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Stowe, VT

Stowe, VT Travel Guide

I spent a weekend in mid-November in Stowe, VT. I had never been, but it’s been on my radar for some time because I see it all over the ‘gram! It’s safe to say, I loved it! Here’s my guide to seeing the town, eating, & what to do ~

Disclaimer: 1. I don’t like beer, and there are SO many breweries there. 2. I didn’t ski (so if you go in the winter, that’s an added given on what you have to do).

Beautiful scenery in Stowe, VT

Where to stay in Stowe 

I stayed at The Lodge at Spruce Peak. Did I love it? Yes. Guys, it had a fireplace in the room! I could have died a happy girl!! (I also don’t have one in our apartment in Boston, isn’t that WRONG?!) But the hotel was great! It was cute, everyone was friendly, the beds were comfy.

They have a heated pool and jacuzzi and the floors around it was heated, this SoCal girl had never even heard of that, so I thought it was pretty cool.

Where to eat in Stowe, VT

Stowe has SO many good food options! The Bench – I had lunch there and it was very delicious – dare I say BEST mac n cheese ever?! We also had a burger and a pizza which were very good as well. They have a wood fired oven which was the center of the kitchen so you know everything that came out of there was going to taste good.

We also stopped in The Alchemist for a few apps and drinks. We made friends with the bartender who made some of the best espresso martinis I think I’ve ever had! Their special was apple which wasn’t bad but you can’t top the espresso!

There was also live music at this spot called the Rusty Nail – which is also a mexican food place called Tres Amigos (It didn’t make sense to me either, but I went along with it!) Their margaritas were delish & the live band was fun. He was a local and his family was all there and he was JAMMING!

What to do in Stowe

I was in need of a relaxing weekend! And isn’t that what vacations were for? I got breakfast in bed, jacuzzied, walked around their cute little downtown, typical vacation things. I think their downtown is such a cute little mountain town. Live music at the place I mentioned before is a must!

Obviously there were people skiing, and if I had known that there would be so much snow already (I would have needed to as well!) The Country Store on Main & Stowe Wine & Cheese are both worth stopping into to bring home a little Stowe with you.

Overall, I was a big fan! I love small and quaint towns and would 100% recommend!

~ XOXO, the snow bunny Amanda

sunset & wine on the marina

Weekend Guide In Kennebunkport, ME

Kennebunkport, ME

One of my favorite things about living in Boston and the East Coast in general is that there are so many places that are a driveable distance. In California, you can drive 16 hours and be in the same state! Danny and I took a weekend trip from Boston, MA to Kennebunkport, ME and had a blast! I love Southern Maine more and more every time I go, and Kennebunkport is no different. Here’s everything you need to know!

From Boston to Kennebunkport is a little over an hour and a half, which isn’t too bad for a weekend!

Where to stay:

We stayed at a cute little boutique hotel The Yachtsman Hotel & Marina and we loved it! The staff was so friendly, and every room (yes every single one) is right on the water! They had breakfast in the morning and the coffee was SO GOOD. I’m a fan of feeling like a valued guest at a hotel vs. just another guest & that was how they treated us.

Where to eat:

First off, the real question is..can you ever get enough lobster in Maine? The answer is no! You’ll get it in a second…

  • The Boathouse– We ate dinner here and it was so delish!! I got tuna poke and it was some of the best I ever had (and I swear I’m not just saying that because I was hungry.)
  • Alisson’s – We got a lobster pizza & of course your traditional lobster roll here and I must say, lobster pizza was not what I expected (not sure what I did expect) but was so good! Who knew that makes a good combo – but it does!
  • Salt & Honey – We had a light breakfast here, salmon on rye which is a cute little (it felt like local’s) hangout. The servers had locals who wanted “the usual.” It had a cute vibe to it!
  • The Clam Shack – I must admire (regrettably) that we didn’t go here. But it looked and smelled so good! We were between this and Alisson’s and our tour guide said to go to Alisson’s so we listened. So I’ve been thinking about making a trip up just for a lobster roll stay tuned!

What to do:

  • As I’m sure if you follow me on Instagram – you saw, but New England Eco Adventures is a must! They have a navy rib boat (aka goes super fast) and we did the Boon Island Lighthouse & Nubble lighthouse tour. It was amazing to be so close to a lighthouse – and who knew there was a lighthouse off the coast!
  • Ride bikes! Our hotel had them to use, but we had so much fun riding along the coast. I am obsessed with Southern Maine for a reason.
  • Shop. There are so many cute little boutiques and of course the touristy shops along their downtown.
  • Get a shipyard beer. They have a tasting room right next to Federal Jacks’s which is a local bar.