The long way home


Besides the lovely visit with my mom,


I look forward to the drive, through the mountains up North.


Exploring and getting lost in the beauty there.


The long ride home is made short...


when I plan my trip with a map of coffee stops.


DSC01676and a meander down scenic country roads.

Von Trapp Lodge

I always go to Stowe and visit the Von Trapp Lodge. I love being on top of the mountain.

Stowe Vermont

The gardens are spectacular, and now Trapp Family Lodge has a new blog. This is the family that The Sound of Music was created about.


Then after capturing some eye candy to take home,


visit to the Austrian Tea House is in order,

Von Trapp Lodge

to have a piece of the best apple strudel


with a great cup of coffee,


and sit outside to enjoy the view of the mountains.


Stopping by to say hello to the girls is always on my "to do" list before getting back on the highway.


There are so many lovely places along the way,


it's hard to choose where to visit.

Stowe Vermont

One thing is for sure,


I find an escape and rest,


when I head up North.


The song for this post is the Going North.

My oldest daughter watched this movie hundreds of time when she was little.  I can almost recite the script from memory...and I love photographing reminders of the memories that live in my heart.

What memories does The Sound of Music create for you today?


Here's the Trapp family Lodge recipe for Apfelstrudel


Cassandra Kiss said...

Wow, that looks like a beautiful trip! Lovely photos! Eye candy, indeed!
: )

Mumzie said...

Oh my gosh! I want to visit Vermont for sure. What a beautiful trip, I thought you were somewhere in Europe. I so want a wagon like that one... Thanks for sharing. Yvonne

Loui♥ said...

what a beautiful post..
I've been there..
and your photos have rekindled those fond memories..
thanks for sharing the perfect photos, words and music!
warm sandy hugs..

Snap said...

Gorgeous post, Karen. Thanks for taking us along. Hope the visit with your Mom was as lovely as the drive!

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

Gorgeous photos. I've always wanted to go to the Von Trapp Lodge - it looks beautiful. I will definitely have some of that strudel when I go.

Vee said...

Oh it all looks so beautiful and Stowe hasn't changed too much, I see. Thanks for the link to the new blog; I will check it out. Oh, Karen, forget my question...I'm just now seeing your artwork in your sidebar. I feel so blessed!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful trip!

Karen I love your blog banner!

love, kelee

Blondie's Journal said...

Your photos are always so pretty, Karen, and these of the countryside are great! Thanks for the recipe!


A Tale of Two Cities said...

Lucky you getting to drive through such a beautiful area to get from your place to your mother's. Glad you took the leisurely route home.... Pictures were gorgeous!


The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, Karen! I hope you have had the most amazing visit with your sweet mother and through Vermont! How lovely!

I adore "The Sound of Music," and I always think of my husband's tiny pair of ledderhosen he got when he was a young boy. I was supposed to go to Austria once, but it didn't work out. Some day, I would love to visit there and to visit the Von Trapp Lodge in Vermont as well. My favorite carpenter was from Vermont, and he did amazing work.


Sheila :-)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

P.S. Checking in from my break to say, "Hi" and I love my email from you! XOXOXO

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Memories of singing along with the movie...and getting the songs stuck in my head even now! Those photos should be enlarged and hung on your wall! I love beautiful landscapes and would love to travel that road myself! ♥

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Karen, this is a special place for me. Ruben took me there after my mom and dad both died of cancer back in 1987. They passed away in California, and after our obligations there, we returned to New England. It was summer time, so we had the time to do some traveling. Von Trapp lodge was our first destination...what an unforgettable place. Then off down south to Williamsburg, VA. Gentle memories for me here....Anita

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I couldn't stop thinking about this I mentioned your blog today! Hope you're having a wonderful day! ♥

Katsui Jewelry said...

Thank you, Karen,
That was a beautiful and peaceful trip you took us on!
The music was perfect and I am so glad you told us the name.

Becca said...

Hi Karen, I'm Becca-just started following. You have a lovely blog! Beautiful photographs. :-)

CailinMarie said...

those are gorgeous photos and they make me a bit homesick! My husband is a Vermont fan and we used to go there a bit when we were dating. This makes me want to take my kids. And I've never been to the Von Trapp Lodge!!!


How absolutely beautiful! It looks so tranquil and serene!

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

One of my fave things to do is to come here. I have my coffee and now I get to "thumb" quietly through your journal and bliss out in all things Karen. Thanks for lifting my spirits every time. Beautiful visits and photos dear! Wow! Blessings and love, Amy