The retreat, which I named A Sweet Escape, was a dream that I'd been thinking about for a long time, and was excited to finally see come to life. The idea, at it's root, was to create a real-life version of my blog. An event where I could bring together some of my readers, friends, and fellow bloggers for a few days of cooking, eating, exploring, and learning about food.
Over the course of three days, we cooked, made crafts, visited farms and cool small shops, and shared incredible meals and drinks over a long wooden farmtable. The evenings were spent toasting marshmallows around a bonfire, or curled up in pajamas sipping cocktails. And thanks to Rosalie, our amazing in-house massage therapist, Maegan's morning yoga classes, and the hot tub outside, there was also plenty of time for relaxation.
Throughout this week, I'll be sharing posts with detailed recipes, tips, and tutorials of the events described below, but for now, I just want to share a quick overview of our weekend with you:
Bus Trip + Day 1
To drink, we enjoyed Minty Tequila Limeade (or "mojitoritas" as Sara nicknamed them), Vodka Orange Coolers, and Red Citrus Sangria served from my improvised little "bus bar."
I was so impressed with the creativity of the group--the plates they made were absolutely gorgeous!
Jersey Girls Dairy where they learned about the milk industry, and met some adorable baby cows.
This was followed by a stop in the small town of Ludlow for a little bit of shopping.
Nancy Warner, the blogger behind Potlicker Kitchen agreed to join us to lead a demo on wine jelly making.
She was really wonderful, and completely demystified the process--so much so that many of the ladies were talking about ordering cans and trying it out themselves at home!
Boyden Valley Winery paid us a visit to host a wine tasting of five of their local Vermont wines and cream liqueurs, which the attendees enjoyed along with a selection of cheeses from Vermont Creamery.
240 Sweet, chocolates from Green & Black's, and a variety of toppings for the Sweet Escapers to create their own unique s'mores combinations.
The second day started with yoga classes taught by Maegan Walton of Soglia Studios, followed by another low-key self-serve breakfast of freshly baked breads, fruit, and Vermont Creamery butter.
La Briola pretzel rolls and served them alongside my freshly made homemade jam and Nutella.
Plymouth Artisan Cheese--the second oldest working cheese factory in the US (and makers of Julia Child's very favorite cheese).
The Vermont Country Store and The Green Mountain Sugar House for Maple Creemees (local maple-flavored soft serve).
And to wait for the arrival of Max Overstrom-Coleman, a bartender and brand ambassador for Vermont Spirits, a local spirit maker that distills vodka from local whey and maple syrup.
Max then joined us for dinner, which was Latin-themed that night.
Soft-Wrap Minis to use as our tortillas.
It was, indeed, a very sweet escape!
UPDATE: We're doing it again!! Click here to read about Sweet Escape: Fall Flavors, taking place October 2013
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