Rather than make this into a four part recap which is now going on two weeks late – I’m going to combine Sunday into one post. Sunday morning, after breakfast we scurried over to my grandparents camp in Johnson. This camp is so near and dear to me – I have so many amazing childhood memories there with my family.
This trip was especially important to me because it was the first time Ethan met my grandparents – his great grandparents (he has 3 of 8 remaining, Adam’s grandparents have all passed on, and my grandfather passed away when I was in elementary school). But my Nana and Papa have been such an important part of my life for so long, it was so important that he meet them. Given the declining health – especially of my Nana with her ailing memory (Alzheimers) – of both of them, this was so important to me.
We spent the late morning, lunch and much of the afternoon there until Ethan just got overly cranky. While him and Adam attempted to nap I walked around and took some pictures and picked some wild blackberries – so much yum!
Traveling is tough for Ethan – especially up north – it’s such a long trip. Since this was a bit of a whirlwind trip, as most trips to Vermont seem to be, naps were often sub par and taken in the car. So cranky is as cranky does and he was having none of our napping efforts up at camp.
This didn’t last long.
So much yum. We brought them to CT and had them and some blueberries in pancakes made by Adam’s dad on Monday. Deeeeeelicious.
Everything is so pretty up there. I loved kicking around taking pictures of old memories. This was the playground my cousins and I spent many summer weekends climbing upon.
After we left, we decided to continue on our #tripnorth fun and popped into the Harpoon Brewery which was right off I-91 on our way back to CT.
We had the opportunity to do a few tastings of the traditional Harpoon lagers and IPAs and then we hit their seasonal brews – the Pumpkin Cider and Pumpkin UFO were absolutely my favorite. I’m not usually a pumpkin brew/Octoberfest kind of gal but these two made my heart stop. I was hook line and sinkered for these two brews.
See that stuff on the rim – it’s honey, cinnamon, and brown sugar amazingness. Mmm mmmmm mmmmmmmm.
So much happy.
We also grabbed a pizza from the little pizza stand next to the brewery. The flour was milled locally, the tomatoes were hand crushed, and the basil was grown next to the front steps. Talk about locavore love! We had a BBQ chicken pizza that was delicious.
I haven’t ever been to the Boston Harpoon brewery (they locations in VT and in Boston!) but I bet it’s equally as awesome. Definitely swing by – either location really, the beers are totally worth it – at the Windsor, VT location they have a great area to pack a picnic and hang out for an afternoon with some good brews. I don’t know about you, but beer is always so much better at the location it came from. I haven’t been able to enjoy Heineken the same way since having it in Amsterdam and the same is true of Sam Adams when I’m not in Boston. Anywhere else, it just ain’t the same.
Have you ever visited Harpoon Brewery? What’s your favorite October-y brew??