How To Spend 48 Hours In Vermont | A Travel Guide

How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | Lake Champlain And Its Islands

At the weekend, Lewis and I took his visiting dad and nephew down to Vermont from Montreal for a couple of days of exploration. Having only ever previously travelled through the New England state on the way to Boston, it was lovely to explore the cities, villages and nature that lush green Vermont has to offer. We set off bright and early on Saturday morning and spent an amazing 48 hours in Vermont, staying in a remote Airbnb apartment near Waistfield. Whether you’re just passing through on the way to other areas or planning a trip to the region specifically, grab a cup of tea and check out these tips for an awesome 48 hours in Vermont.

How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | Lake Champlain And Its Islands
How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | Lake Champlain And Its Islands
How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | Lake Champlain And Its Islands
How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | Lake Champlain And Its Islands

LAKE CHAMPLAIN & ITS ISLANDS


After crossing the US border into New York State at Champlain, we took the bridge to Vermont and drove down through the beautiful Lake Champlain. Lying in all of Canada, New York State and Vermont State, Lake Champlain is an enormous expanse of water, broken up by four main islands, which were an absolute joy to drive through. We stopped off briefly in the town of North Hero to stretch our legs, admire the lake properly for the first time and peruse an amazing antique shop. We then headed to the very south end of North Hero Island to Knight Point State Park.

As someone who is often dreaming of swimming in a picturesque lake, a stop at Knight Point State Park was the perfect way to kick off the holiday. After picnicking under a tree, we all donned our best swimwear and took a dip. It felt amazing to swim in fresh water with only blue skies and tree-lined shores as far as the eye could see. If we had had more time, we would have definitely gone kayaking (10$/hour) and been able to explore even more of the beautiful Lake Champlain.

THE MUST KNOW
Entrance to Knight Point State Park: 4$/adult | 2$/child.

How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | Burlington
How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | Burlington

BURLINGTON


Sat right on Lake Champlain, Burlington is the biggest city in Vermont and home to many universities, including the University of Vermont. We stopped off for a couple of hours to explore the downtown and waterfront areas. It is a nice place with some great red brick buildings – which I always love – but I couldn’t say there’s much to do in Burlington. We took a stroll along the famous Church Street Marketplace, which is full of both independent and big brand shops as well as lots of cafes and restaurants that spill out onto outdoor terraces. Perhaps we missed out on something by not stopping for a drink or a bite to eat but unfortunately it wasn’t the right time. As for the waterfront, it is certainly a nice place for a stroll, but after having seen Lake Champlain from a remote setting, it does seem slightly spoilt. I would definitely recommend visiting Burlington if you are in the area but you don’t need more than a few hours and it’s perhaps a good idea to aim to have lunch or dinner there.

How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | American Flatbread Waitsfield
How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | American Flatbread Waitsfield
How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | American Flatbread Waitsfield

AMERICAN FLATBREAD, WAITSFIELD


On Saturday evening we checked into our Airbnb just north Waitsfield and then headed out for dinner at a place called American Flatbread, which I had found while researching stuff to do in Burlington (they also have a restaurant there). Located on a farm just south of Waitsfield, American Flatbread offers indoor and outdoor dining in the most beautiful of settings. After about a 30-minute wait (during which we visited an adjacent art show and met a wonderful cat), we were seated outside beside a roaring bonfire just as it was getting dark. There was a wonderful atmosphere, with large groups of friends, families and couples enjoying flatbreads (which are essentially pizzas!) by fairy light. We ordered a flatbread between two because they are enormous – a margherita and one with lots of veggies and locally made goats cheese - and boy were they worth the wait! The dough was lovely and soft and the ingredients were delicious. We had an absolutely incredible evening at American Flatbread in Waitsfield – it completely exceeded our expectations and I will definitely be back.

