I don’t for one moment take for granted the incredible weekend I got to spend in such a beautiful small town, and certainly not the accommodations, the friendly people, the animals, food or inspiring shops. This is something we’ve been planning for a while, and it was every bit as relaxing and blissful as I’d hoped. Join me for a trip to the Pennsylvania/New Jersey border.
There is way too much goodness to fit into one post, so today I’ll focus on FOOD and SHEEP. Enjoy!
Our first stop was brunch at the super delicious Sprig and Vine in New Hope, PA. Brunch (best meal of the day) paired with an amazing all-vegan menu started the trip off right. If you don’t think it’s possible to make vegan versions of your favorite foods, this should prove you wrong.
Ryan got the “eggs Benedict”, we split tempeh sausage, and I ordered the most incredible, soul-foodesque meal of chicken fried oyster mushrooms with buscuits and gravy. Ohhhh man. (*Note: “Chicken fried” doesn’t mean fried with chicken, it means it’s coated and cripsy the way fried chicken is. No animals harmed!)
That night, after having drinks at a beautiful old bar with a tin ceiling and candles, we went to Lambertville Station for… well, more drinks and I got this amazing WINE TREE. You pick the type of wine you want (in this case, Pinot Noir) and they bring you three different samples from various wineries. It was AWESOME. I later found out the wines, sold as a bottle, ranged in price from $60-100. Whoa! Thankfully the wine tree cost much, MUCH less than that.
As much as I like modern architecture and crazy colors, the historic aspect of these towns was absolutely perfect. Everything was covered in snow and everyplace had candles and fireplaces. Certainly cozy, certainly relaxing and going during off season meant we were able to find little corners to have just for ourselves. Perfect.
Mornings at the inn are amazing – they bring you coffee and tea, a copy of the paper and the sheep are awake and Baa-ing outside the window. I felt completely spoiled and wish I could do it every weekend!
Speaking of the sheep… what beautiful creatures! They were so well cared for, happy to hang out in their sheep-house and roam around as they pleased.
Being around animals like this is a great reminder that ALL animals can think, feel and love. ALL have personalities and a desire to live happily and peacefully.
If you have a dog or cat, you already know this. You clearly have a big heart, too, to care for a being and love it so much! Consider that every other animal – a chicken, sheep, pig, etc… is just as capable of the great spirit we love within our companion animals.
If you are able to find a sanctuary to interact with animals that you may not have ever had a chance to meet in person, take that opportunity. Your heart will swell.
I can’t wait to do an update about the rest of our excursions on this most wonderful trip! But the things you can’t see in photos is the calm, the peace of mind, the restoration of mind and heart that it brought. Sometimes, to get away from what can seem overwhelming, we need to literally get away from our lives and our towns. It can be a vacation, or a single day trip to rejuvenate and restore our love for home.