Snowy Weekend in Manchester, Vermont

You may have heard of a little winter storm named Nemo.

Nemo swept through New England last weekend, causing massive snow accumulations, travel bans, and leaving hundreds without heat or electricity. It was dubbed The Blizzard of 2013 and gave Boston the fifth highest snowfall ever recorded in the city.

But I wasn’t in Boston when Nemo slammed into the city. I was in a city in a colder, snowier state: Manchester, Vermont.

For those of you who think that I spent the weekend in Vermont to ski, you are wrong. Although we did go to a ski resort and I ate a waffle.

And for those of you who think that I am a little crazy for traveling during a blizzard, you are right.

But were my friends and I really crazy to get out of Boston that weekend? After all, we did leave early on Friday morning, before the storm made its way to the city. We’ve planned our little mini vacation/winter getaway for weeks, and after we heard about Nemo, we knew we were going to spend most of the weekend indoors, in our cozy rented house. So we brought along plenty of food, wine, and hoodies, and prepared to spend a snowy weekend away from home.

We stayed in a barn house that was very rustic-looking outside, and very Martha Stewart-chic inside, in the middle of a very large land area covered in snow:

This was the driveway and the view from the back of the house.

But the snow did not deter us from enjoying the weekend, and I was able to have a relaxing weekend with the warm company of my friends. Here are some pictures:

pork ramen (the first meal we cooked at our rented house), quail eggs, Apothic Red (which I have been looking for since I first tasted it at Mohegan Sun), more ramen

our efficient little fireplace, a banana cake with icing thicker than actual cake (sadly, it did not live up to its claim of being the best), a typical Friday night (I really had plans of running that weekend, but I settled for reading Runner’s World instead)

Who knew Manchester has good Thai food? We drove to the city center and ate at Thai Basil – Thai iced tea, veggie rolls, dumplings, shrimp and tofu pad thai, condiments, sticky rice with mango

The Equinox Resort and the impressive bread basket at Marsh Tavern, my awesome friends, a shining dancer at the Southern Vermont Arts Center

We had a fun time being mostly cooped up inside this barn house. Vermont really looked like a winter wonderland and we were able to explore a little bit of Manchester, which is a very quaint-looking town, with little stores, cafes, and even outlet shops. I’m looking forward to the next out-of-town trip with my friends!

*I wonder who gets to name blizzards and why they chose Nemo. If it were me, I would like to name a blizzard Thunder from Down Under


18 Responses to “Snowy Weekend in Manchester, Vermont”

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    Alaina posted February 17, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Looks like you had an amazing weekend! I need a weekend away like that. :-)

    Haha, I loved your name for the blizzard. The names they come up with are ridiculous. Nemo? I wonder if the next one will be Dory. :-P

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted February 17, 2013 at 10:38 am

    This sounds like the ideal way to spend a snowy weekend. Even though I grew up skiing, these days I’d much rather eat a waffle at a ski resort and stay in an adorable barn by the fire than be on the slopes :)

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    Sacha posted February 17, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    What a fun weekend. I sometimes love being cooped up inside the house–especially when the surroundings are that lovely!

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    Natalie posted February 17, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Looks great and wow such good eats!

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    Liz @ EatingPlaces posted February 17, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Sounds like an excellent trip. It’s so nice to get away – that has been on my list of things to do lately!

    The food from Thai Basil looks fantastic (and great lighting – it must be nice inside).

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    Colleen @ Culinary Colleen posted February 17, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Sounds like you made out well by leaving the city during Nemo!

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    Sues posted February 18, 2013 at 12:47 am

    It’s always been my dream to go on a ski vacation and not actually ski… It looks like you had an awesome time! Way more fun than being stuck in Boston :)

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    Susan (Oliepants) posted February 18, 2013 at 1:51 am

    What a lovely weekend and barn house!! It’s not everyday that I would call something with barn in the name “lovely,” but this really is!! PS love Thai food! And those quail eggs look yum!

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    Michelle Collins posted February 18, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    I, too, escaped to Vermont during the blizzard (and drank Apothic Red)! Great minds. :)

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    val posted February 18, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    I love Vermont. I haven’t been there in about 10 years, I’m long over due for a trip.

  11. #
    CCU posted February 18, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    What a wonderful trip my friend, Vermont seems beautiful :D

    Choc Chip Uru

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    Nina posted February 18, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Friends and food….ahh thats a perfect time. Nice to know about your wonderful trip:)

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    Rhonda posted February 18, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Well it looks like you had a great weekend, I cannot even imagine all of the snow you guys got! But it seems you stayed warm and well fed :)

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    Megan posted February 19, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    I love that wine. A friend gave me a bottle for Christmas, and I found it at the Whole Foods in Dedham after that.

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    Kiran @ posted February 20, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Nemo for a blizzard was definitely uncalled for — I love your version though ;)

    Great trip with wonderful friends, albeit all of the chaos with the blizzard. Bravo I must say!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking posted February 20, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Such gorgeous scenery and a cozy getaway from Boston! When my husband and I lived there, we would occasionally escape to VT also… Thanks for sharing!

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    Meghan posted February 20, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    This looks like a lovely, cozy weekend!

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    Molly Galler posted March 6, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Snowed in weekends with friends are the absolute best. Looks like you found some fun new spots and got in plenty of relaxing!

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