Detour | Back in NYC

Brooklyn
New York

As we woke up at our Airbnb in Scarsdale New York, there was the realisation that we were about to head to our final destination, before our amazing road trip came to an end. This time we’d be saying goodbye to our beloved rental car and hitting the pavements of NYC.

Salem New York
Salem New York
Salem NY

But there was just one little detour I needed to make before we drove into Manhattan. Being just before Halloween, there were a tonne of fun events going on, and some of them were based in Sleepy Hollow, NY, the village made famous by Washington Irving’s 1820 short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, later turned into a movie.

I’d seen some fun Insta photos that I wanted to try my hand at, so a very long story short later, we arrived at the Horseman’s Hollow tour, but only wanted to take photos, and not wait around a couple of hours for the tour. I plucked up the courage to ask what my chances were of taking some photos, and I wasn’t hopeful. But sometimes when you ask nicely, you receive your wish. In the end, the head costume director escorted us to the location I’d wanted to take a few snaps, so we did a super quick little photoshoot, thanked him profusely, and were soon back on the road, on our way to NYC!

NYC

This was to be my seventh trip to NYC, one of those trips being a three month working stint back in 2007. I feel very fortunate to have visited this famous city so many times, and for it to feel so familiar as soon as I set foot on the sidewalk to explore.

New York
New York
NYC

We had three full days to cover as much ground as possible, visiting favourite old spots and discovering new ones.

Some of my favourite spots:
Tacombi in Nolita (there are various locations), for the most amazing tacos and corn esquites.
Blockheads (there are various locations), for amazing $8 frozen margarita’s and huge burrito’s!
B On Top at The Gansevoort, located in the amazing Meatpacking District, one of my favourite areas in NYC, B on Top is a rooftop bar in the stunning Gansevoort Hotel, where I once had the best stay over a Christmas trip to NYC in 2010. The views are amazing from the bar.

New York

Blue Bottle Coffee in Williamsburg (there are various locations), for really great coffee, and in the perfect location to sip whilst browsing all the super trendy stores in the neighbourhood.
Erin Mckenna’s Bakery, a gluten free and vegan bakery located in the Lower East Side of NYC, I visit every.single.time I’m in the city. Even if you’re not gf, the baked goods here are to die for! I bring a box of them back to London to store in the freezer, they’re that good.

NYC
NYC
NYC

Williams Sonoma, there are various locations but my favourite is the store at Columbus Circle. (Unfortunately in the UK, due to GDPR, we can no longer view their website :o( ). Williams Sonoma is the most amazing kitchenware store that sells everything from seasonal cookie cutters, to amazing bake mixes (including gf), and I always stock up on a tonne of stuff when I visit.
Tompkins Square Bagels, located in the East Village for the most amazing bagels, and gluten free options too!

Brooklyn

And some of my favourite new spots:

Time Out Market, located in Dumbo Brooklyn, is a 24,000-square-feet market with 21 eateries, three bars and a demo cooking area. The place is HUGE, and there’s everything your hungry heart desires here. Don’t miss the views at the top, where you’ll find more food, a bar and an amazing outdoor area looking back towards NYC.
RH NYC, located in the Meatpacking District, RH aka Restoration Hardware, is the most chic furniture store you’ll ever set eyes on. The building is huge, and when you walk in it feels like you’ve entered a multi storey art gallery, but instead of paintings, there’s furniture. And the best bit, you can order alcohol from their in-house bar and sprawl out on a chic sofa or bed whilst you drink. Their rooftop restaurant looks amazing too, and I’d love to visit in summer where they have an outdoor area which would be the perfect cocktail o’clock spot.

NYC
NYC
New York

Starbucks Reserve, located in the Meatpacking District, this is a Starbucks like no other. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a fan of their coffee and never visit a regular store, but this one was a must-visit. A 23,000 square foot building, on the ground floor is a 360-degree central coffee bar, a lounge, roasting area, Italian bakery Princi, and a station where customers can buy and grind their own beans. A lounge with another coffee bar, sits on the lower ground, and on the top level is the 60-foot-long Arriviamo Cocktail Bar. I mean…. you wanna take a look right?!

NYC

We spent our few days strolling and ticking things off our to-do list. The weather was perfect, and although it was Autumn, it was still warm enough to stroll in shorts and a light coat.

NYC
NYC
New York

This trip to NYC didn’t excite me in the way it has previously, and that sounds so spoilt! But! Maybe it’s a combo of visiting so many times, of the fact that London has so many of the same stores and restaurants, and also an age thing where I don’t necessarily want to spend my time rushing around a city on vacation.

Brooklyn

But what I did learn on this trip, is that the next time I visit, as I’m sure I will, I’ll leave some of the old haunts off my to-visit list. I realised on this trip that I was revisting places that no longer interested me. I guess that happens over time and as we get older! So the next trip’s plan is definitely to do less, giving me more time to enjoy my favourite neighbours, those being the Meatpacking District, Lower East Side, Upper West Side, Brooklyn and Williamsburg.

Brooklyn New York
New York
NYC

On our last day in NYC, we woke up a little fuzzy headed, having been out for drinks with a friend the evening before, but we were determined to pull on our running gear and run through Central Park.

We jumped on the subway towards the park, and started our run. It was one of the highlights of my trip. There were so many people out running on this beautiful sunny morning, and I felt a part of the city in that moment. Finishing our run we walked down one of the main streets of the Upper West Side, and found a great coffee spot, where I ordered a decaf almond latte and the barista handed it to me announcing loudly in his NYC twang ‘DECAF. Almond Latte. DECAF’. Alright mate! Sorry I didn’t want the caffeine hit! Haha, it did make me laugh, such a crime to order decaf if you’re a barista I guess!

NYC

We strolled as we drank our take-out coffees, and this moment was one of my favourites of the entire trip. Just soaking up the buzz of the city, but at a slower pace.

That slow pace didn’t continue however, as the clock ticked, and we still had places we wanted to visit and I needed to pack a suitcase worth of food (not even kidding). The sun set, and before we knew it, we were in a taxi on the way to JFK airport. Goodbye NYC. Another adventure over, but the memories are always there to fall back on, and to excite me to plan my next trip.

Thanks for reading,

Annmaree x

Brooklyn New York
NYC
NYC

Detour | Onwards to Connecticut

Essex Connecticut
Essex Connecticut

After a couple of days in sunny Rhode Island, we packed up our car and pulled up a Google map, as we were on our way to another state, Connecticut this time.

