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Fall in the Village of Stowe, Vermont!

I have always wanted to visit the New England region during fall season and this year round I got an opportunity to do so. Vermont is one of the six states in the New England region located north of Boston at a distance of about 200 miles which is about 4 hours of drive. Surrounded by hilly mountains and abundant forests, Vermont is a beautiful place to visit during the foliage. As we reached closer to the hills of Vermont we could spot horses, cows and little picturesque barns along the way.

We reached Vermont later during the day as the sun was setting. Our Stowe Mountain Lodge seemed just right to soak the cozy vibes of the little village of Stowe. Our first day was pretty much low key. We spent time walking around for a bit exploring the resort property. We then returned to the resort restaurant Solstice for dinner where we really enjoyed creamy tomato soup and cheese raviolis. The restaurant overlooked strings of lights outdoor in a back drop of wonderful fall décor. All I remember is it seemed to be a perfect fall night.

Next day we were all set to explore the Village of Stowe. Our hotel concierge was very helpful and suggested us the Gondola and bike rides. We started our day hoping into one of the Gondolas right next to our resort. The Gondola ride was up to the Mount Mansfield which is the highest peak in Vermont at about 4395 feet. As we went up in the Gondola, we could clearly see the spectacular foliage along the way. All we could see was vast stretches of crimson orange forests. From the top the view was beautiful and the other visitors also chose to have lunch in the Cliff House Restaurant.

Once we returned from the mountain top, we made our way to rent bike and explore the Stowe recreation path which is a 5.5 mile preserved pathway for over 80 years and is known as one of the Vermont’s heritage. As we started our bike ride at Mountain ops sports gear, we rode along winding pathways into the unbelievably beautifully woods painted yellow and orange. We crossed 9 arched wooden bridges over the south branch river to make our way to the community church in the village of Stowe. We biked along long stretches of corn meadows. There was a huge sense of fulfillment biking in the paved pathways with colorful trees on both sides and making way to our destination. It was the best thing we did in Vermont. Almost all the pictures I have posted here is from the Stowe Recreation path.

Visiting Vermont during this time of the year was like a dream come true to me. I would really recommend this trip to anyone who wants to experience the true colors of fall. Which is your favorite fall city. Do share, I would love to read!

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Romantic Gardens of Savannah and Charleston!

A trip to the southern historic districts of Charleston and Savannah is incomplete without visiting some of the oldest and most romantic gardens. During my trip to these two cities, some of the famous parks and gardens were in the top of my list of things to do. I was there for a short period of time and could visit three famous landmarks.

Forsyth Park is situated in the heart of the little city, Savannah is known for its fountain which was built in 1858 and resembles the fountains in Peru and Paris. The sight of the beautiful Spanish Moss hanging from the huge trees is just splendid. I visited the park in the middle of December and it was still so pleasant and warm to stroll around the park. The people were very friendly and the overall vibe of the park was lovely.

The oldest public garden of America, Magnolia Plantation and Garden in Charleston is one of the most romantic gardens I have ever been to. It is a huge garden with romantic bridges, giant trees with Spanish Moss and swamp lands. There are different trails that one could take to explore the garden. I loved walking on the white bridge and the swamp plantation around it.

Middleton Place is a land based plantation that overlooks the river and stands right next to the Magnolia plantation. There are horse carriage rides that takes tourists around the garden and provides brief history of these old garden. The best time to visit these gardens is spring and fall. I always try and fit in nature in one form or other into my trips because I have a special inclination towards mother nature. Is there anything you feel about strongly and manage to include in all your trips? Do share. I would love to read.


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My Thanksgiving trip to Portland, Oregon.

Thanksgiving is one of the best time of the year to travel. This year thanksgiving took me to visit my aunt and uncle in the North West Pacific of the US. We drove to Portland from Seattle over the weekend. Our drive was about three hours and we enjoyed watching the stunning snow covered peaks of Mount St.Helens and Mount Hood on our way to Portland.

As soon as we reached there, we made our way to the Columbia River Gorge scenic area which encompasses numerous waterfalls in the midst of Mount Hood forest area. We started hiking a short trail that stretched from Wahkeena falls to Multnomah Falls. Our hiking trail was along the Columbia River and overlooked the huge trees by the river. After trekking for about half a mile, we caught a site of the Multnomah Falls which is the second tallest waterfall in the US and the tallest one in the State of Oregon. To get a closer look view of the waterfall we climbed up to the bridge located halfway through the falls. I could spot some of the visitors all the way at the top of the falls.

Overall my trip to the scenic area was very refreshing, away from the city on a chilly yet sunny day. I and my family had a great time in the woods and I would recommend this visit to all the nature lovers who would like to take a short get away from their day to day city life.


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White Water Rafting in the Arkansas River!

White water river rafting is one of the most thrill water adventures one can experience in a river. Higher the rapids, more is the fun. I and couple of my friends went for white water rafting in Arkansas river earlier this year. We did the Class 3 rapids because none of us had real rafting experience and that was a good choice for beginners. We were trained to raft in coordination with each other in calm water before we hit the huge waves down the river. The waves were intimidating as they came through and we had to keep rowing strongly to get through them. We had a great time in the water and our guide was super nice to help us out every time we got stuck along the rocks in the river. We would all cheer up as a team as we passed through the rapids. We crossed about 7 rapids in all , the initial ones being class two and later ones class 3 I would definitely recommend this adventure for all the those who are fond of water sports and next time it is going to be Class 4 rapids for me 🙂


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Leaf Peeping, Best part of the Fall season!

The lovely colors of fall are here to brighten our lives. Every year during this time I tend to visit one of the forest preserves nearby to enjoy the magnificent colors of this season. Lately the weather hasn’t been so harsh and it is lovely to take a stroll looking at the trees that are slowly shedding the colorful leaves, Maple , Oak, Bald cypress to name a few. This year I visited the Morton Arboretum, a forest preserve which is about an hour away from Chicago. It was definitely worth a visit as we drove around 16 miles to see the spectacular hues all around the preserve. We also hiked for a bit along the lake Murmao there. A very well spent day overall and one of the few last outdoor days for me in the next couple of months 🙂


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My lovely little Garden :)

I have always loved gardening since my childhood. I adore flowers and greenery more than anything else. Now that the sun is out and the weather is warm, the perennial plants in my pots are starting to grow. My little garden has both annual and perennial flowers. I usually plant some new annual flower plants every year to have a mix of different colors. I combine creepers and flowers in a pot together as they flawlessly complement each other. The creepers make their way up the railings and look perfect as a backdrop to the lovely flowers.

I also have fondness for indoor plants that help purify the indoor air. English Ivy, Boston Fern, Golden Pothos and Peace lily are some of the plants that help in filtering and cleaning the indoor air. I have all of these plants sitting either in my bedroom or living room. The best part of the indoor plants is that they need very little care. I also happen to have the “Tulsi” plant which is a symbol of Goddess in India and possesses great medicinal qualities. Here is a recap of the pictures from past three years that I have enjoyed gardening and I look forward to enjoy more of it in the coming years.

After all life is all about finding out one’s passion and enjoying it to the fullest. What are your passion and hobbies ? I would love to know 🙂