Very long overdue, on Saturday Sean and I took a one night trip to Burlington, VT for a quick getaway. Especially in the summer my weekends get a little booked up, and it turned out that I had one night this summer free so we jumped on the chance to get out of town for a bit. I wanted to visit someplace I had never been before, but also somewhere that was close enough we didn't spend half the time driving. Burlington seemed perfect, and is less than three hours away, most of which were spent on nice country roads with some fantastic views. I went on airbnb and found this adorable little cottage, teeny tiny but just the right space for a one (or two) night stay for two adults. I can't say enough about how much we loved Alder Brook Cabin. Cozy and adorable from first sight, Sam and Fran's cabin features a single room with attached screened porch, bunks for two, electric lights, a small fridge, coffee maker and even has wireless so you can feel like you're roughing it but still do facetime with the kids at home or watch a movie on iTunes. Not a far drive from Burlington in Essex Junction it is in back of Sam and Fran's house but has it's own sense of privacy and feels rustic (shower and toilet are outhouse style not far from the cabin) without being TOO rustic (the furnishings in the cabin are so cute and Sam and Fran leave wine glasses out for you to use). We rang their doorbell when we got there and Sam showed us around and then left us on our own for the rest of the stay. I have to admit even though we felt like we were there all alone it was nice to have them nearby in case we needed anything.
We spent the day in Burlington, walking around Church Street, doing a little shopping, and had a fantastic lunch at Leunig's Bistro. After we got to the cabin we poured a glass of wine, sat in our screened in porch and just relaxed and listened to music, pondering where to go to dinner. The view from the screened in porch was perfect, a lush and green ravine, and we had Sam and Fran's friendly chickens visiting around the cabin entrance every once in a while. For dinner we asked Sam for a suggestion, and he told us about the Belted Cow, which turned out to be amazing and very close by so we didn't wind up driving back to Burlington that night. With no babysitter to rush home for we had a nice long dinner (salmon and the most amazing green herb risotto for me) and it was incredibly relaxing. In the morning we tried out the outdoor shower which was AMAZING. Unlimited hot water and with the perfect water pressure, I didn't want to get out. Especially because the view you have is of a cute little crab apple tree and that beautiful ravine. I listened to the birds chirping and looked up at the clouds, sipped my coffee (there is a coffee maker and mugs in the cabin) and really could have stayed in there for an hour.
For brunch we went to Shelburne Farms and I am SO glad I listened to everyone who recommended it because it was spectacular. We sat outside and had a delicious meal while enjoying the breathtaking view of Lake Champlain. It's hard to put into words how beautiful but also interesting Shelburne Farms is, and I highly recommend you check out their website for more information. They have 1,400 acres of pastures, woodlands, gardens, and historic buildings and it is dedicated to being a learning campus for sustainable agriculture, sustainable forestry, or "simply learning how we are connected to the world around us", and it is quite the experience. We strolled around the grounds for a while, then headed down to the Farm Barn and checked out the activities for kids (which are many) and then went to the bakery there at the barn for some incredible pain au chocolate and danish and then watched as they made their cheese on site there in the barn.
It was hard to leave the cabin, and we really had a time that I will always remember, plus at $55 a night it was incredibly affordable. I give it two very enthusiastic thumbs up, Sam and Fran were the perfect hosts, and Sean and I hope to get back there again in the fall when the leaves are starting to change colors. It was really a magical little place...xoxo