We only stayed on night in Connecticut, but we covered a lot of ground in that time, and we loved what we saw.

Connecticut
Connecticut
Connecticut

Our first stop of the day was at Clyde’s Cider Mill, a place that kept popping up on websites when I was researching the trip, so we decided to check it out. Clyde’s, based near a town called Mystic, is the oldest and last steam powered cider mill in USA. We did some taste testing, and a little bit of shopping in their sweet little store and jumped back in the car toward Mystic.

Mystic Connecticut

Mystic, Connecticut is such a beautiful coastal village to visit. You may know the movie Mystic Pizza starring Julia Roberts? This is the place the movie is based on, and yes there is a pizza store there with the same name.

We were so lucky with it being a perfectly warm, sunny day, and so we slowly wandered around the main street, which is full of some really fab shops, which meant a little bit of shopping was in order!

Connecticut
Connecticut
Connecticut

Spotting some great restaurants, we decided to check-in at our Airbnb in the nearby town of New London, and head back into Mystic a little later for dinner. But not before pulling over as soon as I spotted another pumpkin patch farm ;o) Complete with goats and farm dogs. I was in farmyard heaven!

Connecticut

I knew our Airbnb was going to have a bit of wow factor when I found it online, but seeing it in real life was a whole different ballgame. The place was HUGE! Built in 1852, the house felt like a movie set, with so many grand rooms to explore and staircases leading to different parts of the house. I’m not gonna lie, it did have that slight spooky feeling and I was half expecting a ghost to float over me when I got into bed that evening ;o)

Mystic Connecticut
Mystic Connecticut
Mystic Connecticut

Back in Mystic for the evening, we had an amazing meal at Grass & Bone, a butcher shop and restaurant, with a very cool interior and delicious food.

Connecticut
Connecticut
Essex Connecticut

Waking up the next morning, as is the theme of any road trip, it was time to pack up and keep moving.

Our first stop for the morning was at the most charming town of Essex. This small village, surrounded by ocean, is truly adorable!

Connecticut

We picked up Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Essex Coffee and Tea Company and wandered down the main street in awe of the stunning large houses, which were mostly all decorated for Halloween.

This little Connecticut village was a highlight of my trip, it really is a picture perfect place, and one I recommend visiting.

Connecticut
Connecticut
Connecticut

Departing Essex, we drove northwest to visit a few other sweet Connecticut towns, and we ended up getting one of the most memorable lunches of my life from a tiny little place called Warren. The Warren General was an unexpected surprise for such a small area. A super chic general store selling the most delicious deli sandwiches, salads and cakes, AND they had gluten free bread, hallelujah! The Rueben sandwich they made for me was the most amazing sandwich ever! I still think about it.

And the best bit about this stop for lunch, the very stylish owner used to live in Sloane Square, London, another unexpected surprise when we were in such a small place.

Rach Martino Noelle Downing

It was time to start heading south towards New York state, where we were staying for one night before heading into Manhattan, but I had one place I wanted to visit before we arrived at our Airbnb. Some of my favourite Instagrammers, Noelle Downing and Rach Martino, always take a tonne of fun Halloween photos at a pumpkin patch called Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard, so I wanted to check it out.

As we drove towards the farm, I remember thinking to myself ‘I wonder what it would be like to meet them’. We pulled into the carpark, and wandered into the store as the heavens had opened up and we decided to wait and see if the rain might clear. A few minutes later, I realised that standing in front of me was Noelle, Rach and another Instagrammer I follow Jag Lever. I literally couldn’t believe it, and felt like a nervous 12 year old until I gathered myself together, and introduced myself. It was such a crazy co-incidence seeing them at Harvest Moon, with them being the reason I’d visited in the first place.

The rain never cleared up, so photos were impossible, but bumping into these Instagram gals made it worth the journey anyway!

Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard New York

Back on the road, we head south to Scarsdale, New York, where the rain continued to pour, but we had the cosiest sleep in a beautiful, large home, before heading to our final destination: Manhattan.

Until next time, thanks for reading :o)

Annmaree x

Detour | Boston to Rhode Island

Rhode Island Pumpkin Patch
Newport Rhode Island

… Before I share my adventures from Boston to Rhode Island, let me just start by saying my blog got hacked in January, and it’s taken an age to sort, hence the huge gap between my New England blog posts. So now it’s all sorted, I’m back to share this amazing journey of mine!

Boston
Boston
Boston

In my last blog post here, we’d driven from New Hampshire to Massachusetts, and we were now driving south to Boston for two nights. I’d always planned to visit Boston, but after all my US trips, this was the first time I’d actually be setting foot in the city. And honestly, I was disappointed. Hence the lack of photos!

We arrived early evening, locating our Airbnb, a little way out of the city, which was fine because we had a car and Uber’s were easy to get. It was pouring with rain, and we were knackered, so we found a Wholefoods supermarket, bought some snacks and spent a really interesting evening in with one of our hosts, who relayed his story about being put in prison. Don’t worry we didn’t have to barricade our door that night, it was a horrendous story and really opened our eyes to the racism issue in America.

Boston
Boston

After an early night, we got up the next morning and head in to the city. Spending a good chunk of the day walking around, we hit all the popular tourist spots, and cool neighbourhoods before I declared ‘I need a treat, this place is kinda sucking my soul out’. Boston may very well be somewhere you love, because we all love different things, but I just couldn’t get into the swing of the place at all. There were pretty parts, but not enough to make me think WOW!

Heading back to our Airbnb for a power nap, we got changed and head back in to the city for what we were ultimately visiting for. A Ray LaMontagne concert. Some of you know exactly who this singer/songwriter is, and others won’t, if you’re in the latter camp, I suggest you look him up and start listening to his music! It was such a bucket list concert, in a beautiful venue called Wang Theatre. It made our trip to Boston worth it afterall, but needless to say this city won’t be somewhere I’ll be visiting again in a hurry.

Rhode Island

The next morning we packed up, said our thank you’s and goodbyes and hit the road. We did a quick detour over to Cambridge so we could say we’d seen Harvard University. I have to say, Cambridge is beautiful, and we picked up great take out coffee from a little indie cafe full of students tapping away on their Mac’s. So if you are going to Boston, I really recommend visiting this pretty part of the city.