FIND IT: 46 Lareau Road, Waitsfield, USA

How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | Montpelier
How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | Montpelier
How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | Montpelier

MONTPELIER


Much smaller than Burlington but the State Capital nonetheless, Montpelier is a must-visit when in Vermont. We loved its quaint streets, numerous steeple churches and strangely picturesque steel bridges that crossed the Winooski River and North Branch that ran through the city. The Vermont State House is particularly impressive, its white façade and gold dome standing out boldly from the green mountain backdrop. After hearing there was a local baseball game on that evening, we returned later on to watch the Vermont Mountaineers face the North Adams Steeple Cats at the Montpelier Recreation Field. It was the perfect evening activity that had a lovely local feel we are all grateful to have been a part of. If you have to choose between a visit to Burlington or Montpelier, I would highly recommend Montpelier. The scenery is stunning and there are lots of cafes and restaurants to choose from.

How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | Waterbury Center State Park
How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | Waterbury Center State Park

WATERBURY CENTER STATE PARK


After swimming in Lake Champlain was such a success, we went searching for another lake to cool off. Just under a half an hour drive from Montpelier, Waterbury State Park was the perfect way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon in Vermont. We sat on the grass bank, watching canoes, kayaks and paddle boarders go by before getting into our swimming gear and jumping in. It was just the most beautiful setting, with rocky shorelines, lush green forest and mountains in the distance; swimming into the middle of the lake with my love was certainly a “pinch me” moment.

How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | Waterbury Center State Park
How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | Waterbury Center State Park
How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | Ben & Jerry's Factory
How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | Ben & Jerry's Factory

BEN & JERRY'S FACTORY


As a big ice cream fan, I always insist that we visit the Ben & Jerry’s Factory when we are in the area. We have previously visited the factory off-season or on a rainy day, so it was amazing to be there and sample some delicious ice cream on a hot summer’s day. The great thing about visiting the Ben & Jerry’s Factory, especially as a Brit, is that there are lots of flavours that are either exclusive to the factory or not available in all countries. Lewis and I shared our usual pint of hand packed ice cream, opting for half Salted Caramel Blondie and half Sweet Cream and Cookies because it’s sometimes just too hard to choose just one flavour. For those of you not quite as greedy as us, you can opt for two scoops for around 4$ or three scoops for around 5$ - although at just 6.50$, a hand packed pint is a much cheaper option.

How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | Ben & Jerry's Factory
How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | Ben & Jerry's Factory

So there we have it – how to spend 48 hours in Vermont. I would highly recommend visiting this beautiful region, especially if you are planning a trip to Boston, Montreal or even New York. I hope you have enjoyed this post – I absolutely love putting together these little travel guides so please let me know if you visit anything I’ve recommended. Happy travelling! X

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The Perfect Road Trip Outfit

The perfect road trip outfit
The perfect road trip outfit
The perfect road trip outfit

T-SHIRT: SECONDHAND ZARA (SIMILAR LINKED) | TROUSERS: VINTAGE | SHOES: NIKE | WATCH: DANIEL WELLINGTON | SUNGLASSES: VINTAGE


I have just got back from a rather magical long weekend in New England where Lewis and I watched some great live music at Boston Calling, spent time with some of the most welcoming Americans I have ever met and, of course, did a lot of exploring. Every time we go on a trip, my appreciation for living abroad and lust for wandering grow even more and I am now mentally planning our next excursion, where it will be and when. Due to the lack of budget travel options here in North America, we have been embracing for the more time consuming yet more interesting option of driving to our chosen destination and therefore I have become rather practised in what to wear on a road trip. I think I have found the perfect road trip outfit and this is what I wore on both legs of the drive.

These photos were shot in the beautiful seaside town of Manchester-By-The-Sea, which I am sure you have all heard of because of the film (Casey Affleck scandal aside, I still absolutely adore this film). I am so glad we managed to take a trip to the coast – we had originally planned this for the way down but it pissed it down all day on Thursday (excuse my French). So, being just an hour north of Boston, we decided to spend a lovely Sunday morning in the picturesque Manchester-By-The-Sea, shooting these photos, exploring and lunching, before setting off on the long drive back to Montreal. I absolutely love how they came out. Even though I love urban shoot locations, it is always nice to switch things up, especially when the outfit works so well with the backdrop.

