll have finished 'The Fifth Way' that Danny recommended. I've been reading it in spurts. I find I have to mentally/spiritually chew on a section for awhile before I read more. Love to you both! Zina

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    3. Zina, also, I've been meaning forever to write you...ever since you gave us some of the "Mom's Stuff", Danny has used on his hair every single day. I held off more as he was hoarding it in his bathroom. :) But I finally ordered my own tub of it as I love using it on my hands. It's one of the products we're taking with us to Ecuador. A post will be coming up about it..hopefully sooner than later. XO

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  2. I love Vermont! Looks like it was a wonderful weekend. Beautiful photos, beautiful treats, beautiful people! Also nice to have a quintessential "American" weekend before you head off to Latin America! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. thx, Marlene. And yes, you're right on the quintessential American weekend. I don't know how we got so lucky to have that timing. I feel so very grateful.

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  3. Those juice flavors look perfect.

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  4. Yum! The maple cream and candy...def. going to try those!

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  5. Mara, you are so pretty!

    I love the idea of juices, but it's so expensive - we should all just make our own, it's so easy and simple. I think in the long run cheaper on the wallet too.

    What would be the difference between juicing and blending...is there a difference, are you getting less of the nutrients by juicing verses blending...?

    P.S. please come to los angeles, or orange county CA for a session/class/etc :).

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  6. That maple cream sounds incredible. I was really nervous to click over to Etsy and find the price, but at only $12 a tub, that is definitely something we can afford. I am really looking forward to this treat!

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  7. Thank you Mara for your wonderful compliments on our maple products. We are so thrilled you have found a safe Paleo treat for yourself! We would love for your readers to mention this blog when ordering and I'll try to throw in a free treat! Best of luck in Equador and safe travels; see you next year!

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    1. awesome!! Thank you for that. So nice of you. I just added your offer to the post. And yes, see you next year! Can't wait!!!

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  8. That maple cream Is delicious. I finally tried it my last morning at the inn on the brand new waffles. It was heavenly. xo

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