Back on the road, and this time heading towards another state: Rhode Island. Sometime around midday we made one of my favourite daily pitstops, a visit to a giant supermarket. I loooove American supermarkets, like obsessed love, I could spend hours in them, being equal parts shocked at the excessive amount of food they stock, whilst also loving that I can pretty much pick up anything my heart desires. Which I would, and that would mean loads of delicious snacks for the car journey! :o)

Newport Rhode Island
Newport Rhode Island
Newport Rhode Island

We’d booked an Airbnb in Providence, Rhode Island and as we drove in to the city early afternoon, I noticed a lot of drug addicts, drunks and homeless people on the side of the roads. There was an air about the place that didn’t make me feel terribly safe. A quick Google search opened our eyes to the issues that Providence faces, and we suddenly weren’t sure what to do. Should we stay or not?

After grabbing a bite to eat, we head south to Newport, where we’d originally hoped to stay, but hadn’t found suitable accommodation. Newport is a beautiful coastal city, with yacht filled harbours, pretty shops and a really cool laid-back vibe. We loved it immediately, so we hung around and spent the afternoon and early evening there, before deciding we should just suck it up and get back to Providence for the night and maybe change our plan for the following day.

Newport Rhode Island
Newport Rhode Island
Newport Rhode Island
Newport Rhode Island

Back in Providence, I did a quick Google search for food spots and we head to an area called Federal Hill. It turns out they were having a huge street party with food, drinks and live bands and I have to say it was really fun! We listened to great music, ate street food and then finally made it back to our Airbnb just before midnight. Our accommodation was really cool, but we felt we’d rather cut our losses and move on the next day, than stick around the city, so the next morning we packed up yet again, found a really great coffee shop for a take out coffee and hit the road.

My understanding of Providence is that there are some really great places and things to do there, you just need to know where they are. I did feel quite uneasy in the city, but again maybe that was just because I didn’t know enough about the place.

Rhode island

We decided we’d spend a night in Newport, and just shell out for a hotel, so our plan was to spend the day relaxing there. However, I was having pumpkin patch withdrawals by this stage so we made a couple of pitstops en route :o)

Rhode Island
Rhode Island
Rhode Island

Our first stop was at Dame Farm & Orchards and it was the cutest! With corn mazes, wagon rides and pick your own options, I was one happy gal! The pumpkin patch area was adorable, with little radio flyer wagons to wheel your pumpkins around in, which I obviously took advantage of for a photo or two ;o)

Rhode Island apple orchard

After oohing and aahing at the cuteness of all the pumpkins, we moved on to our next destination, Barden Family Orchard, a pick your own farm. It was a perfect, sunny day and we wandered through the orchards and I pretended I was apple picking, so I had some photos for this blog post ;o)

Even if you’re not planning to purchase pumpkins and apples, these farms are so lovely to visit, and always have amazing farm shops attached to them with the most delicious food and drinks to purchase.

Rhode Island apple orchard
Rhode Island apple orchard
Rhode Island apple orchard

Back on the road and Newport bound, we arrived mid afternoon, but still needed to find accommodation. Thank goodness for the power of the internet and free roaming, we pulled the car over and did some searching before deciding to book a night at the Yankee Peddler Inn. The inn is a big, beautiful Victorian home with a quintessential American flag flying out the front. The location was perfect, and after checking in, we strolled down to the harbour area.

Newport Rhode Island
Newport Rhode Island
Rhode Island

There’s some great shops, restaurants and cafes down around the waterfront area, so we spent an hour or so wandering and checking everything out. It’s such a lovely, relaxed place where you can really slow down and unwind.

Newport Rhode Island

Later in the afternoon, we took a drive around Newport including a drive-by the famous Newport mansions. The mansions were built as summer homes in the 1850s to 1900s by wealthy American families, often used as their summer homes. You can tour some of the mansions, and I’m now regretting we didn’t do this. They are HUGE and architecturally amazing. The Great Gatsby movie used one of the mansions as a location to film scenes.

Newport Rhode Island
Newport Rhode Island
Newport Rhode Island

A quick pitstop back at the hotel to grab a jacket, we head back down to the harbourside for an early evening glass of wine, as the sun set and turned the sky into the most beautiful vibrant colours.

Newport Rhode Island

Dinner was out on one of the piers. We devoured lobster bisque for dinner, which was so so delicious, and a must try when you’re visiting Rhode Island.

Newport Rhode Island
Newport Rhode Island
Newport Rhode Island

We decided to squeeze in one final cocktail at a local bar, where we got chatting to some friendly locals, before calling it a night and heading back home to the hotel ready for our next adventure in the morning.

It was great to tick Rhode Island off the bucket list. I really loved my time in Newport, and I’d recommend visiting during summertime or early Autumn, to enjoy the boat rides, the harbour and that gorgeous warm sunshine.

Until the next post, thanks for reading!

Annmaree x

Detour | New Hampshire to Massachusetts

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New Hampshire

It was a sad farewell to Vermont, a state I found so incredibly beautiful, as we crossed the state line into New Hampshire for the next part of our adventure.  Arriving late afternoon into the town of Campton, we had booked this Airbnb room for the night.

Surrounded by forest, and with the basement all to ourselves, it was the perfect place to rest our heads for the night.  Kari our host was lovely, and the room was spacious, and the bed so comfy.  We had booked knowing there were no shower facilities at this place, but for one night we’re not that precious and that’s what a basin and a warm wash cloth is for anyway! :o)

New Hampshire
New Hampshire
New Hampshire

We dropped our bags and then took a drive through some nearby towns and past some amazing scenery.  The surrounding area is very popular during ski season, so there were mountainous ranges covered in bright orange trees everywhere we looked.  We grabbed a bite to eat in the nearby town of Lincoln, before calling it a night and heading to bed, ready for our long drive the following day.

New Hampshire

Our first stop the next morning: Polly’s Pancake Parlor.  Every time I’d researched this part of New Hampshire, Polly’s had come up as a recommendation.  And when they offered gluten free pancakes, it seemed a no brainer.

New Hampshire
New Hampshire
New Hampshire

Open since 1938, we’d be warned it was very popular with people returning time and time again, and the wait time could be up to two hours.  We took our chances, put our name down and waited around 1.5 hours for these popular pancakes.

Sitting outside in the sunshine, we were surrounded by senior citizens which was a bit cute!  We got chatting to a couple next to us, and the wife told us stories of when she’d visited Polly’s with her mother and the restaurant was just a small shed in those days.

