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Bennington, Vermont!

Monday, October 30, 2017

I finally visited Bennington! My friend, Autumn, and I became friends when she was going to college in Bennington and it always looks so appealing! I obviously ended up choosing a different route, but it was fun to think about how my life would have been different if I would have gone to school in Vermont. 

Ain't No Mountain High Enough

Sunday, October 29, 2017
Sorry I am taking like actual years to post all the pictures I have taken over the past couple weeks. Yo girl can't get it together, apparently!

So these are from Vermont when we drove up Mount Equinox. It's about a 3 hour drive from us and so not bad at all! Once again: Best thing about New England = PROXIMITY! 

The houses were perfect, of course. I wasn't kidding in my last post when I say they are all so cute and renovated. Which is NECESSARY! A girl on my Instagram said she lived in Vermont and their house was from like the 1800's! CRAZINESS. 

I love trees everywhere, but I also love wide open spaces with mountains in the distance! I need to find somewhere that has both! (Like Vermont, I guess lol.) 

The trees on Mount Equinox are GOOD!! I'll just tell you that much. 

So there are multiple places you can stop along the drive to see views. I MISS VIEWS!! My favorite thing to do when we lived in Utah was to get food and drive to a viewpoint and eat haha. Connecticut doesn't really have any (but we do have beaches!), so it was nice to be back! 

Our dog child also enjoyed the drive, although did not like when we left him in the back while we took pics lol. 

Ok so this is how it looks more near the top. LIKE HI ARE YOU SERIOUS. 

LIKE HELLO EVERGREENS. I WILL BE SEEING YOU DAILY SHORTLY. My fave trees <3. If I ever got a tattoo it would be a pine tree for sure. They always remind me of visiting my grandma in Washington. 

So yeah, you can see we were a little late to the "burst" of fall colors (but also we have heard this year hasn't been as good in general compared to past years) BUT WHO CARES CAUSE THAT VIEW. 

This is perhaps my fave pic. It reminds me of India when we hiked one of the foothills of the Himalayas and the hills were just rolling at the top. (If anyone can remember when my blog name was Much Love, India, then YOU are the ultimate trooper with my blog chronicles lol.)

When u tryn look good for the Instagram but the wind be playin'. Speaking of Instagram, thanks to everyone who isn't hard core judging me as I make it a side hustle. My grad school internship isn't paid and I don't have time for work (other than photography) so it's been helping us survive, even though it's at the cost of my dignity lmao. So thanks to everyone who has been nice and not judgmental. 

One of the reasons I wanted a big dog was because I wanted him to adventure with us. Tucker does not disappoint in this department! I can't wait until we have a yard he can use to get all his energy out when we aren't adventuring. (Speaking of, I found this house for rent in Portland the other day and I am DYING! Can we move now?! I mean !!!!)

Please appreciate J's man bun and comment nice things to him. 

LOVING THIS CRV as we drive all over New England. It truly is the best. 

I am so bummed because last night we were going to go to the drive-in and put the seats back. I was STOKED to watch the movie from the back of our car. But, much to my dismay, I got the movie times wrong so we missed it :( Needless to say I shed actual tears and was very upset. I guess this is what I have to look forward to in adulthood?

The drive back down was so pretty! They told us to put the car in 1st gear... or some other gear like that. My car was making a weird noise so I was basically panicking the whole way down that our car was going to break lol. Cars breaking down is one of my biggest anxieties, idk why. Just like the thought of being amongst other cars and not being in control of my own is a huge NO THANKS. So, it's totally worth it to me to spend a little more, or get a little less fancy of a car if I know it is reliable. 

I feel like I am rambling a lot in this post but so be it! It's be a while! I am chatty! We will deal! 

SO THIS WAS THE BEST PART OF THE TRIP!! We got apple and maple donuts! THEY WERE SO GOOD! I got a dozen thinking it would be like, way too much. But plot twist: We ate all of them that day lol. They were seriously so good! 

We obviously got apple cider, because hello? We are trying to live our best quintessential life here. We also got maple soda which wasn't my favorite, but I am glad we tried or I would have always wondered. I also got J some rootbeer. He was so confused because it was clear, but it turns out they add coloring to make it brown??? How weird, huh? I had no idea it wasn't naturally brown! 

It was my favorite fall thing we've done so far! Connecticut has a bunch of apple cider and apple donut places (it's a very farm-to-table state, which I had no idea before I moved here) so we need to go still! I actually think we are going tomorrow because I was sad we didn't do any Halloween things. So we are doing a corn maze and getting pumpkins, etc. 

