You can never really tell where art is going to take you. And today, I am still not too sure if I went down the white rabbit's hole or was delivered back in time to a bygone era. (Think 1830's, not dinosaur old). But one strong fact is, I was transported to an afternoon easy and carefree; joyous and colourful. This is the inaugural year for ICE BOX whose tag line is "art in the heart of winter." And hopefully there will be many more to come, as it was a whimsical delight for both young and old. Two weekends of art, history and fun! CHECK IT OUT, ONE MORE WEEKEND FEB 9th - 10th (see website for event schedule) . My husband, dad and myself went to see what it was all about.
Maybe it is the winter gloomy sky, or the small hue of colour that is left over from a magical trip to Disney World. I can't be sure. What I do know is that to live a prismatic life, one that is not always a constant bright yellow but also of softer pastels, sometimes a little effort is needed to create our own rainbows. KEEP READING! GIVEAWAY BELOW.
One of the absolute first thing you notice when you cross the border from New York State into Vermont is the mountains. At first I mistook them for clouds on the horizon, as going from fairly flat terrain to seeing ACTUAL mountains and not just rolling hills was a little surprising. If you are looking for a getaway filled with the possibility of outdoor activities and nature Vermont will not disappoint.
It all started back on November 9th. In the heat of passion I declared fiercely that I would not be stepping a toe across the border until America had come back to it's beautiful senses. Until "normality", decency and common sense good was restored. While Trump was in power (which he has clearly misused) I would not spend a dime in the good ole U.S of A. Our yearly hiking trip to the South West or discovering a city for the first or second or third time would not happen again for at least four years.
Two years in, and the travel itch had overwhelmed me. I broke down and started researching states that would not only welcome a Canadian (um guys why aren't you yelling at the top of your lungs to protect a very fair trade deal that we have in place. One that you definitely already have the advantage over.) but allow a weekend where I could leave as much politics at home and not fear certain things, like gun violence, racism and women's rights.
I love the United States, I have met and continue to meet wonderful people, and that brings me hope.
So on to the trip. Vermont kind of crept up on me. The hiking looked great, the scenery and the relative closeness to us made it very appealing. Wood fired everything, and lot of options for Craft Beer and Cider. So when I mentioned it to a long time travel bud, plans started to happen. We packed up our husbands and dogs and hit the road.
The entire trip was wonderful, Our Cabin was literally on a mountain in the forest. The people we interacted with were wonderful (Special shout out to sweet spot owners Jess from Hender's in Waterbury and William from Rainbow Sweets in Marshfield) and the scenery was breathtaking.
I definitely plan on doing multiple follow up trips, and this time add some hiking and big mountain climbs.
Check out the up coming collaboration post, with our Top 5 things to do in Vermont in a weekend.
In the meantime here are some teasers of the trip!!
This year our little VW Rabbit was given a new home. My sister adopted him and for the remainder of her life she will be driven infrequently and be sheltered in a garage. She is in good hands. The newest addition to our little family is BIG MAN MAZDA (Not yet named, maybe leave your ideas). An SUV was just more practical for our country lifestyle and after ALOT of research, we decided to bring this beast home. Of course we needed to break it in as soon as possible so the decision was quickly made to go on a road trip before our busy season at the inn started.
All packed and ready to go, we headed for our nations capital Ottawa, a 2.5 hour drive from Prince Edward County.