New Hampshire

Our table was finally available, we’d spent the previous 1.5 hours deciding what we’d eat, so we were ready!  Your server takes your order, and also cooks your pancakes as you’ve requested, which is a unique way to run things.  I didn’t mess around, I had banana stirred into one batch, and blueberries and chocolate chips into the other.  This was all topped with maple syrup and maple cream (better than maple syrup!), and by that last mouthful I was declaring I’d never eat again.

New Hampshire

When we’d be waiting for our table outside, we got chatting to a group of three family members, who turned out to be sitting behind us in the restaurant.  As we went to ask for the bill, our server informed us the man behind us had covered our bill.  We were speechless.  We turned around to thank them and insist that it wasn’t necessary, but the man told us he felt compelled, which was really one of the loveliest things that has ever happened to me.  Proof that good people are out there everywhere.  I was so grateful and still am.

New Hampshire

We waddled back to the car a good 10 pounds heavier and took a drive around the surrounding area. The scenery was amazing, trees with rich oranges and reds everywhere.

New Hampshire
New Hampshire
New Hampshire

It was time for us to get back on the road and drive through The White Mountains, an area of New Hampshire that’s famous for its jaw dropping fall scenery.

New Hampshire

And it really was jaw dropping.  As we wound our way through forests and past mountains, we saw foliage so brightly coloured like nothing we’d ever seen before.

New Hampshire
New Hampshire
New Hampshire

It was such a beautiful drive to take, and made all the more magical by the colours that come with Fall.

New Hampshire

Exiting the White Mountains, we made our way across the state line and into Massachusetts, driving towards our next destination for the evening, called Newburyport.

Newburyport Massachusetts
Newburyport Massachusetts
Newburyport Massachusetts

Another Airbnb booked, I was really looking forward to our stay at this place.  Not only did the place look lovely on Airbnb, there was also a dog at the property – a total bonus!

We booked this Airbnb and it really was as lovely as the photos I’d seen on Airbnb.  Our host Skye was a fantastic and fascinating woman with the most amazing stories to tell.  Whiskey the dog was a real character and our room, along with the rest of the house was stunning.

Newburyport Massachusetts
Newburyport Massachusetts
Newburyport Massachusetts

We took a short walk into town, and soon discovered just how beautiful Newburyport really is.  A seaside town, it has both the beauty of the harbour as well as a picture perfect main street, full of fantastic bars and restaurants.  We sat down to a delicious chilli bowl in a very cool pub, before wandering back to chat with Skye and get a good nights sleep.

Newburyport Massachusetts

Following breakfast and goodbyes the next morning, we packed up the car and drove back to the main street.  We grabbed coffee, picked up a few foodie bits and pieces to bring back to UK, and had a nosey in some of the shops.

Newburyport Massachusetts
Newburyport Massachusetts
Newburyport Massachusetts
Newburyport Massachusetts

Newburyport is definitely somewhere I would return again, I loved the vibe of the place, and don’t get me started on the amazing houses!  Oh my word, they were amazing!

Newburyport Massachusetts

After driving around and having me jump out and snap a gazillion videos and photos of all the Halloween/Fall decorated homes, it was time to bid farewell to this beautiful place and get back on the road.

Pumpkin Patch Massachussets

As with anything in life, sometimes the best things that come your way are the most unexpected, and this happened to be the case when we were driving south and discovered Tendercrop Farm in Newbury, MA.  Pulling into the carpark, all I could see in front of me were hay bales and pumpkins.  Needless to say, my Fall loving heart was overflowing with happiness!

Pumpkin Patch Massachussets
Pumpkin Patch Massachussets
Newburyport Massachussets

The store inside was amazing, full to the brim with delicious gourmet food and the most amazing flower store on the second floor.  The indoor pumpkin barn was the best thing I’d ever seen, with the shelves lined wall to wall with huge pumpkins.  Literally an Instagrammer’s dream!

Russells Orchards Massachussets
Russells Orchards Massachussets
Russells Orchards Massachussets
Russells Orchards Massachussets

From one farm to the next, we next visited Russell Orchards in Ipswich, MA.  The heavens had opened up at this stage, so I couldn’t visit the farm animals (pigs and donkeys and a whole lot of other cute little guys!), but I soon cheered up when we entered the farm store to discover not only fresh apple cider donuts, but also gluten free apple cider donuts too! Hooray!  These are a popular donut you’ll find during fall season in USA, and so I was so happy for myself that I could partake in this tradition, and partake I did, sitting in the passenger seat stuffing my face with them!

Russells Orchards Massachussets

With donuts to munch on, we were back on the road and heading to our next destination: Boston.

Until my next post, thanks for reading!

Annmaree x

Detour | Leaf Peeping in Woodstock, Vermont

Woodstock Inn

Woodstock Vermont

Ever been on vacation to a place that has you thinking about it long after you’ve left?  That’s how I feel about Woodstock, Vermont.  When researching for my New England trip, time and time again Woodstock showed up as a must-visit spot for a Fall leaf peeping trip.  Something about the place captivated me from the moment I started Googling it, and I created the rest of the trip around this dreamy town.

Woodstock Inn
woodstock vermont
woodstock vermont

Woodstock Vermont
Woodstock Vermont
Woodstock Vermont

Leaving the stunning Hill Farm Inn, in Manchester Vermont, we head north to Woodstock for three days/two nights.  As we drove into town, it was confirmed, I was in love with the place and it was just how it looked on all the websites I’d researched.  It’s one of those picture perfect places that would be dreamy in every season.

Cloudland Farm vermont

For our stay in Woodstock, I’d researched Airbnb and my eyes were drawn to a place called The Cluck House.  A ‘tiny house’ converted from a chicken coop sounded both quirky and interesting, it looked adorable and the host had 5 stars.  So I booked.

Woodstock Vermont

We arrived at The Cluck House early evening, (the photo above is the road next to the driveway!) and were greeted by a super friendly young teenager called Nick.  Nick and his mum Tina run the Airbnb together.  He introduced us to some of the other guests staying on the property, and then we head back into town to pick up some groceries for dinner.

Woodstock Vermont
Air BNB Woodstock Vermont
Woodstock Vermont

Although there were cooking facilities in The Cluck House, (photos above and below, I mean CUTE or what!!), we decided to be a little more social and hang out with everyone in the main house.

Woodstock Vermont
Woodstock Vermont
Woodstock Vermont
Woodstock Vermont

Tina arrived home from work, and over the next couple of nights we spent such enjoyable evenings with her, Nick and the other guests.  It was instantly clear why there were five stars on the Airbnb profile!  Tina if you’re reading this, thank you for our wonderful evenings spent together, and our lovely, interesting conversations.  I think of you and Nick often, you were both such a true highlight of my trip!

