Thursday, 29 September 2016

Vermont in Instarecap 2016 Edition

This was my first time visiting Vermont in the summer in over 3 years. When I first returned from England we made a special trip down to Vermont to see the fall colours, but Vermont in each season is so different than that last, one cannot be compared with another. Not really. I was very glad to be getting back for this season. Getting back to the creemees, the lobster dinners, the swimming, the pedestrian street shopping, and the nature. Here is a instareview of my summer trip.

{Erin Out and About} Vermont in Instareview

Top left to right: Timbits on the way down, Safety first with Betty at the water, family dinner out at the new Waterworks, eat corn at Paul Mazza's, Sunset over Lake Champlain.
Bottom left to right: Old Gold is a fave vintage shop, boats on the Bay, colourful kayaks, Black Raspberry Creemee from Broadacres, traditional lobster night

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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Wednesday Wanderings

Toronto SkyDome aka Rogers Centre, home of the Blue Jays, Toronto


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Monday, 26 September 2016

Monday Musings

Train travel is my favourite type of transportation.

More so than buses or planes or even cars. I find it civilized, glamorous and relaxed. It gets you to your destination fast without the great heights, there's a toilet on board for those in need and it has a mini sense of adventure attached to it for me.

From my train seat, I get a glimpse into the backyards of people's houses  and see town centres over level crossings. From my train seat, I pass through countrysides and enter into cities with their concrete and glass jungle looming over me. I wish I could take the train everywhere.

What's your favourite form of transportation?



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Thursday, 22 September 2016

Beansies: a Vermont Icon

While I was in Vermont I was talking to a friend back home and they asked me what I was up to that day.

Me: We are heading to Church Street for some shopping, then Beansies for Michigans and topping it off with Creemees.
Them: That sounds awesome, but I understood very few of those words.

That's when I realized that Vermont is a magical unicorn that only few people have the privilege of experiencing.

This is Beansies, a Burlington institution

{Erin Out and About} Beansies

Opened in 1944 in a retrofitted old yellow school bus, it serves from April to October, 10:30am to dusk, 7 days a week and located at the corner of Battery Park, Burlington, Vermont. It's food is award-winning. Literally.

{Erin Out and About} Beansies

There was a time when getting food from a truck was a novelty, but although today's gastro-truck can give Beansies a run for it's money, it still stands up against the competition. It's won Best Food Truck for the past 3 years.

{Erin Out and About} Beansies

{Erin Out and About} Beansies

It severs up simple all-American foods; hamburgers, minute steaks, Michigan dogs, fries, and creemees.

{Erin Out and About} Beansies

We went for the Michigan Dogs with a large fry to share (A Michigan is a 'steamed hot dog on a steamed bun topped with a meaty sauce, generally referred to as Michigan sauce'.)

{Erin Out and About} Beansies

The food is good and the setting is even better, as your in a lovely lush park which is set on a cliff that over looks Lake Champlain. I mean, just look at this view.

{Erin Out and About} Beansies View

{Erin Out and About} Beansies View

Although I'm sure the creemees at Beansies are wonderful, we couldn't turn our back on our favourite flavour of Black Raspberry available at another Vermont institution, Al's Frech Frys

{Erin Out and About} Al's Ice Cream

Chocolate dipped and all.

{Erin Out and About} Al's Ice Cream

Ever been to Beansies? What's your favourite food truck? Let me know in the comments below.

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Wednesday Wanderings

Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto



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Monday, 19 September 2016

Monday Musings

A friend once told me that the best part of travelling was the day leaving for a trip. Not arriving, not being there on holiday, the day you leave. He told me it was because at that point you have the whole trip still stretched out ahead of you, therefore it's the best part of the holiday. From there on out, you're only counting down to the sad end and the flight home again.

It seems a tad pessimistic viewpoint though, but I see where he's coming from. Its just never occurred to me to look at it quite that way.

What about you, would you agree with this sentiment?



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Thursday, 15 September 2016

Best Things to do In Vermont in the Summer

Favourite things to do in Vermont in the summertime in no particular order
{Erin Out and About} Best Things to do in Vermont in the Summer

1.Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream in Waterbury
{Erin Out and About} Best things to do in Summer in VT: Ben and Jerry's
Visiting the factory where this creamy goodness is made is always a treat to do. It's a lovely drive up to the small town of Waterbury and you are rewarded with rolling hill views and ice cream. I have yet to convince my family to stop at the antique shops that dot the roadside.

2.Drive through the Notch
This can follow a trip to Ben & Jerry's as Smugglers Notch is on the mountain road between Stowe and Jeffersonville. Worth the detour for the windy roads, picturesque rocky stops and short hikes if you are so inclined. I am not.

3.Shopping on Church Street
It's four blocks of pedestrianized walkways with local and some chain stores on either side. Restaurant patios extend into the bricked lane and with the hustle and bustle of shoppers, buskers, and shop workers it has a great lively atmosphere.

4.Sailing on malletts Bay
Obviously this one is a bit tricky if you don't have access to a boat or a friend with a boat. But generally just getting out onto and into the water will do. Grab that beach towel and head to the sandy shores of Malletts Bay.

5.Watching the Sunset Over Lake Champlain  
Sunsets are a thing of beauty almost no matter the setting, but over Lake Champlain the sun really does seem to outdo itself each night. Worth a viewing at least once.

6. Go to a Baseball game
The Vermont Lake Monsters is a minor league team for the Oakland A's. They play in Centennial Field on the University of Vermont campus.

7.Eat at Beansies 
Go for the Michigan, stay for the fries!

8.Creemees
Also known as soft serve ice cream, but doesn't it sound more appetizing as a creemee? A family favourite is Black Raspberry or Maple. It is Vermont after all.

9.Bike Riding along Island Line Trail
Bike riding in general is a fun summer activity, doing it along the waterline makes it so much more enjoyable. Rent a bike in Burlington or bring your own.

10.Movies at Sunset Drive-in Theatre
Two movies for the price of one in the comfort of your own car? Count me in. This is a tradition for my mum and I. When I was a kid, I remember thinking it was soooooooo late when the movies finally ended. I mean, yeah it is late, but it's summer and when else should you indulge yourself?



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