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Vermont=Cheese: A Visit to Cobb Hill

17 Jan

Quick side note:  For those of you who read my last post about the release of my new and improved blog format—I have run into some (many) technical difficulties.  I have been trying to resolve them and it is driving me crazy and I need to take a break from it.  In the meantime, I will continue to post here and will let you know when the new site is ready for the big time.

For me anyway.  I look forward to our annual trip to Vermont so that I can eat cheese.

A lot of cheese.

Sure, I can get Vermont cheese at my local grocery store. But, I can’t buy cheese from Cobb Hill.  And it may be the best cheese ever.

Cobb Hill was started by Donella Meadows in Hartland Vermont and is described as a “live-work experiment.”   The people of Cobb Hill aim to “live in a co-housing community comprised of people learning to live lightly on the earth while forming a connection to a community, the land, and a working farm.”  It is exactly what you think of when you think of a sustainable community.  And, for those of us on the outside who have a strong desire reduce our impact on the planet–it is a very cool place to visit and support.

Just like you would expect on a working farm, they  have chickens, sheep, llamas, and of course, cows. And, they encourage people to stop by and see the animals.

They have cute baby cows.

They have sweet mama cows.

The little babies will even lick your hands.

The llamas will look at you.

Their little store is open to purchase milk, cheese, eggs, some fresh vegetables, and locally raised meats. And, their famous RAW MILK CHEESE.  I know you can find their cheese at the local stores in and around Vermont and New Hampshire-but it is so much more special to go right to the source to get it.

They were milking when we were there and it was really interesting for the kids to see where their milk comes from.  It is amazing to me that many kids have no idea.

If you are in the Southeastern Vermont area and in the mood for cheese—stop by Cobb Hill after a great lunch at Stella’s! You will be glad that you did.

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Hotel Review: Hyatt, Orlando Airport (Or: Where I lost a child)

14 Nov

The Hyatt Hotel in the Orlando Airport will always be remembered as the first place I lost one of my children.  I mean really lost.

You see, we were all in the elevator together going up to our room.  The doors opened and we got off on the 9th floor.

And then I heard screaming.

Little one and I had gotten off.  The Bean, struggling with our large suitcase, did not.

The doors closed.  The elevator moved on.

What do you do?  The elevator needed a room key to move from floor to floor and I had the key so I knew he wouldn’t be able to get to another floor.  And, based on his scream I could tell he was petrified.  He was likely not thinking rationally.

Little one and I hurried back to the lobby, and with the help of a desk clerk got the elevator opened.

He was not there.

We were in the middle of the Orlando Airport.  He is only 7.

I had no idea what to do.

Just as we were about to go riding up the elevator to check each and every floor—-I saw the Bean get off another elevator with a friendly hotel woman.

He had done exactly what I had taught him—to find a kind looking woman and explain the situation.  And, luckily the women he talked to were able to get him back to us in a quick and calm manner.

That was scary.

The scariest part was we were in the middle of the airport.  Not just in a hotel next to the airport.  We were in the MIDDLE of the Airport.  The elevator could have taken him all the way down to baggage claim or ticketing.  Right in the center of a busy airport. Alone.

And that is also one great plus side of this hotel.  It is IN the airport.  The balcony of our room looked out into the middle of the airport–at the security lines and the airport restaurants.  When you are ready for your flight, you go down the elevator (be careful! The doors close quickly) and you are there.  No travel time required.  This is especailly important if you are travelling with tired kids.

The hotel is actually quite nice and even has a pool deck and a work-out room.  However, you do feel that you are in an airport once you leave your room.  And when you step out on the balcony-the hum of the airport is all you hear.

You can also get stay and park deals at this hotel which allow you to keep your car at the hotel for up to 7 days usually for the price of one nights stay.  If you are planning on paying for parking anyway—this may be the best way to go.  You get parking, relaxation and convenience for one price.

New York City: Recap

11 Nov

As I suspected might happen, we were having way too much fun to keep posting each and everyday from NYC.

Enjoy these photos of the kids in the city…….we had a great time and I think NYC is the perfect place for kids to go when they are young.  It is so diverse, exciting and a fabulous walking city.  We walked miles and miles each day and the kids never complained–there was always so much to see.

We were the most colorful family in the city!

The theme of our trip was hot chocolate, cupcakes and pizza.  Everyday, we had at least one of these things–usually all three.

Doesn't everyone let their children explore Times Square alone?

Hot Chocolate, cupcakes, pizza and WALKING.  We did a lot of walking (and I did a lot of running….)  The kids also really wanted to stay ahead of us—I think the energy of the city was as exciting to them as it was to us.

After seeing West Side Story, the kids were fascinated with performing on Broadway someday…..and seeing their name in lights.

 

Waiting for their 15 seconds of fame (and panhandling at the same time).
The kids on a Times Square billboard.

Times Square with Tiffany (my sister).

Stay tuned for a report from the marathon, reviews of the hotel, reviews of Crumbs, delicious Indian Food, a New york tour book and more……..(oh yeah, I do have a recipe or two to post soon).  Busy busy!