Woodstock Vermont

I think it goes without saying that I recommend this Woodstock, Vermont Airbnb ;o)  The location is super close to Woodstock and in a beautiful secluded area, with a lovely little lake (photo above) on the property and the most spectacular views as the sun rises in the morning.

Airbnb Woodstock Vermont

Woodstock Vermont
Woodstock Vermont
Woodstock Vermont

Over our three days we fit in as much as we possibly could, whilst drinking sooo many pumpkin spice lattes   – Mon Vert Cafe is the place to go for these, they were the best we had on our entire trip.

woodstock vermont
Vermont
Woodstock Vermont

Walking through town, you’ll discover the most beautiful stores, some favourites being RT Home – a beautiful homeware store with some fab Halloween decorations, F.H. Gillingham & Sons – open since 1886 selling everything you can imagine from maple syrup to camping gear to beautiful tea towels.

Woodstock Vermont

For the foodies amongst us, we loooooved the Woodstock Farmers Market, a short drive out of town, it’s like a mini Wholefoods, with everything from ready to eat sandwiches and salads, to the most amazing indie brands of food, cakes, maple syrup, you name it.  And during Fall, the front of the store is surrounded by pumpkins and gourds of every colour and shape possible.

woodstock vermont
woodstock vermont
woodstock vermont

Woodstock Vermont
Woodstock Vermont
Woodstock Vermont

We also loved The Village Butcher, in the centre of town, which is a butcher, but also a deli, with the most incredible sandwiches made to order.  Do not miss this place if you’re hungry!

Woodstock Inn

Other favourite spots in Woodstock, Vermont included a walk through the gorgeous Woodstock Inn with that amazing flowerbed at the entrance.  It’s one of many beautiful hotels/inn’s in the town, and if you’re a fan of architecture and generally looking at houses, a walk off the main road will have you seeing sooo many picture perfect homes.

Woodstock Vermont

woodstock vermont fall

Speaking of homes, one of the best bits about visiting during the Fall season is the effort residents go to when it comes to decorating their house for pumpkin/halloween season.  It was so amazing!  I dream of visiting over the festive season, which I’m sure would be just as impressive.

woodstock vermont
woodstock vermont
woodstock vermont

Woodstock, Vermont is a great place to base yourself for day trips around Vermont.  We spent a day doing a huge drive north west of Woodstock, visiting some really pretty little towns including Rochester, Bristol and Shelburne.

Woodstock Vermont

Vermont
Vermont
Vermont

Another must-visit spot for me was Sleepy Hollow Farm.  Made famous by the power of Instagram, I was determined to find this beautiful place and see it for my own eyes.  It wasn’t super easy to find, but when we eventually did, we joined some Instagrammer’s and diehard photographers all trying to get the perfect shot.

It’s such a beautiful setting, and mostly unoccupied.  Owned by Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, I’d really recommend visiting this spot either early morning or late afternoon.  Be prepared for plenty of other tourists and photographers, but believe me it’s worth it, and looks like something out of a storybook (image below taken at Sleepy Hollow).

Cloudland Farm Woodstock

Woodstock Vermont

Our time in Woodstock came to an end only too soon, but heading out of town we made one final stop at Sugarbush Farm.  A three generation farm that produces both cheese and maple syrup, and provides generous taste testings of both.  We of course said yes to the taste testings, and wandered around the farm saying hi to the animals (well I said hi to the animals, it’s a habit of mine, talking to four legged friends!).

Sugarbush Farm Woodstock Vermont
Sugarbush Farm Vermont
Woodstock Vermont

Now it was really time to bid farewell to the beautiful town of Woodstock, Vermont and head east to New Hampshire.

Until next time, thanks for reading :o)

Annmaree x

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Detour | My Stay at the Hill Farm Inn, Vermont

Hill Farm Inn Vermont

hill farm inn vermont

When I was researching accommodation for my New England fall road trip, I was focusing mostly on places available on Airbnb.  We were travelling for two weeks, and therefore staying in hotels every night can really push the total cost of a trip up really high.

Hill Farm Inn Vermont
Hill Farm Inn Vermont
Hill Farm Inn Vermont

But in typical Annmaree fashion, where I have to be 150% sure I’m making the right decision when booking a place, I happened to do a Google search when researching the Green Mountains area of Vermont.  And I won’t lie, I may have Googled things like ’boutique hotels Green Mountains Vermont’, just to see if there was anything a little bit fancy, which is how I came across The Hill Farm Inn.

Hill Farm Inn Vermont

I clicked the link to The Hill Farm Inn website, and scrolling through the gallery of images, it was love at first sight.  A quick look at the nightly rate and availability, and with just one room left at the inn, I had no time to waste, I needed that room!  I booked it for just one night, but that was better than nothing, and it became one of the things I was most looking forward to on the trip.

Hill Farm Inn Vermont
Hill Farm Inn Vermont
Hill Farm Inn Vermont

On the second day of our trip we were up at the crack of dawn thanks to jet lag, so we made our way towards The Hill Farm Inn, based in Sunderland VT, by mid morning.  As we pulled into the driveway I knew we were in for an amazing experience.   Located on a large farm is the main inn, with some smaller houses dotted around the land, a huge red barn, and alpacas grazing in the paddock.  This place made my heart sing.

Hill Farm Inn Vermont

We walked up the steps onto the porch, which was decorated with pumpkins for fall, and had rocking chairs dotted around, looking like something out of a dreamy Hallmark movie (my favourite kind of movie!).  Walking through the entrance, into the cosy warm inn, we were greeted by Kate the manager, aka the loveliest, friendliest manager ever!  It was too early to check in, but knowing there was about to be heavy rain fall, she was more than happy for me to run around the property snapping pictures before everything looked soaked.

Hill Farm Inn Vermont
Hill Farm Inn Vermont
Hill Farm Inn Vermont

Satisfied with my photo taking, we head into the nearby town of Manchester, which looks like a movie set.  Everything was perfect and so pretty!  We dodged the rain by checking out some shops and grabbing lunch, visiting a few more super cute towns and then finally making our way back to the cosiness of The Hill Farm Inn.

Hill Farm Inn Vermont

We checked in to our room, which was in one of the other houses on the property.  It was perfect.  Beautifully decorated, a super comfy bed and modern bathroom.  At the entrance to the house was coffee and water available to guests at all times.

