on Friday my travel buddy from study abroad took the 9 hour train ride from Penn Station all the way up to Vermont just to see me! I was so happy to have someone to explore my little state with (and to see her, of course) for the weekend.
I got to do a little shopping and scored the Gap sweater that I've been wanting for quite some time for only $16, plus one fun sweater with a leopard-inspired motif that I just couldn't say no to. I've been doing so well and not shopping for clothes, but the end of season sales were just too good to resist.
we went on a little road trip on Saturday, which was gloriously sunny, to visit both the Cabot creamery and the Ben & Jerry's factory. obviously, we love our dairy.
that enormous sample is of the milk & cookies flavor. I'm not a huge ice cream lover (I'd rather have sweet potato fries any day) but this combination of cookies & cream ice cream with chocolate chip cookie dough is amazing.
I also saw Jerry at the gym the other day. maybe he was working off a pint or two? it was the kind of celebrity sighting that you can only have in Vermont.
on Sunday we visited Palmer's Sugarhouse, a local operation, and tried some sugar on snow. for those of you who aren't familiar with this treat, it's made by topping a little pile of fresh snow (or ice in the warmer months) with plenty of top-quality maple syrup and is served with a plain donut and a pickle to balance the flavors. the syrup gets all hard and sticky, making for a rather messy meal.
we also hiked Mt Philo, a little bump of a mountain, and had a lovely little picnic at the summit looking out over the mountains and Lake Champlain.
on Monday we went into Burlington. I'm sure my city dwelling friend was a little underwhelmed by all that Burlington has to offer, but she sure was charmed by the friendly people and breathtaking views.
we stopped by the Lake Champlain Chocolates factory and store just long enough to snag some free samples and see some Easter bunnies being made. we spent the day popping in and out of little boutiques, having a quiet little lunch at the Spot, and wandering the waterfront before the sun disappeared.
stay tuned for more details of our weekend adventures!