Last Saturday, Ryan and I flew out for what's become a yearly getaway for the two of us - the President's Circle trip.
This year, much to our excitement, the trip began in Boston, toured through Vermont and ended in Old Montreal. While there are a few things we do as a group, there is always lots of time for the two of us to go exploring.
Having just flown in this afternoon, I'm too tired to do more than show a few highlights.
The first full morning in Boston was their annual meeting, so it meant I had the morning to myself. After an early breakfast in bed (the only time we are allowed to indulge in this), I made my way uptown to the Boston Common Gardens.
They were beautiful. So many of the gardens were in bloom, the swan boats were touring about, there were some musicians playing classical music that you could hear throughout the park, and it was the perfect way to start the morning.
Next I headed to the other end of the gardens and walked up to Beacon Hill, the quaint older part of Boston. There were dozens of charming shops and cafes.
I then walked the cobblestone streets of the Gaslight District and parts of the Freedom Trail.
One of my favourite parts was touring the gardens in this part of town. They really have no gardening space, so seeing how they utilize what little space they do have is so fascinating to me! This was actually quite a large, and very old, private garden. The rest are tiny front plots, window boxes and urns on their front steps. They've mastered the art of making a big statement with a small amount of space.
That afternoon, we boarded a beautiful old boat and enjoyed a lunch tour of the Boston Harbour. It was the most relaxing way to spend a sunny afternoon.
We had some time to waste before dinner, and felt like touring the city a little more, so we went back out to Beacon Hill and I showed Ryan some of the beautiful little spots I had stumbled across earlier that morning.
We always stay in beautiful hotels, which is an experience in itself; plush robes, choosing what we want for room service the next morning, luxurious beds with a million pillows, and always a great view. And the food... it's quite ridiculous. It's beyond indulgent.
The next morning we headed out early for the driving portion of our trip, which would take us to Burlington, Vermont, by way of Quechee. One of the perks is that each couple receives a 2016 convertible to "test drive".
We couldn't have had a better day to drive through the mountains.
Lunch was in an old mill from the 1700's, which is now a working glass blowing gallery and museum.
From there, we headed out to Burlington, for a tradition clambake and a stay overlooking Lake Champlain. On the way, we stopped at each antique shop to quickly browse. I even managed to find a few things I could tuck away in my suitcase!
The next day we left early again, and continued driving from Burlington, through Quebec to Montreal. We went by way of the islands on Lake Champlain, and stopped for lunch at a spa and sat on the patio and watched a huge thunderstorm roll in.
Our final evening was spent in Old Montreal at a beautiful hotel. Unfortunately though, by the time we arrived in town, there wasn't much time left to tour.
We did however wake up early to quickly walk around a little before heading to the airport this morning. Even in just the few blocks around the hotel, there was plenty to see.
And now we're home again with our beautiful boys, who we missed so much. But really, we were so spoiled, and it was so lovely to get away, just the two of us it seemed like, for a few days.