I'm very excited!

Quintessential Life Things: Vermont In The Fall

Saturday, October 28, 2017
One of the best things about living in New England is how close everything is! We were planning on spending the night in Vermont a few weeks ago, but then I was like ??? It's like a 3 hour drive so let's just wake up early and come home late?

I ended up driving that morning. We left at 6:00 and got in around 9:00. The drive was truly beautiful! I think we missed peak foliage in Vermont (so maybe it wasn't so quintessential) but Massachusetts was LIT.

Right now, Connecticut is blowing up and all I want to do this weekend is leaf peep. (This is the creepiest term, btw.) 

Harry Potter World Travel Guide

Friday, October 27, 2017

See full posts here and here

What to eat:
  • The Leaky Cauldron: We only did breakfast here, but it was good! Good bacon, eggs, potatoes,  pumpkin juice, and butter beer. 
  • Sugar Plum's Sweet shoppe: GET ALL THE THINGS! Chocolate frogs, pumpkin pasties, cauldron cakes, pumpkin cakes, chocolate wands, butter beer fudge, and caramel apples. 
  • Fishy Green Ale: After you get sick of all the butter beer (try it in all forms!) get this! It's like a blueberry mint soda, which sounds weird but I thought it was good!
What to do:
  • Olivander's: The line gets big so go early! You do a little wand experience which is cool and I posted about here and then get to choose your wand. The gold label wands are interactive and do things around the park. They are about $50 and so worth it! 
  • Escape From Gringottss: This is the ride at Diagon Alley (there is only one). The line also gets long, so get there early! We went as single riders once and we waited less than a minute in line, so definitely consider that as well! 
  • Do all the spells around the park: It's hard at first but employees are really nice and will show you how to do it. 
  • Look around all the shops!
  • See the dragon breath fire!
  • See the drinking fountain squirt water at people lol.
See full posts here and here

What to eat:
  • The Three Broomsticks: The family feast is good and aesthetically pleasing. It's full of vegetables, potatoes, and meat. A very unique experience for sure! Do it! Other things that are good are the fish and chips, chicken tenders, fries, butter beer, and pumpkin juice. 
  • Honeydukes: A lot of the same pastries as Diagon Alley, in case you couldn't get everything you wanted there.
What to do: 
  • Hogwarts Express: Take the train to get here! It's way cooler walking in that way. 
  • The Forbidden Journey: Ok so the line is actually cool on this one because you get to walk through the castle. This ride was my favorite of the two! Seriously it was so so fun. 
  • Flight of the Hippogriff: I didn't go on this but my niece and nephew liked it!
City Walk:
This is right outside the parks and has good food options!
  • Vivo Italian Kitchen: Everyone in my family swore by the lasagna. It also has good bread and butter.
  • Cowfish: Sushi and burger bar. They have a sushi burger that J loved. You can sub any burger with a veggie patty. Super yummy! Also they have crazy milkshakes. 
  • Toothsome Chocolate Emporium: Really good macarons! My favorite was the lavender. 
  • Hard Rock Cafe: I actually don't like these, but I know a lot of people do so I thought I would include it as an option lol. 
  • Yardhouse: Ok so this isn't in City Walk. You'll have to drive/Uber but it's SO GOOD and WORTH IT! They have a whole section of GardeIn vegetarian foods. I got the veggie burger and it was SO GOOD!
Where to stay:
  • We stayed at Cabana Bay and actually loved it! It had shuttles that took you to the parks and was just the cutest thing. Read more about it here

Let me know if I missed anything! 

Cabana Bay

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Ok so I wanted to do a separate post about the hotel we stayed at because it was amazing! We stayed at Cabana Bay and I would definitely stay there again when we go back. Here's what I liked, in bulleted list form:

- Super close to Universal Studios. There was a bus that took us there and back, v convenient!
- Cutest decorations. It had such a colorful 60's vibe that I was DIGGIN'. 
- Amenities AF! The pools were great and they had a bunch of food options, an arcade, bowling, and movies by the pool.
- J always brings his Chromecast on vacation and always tries to hook it up to the hotel T.V. It never works because they never have the right port or remotes with ability to change the input. BUT THIS HOTEL DID! So we were able to connect our SNES and play Donkey Kong at night. It was amazing.

Anyway, so this is the part we stayed in. It was called Starlight and right next to the pool and lounge areas. 

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