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A Very Vermont Birthday Beer Weekend

How to celebrate a friend’s 32nd birthday? With beer of course!

For fellow New England residents, I highly recommend a Vermont beer tour as a fun summer activity or to celebrate a birthday with a group of your closest beer lovers.

Here’s what we did (from Albany):

First stop: Fiddlehead Brewing Company – Shelburne, VT

While it’s a small shop, you can get a great view of the brewers doing their thing, not to mention some cool Fiddlehead gear and growlers.

MUST SEE: Magic Hat Brewing Company and the Artifactory – South Burlington, VT

This is by far the highlight of the journey for me, and the tour is absolutely the best part. The art alone is worth the trip, not to mention the samples at the end. A huge gift shop and a full bar.

Dine at Prohibition Pig – Waterbury, VT

The sandwiches are phenomenal, and the beer selection is huge. Need I say more?

Last call for beer at The Alchemist – South Burlington, VT

We stopped by this joint right before they were about to close for the night, and the staff was not very friendly, despite a dramatic spike in business due to it’s Heady Topper double IPA recently being ranked #1 out of 250 of the world’s top beers by Beer Advocate. The retail shop closed to the public earlier this month so unfortunately it is a stop you will not be able to make on your road trip. Sorry folks!

And for dessert: Ben & Jerry’s – South Burlington, VT

Also a must-see if you happen to be in South Burlington… while we did not take the factory tour, there was plenty to see, including the “flavor graveyard”.

Make sure you bring a DD or sign up for a tour with Burlington Brew Tours so you can drink without worry. Also, plenty of tunes for the car so you can enjoy the scenery!

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Things To Do In Delaware on a Weekend

My favorite part about visiting my family in Delaware (besides visiting my family) is going to Spence’s Bazaar in Dover.Spence's Bazaar For someone who enjoys food, shopping and antiques this place will overload the senses. The first time my parents took me there, I didn’t know what to expect, but now I look forward to going whenever I visit!

The Amish market aspect of Spence’s offers just about any kind of food you can imagine; soups, salads, sandwiches, fresh-off-the-farm dairy products, breakfast, candy, and of course the baked goods. I particularly enjoy the vanilla cream donuts. All the food is excellent, and all the food is inexpensive.

The after-breakfast stroll involves wandering through the dozens of flea market tables and the sizable warehouse of furniture obtained from auctions. Books, makeup, accessories, tools, fresh flowers and vegetable plants, art, records, porcelain dolls… something for everyone. There’s even a shop set up with thousands of DVD’s and VHS tapes. Where else can you find VHS tapes nowadays?! Don’t forget my little sister’s favorite, the shop with Beanie Babies and toys.

In short, Spence’s is a fantastic way to spend a few Saturday morning hours… especially if you are the kind of person who likes bacon on frosted donuts. Yes, they have those too.

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Weekend at Pompano Beach

A perfect view during lunch at Anglin’s Beach Cafe.

Pompano Beach in Florida, as well as the surrounding area, has a lot to offer if you feel like taking a breather. My goal was truly to relax, especially since my last vacation involved a lot of coordination and scheduling. I purposely planned to leave it unplanned this time.

Avoid getting a sun burn on your first day, and try to eat well even though you are indulging. For example, I felt crappy after eating Dandee Donuts every morning but sneaking a salad in for lunch every now and then kept me feeling refreshed and relaxed.

Some recommendations for your Champagne Weekend in Pompano:

  • Day trip to Delray. This bopping little town has a great little strip of shops, bars and restaurants. I recommend a mimosa at Boheme Bistro, which has an impressive bar complete with a chandelier. There is also the Pineapple Grove Arts District, but be sure to do your research and see what’s open before you decide to go. (Sunday was not a good day to go.)
  • Romantic evening in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Bart and I enjoyed several dinners in this tiny tourist area, including flatbread pizzas and homemade creme brulee at 101Ocean, and bimini bread with Aruba glaze served with whipped honey butter at Aruba Beach Cafe. After dinner at either of these spots, you can walk right onto the beach and take a stroll under the stars.
  • Plenty of time at the beach. It’s easy for a “planner” like me to get caught up in activities during vacation, but honestly bumming around with a stack of novels, bottled water and snacks was all the activity I needed. The highlight of my vacation was taking a nap on the balcony as the sun set over the ocean. The warm breeze and ocean sounds put me right to sleep and I awoke feeling incredibly refreshed.
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Weekend in Garrison

Had a blast this weekend in beautiful Garrison, New York celebrating a friend’s 31st birthday. I decided to make some birthday cupcakes and got fancy schmancy with the banana extract flavoring: triple chocolate cupcakes with vanilla banana frosting, chocolate chip frosting and a sprinkle of walnut on top. A word about transporting cupcakes to a destination more than two hours away… make sure they are packed tight together so they can’t tip over on a sharp turn! Luckily cupcakes are bound to be eaten after several hours of drinking regardless of appearance.

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