The perfect road trip outfit
The perfect road trip outfit
The perfect road trip outfit

Dressing for travelling – especially something as long as an 8-hour road trip – always means wanting to be comfortable. Although it may be tempting to throw on leggings and an old shirt and be done with it, it can be possible to travel comfortably in style (I hate sentences like that but this is the essence of this post!). I recently picked up these navy blue cigarette trousers in a vintage shop and they are SO comfy. They fit my shape so well with their loose but not too loose leg shape and perfect high waist that they are as comfortable as wearing leggings! (Except if you eat too many car snacks and have to undo the top button, but that is my prerogative ;))

I paired them with this boxy, oversized stripe t-shirt, which is a second hand Zara find. I love how the tee hangs out over the very high waist of the trousers, creating a put together but casual look that still looks just as good when you arrive at your destination hours and hours after getting dressed. So even if you feel gross at least you will have an air of road trip chic.

The perfect road trip outfit
The perfect road trip outfit

Being still obsessed with red and blue together, I finished off the look with some red accents – my new red Nike Cortez and a red lip. These add a nice pop of colour to this rather blue outfit but more importantly (?) these trainers are so comfortable! They are perfect for wearing on a long road trip, for popping out of the car for any spontaneous roadside exploration – hiking in a national park or simply scoffing ice cream at the Ben & Jerry’s factory – and you’ll feel like you’re walking on sponge doing it. I also love the retro feel they bring to this outfit, which has a sixties French air about it (if I do say so myself), finished off like a dream with these super round white rimmed sunglasses – a slight alternative to the Kurt Cobain style ones that are currently splashed all over Instagram.

I really hope you have enjoyed this post – these are some of my favourite images we have shot in a while and it was so fun to bring fashion and travel together in one post to show you what I wear on a long American road trip. Happy travels!

The perfect road trip outfit



How To Spend 48 Hours In Toronto | A Travel Guide

48 hours in Toronto a travel guide

Hello and welcome to my first full on travel guide in a while!

A couple of weeks ago, Lewis and I hopped on a rather unglamorous Saturday morning Megabus to the bustling city of Toronto for a long weekend. We had such a great - albeit tiring - time and I am so excited to share this guide of how to spend 48 hours in Toronto, including where to stay, eat and shop. If you want to see more of what I wore in Toronto, check out when I matched my outfit to the Distillery District and took some rather raw American street style shots on Queen Street West.

I hope you enjoy it - grab a cup of tea because it's a long one!

48 hours in Toronto where to stay West Queen West Street
48 hours in Toronto where to stay West Queen West Street

WHERE TO STAY


Despite having never done otherwise on my two trips to Toronto, I would definitely recommend staying in the West, more specifically in West Queen West. We stayed in a spacious Airbnb room in a painstakingly cool artsy loft above a vintage shop (more on that later) located right on the bustling Queen Street West on the border of West Queen West and its edgy neighbour, Parkdale. Albeit a little further out than expected from the centre (that resulted in some sore feet by the end of the weekend), it felt that we were in the thick of it and could fully soak up what the neighbourhood Vogue has recently named as the second coolest in the world has to offer. From vintage shops, cute cafes and independent boutiques, Queen Street West has something for everyone and is nicely broken up by the beautiful Trinity Bellwoods park.

48 hours in Toronto where to stay West Queen West Street
48 hours in Toronto where to eat Super Point pizza

WHERE TO EAT


For the first time ever in our nine years travelling together, Lewis and I fully let ourselves loose on eateries - no pasta & butter or packed lunches were in sight and boy was it a treat. We sampled a burrito from Big Fat Burrito and shared a 6" pecan pie from Wanda's Pie In The Sky, both at Kensington Market, which is a joyful mix of vintage/quirky shops and mouthwatering eateries. Nestled one block from Chinatown, Toronto's diverse population is reflected in the variety of food available at Kensington Market, from pizza and tacos to ice cream and sweet pies and even a Italian/Jamaican fusion place called Rasta Pasta (see what I mean?), we really had to restrain ourselves from just eating our way through the afternoon. Luckily we did refrain which meant we enjoyed two delicious evening meals over our long weekend.

