Kaleigh and I arrived at the Lark Hotel's Field Guide Hotel in Stowe, VT after shooting a wedding at Mad River Glen on a gorgeous Vermont fall day. We were kindly welcomed and given the key to the Lark Suite in the tallest tower in the castle (it did require some hiking to get to it). Upon entering the suite our jaws went slack at the gorgeous interior decorations and Kaleigh jumped up and down like a kid for the cookies that had been left for us. Quick to take in all of the amenities the hotel had to offer, we dropped our things and ran for a dip in the pool, hot tub and soaked our tired bodies in the bathtub with Lather Eucalyptus Bath Salts. We determined that there is no such thing as too much soaking of tired bodies.
We made up a cocktail for the weekend that, after frantic brainstorming we named “The Leaf Peeper in Flannel”. A mix of bourbon, blood orange bitters, cardamom clove syrup and a splash of soda. Refreshing yet quietly alluding to the autumn season knocking loudly at the door.
After exploring a bit of the area, we enjoyed a delicious dinner at The Bench accompanied by the tastiest beer – Edward from Hill Farmstead Brewery - we'll definitely have to check this one out next time we are back in Vermont.
BREAKFAST IN BED!
Our first morning waking up at the Field Guide, Kaleigh leapt out of bed faster than I have ever seen her move before 9 a.m. to retrieve the breakfast basket that waited for us at the door. Having let the staff know at check in that I can’t eat wheat I was delighted to find a number of gluten free items had been included. We devoured the OJ, raisin scone, GF peanut butter oat bar, hardboiled eggs with herbs and washed it down with tea and coffee.
After breakfast we packed up some snacks and headed out for a short, mellow hike up to the Stowe Pinnacle via the Pinnacle Meadows Trail – roughly 2.5 miles round trip the hike was enough to work up a sweat and still have plenty of energy for afternoon adventuring.
COFFEE AND TEA BREAK!
After a short coffee, tea and knitting break, we drove up the road a few miles to check out the brand new von Trapp Brewery Bier Hall that had only opened a few days previously and almost inhaled a flight of beers, a garden salad and bratwurst and cheese platter (I packed rice crackers) and purchased some of the Oktoberfest to bring back to Maine.
We continued a bit further up the road to the Trapp Family Lodge where I spent many days skiing as a kid and high school ski racer and we went for a walk and ran about singing “The Hills Are Alive” at the top of our lungs.
We took a little catnap/cocktail break back at the room, knitting and watching Tastemade on the apple TV before heading downstairs to enjoy a bite to eat at Picnic Social, the hotel’s own restaurant. We split a cheeseburger, curried delicata squash and smashed fingerling potatoes (one of Kaleigh’s favorite things to make at home). I lost at cornhole – terribly (nothing new) and we hit the hay early.
After another breakfast in bed, we enjoyed a yummy cup of Vermont Coffee Company coffee in the lobby before heading home. We were able to sneak in a quick visit to the Gold Brook Covered Bridge before hopping back on 89 south and heading for Maine.
Look 1: Shirt: L.L.Bean Signature Jacket: L.L.Bean (make sure to size down) Jeans: L.L.Bean Signature Boots: L.L. Bean (Order a full size down and do it now!) Necklace: Watts in Maine Watch: North Twenty Two Hat: Stetson(found it at RENY's)
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