Hill Farm Inn Vermont
Hill Farm Inn Vermont
Hill Farm Inn Vermont

By early evening, guests were in the games room playing pool and darts, the fires were lit, and you could even makes s’mores – that delicious American dessert consisting of melted chocolate and marshmallow between graham crackers/cookies.

Hill Farm Inn Vermont

On a cold and rainy night, what better way to spend it than in a pub?  Which is one of the huge plus points of The Hill Farm Inn.  They have their very own pub!  I loved this feature.  It works on honesty which is wonderfully trusting, and you can play bar tender and pour yourself a wine or beer to either enjoy at the bar, or in the beautiful sitting room, complete with comfy sofas to lounge on.  We sat out on the heated porch, with the Hill Farm Inn’s VIP resident, Milo the cat, and as I sipped my wine, I added to my bucket list: ‘Must own a farmhouse with a wrap-around porch one day’.

Hill Farm Inn Vermont
Hill Farm Inn Vermont
Hill Farm Inn Vermont

The inn has both a pool and a jacuzzi, so with the rain still falling we jumped in the jacuzzi and sat back enjoying the cool air on our faces and an evening where we didn’t have a care in the world.  Back in the warmth of our cosy room, jet lag had come back full force, so it was time to retire for the night.  I nestled into my soft pillow and slept like a log til morning.

Hill Farm Inn Vermont

Awake early again with our bodies not yet adjusted to the new time zone, I enjoyed an hour of lazing in bed, with American tv playing – something I always love to do when I’m on holiday in USA.  Eventually getting ready for the day, we wandered over to the beautifully decorated dining room for breakfast.  There were so many delicious options on offer, and they even catered for gluten free me, which I’m always so appreciative of.

Hill Farm Inn Vermont
Hill Farm Inn Vermont
Hill Farm Inn Vermont

With breakfast over, and our bag packs, it was with heavy hearts that we had to check out and move on to our next destination.  Saying our goodbyes to Kate and the team, we took one more walk around the property, laughing at the alpacas all huddled together in the shed, and made our way to our car to hit the road towards another day of adventure.

Hill Farm Inn Vermont

If you’re planning a visit to Vermont, do check out The Hill Farm Inn.  It is such a beautiful, special place and makes me want to run an inn of my own one day!

Annmaree x

Hill Farm Inn Vermont
hill farm inn vermont
Hill Farm Inn Vermont

Detour | The Start of My New England Fall Roadtrip…

new england fall roadtrip

new england fall roadtrip

Where do I even begin to start telling you about the amazing adventure that was my New England Fall Roadtrip?!  I’ve been trying to figure out how to break up blog posts, so I can share as much information with you as possible, because there’s so much to say!

I brought one of my bucket list travel plans to life this past October.  Spending two weeks travelling around different cities and towns in New England, taking in the beauty of Autumn that this part of the world is so famous for.

Bennington Vermont
vermont fall roadtrip
vermont fall roadtrip

It took a bunch of researching and planning, which I did by buying a huge paper map, and tracing out the route based on the list of destinations I’d jotted down from reading blog posts and travel articles online.

The planning was worth it though, and on October 5th we flew into NYC, jumped in a cab to Manhattan to collect our hire car (travel tip: it’s MUCH cheaper to hire a car away from the airport), and drove north towards Bennington, where we had booked a fantastic Airbnb, located on a Christmas tree farm (see photos above and below, link to the property here).

vermont fall roadtrip
Bennington Vermont
Fall Road trip
vermont fall road trip

My heart sang being on this trip.  I should probably mention that USA is my favourite place on the planet (Japan/Italy take equal second place!).  I first visited USA when I was 12 years old, and it has had my heart ever since.  So this trip was not only in my favourite country, but also ticking off all those bucket list moments, quaint and adorable small towns, pumpkin patches, apple picking, fall foliage, apple cider and pumpkin spice lattes!

Bennington Vermont

I remember my first night on the trip.  We’d settled into our Airbnb and then made our way down to the main street of Bennington, a small town with pretty houses, and a real local feel to the place, like everyone would know everyone.  We sat to eat dinner in a restaurant filled with what looked like locals.  It felt a million miles away from the UK, and I remember feeling so happy that the reality of the trip was matching up to how I’d dreamed it would be.  I was so excited for what lay ahead, and all the adventures and stories I was about to collect.

bennington vt
The Roasted Bean Bennington

We were asleep by 8.45pm the first night, when jetlag hit us real bad!  But that meant we were up early the next morning,  jumping in the car to explore the town, grabbing coffee first, at a tiny place called The Roasted Bean, located in a petrol station.  The barista was the loveliest local, and as the resident cat snaked around our legs, we discussed our trip and also her past trip to London.  It was one of those tiny moments, that was lovely and memorable, and then she handed me a big arse coffee, I mean, I ordered the medium size, but then I’d clearly forgotten I was in America, where medium = extra extra large anywhere else.  It fuelled me with energy for the day I guess!

New England Fall Roadtrip

Bennington was pretty, with beautiful houses, the change of the season meaning orange leaves were glowing everywhere, and every corner we turned had me gasping at the beauty of it all.

Time stands still for no one, and with the clock ticking it was time for us to head back to our Airbnb to collect our bags, then make our way slightly further north to a place called Sunderland, very near the picture perfect town of Manchester.

New England Fall roadtrip

I’ll leave the details of our stay in Sunderland for a separate post because it was such a special place it deserves a whole blog post to itself!  We stayed for just one night, but in that time we were able to explore Manchester, which looks like something straight out of a movie.  The houses and the shops were PERFECT!  It was a rainy day when we visited, but it meant it was the perfect weather to enjoy the most ridiculously good tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich at a place called Mystic Cafe and Wine Bar.  Amazing how something so simple can taste so good.

New England fall roadtrip

New England fall roadtrip
New England Fall roadtrip
New England fall roadtrip

 

We continued on our tour around the nearby towns, visiting Dorset which was super tiny and so sweet, and Weston, home to The Vermont Country Store.  My understanding is that this place is pretty famous, they not only have the store, but they have a huge catalogue you can order from, as well as their website.  This place was INSANE!  It looked so quiet from the outside, and then it was almost like pushing through the wardrobe doors of Narnia, as we opened the entrance door, this huge world lay in front of us.  There was everything you could think of, the candy department, the cheese bar, pickles if you fancied something to munch, huge rows of maple syrup, the kitchen department which also sold fudge, and if you think you’re not a fan of fudge, think again, the stuff from their store is what dreams are made of.  We bought some maple walnut fudge, and I think I’m still suffering addiction withdrawals a month later.  It was such a fun place to visit!

new england fall roadtrip
new england fall roadtrip

We drove through a few other beautiful tiny towns, including Townshend, for those of you who are fans of the movie Funny Farm.  We drove up and down lanes, until we found the house that features in the movie.  We visited a farmers market, and popped into a bunch of beautiful stores and then eventually made our way back to Sunderland.

