Wednesday, March 18, 2015

MapleFest 2015 aka SnuggleFest2015

I am still recovering from the #doublethewine #allofthebeer and #allthesyrup that is MapleFest. While this year we had one of our smallest turnouts (just 6 girls), it was easily one of my favorite trips. For the most part we did all of the exact same things, but the smaller group made everything feel more intimate and personal. Plus, like I promised on Friday, I played the harmonica throughout the weekend. I know it added to the ambiance of the weekend.

On Friday night we arrived at Beth's parents and promptly busted out the wine and Cards Against Humanity. After a spirited game, we hit the hay early to ensure we were properly rested for the next day's festivities.

The most important thing to remember about MapleFest is to get started early. So by 7:00am the next morning we were all in Beth's mom's car and on our way to the pancake breakfast.

The first year I went to Maplefest we waited in line for over 2 1/2 hours for pancakes. From that point on we learned the trick of getting there early. This year we waited for only 30 minutes. Talk about record time!

Following our scrumptious breakfast, we ventured over to another annual excursion, the Maple Farm, where you get to see the sugaring process first hand. 

It was super foggy up in the mountains! 
Beth reenacting a childhood photo. She still gets super excited for #snugglefest

Like any good girls trip, we spent the rest of the afternoon drinking with stops at Seven Arrows Brewery, Barren Ridge Vineyards, and Yelping Dog Wine Bar

Seven Arrows Tasting

Barren Ridge
Shenanigans on a Bridge

That night we had dinner at a local restaurant where I proceeded to drink 18 million Cokes. After #doublethewine I needed a break from the booze. 

The next morning we woke up (but not as early) to have our traditional family style breakfast with Beth's parents. This is one of the highlights of the trip ever year. We sit around their big dining room table, feast on homemade biscuits and jam, and rehash all of the craziness from the day before. 

Per tradition, Meghan is in charge of making and baking the morning biscuits. 

After breakfast, we packed up the cars and started making our way back to the city. Never fear, we stopped for more wine tasting, but by then our hearts were no longer into it. Or at least mine wasn't. I was ready for gallons of water and to detox!

Yet again, MapleFest (SnuggleFest) was a great success! Each year it gets better and better. I actually teared up on Saturday (might have been the wine but who cares) because I was overcome with gratitude for my wonderful group of friends. They are amazing women and I can count on them for anything. #cuethetearsagain

How was your weekend? 

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