This weekend my husband and I put the dogs in the car and headed north to Burlington, Vermont. We left our house with the sun shining but drove into a grey but pretty winter wonderland.
Burlington is about 3 1/2 hours northwest of where we live and is great city. It sits on the shore on Lake Champlain, and for once, it wasn't either really hot or really windy and cold. Lake Champlain is a very large lake and is connected somehow to the St. Lawrence River in Canada, and when it gets cold and windy in Burlington it is always worse than many other places in Vermont because the damp cold blows off the lake.
We actually went up for a hockey game because the University of Vermont is in Burlington and they were playing our alma mater team. We wouldn't have gone except that my sister-in-law's husband works for the Marriott Hotel chain and he was able to get us a dog friendly room for $33 a night (they also went up). We learned about this on Wednesday and made a last minute decision to go and have a little change of scenery.
We had fun at the game, but I think the main theme of the weekend turned into food and drink.
I better not eat all week now!
It began with breakfast on the road.
We stopped at this classic New Hampshire old farm that is now a place to stop for snack
or a half dozen apple cider donuts. That was 3 for each of us! I will admit I only planned on eating one but as we didn't have lunch until very very late I somehow managed to eat my 3.
(And they were very delicious too!)
We met up with my in-laws at a rum distillery since they were able to go up on Friday and we chose not take the day off from work. When we arrived my sister-in-law was trying this mini drink. It looked really tempting. So I had to try one too.
This glass was actually smaller than it looks. (It was only about 4 sips.) The distillery wasn't a place to go seriously drink but a place to taste their products. The winter daiquiri was made of rum, lime juice, and a spicy seasonal mixer.
I loved the drink but we didn't buy any rum from their store. I loved their store decor too.
And even though we could have brought the dogs in, they were sitting in the car watching the world walk by. Or else taking a nice nap and getting my car very hairy! They actually like to ride in the car, and it was only around freezing temperature wise, so it wasn't too cold or too hot for them to wait in the car. Had the temperatures been either much colder or much warmer we wouldn't have gone since we didn't have a dog sitter this past weekend.
After our drink, it was time for lunch, so we went next door to a local pizza place.
I just loved the door of the pizza place.
The pizza was delicious, and the beer was good although I wish this brewery had made something a little bit darker in color.
This was my husband's beer which I actually liked a bit better. I had a pint with my lunch and at that point I had had plenty of alcohol.
After lunch we went to check out our hotel and take the dogs for a nice afternoon stroll before the hockey game began.
And since it is Tuesday, it is time to share this drink related post over at Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog.
Next week I will share the rest of our road trip, which was mostly about Christmas cookies.
Have a great T day and thanks for visiting.