New England Fall Roadtrip
New England Fall Roadtrip
New England Fall Roadtrip

We spent the drizzly evening back at our accommodation (the place I’ll talk about in my next blog post), sipping wine in their very own pub, and then taking a dip in the outdoor jacuzzi, before retiring to our super lovely bedroom, where jetlag had once again kicked in.

Zzzzzzzzz.

Annmaree x

Vermont Fall Roadtrip

Detour | A Cornwall VW Kombi roadtrip

VW Kombi

VW Kombi

I finally made it to Cornwall in UK! It only took 18 years to get there but never mind :o)  And it was done in the best way too, on a VW Kombi road trip.

VW Kombi
skater girl
VW Kombi

St Ives Cornwall

I created a list of things I wanted to tick off once I turned 40, and one of them was a VW Kombi road trip.  Another was visiting Cornwall, so it made sense to combine the two, and we set off over a bank holiday weekend at the end of August, which also happened to be the weekend of my 41st birthday.

Fresh apples
St Ives Cornwall
St Ives Cornwall

St Ives Cornwall

We researched a handful of VW Kombi’s online and finally found the one we booked, called Meghan, based on the outskirts of London.  They’re not the cheapest van hire option but the experience of spending the weekend driving and camping out in a kombi makes it worth the little extra!

St Ives Cornwall
St Ives Cornwall
St Ives Cornwall

St Ives Cornwall

Setting off very early on the Saturday morning, trying our best to avoid as much traffic as possible, we soon realised that when you’re in a VW Kombi, you immediately become part of a little highway gang.  Each time another kombi passes you by, everyone beeps and waves, so we soon got into the spirit of it, waving at each one that passed, and surprisingly there were a lot.

St Ives Cornwall
St Ives Cornwall
St Ives Cornwall

Lands End Cornwall

Late afternoon we arrived at Penzance, setting up home for the night in a lovely campground.  Our kombi was fitted out with a fridge, gas hob and wash basin, so we ate sausages in bread for dinner, and sipped wine whilst sat in our van.  It was so cosy, so relaxing and reminded me of all my experiences camping when I was growing up.  Fancy hotels are wonderful, but the simplicity of camping is something pretty special.

Cornwall roadtrip
St Ives Cornwall
Cornwall

VW roadtrip

The following morning we packed up, jumped into the driver/passenger seat and we were off towards Lands End, Britain’s most south-westerly point, to play tourist before continuing on to St Ives.  The traffic in St Ives was immense due to the bank holiday, but we finally found a parking space way up on a hill, and ventured down to the seaside.

Padstow Cornwall
VW roadtrip
Padstow Cornwall

The best bit of St Ives for me?  Gluten free cornish pasties and gluten free scones!  I mean a girl needs to indulge, and sometimes that option just isn’t available to me, so this was very exciting!  St Ives is also full of lovely shops from traditional souvenir stores to very cool homeware and clothing shops.  Every man and their dog were either sat at a seat outside a pub, or squished onto a beach chair on the sand, that’s the English seaside for you!

Padstow Cornwall
Padstow Cornwall
Padstow Cornwall

That afternoon we arrived at our next campsite in Padstow.  Another really great campsite, with everything from a mini grocery store, to a fabulous communal bathroom set up complete with a hair drying station.  Not exactly roughing it!

VW Kombi roadtrip

We took a map from reception and followed the track that led us through cornfields and paddocks down to Padstow harbour.  A town that’s often known for Rick Stein’s restaurant, we walked past his fish and chip shop and decided against lining up in the insanely long queue, instead opting for a walk around the harbour town as the sun set and live music played in the square.  We sat down for delicious Italian food at one of the restaurants, and another gluten free win, they had GF arancini, hallelujah!  Sleepy and not feeling energised enough to walk back up the hill through the paddocks to the campsite, we called a cab and were soon tucked up in our cosy kombi bed.

VW Kombi
Surfing Cornwall
VW Kombi Roadtrip

The next morning was my birthday.  We’d booked a surfing lesson but due to some miscommunication it had been cancelled the evening before.  So I started my morning with coffee and a FaceTime call with my parents.  But then we received a text saying we could join the lesson after all and had 30 minutes to get there.  Needless to say the coffee was tipped out on the grass, the FaceTime call swiftly ended and we scrambled to pack everything up and get down to the beach in time for the surf lesson.

Camel Valley vineyard

Having snowboarded a few times before and being able to stay upright on my skateboard, I was looking forward to this lesson, but I was also nervous!  Our young instructor was fab, and after everyone in the lesson had squeezed into their wetsuits, we soon got into the swing of learning the art of trying to stand up on a surfboard.  My first attempt at just laying on the board and cruising into the shallows, ended with me barrel rolling and swallowing a tonne of sea water.  Slighty taken aback, I swallowed my pride and my worry that maybe surfing wasn’t for me after all, and made my way back out to sea.  Things only got better from here, and I managed to be pretty good at standing on a surfboard.  It was the best feeling!  Leaving me totally in the moment, amongst nature, and with a feeling of exhilaration each time I stood on the board and steered it towards shore.  I can’t wait to try surfing again!

Polzeath Cornwall
Polzeath Cornwall
VW Kombi camping

Following our lesson, we head back to the campsite to freshen up and then made our way to Camel Valley Vineyard, sitting out on their deck sipping wine in the warm sunshine.  It was a beautiful day, so we visited Rock – a small but lovely little beachside town, Constantine Bay, to say hi to friends and where we apparently just missed David Cameron walking out of the ocean hah!, and then we arrived at our final campsite in Polzeath.

Polzeath was my favourite beachside town, due to its very relaxed feel which reminded me of being home in New Zealand.  Our friends were also staying in an apartment nearby so they came over to our campsite to toast my birthday with some champagne, and then we head down the track to the beach, crossing over the sand and rocks towards a little pizza place.  My birthday dinner was perfect, sat on a picnic bench under the stars eating pizza and realising how much I love the simple life sometimes.

