Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Vermont Skiing President's Day Weekend

Vermont was a fun place to get away from the city for the President's Day long weekend. The main plan was to get some skiing in, and we went to Magic Mountain near our bed and breakfast in Chester.

The Stone Hearth Inn & Tavern was where Rachel, Jackson, and I set up shop for the past three nights. With the temperature down into the single digits at night, it was a cozy place to get quality beer like Dogfish Head, Magic Hat Vinyl, and others on draft while Jackson ran around the drunken singing snowmobile crowd that was hanging out and playing pool, air hockey, and Pac Man.

Jackson lasted about 30 minutes in ski school, which we were actually pretty happy with for a little guy who just turned three. Maybe by age five he'll have the hang of it. Rachel's really nice co-workers Lou and Kris helped take care of him in the lodge and we all rotated skiing the slopes. It was my first time skiing anywhere in the Eastern U.S. The snow was definitely hard and crackly, unlike the powder out west, but that was mostly because there hadn't been any fresh snow lately.

More of Rachel's co-workers Nelson, Emily, Doug, and Gary also joined us at various haunts in the region, including a delicious dinner at Emily's, pizza at Pizza Stone, sandwiches at the Moon Dog Cafe, and lunch at Millie's Tavern in Manchester, New Hampshire. We also hiked, sledded, and snowshoed. And Jackson loved playing in a big kids' funhouse in Manchester, while I got to see Rachel's Student Conservation Association headquarters for the first time.

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