Vermont is beautiful this time of year. I almost think I could live there until I hear my sister talk about 8 months of cold and snow. Then again …that would be just too far away from a warm beach. BUT … being the spa sisters that we are (and we do it really, really well), we headed off to the Topnotch Resort & Spa in Stowe. It may very well be one of my favorite spas anywhere. Topnotch holds my heart with 3 pools and 3 whirlpools, one with a thundering waterfall. Lunch = Miso Glazed Salmon over greens, cabbage, soba noodles, broccolini, mango, ginger-lime vinaigrette. Sheer heaven. And an 80 degree high that let us be out by the pool all day. I actually got sunburned. In October. In Vermont.
Driving the back roads through mountains and valleys was astonishing. First, realizing that entire towns and valleys were as much as 21 feet under water just a month ago … and second, that this progressive, stock-hardy state polarized and rallied back in time to clean-up and welcome what accounts for some 40% of its annual tourism income … the leaf peepers.
Another highlight was an evening around my sister’s backyard fire pit with gourmet s’mores and meeting Sam Guarnaccia, composer of the Celtic Mass for Peace. I’d love to see this performed in Chapel Hill. Can y’all help me work on that?
Remind me to tell you my theory on the great flip-flop plot. Blame it on the campfire and the full moon.
FOODIMENTARY: Today is National Peanut Festival Day AND National Yorkshire Pudding Day. Thanks, John-Bryan Hopkins/Foodimentary Guy!
More later … I gotta run interview Fullsteam Brewery’s Chief Executive Optimist, Sean Lilly Wilson for SideDish.