VW roadtrip

The next morning, it was time to pack up and head home.  Cue: sad music.  It took forever to get back to London, with everyone else doing the same thing, but I didn’t mind, I just enjoyed the last moments of Meghan and our VW Kombi road trip.

If it’s something you’ve ever thought about doing, go for it, it’s so much fun, and I can’t wait for another kombi trip!

Annmaree x

Polzeath Cornwall
Polzeath Cornwall
Polzeath Cornwall

Eat | Pimp My Pizza Lunch with Friends

pizza menu

pizza menu

cactus
Ciao sexy pizza
lunch setting

Guacamole

Pimp my Pizza
hot sauce
Pizza tee

A couple weekends ago we had our friends over for a Pimp My Pizza lunch.  I love a themed event, and this one had sprung to mind earlier in the year, so I’d filed it in my ‘must make this happen’ folder in my brain and we were so lucky that the date we planned ended up being one of the most glorious, sunniest days London had seen all year.

I’d created little menus for us, just using Pages on my Mac, so each of us could tick which toppings we wanted and create our ultimate ‘pimp my pizza’.

Appetisers came in the form of guacamole, of which we made a huge portion.  If anyone’s interested in how to make the best guac recipe: smash some avocado in a bowl with lime, chopped cherry tomatoes, chopped red onion, coriander and salt.  Keeping adding until it tastes just right (the key is the salt and lime!).

Drinks came in the form of frozen margaritas.  Luckily we had Minute Maid frozen pink lemonade in the freezer, all the way from USA, so we used this and blended with tequila, triple sec and ice.  And they were freakin’ deeeeelicious!  I purchased some palm tree cups online to make us feel like we were kicking back somewhere warm and exotic like Miami, and not a suburb in South West London ;o)

For pizzas we purchased stone baked margherita pizzas, and a gluten free cauliflower crust for me ;o)  Then we threw on the toppings as per each persons request on their tick-box menu.  Then we stuffed our faces like little piggies, and it was worth every damn calorie!

What’s a lunch date without dessert?  To finish up, what better than s’mores?!  We topped digestive biscuits with marshmallows and chocolate, grilling them in the oven and then sat outside in the courtyard, stuffing them into our greedy mouths whilst covering our faces in melted marshmallow and chocolate – this is not a recommended first date food lol ;o)

Yay for fun lunch dates with friends, they bring JOY TO MY SOUL!  Now to think up the next theme…. I’m thinking fall/autumn/thanksgiving vibes.  Apple pie comes to mind, who wants an invite?

Annmaree xo

sunday lunch

Pimp my Pizza
pizza lunch
Frozen margarita

Guacamole

Pimp my Pizza
S'mores
Pimp my Pizza

Detour | Jnane Tamsna, Marrakech

Marrakech

Marrakech

Planning a trip to Marrakech?  Staying in riad’s in the medina but want to have a quiet, luxurious day away from the hustle and bustle?  Then you need to add Jnane Tamsna to your itinerary!

Marrakech
Jnane Tamsna
Jnane Tamsna

When planning my trip to Marrakech, I knew I wanted a balance of the hustle and bustle of the medina, and a day where I could spend doing very little except for swimming and eating.

Jnane Tamsna
Jnane Tamsna
Jnane Tamsna

Searching online, I came across Jnane Tamsna, a stunning boutique hotel in the Palmerie area of Marrakech.   I contacted them, asking if there was the possibility of a day pass, something that some hotels around the world do for non-guests, and they were extremely accommodating giving me a couple of options to choose from.

I opted for the day pass that included dinner, with an add-on of a camel ride in the palm groves at sunset.

Marrakech

A driver arranged by Jnane Tamsna collected us from our riad on the day of our booking, and 20 minutes later we drove through the gates of this stunning property.

It’s like something out of a movie!  On the vast grounds there are five houses, five pools, an organic store, the most beautiful home interiors shop, a tennis court and expansive gardens where they grow food to serve guests al fresco in one of the courtyards.

Jnane Tamsna
Marrakech
Marrakech

We decided the first thing to do upon arriving was to take a walk around the grounds and have a nosey at all the beautiful buildings, archways, gardens and pools.  It’s like something out of a Vogue magazine, so much so, that Vogue have photographed here before.

Marrakech
Marrakech

Deciding on which pool to spend the afternoon in, we then swung by the kitchen and asked if there was any possibility of ordering lunch.  This was no problem at all, and what I love is that instead of seeing a menu, they just asked us what we felt like eating, and 15 minutes later a delicious salad arrived along with GLUTEN FREE!! bread, and we sat amongst the date palms, eating and patting the owners dog.

Jnane Tamsna

The afternoon was spent soaking up the rays on sunloungers and taking multiple dips in the pools.  I’d like to say I felt utterly relaxed at this point, but I couldn’t stop jumping up from my lounger to take photos and video footage, because everywhere I looked was magical!

Jnane Tamsna
Jnane Tamsna
Jnane Tamsna

At 5pm we met our camel guide for our one hour trek through the palm groves.  I’d never ridden a camel before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect and just hoped I didn’t fall off!  It was such a fun experience, I soon felt safe enough to hold on with one hand and take photos all whilst sitting way up high, bobbing around with each step the camel took.

Jnane Tamsna
Jnane Tamsna
Jnane Tamsna

As our guide led us on the trek, he somehow managed to make me some amazing pieces of art out of palm leaves, all with one hand!  What a talent!

Marrakech
Marrakech

It was the most stunning time of the day to be riding amongst the palm groves, with the setting sun giving everything a golden glow.  I was so glad we decided to book this camel trek, and really recommend it as an add-on to your visit.

Jnane Tamsna

Back at Jnane Tamsna, we bid farewell to our guide and the camels and head back to the courtyard for an Aperol Spritz and to chat with fellow guests.

Jnane Tamsna

The lovely thing about staying or dining at Jnane Tamsna is that it all happens at an outdoor communal table, which is candlelit as night falls.  You’ll find yourself amongst  lovely, inspirational guests, and on the night we dined there I felt very fortunate to sit with Becky (and her husband Ryan), the founder of @wearetravelgirls on Instagram.  Two inspirational people with an amazing story.

Jnane Tamsna
Marrakech
Morocco

We had three delicious courses of food, again with no menu, all washed down with Moroccan wine, a new favourite of mine.

It was getting late.  As if by magic, our driver was nearby, and we hopped into the car, driving back towards our riad, with sun kissed skin, happy bellies, and full of wanderlust to return to Jnane Tamsna again, but for a longer stay next time.

Annmaree x