It's bothering me that I can't remember exactly when we started coming here, but I think it was 2008 or 2009, then 2010 for February Break, then Christmas three years in a row, some summer weekends on the way home from Maine, an Easter weekend getaway, and now this glorious February extravaganza.
Grafton is one of our favorite places, a romantic spot that is truly away from most things stressful and is all about eating, drinking, reading, and hiking. As soon as we descend into the valley, we feel this immediate dropping of the blood pressure and a sense that we are at our home away from home.
This time, we've read books by the fire, I've done three mini puzzles, we've played Movie Memory, had delicious dinners, gone to two independent bookstores, and hiked around town.
It is pure relaxation. Which is good, because the rest of break needs to be spent writing IEPs. Balance. Rejuvenate first, then go back to work work working.
|Happiness, foggy glasses, snow, freezing just a bit|
|Picturesque Vermont barn in the snow|
|Snowy frozen river footbridge|
|I am in love with this barnside mural|
|The Tavern and Historic Inn... We stay in the cottage across the street in a quiet, our of the way room|
|View from our room in the morning|
|Mini puzzle in a tin!|
|This one is called "Silver Birches"|
|And this one is "Red-Eyed Vireos" by Charlie Harper. I may be addicted to these travel puzzles!|
|Ahhhh, reading by the fire after a Vermont country breakfast|
|Hiking up Bear Mountain|
|Not bad for a shot out a moving car... This moon was truly spectacular and barely captured here.|
|Books from Misty Valley Phoenix Books in Chester|
|Books for me bought at The Northshire Bookstore in Manchester|
|Bryce's book stack from the Northshire.|
|Delicious Italian wine at fancypants dinner|
I really do feel so fortunate to be living this beautiful life.
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