Sunday, January 22, 2017

Back to Back weekends away... VT and NYC

Vermont. We went to my sister's home in Vermont (near Burlington) for Thanksgiving. One of our two other siblings came from Watertown, NY. All of our children (including my own 2+) were able to join us!

I did post two photos on Instagram.

My Vermont nieces and my own daughter on Wednesday night. Beautiful ladies. They have so much in common (those glasses! the love of each other!) We were at the Stone Corral, a Richmond VT hot spot... a "small-batch brewery on a horse farm offering limited hours at a tasting room in a barn".

Three Thanksgiving pies. I made the apple crumb. Not my best, but it was still good.

The weather was gloomy. It rained on Black Friday in VT. We all went shopping in little groups wandering through Burlington... Then we met as a larger group (11) to celebrate a birthday lunch (Mr K's) at a lovely Vermont-y local-food and brew restaurant, right downtown in Burlington.

We returned to our home in PA on Saturday, and that evening we had another family celebration with my brother (who lives local to me and did not make it to VT) and his entire family (one more niece and three nephews, two of whom live in NYC). Good fun!  

New York. The very next weekend, Mr K and I put our remodeling work on hold, once again, and went off to New York! I love that city only a 3-hour bus ride away!

We did so much and saw so much. I love that we also now have real New York people to visit. (A niece and nephew live in Riverdale. One of the VT nieces is studying in Brooklyn. And we have friends, our own age, who live part-time in a posh downtown apartment.)

[Dear Reader, I started writing this post over a month ago... I need to get it done!... I am sharing only a couple of my photos from New York. There will be a great many links for anyone who wants to see more.] 

Let's get this done!

We arrived at Port Authority around 10 AM on Friday, December 2.

It was not a very long walk (we passed Madison Square Garden and largest post office I have ever seen) to our hotel the Chelsea Courtyard Marriott... very nice.

After a bit of settling-in, we decided to walk to Rolf's for lunch... a longer walk than we expected. (We passed the Flatiron.) Rolf's is a German restaurant known for its over-the-top Christmas decorations. I did post my favorite photo on Instagram.

Rolf's decorates in October and un-decorates in May. It was quite a sight to see.

That afternoon, we visited the Whitney Museum of American Art with all of its thought-provoking exhibits and tremendous views. On the way back to our hotel we explored a bit of the High Line. 

Dinner with our nieces... after dinner drinks with our friends... And that was just the first day!

On Saturday, in between a couple of amazing meals, we went to Macy's for the window displays, and a bit of shopping. Later, along with our friends, we saw Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones. From the website, "The Rolling Stones exhibit features over 500 Stones’ items with 50 years of Stones fashion, 190 original artworks, vintage instruments, interactive sound mixing desks and recording studio, a screening cinema with exclusive content, all culminating in a 3D concert finale." It was all that and more!  

We attended evening mass at St Patrick's Cathedral. And then (for the first time ever) I saw the lighted Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Dinner was at Rossini's.

(Home on the bus after a "downtown" Sunday brunch.)

[Dear Reader, Thanks for baring with me for this post. I just had to finish it. Next time there will be knitting!]   


  1. Happy New Year Carolyn! I spent Christmas in VT at my sister's in Williston! Happy, my son, who lives in Montpelier, was there as well.

  2. Happy New Year, Tracy! I know Williston is not far from Richmond. We were only several miles and one holiday away from each other :-)