My husband and I went to Vermont over the weekend to see our daughter. The Weather Channel said it was going to be sunny – they were wrong! It was overcast and rainy the entire weekend, but we did not let that hamper our activities. Vermont is always a beautiful place to visit no matter what the weather.
We went to Burlington which is the the largest city in the state. It is a college town that sits on the eastern banks of Lake Champlain. There is so much to do in Burlington from outdoorsy stuff to great shopping, window browsing, people watching, and enjoying delicious cuisine at the many restaurants in town. We always try to fit in as much as is possible. It is a 7 hour trip for us. We leave early in the morning so we can arrive and still enjoy biking along the waterfront bike path before it gets dark. The foliage was still pretty, but past its peak.
The bike trail is one of the best I have ever been on. It takes you out into and over the lake on a causeway that was once used for a railroad that connected to the Champlain Islands. We didn’t go that far, but did cross over quite a few bridges.
We went hiking on Saturday afternoon even though it poured. When we got up to the top the scene looked like something right out of Field & Stream magazine. I didn’t want to disturb this fisherman and his dog.
But we were pretty excited to have made it all the way up.
On the way back down I was tempted to take a few branches of pepper berries that lined the trail.
My mind was on overdrive and coming up with many ways that I could use them to decorate my house for the holiday season. I was a good nature girl and let them be.
We were soaking wet when we got back down to the car. To warm up we stopped at the Boyden Valley Winery for a wine tasting. I liked the Big Barn Red the best and came home with a bottle.
On Sunday morning we were invited to have brunch with the owners of the Willard Street Inn. It was delicious and a treat to get to sit down and enjoy getting to know the Innkeepers Larry and Katie Davis. They were so warm and inviting, the Inn is just beautiful – down to the smallest detail. They have owned it for the past 6 years and run it with the help of two of their grown children.
The Inn was built in 1881 and has quite a history.
I noticed every detail – the brick design on the front step landing.
Decorated grapevine to greet you.
The breakfast room or Solarium is my favorite. Look at the wall of windows XO If you follow me on Pinterest you know I have a whole board filled with nothing but rooms with windows like these.
The molding and architecture is so detailed and everywhere you look. Look at the size of that door
Paneled walls throughout and ceilings, too!
So much detail to take in. This fleur de lis pattern is made of plaster and in the room where guests check in. I am not sure of what it is called, but you just don’t see decorative treatments like this anymore.
Big crown molding sits on top of the fleur de lis walls.
I wish I could have a door like this in my home. It opens up to the back porch and gardens and a view of Lake Champlain.
If you are ever in Burlington, Vermont and want to stay in style then you will love The Willard Street Inn. You can find out more about the house, the inn, and the innkeepers by visiting their website The Willard Street Inn.
On Friday night we went to an Art Show. One of the chefs at the inn, Trevor Sullivan, paints on old window sashes. Here is a painting he did of the back of the Inn that was on display and for sale at the Art Show.
The weekend went by way too fast, but we had fun spending time with our daughter. On our 7 hour drive home we stopped the car a few times so I could get a few photos of some cute and clever hay roll cats-
and hay roll dogs. Are they not a cute way to make art out of all the big rolls of hay you see in the farms and fields you drive past?