You are currently browsing articles tagged winter.

Yesterday morning, my alarm went off just in time for me to do a strength workout. A couple of snoozes later, and an “I don’t wanna”, I was up and getting ready for the day, sans healthy smoothie or workout. I barely dragged myself out the door, despite the fact that I really love the work I am doing.

The rest of the day continued the same way. I couldn’t wake up, and I just felt completely down in the dumps the entire day. When my husband came to pick me up from work, I went home, plopped down on my yoga mat, and just wanted to spend the rest of my life in Savasana.

After a few minutes I got up, and I decided to make the best of the evening by turning the whole day, and in turn the week, around.

How to cure the winter blues or blahs?


Step #1: Have a kitchen dance party while making something ooey gooey and delicious like butternut squash mac and cheese or butternut squash lasagna. Kitchen dance parties are my favorite; just crank up your favorite music and move around while getting all sorts of cooking and cleaning done. You’re guaranteed to feel better after.

Bully Boy White Rum

Step #2: Make a sunny cocktail. I went back to last summer, when I attended the opening of Todd English’s Olives and made a citrusy orange and olive oil cocktail, featuring Bully Boy white rum and Frances Mayes’ Bramasole olive oil.


Oranges are a positive thing about winter! At least I can think of one. . .

navel oranges

Step #3: Luxuriate in a bubble bath filled with Hot Buttered Rum bubbles from Philosophy. My mom always gets me Philosophy products for Christmas, and I love them.

Hot Buttered Rum Bubble Bath

Step #4: Dream about someplace warm, or, if you are lucky, plan a trip. We’re planning an April visit to our home-away-from-home, Sonoma County, and I am walking on sunshine just thinking about being there.

Winter blues are pretty common; I find it most important to be kind to yourself while getting through it. Next up? Hopefully making myself keep my commitment to hot yoga. I think it will help a ton.

How do you get through the winter blues and blahs?

Technorati Tags: ,


Tags: cocktails, winter

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!

Technorati Tags: , , , , , , , ,


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

Magical Stowe

Vermont is open for business! It  felt like a bit of a secret this past weekend in Stowe, as every restaurant had openings, we found parking no problem, and shops were pretty empty. Not that I am complaining that we had the place to ourselves, but after talking to many business owners, we learned that many people are staying away because of tropical storm Irene’s after effects.

And while Irene’s ugly wrath is still evident near Killington and the like, the large majority of businesses survived and are opened. And they want people to visit!

The whole thing frustrated me a little. The damage we saw was serious, and yet on a national level we seemed to hear nothing about it. The people of Vermont were incredibly resourceful in helping themselves and each other after the storm. Listening to my aunt tell stories about people jumping up and volunteering to build makeshift bridges, help feed and house neighbors, well, it’s a story worth hearing.

And Stowe around Christmas is definitely a place worth visiting. We are hoping to make this visit an annual tradition.

Stowe Covered Bridge

We were led to Stowe by an Eversave deal for Stowe Meadows. Neither of us had ever been, so we jumped at the chance.

stowe meadows

What an amazing place to stay! Stowe Meadows, a giant, well-appointed and luxurious lodge-style home, was comfortable, relaxing, and romantic. We were the only guests and received an upgrade to a larger room than I had booked months ago. The sprawling house offered a couple of common areas for relaxing, in addition to the large guest rooms.

stowe meadows

After a night in a big comfy bed, we woke up to this outside our window.



And after a beautiful, gourmet breakfast (which sadly I didn’t photograph!), we took Stowe Meadows’ owners’ advice and headed to Moss Glen Falls for a little hike to get the blood flowing. A short and chilly jaunt through some woods and up a hill, and we were rewarded with this view. Being surrounded by the smell of pine, cold air, and the sound of rushing waterfalls? Magical.

Moss Glen Falls

After our little hike, we wandered the festive downtown Stowe, looking at all of the decorations and really getting in the Christmas spirit.


And before our incredible dinner at Michael’s on the Hill, we took a long walk on the 5.5 mile recreational trail that starts in the town of Stowe, right behind the church. If you visit Stowe, the trail is perfect for biking, walking, or jogging. There were lots of dogs, which always makes me happy!



A day in Stowe, followed by a great meal, made for two very tired people. Luckily we had Stowe Meadows as our home base! I can not wait to go back. I may have even promised my husband I would try to learn to ski. Gulp!

Are you a skier? When it comes to travel, do you go toward the snow or away from it?

Technorati Tags: , , , , , ,


Tags: New England, outdoors, Stowe, Stowe Meadows, Travel, Vermont, winter

« Older entries § Newer entries »

new restaurant
WordPress SEO fine-tune by Meta SEO Pack from Poradnik Webmastera