Chelsea is a very small town. We were by the center of town, which consisted of two small greens, a church, and a few restaurants and stores. Although it's a very small town, it had a really great view and we were surrounded by mountains and open fields and farms, so it was pretty. On our first day there, we decided to just explore the town and the surrounding areas.
I hope if you're from Vermont you don't take offense to this, but Vermont is weird. It's a lot different than the lower New England states. Everything is so spread apart and it takes an hour just to drive to a large grocery store or a Dunkin Donuts. I was so excited when we finally saw a Dunkin Donuts on the third day we were there. It was after driving an hour and a half away from where we were staying. The exits on the highway are so far apart, and even the towns and gas stations are far apart on the main roads. It takes like 20 minutes or more to get somewhere else (which is usually just a gas station and/or country store, and that's crazy to me. I'm so used to constant exits and stores or restaurants being a 5-10 minute drive away, tops.
I don't think I could ever live like that with everything so far away, especially in the winter when it's already hard to get places. I like the country, but Vermont is too rural for me to live in, though I'm sure the main cities and some of the outer ones from there are more happening. When we went to Middlebury on our last day up there, it was a lot more populated. I do enjoy visiting, though because it is nice to get away and it's really pretty.
Anyway...on our first day we explored Chelsea and the surrounding towns. We ended up taking a small hike (in woods where we heard gun shots, which was nerve-wracking) and we also stopped at a cool little cemetery. We took in the sights and the views. It was nice and relaxing. At night, with no cell phone service, Internet, or cable, we played games and laughed and talked into the wee hours. Although I need my Internet and phone fix every day, sometimes it's nice to not have those kinds of distractions when hanging out with people.
The foliage was nice in some parts, but mostly we couldn't find any good hikes where you were really surrounded by it. It all looks nicer from far away and when you're in the middle of it, it's just green and somewhat yellowish or the trees or bare. I just had some bad luck this year with foliage!
This yellow dress is the dress that I got from ModCloth that I couldn't wait to wear in the fall. I knew that Vermont would be the perfect place to do so. I have been searching for a burnt orange sweater for a long time, and I finally found one from a place called Le3no. They originally sent me the wrong style sweater, but they were very quick and easy about doing an exchange. They sent me a shipping label for me to send the sweater back in and quickly sent me the right one. I liked the shade of the one they first sent me more than the one I ordered. It was more burnt/pumpkiny orange while this one seems more red-orange, but I like the v-neck style of this one more than the round-neck that the other one had. The scarf is vintage, and I felt it was appropriate for a weekend of leaf-peeping. :)
|Dress: Blutsgeschwister via ModCloth//Sweater: Le3no//Tights: Target//Scarf: Vintage//Shoes: Clarks//Hat: Forever 21//Belt: Forever 21//Lipstick: Flirt!|
I'll share more of my Vermont trip in my next post about our second day there that we spent in Woodstock! :)