When I say the past few days have been an emotional and mental rollercoaster, it’s not an exaggeration. Between beautiful and relaxing afternoons spent in the picturesque surroundings of Vermont near peak-foliage time and then racing through important tasks at my job that popped up unexpectedly when I’d returned to the confines of my office- the past 48-72 hours also saw me undergoing the beginning of what appears to be a series of extensive car repairs and having to completely replace the phone I’d had since 2016 (and had thankfully backed up prior to it pretty much imploding on itself Saturday night!)
The minor financial setbacks and overall exhaustion from keeping up with everything aside, I’m still hanging in there- and I’d rather focus on one of the better aspects of these past few days instead of the negative parts. Specifically, my weekend day trip to Manchester, Vermont and the Equinox Valley Nursery.
I had traveled up to Vermont with my friend Dan to go pumpkin picking with him and his parents- who visit from New York every season and are reportedly big fans of the nursery. They had wanted to stock up on pumpkins and gourds to decorate the front walkway of their home- as well as pumpkin bread and cider for obvious, delicious reasons.
As soon as we got there and shortly after we’d done a preliminary sweep of the grounds (nestled near some seriously gorgeous mountains!) to see their selection- I was treated to an apple cider doughnut sundae, complete with apple ice cream and warm maple syrup drizzled over a freshly baked doughnut. I’d skipped breakfast that morning- and I would absolutely recommend that as a way to start a day on the right note for sure.
Equinox Valley was loaded with all sorts of fall décor and had a ton of activities- including a corn maze, wagon rides, scarecrow displays, and so much more. It was my first time visiting the nursery, and the area- and I cannot wait to go back!
After we left the nursery, Dan and I followed his parents down the road a bit to the Orvis Retail store, where I picked up a toy for Oliver for when I got home- and then it was off to Zoey’s Deli for lunch and super fun conversation. I had an amazing day, filled with good company- great food- and so many breathtaking views!
A little later on this week, I’m getting down to my usual seasonal spookiness with some more morbid Massachusetts finds/locations- and am preparing a foliage photo dump, too- so stay tuned!