On Saturday, we made our way down to Brattleboro to meet some of my trail running camp friends at Hermit Thrush. On the way down there, we stopped in Rockingham to see the Meeting House, which was beautiful from the outside but unfortunately was closed, so we couldn't explore inside.
Poor Nora didn't have snow boots or any stabilizers on, so she ended up crawling up the hill to get to the meeting house, and then slid down (which seemed a lot more fun than getting up it!) when it was time to get back to the car.
Afterward, we spent some time in the Vermont Country Store, tasting samples and perusing adorable if not strictly necessary items. (Who wants a Lanz nightgown? This gal!) We made our way down to Brattleboro and met up with some lovely couples. While I tasted a few beers, Roger and Nora wandered around town, stopping in at antique shops and at the Coop.
On the way back home, we stopped by the Lyme Inn for happy hour. We were hoping to see some of their rooms to decide if we want to book them, but unfortunately they were all booked for the evening, so we didn't have the chance. Then, it was a baking festival, getting desserts ready for our little ice skating party the next day.
The next morning, we took a hike up behind the house. It really doesn't get old!
Then, it was skating time! About 15 of our friends from around the Upper Valley and Montpelier came and made the trek. It was great to see everyone, and I just wish the ice had been a little smoother. (Though, to be fair, everyone else seemed totally fine with it. I think maybe I need to take a lesson or two...)
Overall the party was a success, and it was a lot of fun to see everyone out on the ice (many, many meters in front of me). My friend Erin even brought her two adorable dogs, Cedar and Fern! If you're looking for a good hot chocolate recipe for a group, this Betty Crocker Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate was delicious and served all of us when doubled.
Thanks for visiting, Nora! Can't wait for you to come back soon!