Port and Snow

Did you know that Friday was Port Day? Thanks to the magic of the Twitterverse and some great people in the wine business, I also received some Port samples to taste for the occasion.

Since we already had plans to head to Killington, Vermont for the weekend, I brought the Port along. Port and snow go so well together!

The drive to Killington was rainy and foggy until we got close to Killington itself and started ascending the mountainous area. It was then that big snowflakes started to fall. Despite the weather when we arrived, it had been foggy and rainy all day, resulting in the slopes being closed down, and also in lots of ice and slush on unplowed roads. Unfortunately, our not-so-trusty GPS led us astray, down a very long driveway, and we got stuck. Not the best way to start the weekend. The homeowner had a plow, but he told us to call AAA. New England hospitality? Perhaps he should add a giant “Private Driveway” sign to the start of his property?

At any rate, after about 35 minutes of spinning wheels and backing down the driveway and zooming back up, we made it to the dry, salted road. My husband the driver for the win!


We arrived at our cozy house to baked ziti and salad and later, Port. I liked this Sandeman 10 year old Tawny Port the best. It exhibited flavors of both dried and ripe fruit with a warm vanilla undertone and a little bit of spice. It went perfectly with Whole Foods two bite brownies. Yes it did.

Sandeman Tawny Port

We spent the evening by the fire sipping Port, and then I had night one of the worst sleep ever.

Luckily, the next day dawned bright but chilly, and we had a leisurely breakfast while looking out over this.


Due to the icy conditions and general lack of desire to ski, a bunch of us decided to go snowshoeing instead. Those of us who needed to rent shoes did so, and we spent about four hours hiking around a pretty difficult terrain. By the time we were done, I had removed layers and was just enjoying the warm winter sun.


Blackberry pictures, unfortunately. . . I have snow shoed in the past with my camera, and it was not fun.


Throughout our hike we went over hills, past a frozen lake, and even saw some adorably furry animals like this pony.


We unstrapped our snowshoes along the way for a quick bite at the Mountain Meadows Lodge. Sweet potato and mushroom soup was just the thing to warm all of us up.

sweet potato and mushroom soup

Après-snowshoe, most of our group took naps, and then we headed to hang out with the skiers at the Lookout. A few pre-dinner beers and some bar food in the very crowded bar, and we headed home for the night, well stocked with some very mediocre Chinese takeout.

We both had another horrible night of sleep, so we ended up not skiing on Sunday and instead, after fluffy pancakes at Blanche and Bill’s, headed home to nap.

Killington is a really fun place, and while the social scene would probably have suited me better five years ago, there are plenty of reasons to return, including dinner at the Killington Ledgewood Yurt.

Vermont still has so much damage from Irene, and I was happy to see businesses booming. If you’re planning a winter trip, Killington is a good place to start!

Special thanks to Killington expert Daisy for all of her recommendations in and around town!

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Tags: Killington, Port, snow, snowshoes, soup, Travel, Vermont, wine, winter

  1. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

    The Sandeman Tawny is one of my faves as well! I am a big port fan… looks like VT is the perfect place to sip it!


  2. Daisy’s avatar

    that port sounds excellent! Thanks for the shoutout. I am glad you got to go to some of the places I recommended! such a bummer about getting stuck and terrible night sleeps, though. :(


  3. Michelle’s avatar

    It looks like you had a wonderful and relaxing weekend even without a lot of sleep.


  4. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

    My favorite part about this whole post is the pony!! And then the port :)


  5. Erica @ In and Around Town’s avatar

    I love the picture of the shaggy pony – such a good New England photo! even with the lack of sleep, looks like you had a great weekend!


  6. Molly Galler’s avatar

    I don’t ski or snowboard (and have no desire to), but I have always wanted to snow shoe! It just sounds like such a fun, exploratory, winter activity! Sorry you didn’t sleep well, but happy to hear you had a Port-filled escape from the city!


    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      I am glad I am not alone in my lack of desire to ski!


    2. melissanibbles’s avatar

      Bummer about the lack of sleep :(
      I love that you saw a random pony!


    3. Megan’s avatar

      My dad and siblings got stuck on one of those roads that closes to traffic during the winter in VT once on their way to meet up with me and my mom where we were staying. We had to venture out and find them and help them dig out. So not fun.


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