48 hours in Toronto where to eat Super Point pizza

SUPER POINT


On Saturday we opted for pizza, which is always a good, reliable choice for one fussy vegetarian and a vegetarian. We headed for Super Point on Ossington Avenue, a popular spot for eateries, which had been recommended by a lovely girl who stopped me in the street to say she liked my sixties inspired outfit (what a babe). It was just what we needed and after a 20 minute wait we took a seat at the bar and devoured an 18" margarita pizza between us. It was delicious, with a slight spice to the tomato sauce which neither of us are used to but enjoyed nonetheless. Although it was slightly on the pricey side - we paid 25$ for the pizza and skipped on drinks because a glass of wine cost 11$ (plus tax of course) - I would definitely recommend Super Point.

FIND IT: 184 Ossington Avenue

48 hours in Toronto where to eat Grand Electric Taqueria

GRAND ELECTRIC TAQUERIA


On Sunday night, we checked out a few places near to our apartment before finally deciding on Grand Electric Taqueria, just a couple of blocks along on Queen Street West in Parkdale. I had been craving tacos ever since our visit to Kensington Market the day before and this place certainly did not disappoint. It was very dark inside so I couldn't take any photos but wow the food was exquisite. We shared a plate of chips and dip as well as ordering two tacos each. I had one with beer battered fish, lime mayonnaise and raw vegetables, which, being very tangy and refreshing, was quite the opposite to the vegetarian option of creamy mushroom. Both were delicious in their own way and the meal was surprisingly filling! Of course, I was happy that I finally managed to get a decent priced drink - a glass of house wine costs just 6$ at Grand Electric. We left feeling extremely satisfied and well fed, which is exactly what we needed after a day trekking around Toronto.

FIND IT: 1330 Queen Street West

48 hours in Toronto where to eat The Federal
48 hours in Toronto where to eat The Federal

THE FEDERAL


For me, any good city break is not complete without sampling at least one brunch spot. After a bit of Googling and discounting all of the ones specialising in meats, I thought The Federal sounded like the perfect place to grab a late brunch before heading to catch our bus home on Monday. Located in Little Portugal on Dundas Street West, The Federal serves brunch everyday between 9am and 3pm so even you late risers won't be missing out.

What particularly drew me to The Federal was their specialty - an interesting take on eggs benedict/florentine, which, let's face it, is always welcome. The 'Eggs Federal' consists of two poached eggs on an English muffin with kale (bacon available for non veggies) and topped with a delicious creamy tarragon mushroom mix. It was one of the best brunches I have ever had and next time I am in Toronto, I will be back in a flash.

FIND IT: 1438 Dundas Street West

48 hours in Toronto where to shop Kensington Market

WHERE TO SHOP



KENSINGTON MARKET


Whenever I visit a new city I love checking out what the independent and vintage shops have to offer. However, travelling with a shopping-phobic boyfriend means spreading it out over a few days or heading to an area that is not just about shopping. This is why Kensington Market is so great and should be a top destination for any shopaholic or non-shopaholic alike. As I mentioned earlier, the food options are out of this world, but having eateries mixed in with vintage and independent shops makes it somewhere I could easily hang out for a whole day. The vintage shops are mainly located along Kensington Avenue between Dundas Street West and Baldwin Street, a lovely strip that instantly transports you back a few decades. Although I did not shop “ in depth” here, there are definitely some real bargains to be found and if you are lucky, you’ll get to meet the adorable black cat named Catman who frequents many of the shops along the road.

48 hours in Toronto where to shop Kensington Market
48 hours in Toronto where to shop Public Butter vintage
48 hours in Toronto where to shop Public Butter vintage

PUBLIC BUTTER


As I mentioned above, we were staying above a vintage shop called Public Butter (love that name, don’t know why!). We had a good rummage on Sunday morning and I was surprised to see that the prices were decent, despite Toronto having a reputation of being cripplingly expensive. For 20$ you could bag yourself a pair of vintage Levi’s or a cute sixties/seventies dress, which is the same price as the vintage shops in Montreal so I was very impressed. Public Butter have a great selection of clothes for men and women as well as some home wear stuff displayed on the pavement outside. I didn’t buy anything but I did try on a cute dress in the changing rooms that were an old church confession booth! How cool!

