Two weekends ago, we had the pleasure of visiting my aunt, uncle, and cousins in Vermont! The trip was made even more special because my mom and grandparents would be visiting that weekend as well- mini family reunion time!
We drove up on Friday evening after Paul was finished working.
Vermont, here we come! Teddy always rides up front with us, while Graham stretches out in the back seat. It works out pretty well for everyone. We saw this gorgeous sunset on the drive while we were in New hampshire!
On Saturday morning, we all loaded up into a few cars and headed to Maine. We had a full itinerary planned and the first stop was the flagship company store of Stonewall Kitchen in York, ME. (Fun fact: we took some of our engagement pictures in York last year!) Stonewall Kitchen is a company that crafts high-quality jams, jellies, syrups, sauces, and more! They have open jars of all of their delicious products to sample with crackers, pretzels, or tortilla chips. Needless to say, we had an amazing time tasting dozens of their products and purchased several to take home! I think it would be an impossible feat to leave this foodie paradise empty-handed.
Next, we were off to a late lunch at Five Islands Lobster Co. in Georgetown, ME. It was an hour and a half drive to our next destination and I swear I have never seen more kayaks and canoes strapped to the top of cars in my entire life. I would say roughly 65% of cars had them; it seemed as though everyone was up for a day of paddling around on the water!
Paul tried his first whole lobster! Unfortunately for me, I do not like any seafood and stuck to chicken tenders and fries. My family seemed to enjoy their lobsters though and that made me happy. The restaurant itself has a huge outdoor patio overlooking the ocean and has a great summer ambiance. Graham was completely obsessed with watching the water, as you can see with his head sticking through the fence. He was staring intently at the ocean for a solid hour! I’m pretty sure if we let him, he would have happily jumped in the water and played for hours. Considering we had a few hours to drive back, we wanted the dogs to stay dry. Maybe next time!
The next morning, we started the day with German Pancakes made by my Uncle Tom! They are a favorite of our family, as my Grammie is from Germany and brought the tradition with her. Some of us headed out to King Arthur Flour‘s flagship campus following breakfast, which is located in Norwich, VT. As always when we go to King Arthur, Paul and I purchased several fun baking supplies and mixes! We love King Arthur!
The rest of the afternoon was spent primarily outside enjoying the beautiful day. Teddy and Graham had a blast playing with their doggie cousin, Toby and their brother, Parker.
This is the look of pure happiness and contentment:
We can’t wait until we are able to purchase our first home and have a yard for Teddy & Graham. They love going to Vermont more than anything because it’s always non-stop running around outside and playtime for them!
Teddy & Graham even got a tasty Vermont cookie from Norwich’s local general store, Dan & Whit’s. Dan & Whit’s is a cool place, they have everything (and I mean everything)!
Somehow, I did not get a group photo of everyone and feel like a total failure! But I did get a selfie with Grammie!
Late in the afternoon, Paul and I had to say our goodbyes and head back to Massachusetts since we both had to work the next day. It was a wonderful busy weekend spent with family and we are already looking forward to doing it again soon! If I haven’t said it recently, we love living in New England!