Welcome to Vermont

Road Tripping to Vermont

Yesterday The Husband and I embarked on an old-fashioned road trip, just him and I — no kids!! — for our 12th anniversary.

Of course we couldn’t get started without some fuel.

DD before getting on the road.

DD before getting on the road. Look closely “The Husband” fans. ;)

From our house to the resort we were staying at in Vermont, was about 470 miles away.

We've got a LONG way to go.

We’ve got a LONG way to go.

It’s quite a hike!

The map view.

The map view.

Within an hour we crossed our first state border…

Welcome to DE!

Welcome to DE!

…threw them some money and then entered our third state.

Welcome to NJ!

Welcome to NJ!

We actually drive the NJ Turnpike a lot. The Husband’s office is outside Trenton, we go to the shore at least yearly, and I drive to NY quite a bit.

Pistop on New Jersey Turnpike

Pistop on New Jersey Turnpike

As the planes landed and took off, The Husband and I had yet another discussion about his fear of flying.

Husband plane freakout

Husband plane freakout

Part of me wishes he’d just “get over it,” but I know it’s not that easy. Plus I don’t mind road trips. We have a lot of fun, spend time together and see lots of things.

Driving Past NYC

Driving Past NYC

We made it to New York painlessly — not one bit of traffic!

Welcome to NY!

Welcome to NY!

We could have easily made it to Albany on one tank of gas in our beat-up 2000 Honda Civic, but we decided it was time to fill up.

Pitstop in Upstate NY

Pitstop in Upstate NY

We were really having a blast chatting and hanging out together, alone, like we used to before kids.

6 Hours on the Road!

6 Hours on the Road!

Don’t get me wrong, having kids is GREAT! I wouldn’t change my family for the world, but parents need time to themselves. They just do.

I convinced Mr. Fast Food Junkie to try something different for lunch, and we discovered Bar-B-QSA just a mile off the highway.

PJs B-B-QSA

PJ’s Bar-B-QSA

It. Was. Awesome!

Lunch at PJs B-B-QSA

Lunch at PJ’s Bar-B-QSA

Even The Husband thought so!

The Husband Quit Happy with the Lunch at PJs B-B-QSA decision

The Husband Quit Happy with the Lunch at PJ’s Bar-B-QSA decision

Back on the road and getting closer. I believe this is a view of Lake George.

View of the lake

View of the lake

We drove alongside it for over an hour.

Driving past Lake George

Driving past Lake George

It was a beautiful and quite hilly ride. I wasn’t sure our old Civic was going to make it!

But we did!

Welcome to Vermont

Welcome to Vermont

The last hour of the trip seemed to drag on forever. It took a total of 9 hours. Not bad with 3 stops!

The Essex Sign

The Essex Sign – We Made it!

I was awed driving in. We never stayed at a resort like this before.

Driving in to the Essex in Vermont

Driving in to the Essex in Vermont

We strolled around the grounds scoping everything out.

The Spa at The Essex

The Spa at The Essex

And caught a gorgeous sunset.

Sunset in Essex Junction

Sunset in Essex Junction

The resort looked so pretty at dusk.

The Essex Culinary Resort and Spa

The Essex Culinary Resort and Spa at Dusk

We decided to stay on site and grab a quick dinner at The Tavern.

The Tavern at The Essex

The Tavern at The Essex

It was a great way to end our day.

Beer at The Tavern

Enjoying a Beer at The Tavern

Today I’ve already gone for a run and right now the Husband is playing golf. Later, I’m heading to the pool.

Tomorrow we’re taking a cooking class, visiting the Ben and Jerry’s Factory and possibly going shopping. I didn’t realize there’s a rock wall climbing place right next door, I’m hoping to check that out as well. Overall, we are just relaxing with no real agenda. It’s just nice to be out of the daily grind and experiencing something new.

More later!

Update: Click here to see our day in Burlington!

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