Snowshoes and Cocktails

I love weekends! Rather than complain about the snow, yesterday we decided to enjoy it by heading to the Weston Ski Track, right off of the Mass Pike, and only about 20 minutes from our house, for some outdoor fun. If you were reading the blog last winter, you may remember our first adventure at Weston Ski Track. On this day, I learned what a great workout a few hours on snowshoes is and declared it my favorite form of marathon cross training.

Yesterday was very cold but bright and beautiful in the Boston area, and we arrived at the Weston Ski Track in no time, rented snowshoes, and were on our way.

Weston Ski Track

Weston Ski Track

We immediately wandered away from the groomed cross country skiing trails to trudge in the two-foot deep snow. It’s better that way Winking smile

winter in New England

A little pond and tiny streams, hills, and trees provided us with constant beauty, and a couple of falls into the deep snow provided some belly laughs in the snow. The sky, as you can see in the photo below, was magnificent. I was truly amazed that these berries survived the winter.

winter in New England

The path among the trees was quiet and well worth veering off for.

Weston Ski Track

Don’t I look glam?

snowshoes

On our walk, we discovered this badly broken tree, likely affected by one of our wintry storms this year. If you squint, you can see the head of a little woodpecker, pecking away with delight at this wonderful discovery. He was LOUD!

woodpecker

We spent over two hours walking around the Weston Ski Track property, which is actually a golf course during the warmer months. This truly is a great workout; our hearts were pounding, our legs sore, and I was as tired as could be when we got home. I love fresh air!

After a long bath with Philosophy Hazelnut Espresso bubble bath, I made a blogger-inspired dinner. . . you will have to wait until tomorrow for that! But I will share our post-snowshoe cocktails with you. Inspired by our Thursday dinner at The Elephant Walk, I decided to make Lemon Ginger Martinis. I started by making a quick ginger syrup with water, sugar, and chunks of fresh ginger. Hint, take the peels of ginger and run them in your garbage disposal. It smells amazing!

ginger simple syrup

In addition to the syrup, the other ingredients for the martini were vodka, limoncello, and a splash of bubbly ginger beer.

lemon ginger martini

And a squeeze of half a lemon in each glass.

lemon

lemon

I very simply added four teaspoons of ginger syrup, two shots of vodka, two shots of limoncello, and about 1/2 cup of ginger beer with ice to a cocktail shaker and shook. I poured it over a pasta strainer into my favorite Waterford martini glasses which don’t get enough use! They are lovely, and I was excited to dust them off.

lemon ginger martini

A day of snowshoes, fresh air, and beautifully sunny blue skies added to a strong but incredibly delicious cocktail was enough to knock me out. I absolutely love how a day in the snow, like a day at the beach, just takes it all out of you. Bliss.

I already asked this question last year, but since I have some new readers, I would love to know: what is your favorite day trip from where you live?

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  1. Heather’s avatar

    I didn’t realize there was a place to snowshoe so close by – I would love to try it (although I doubt I could get my husband to do it).

    I love Portland, Maine and wish I could spend more time there – that is my idea of a great day trip.

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  2. Kate’s avatar

    Good question! I love going to the Shenandoah Valley to go camping–it’s beautiful. It’s also fun to go into VA and see the Civil War battlefields–a perfect day trip for history nerds like me and my bf!

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  3. Raija’s avatar

    Sounds amazing. Another completely awesome idea.

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  4. Kori’s avatar

    What a great way to warm up post-snowshoeing! And what a fun afternoon. I love snowshoeing too :)

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  5. Kate @ Diethood.com’s avatar

    I wish I could ski/snowshoe 20 minutes from my house – I have to drive at least 2 hours to get to something similar. You lucky girl you!
    I’ll just keep complaining about the snow and the cold with that delicious drink by my side. :)

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  6. Jason Phelps’s avatar

    When I saw your cocktails I had to laugh. I made a Meyer lemon peel & ginger syrup this week. I made several cocktails with it including 1 with ginger beer. Great minds!

    Jason

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    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      I didn’t think of adding lemon to the syrup! I love the ginger and lemon combination!

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    2. Lori’s avatar

      Great photos of a great outing! That cocktail looks a great way to recover from the hard work of snowshoeing!

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    3. Karen’s avatar

      I love springtime in Texas. From Houston you can drive to the Hill Country where there are wildflowers everywhere. It is just beautiful and the weather is nice enough to enough a picnic.

      I think it’s great that you get out and enjoy the snow. It’s so much more fun than just looking out and admiring it.

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    4. Evan Thomas’s avatar

      Great nature photos! I am loving this snow; I wish it was here during Christmas.
      I love going into Boston for the day as a day trip. Being from outside the city, there’s so much to do in the city that it’s a full day event.

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    5. Daisy’s avatar

      soo can you get to this place easily via the commuter rail?! I need to put my snowshoes to good use! P.S. You totally look glam.

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    6. Michelle’s avatar

      Kristen, if it is train accessible, I definitely want to go! I’ve never gone snow shoeing before and this looks like an AWESOME workout!

      Of course, you know that I’m going to say that Portland is one of my favorite places to escape to.

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    7. Shannon’s avatar

      aww, what a fun day!

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    8. Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet }’s avatar

      Looks like you had a fun day in the snow. Living in the San Francisco Bay Area, snow is about 3 hours away. My favorite day trip is heading to wine country for a great lunch and a bit of wine tasting. Recently I made a “zen-tini” which had ginger syrup, mint and lime. I will have to try yours soon – it sounds delicious!!

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      1. traveleatlove’s avatar

        Oh how I wish wine country was a day trip for me! :)

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      2. Megan’s avatar

        We take Gunner there sometimes to run around! It’s such a beautiful area. So glad you got to do some snowshoeing. You definitely look glam! I find it’s better to embrace the weather, but sometimes I can’t help complaining about it.

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      3. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

        You do look glam! Love the sunglasses. It sounds like a fun and relaxing day. The bubble bath sounds very soothing…

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      4. MarathonVal’s avatar

        My favorite day trip is to Starved Rock, Il where we got engaged- it’s a beautiful state park :)

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      5. Sues’s avatar

        Awesome!! I said to Chris literally 2 hours ago, I want to go snow-shoeing or cross country skiing at Weston Ski Track! And then I saw this! Now I want to go even more… And make a nice cocktail when I get home :)

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      6. Elizabeth’s avatar

        Wow, I definitely need to check this out. Weston is beautiful. I read an article in a running magazine about snow shoe running. Sounds SO intense.

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      7. enrico’s avatar

        love the pictures, the colors look so bright and vibrant

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      8. Lazaro Dederich’s avatar

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      9. Nikki’s avatar

        Snowshoeing and martinis? Can we be friends? :)

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      10. Kerstin’s avatar

        What a fun excursion and good workout! And I’d love one of those martinis – they look fabulous!

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