FIND IT: 1290 Queen Street West

48 hours in Toronto where to shop House Of Vintage

HOUSE OF VINTAGE


Opposite Public Butter – and a shop I could see from our Airbnb bedroom window – is House Of Vintage, a store with serious interior goals and a smaller yet equally good selection of men’s and women’s vintage clothing. Leaving Lewis basking in the morning sun, I popped in on Monday morning to have a good look around. I think I was more in the mood to just admire beautiful clothing than actually shop but I did try on some white vintage Levi’s (priced at 45$) that didn’t end up fitting. House Of Vintage has some really unique items – just look at those amazing silver boots! – and this section of Queen Street West is definitely worth a trip for these two vintage shops alone. And perhaps pop into Grand Electric Taqueria just up the road for some post shopping tacos.

FIND IT: 1239 Queen Street West

48 hours in Toronto where to shop House Of Vintage

Phew you made it to the end of the post! Give yourself a pat on the back if you're still reading and go book a weekend away while you're inspired! I know it's been a long post but it essential to fit a lot in to city breaks and we certainly did in our 48 hours in Toronto. Of course, there are loads more things to see in Toronto - going up the CNN Tower and watching a gig or ball game at the Rogers Centre are a must but we did that on our first visit a few years ago - I cannot wait to be back!

48 hours in Toronto

Matching With The Distillery District | Toronto

Matching colours with The Distillery District Toronto
Matching colours with The Distillery District Toronto
Matching colours with The Distillery District Toronto

JACKET: VINTAGE | T-SHIRT : TOPSHOP (OLD) | TROUSERS: VINTAGE | SUNGLASSES: RAY BAN | SHOES: DR MARTENS | SOCKS: ASOS


As soon as we decided to head to Toronto for a long weekend a couple of weeks ago, I knew that I wanted to shoot an outfit in its Historic Distillery District. When we visited Toronto back in 2012, this compact and unique area made a lasting impression on me with its red brick buildings being similar to those in industrial northern England and its dark green accents being, well, just very aesthetically pleasing. Having developed a rather severe obsession with the colour green and having recently picked up two pieces in contrasting shades of the colour, I threw caution to the wind and went twinning with the Distillery District.

Matching colours with The Distillery District Toronto

Planning my outfits for the location or carefully selecting a place from saved photos for a particular look is something I have started doing over the past few weeks and it makes the whole shooting process much easier. I used to have the “wherever is fine” attitude when Lewis and I would go out to shoot a look because the effortless, street style shots we see on lots of blogs seem like that was the way to do it. But said shots are, more often than not, meticulously planned and I will strive to produce content in the most fitting locations, whether that be using stairs to capture a different angle, a old theatre for that perfect retro look or, like in this case, matching the colour palette of the outfit to the location.

Matching colours with The Distillery District Toronto
Matching colours with The Distillery District Toronto

I absolutely love this forest green corduroy bomber jacket and despite not being a traditional spring-like shade, it has fast become my go-to for this current in-between weather. It perfectly matches the windows and doorframes of the Distillery District’s gorgeous red brick buildings, which makes this colour obsessed girl very pleased. To make the look a bit more spring-like, I added another shade of green – because why the hell not – in the form of these bright green and white check trousers. They are so flattering thanks to their slim fit and high waist and are a nice change for light wash jeans, which I am wearing way too much at the moment.

I finished off the look with this playful t-shirt from Topshop that I got about a year ago. The colour brings out the white in the trousers and the overall look adds to the overall summer vibe. I think these trousers would look equally good with a cute white blouse or structured white shirt for a fun night out look and anything that can work for both day and night is a win in my eyes. The fishnets/Dr Martens combo compliments the alternative look of the trousers really well but quite frankly was not the best choice for walking right the way across the city to the Distillery District – boy my feet were hurting when we arrived!

Matching colours with The Distillery District Toronto

These are some of my favourite outfit photos we have done in a while. At the time, I was worried that it was way too sunny, causing the exposures to be too bright, but with a little editing I think they have turned out well! I absolutely love how well the outfit matches the wonderful backdrop of the Distillery District and photos like this make me realise how important it is to choose your location wisely, as I said at the beginning of this post.

I hope you have enjoyed this post and if you are loving green as much as me, shop some of my favourite green items below! I'll be sharing another outfit post shot in Toronto as well as a Toronto city guide next week on Fashion Et Moi!

Matching colours with The Distillery District Toronto