Fall is hereeeee, especially now because the weather isn’t 80 degrees anymore. I love Tim Burton movies and Halloween and flannels and beanies and concert season so I’m pretty excited about this. Here is what I’m planning to get done and what I’ve done so far, I made a few changes because some of the goals I set ended up being wayyyyyyyy out of reach so here’s a new, improved, and updated fall bucket list! Did you know winter doesn’t officially start until December 21st? That seems so weird to me. What’s one thing you want to do this fall?
I took advantage of the three day Labor Day Weekend by visiting Vermont. I had a feeling Vermont would be one of my favorite states and it did not disappoint. It reminded me a lot of Portland, Maine – but better.
Things we did:
Hiked Elmore State Park – a little tough, but a decent hike for beginners. I took a lot of breaks going up because I suck at steep hikes.
Saw the World’s Tallest Filing Cabinet – and it was awesome.
Ben and Jerry’s Factory Tour – ice cream, need I say more?
Hiked Mount Philo – an easy and scenic loop!
Places we ate:
Penny Cluse – prepare for a long wait, but good breakfast!
Chubby Muffin – we stopped here for some takeaway breakfast before a hike and loved it.
Red Onion – tasty sandwiches for lunch!
Our House – omg sooo many mac n cheese options
Sweet Waters – one of the better places that didn’t have a long wait!
We stayed at an Airbnb in Burlington and college was back in session so it was a little busy, but never really too chaotic. Everyone is very eco-friendly and the scenery was just amazing. Mountains are everywhere and we were lucky to be staying close to Lake Champlain where we watched the sunset. This was one of my favorite weekend trips and I would be so happy to take another trip to Vermont!
I’m headed out on vacation tomorrow until Tuesday! I haven’t traveled in a while so I am so excited to be going to Burlington, Vermont for a couple of days 🙂 While I’m gone, you should definitely check out these amazing and supportive bloggers!
Over Memorial Day Weekend, I took the 7 hour drive up through the border to Montreal. Last year, I did the same thing but went to Toronto. Both times were for an early birthday celebration and both times didn’t disappoint!
We were sort of in Montreal during the off season, so some places weren’t serving brunch yet and the Olympic Tower was closed. But the city was beautiful and there were still plenty of things to do!
Things we did:
Mount Royal – ummmmmm no one told me this was a legitimate uphill hike so we attempted it the first day and then just drove to the top on the last day because I was not having it lol. The view of the city from the top is totally worth it though.
Olympic Park and the Biodome – the park was kind of empty and creepy, but I had never been to a biodome before and thought it was awesome.
Bonseccours Market – didn’t think this was super impressive, just an indoor market.
Visited the Port – which is in the coolest and most European looking part of the city, the views were beautiful!
Notre Dame Basilica – very beautiful! One of the coolest things about Montreal is that there will be an amazing cathedral and sky scraper next to each other.
Underground city – which is just a mall really.
Places we ate (I would recommend all of them!):
Deville Diner – omg the food and drinks here are amazing
Allo Mon Coco
Tim Horton’s for coffee and a donut because duh!
Le Bistro Magasin General du VIeux-Montreal – yummiest brunch and cronuts!!
Montreal was really cool because you could get every aspect of a city. There’s a Times Square/shopping NYC feel on St. Catherine’s Street, a Central Park kind of feel on Mont Royal, and then you can be transported into Rome where there are cobble stone streets and bistros on every corner!
Seriously, you can see an amazing sky scraper and right next door will be a historic cathedral. It’s amazing!
The primary language is French, but everyone speaks English. And money-wise, using my American credit card was the best bet but we had some American money and Canadian money in our pockets just in case. Montreal was a great little getaway, I would highly recommend going if you are looking for a little bit of history, fun, Europe, Canada, and modern city all rolled into one! 🙂
At the end of the month I will be heading to Montreal and seriously can’t wait!! I have a loose itinerary of what we will be doing, but I’d love to get some suggestions from anyone who has ever been there or lives there!
We will be staying in downtown Montreal. I would love suggestions for things to do as well as your favorite bars and restaurants.
I grew up being very shy and dependent. I was probably in my late teens before I could even order my own meal at a restaurant, I would always whisper it in my mom’s ear first. I didn’t think I could do anything new on my own, I was terrified at the thought.
The first time I ate alone was when I was a freshman in college, I went to the cafeteria by myself because no one was answering their phones and I was getting so frustrated with making friends. I sat by myself and a couple of kids asked me to eat with them, they ended up being kind of creepy, and I didn’t feel empowered at all. I just felt like a loser.
But not being able to do things on your own is such a debilitating fear. I missed out on plenty of things I wanted to do just because I couldn’t find anyone to go with me.
So I started forcing my hand. I would buy two tickets to a concert or one airplane ticket for a weekend trip, I left it up to fate if someone would end up going with me. And I wasn’t afraid to do it on my own. Why waste time and experiences by being dependent on someone else?
This weekend, I spent the day in Philadelphia – a place I’ve been to many times before. I went with my boyfriend, but he had plans that I wasn’t really interested in. So while he was busy, I went off on my own. I ate lunch by myself and then saw a movie by myself. I took a walk by myself and just reveled in doing something by myself that wasn’t laying in bed and watching Netflix.
If you own it, it’s eye opening and empowering to do the things you enjoy by yourself. The key to your happiness shouldn’t be in someone else’s pocket and you need to learn how to unlock it yourself before depending on other people. I encourage you to spend a day on your own, learn about yourself, and just have fun.
I get bored so easily, therefore I travel often. Changing scenery often helps my restlessness.
Valentine’s Day weekend was the perfect time to get away. We initially planned a trip to visit multiple abandoned places like Centralia and the abandoned Pennsylvania turnpike. When we reached our first destination, we quickly realized the snow from a few days earlier had ruined all our plans. It would be impossible to get to/see these places in the snow.
I was more than bummed. But the quick thinking of my boyfriend turned the whole day around. We went to Hershey and did the free tour and a chocolate tasting which was so fun. We already had an AirBnB booked in Harrisburg so we headed there next.
I will always recommend AirBnB’s, I’ve never had a bad experience and they are so inexpensive.
We got lunch in Harrisburg at an awesome gallery and brewery called The Millworks (https://millworksharrisburg.com/), would definitely recommend. Then we walked along the waterfront before heading back to our AirBnB to relax.
We got dinner at Rubicon, which was great! The next morning we got breakfast and explored the capitol building a little bit. We then decided to take a stab at seeing the last abandoned place on our list, the old York County Prison.
This place was awesome and creepy. It is easy to get to and to get inside, but it was muddy and I’m a scaredy cat so we didn’t go in. All in all, weekend trips are so much fun and I will be definitely planning more for the future. It is great to be able to explore the world, but sometimes you just need to explore your neighboring states!