A Weekend in Killington with Life is Good
Once I stopped resisting winter, I realized that I was actually going to miss it (gasp, I know). Although the winter is too long, there are many things that I truly love about a cold, snowy New England. For one, not feeling guilty about shifting my focus to hibernation. Places like Vermont and Maine – equally beautiful in summer – become magical winter wonderlands covered in snow so high, that you have no choice but to stay put for several days at a time. Often you have no choice but to slow down; I often find myself craving winter’s slow pace come warmer seasons.
Last weekend, I attended the Life is Good NORBEASTER festival at Killington Mountain. On our way up to Vermont, we took a slight detour to purchase the cult favorite, Heady Topper beer, which is only sold north of Montpelier. Vermont does a lot right – from cheese to ice cream to beer. As you can tell, my travels are often driven by a love of good food.
I have really fond childhood memories of spending time in Vermont – either on a school trip or passing through on a family road trip. My husband, Matt, had never been to this part of Vermont, so I had fun showing him around. We stopped at Sugarbush Farm in Woodstock and were able to see maple syrup in process. It’s crazy how this winter’s record cold temperatures have stalled the sap process. Sugarbush had a great shop, too. We spent time learning about various cheeses (the smoked cheese was my favorite) and syrups. I love when you can taste everything before you purchase!
Once we had our sugar fix, we jumped back onto the road. We stopped a few times along the road; so many beautiful scenes and covered bridges to photograph. Eventually, we made our way to Killington Mountain, and more specifically, Pico Resort. There is something so refreshing about mountain air; crisp and nourishing. Once we settled in to our suite at Pico, we popped open two cans of Heady Topper and put a few logs into the wood-burning fire. This is what winter’s all about, right?
After a short repose, we headed over to Killington and took in the Life is Good Festival. We enjoyed free music from Assembly of Dust, Josh Panda and the Hot Damned, and others, while taking in the beautiful scenery. Although I’m not an avid skier, I love the mountain lifestyle. From afternoons at the lodge to evenings in the hot tub, I adore it all.
The following day, my husband hit the slopes and I opted to stay behind at the lodge. I wasn’t feeling as adventurous, truth be told, and felt just fine spending a few hours taking it easy. Since I didn’t grow up skiing, I find the whole mountain life fascinating. I sipped a beer, sat back, and just took it all in. The swooshing of skis down the mountainside is mesmerizing. Killington has this great bar area that has walls of windows. Luckily it was a gorgeous, sunny day.
On our way out of town, we stopped by the Sunup Bakery – delicious coffee. Per usual, the weekend was all too quick. I can’t wait until the next Life is Good festival – and I’m even hoping to participate in more winter sports… although that can wait until next season.
This post was sponsored by Life is Good. All opinions expressed are my own.
Image credit: Natalie Chassaigne Kurtzman