Friends, it has been a week! On Monday I started a new job and am still going to graduate school full-time, a little insane! I’m trying to take my own advice and not multi-task, take a breather, and change the way I approach my day. I also really don’t want to miss this season – November & December are my two favorite months of the year and they always feel like such a sweet time of slowing down, reflecting on the year, and give thanks for all those memories. Plus the cheerful Christmas music helps!
In addition to waking up extra early this past week (these tips from Oak & Oats have sure helped), I keep flipping through pictures from our most recent vacation. Our time with family in North Carolina and our first stop in Washington D.C. were equally insane – plenty of walking, catching up, and running wedding-prep errands to go around. However, once we pulled out of the craziness of D.C., time slowed way down.
Seriously, friends, D.C. is crazy. We loved the metro system and all of the history, but parking was a nightmare, traffic was insane (like 30+ minutes to go 7 miles), and it felt so loud and cramped. I thought I loved the city life and, in many ways, I still do. But after several days of running around, stressing for a good parking spot, and getting honked at a million times, it was so nice to hit the big open road and head towards Delaware.
My older brother, his wife, and our two nephews live in Delaware and, because we rarely are on the east coast, we decided to stay with them for the evening and spend some time with our nephews. On the way to their house, however, we took a little detour. Dogfish Head is an awesome microbrewery in Delaware, did some tastings, and filled up a growler with some amazing pumpkin beer.
My older brother, his wife, and our two nephews live in Delaware and, because we rarely are on the east coast, we decided to stay with them for the evening and spend some time with our nephews.
Brody (4) had a t-ball game. How precious is he in his little uniform and helmet??
Jackson (6) showing Uncle Andrew his Pokemon cards.
We left out early the next morning to hit the road again – but not without another trip to Waffle House. We may have eaten there three or four times during our 10 days of vacation…don’t worry about it 😉
So, there’s this little show that’s based off of a tiny little town in Connecticut. Yes, you are correct, we took a pilgrimage to Washington Depot, CT – the town that, supposedly, Gilmore Girls is based on. I wasn’t quite sure what we were going to find, but mostly, I knew we would want a quiet little retreat in the midst of a hectic vacation. We were going to be up in the New England area already so it felt like a safe bet to do some research and plan on staying in a quaint little town that a quaint little show is based off of.
It was adorable! We stayed at Hidden Valley Bed & Breakfast, a precious little place nestled up in the woodsy mountains. The colors of these trees, oh my, they were unreal. Here in Colorado Springs we’ve had some gorgeous orange aspen trees, but looking at the trees in Connecticut took it to a whole other level – orange, red, purple, pink, green, every color! It was a perfect little respite after the hustle and noise of Washington D.C.
When we first got to Washington Depot (which, the whole town, is about 3 miles wide), we stopped for lunch at Washington Pizza House and then went wine tasting at Hopkins Vineyard. I can’t get over the beautiful trees and gorgeous views!
The view from our cute little Bed + Breakfast. Have y’all ever stayed at one before? It was different than what we expected but it was fun to stay at a smaller place, meet some new people, and be served an amazing little breakfast!
A quick stop for coffee at Marty’s Cafe – certainly not as diner-y as “Luke’s” on Gilmore Girls, but a really sweet coffee shop and bakery. And our drinks were so good!
Our dinner that night was unbelievable! Our hostess at the B&B called ahead and made us reservations at Oliva’s on Main, a precious small little restaurant that served delicious italian food from local food sources. I had the best pumpkin ravioli and then, because it was our dessert, they brought us an amazing berry pie with ice cream.
So that’s that! We had an absolutely lovely time visiting family in Delaware and exploring the most quaint and precious town in Connecticut. We HIGHLY recommend this little area if you’re looking for a nice little escape.
// So which do you prefer – big city or little town?
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