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Cari Me Away Travels Blog

Tidbits from My Travels Near Home and Farther Away

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Welcome to My Blog!

I love to travel and I really love helping others make memories that last a lifetime. With the pandemic, travel has been so limited, but I am trying to get out and about and want to share my experiences. I hope you enjoy the blog, and if you have content ideas, please feel free to share them with me!! You can email me at [email protected] I would love to have guest writers and hear all about your travel experiences!

The Golden Arrow Resort

Lake Placid, New York

October, 2021

Lake Placid Anniversary Celebration

We arrived in Lake Placid on October 29th to celebrate our 11th Anniversary together on a perfect fall day under a bluebird sky. We checked into the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort (www.golden-arrow.com) and settled into our lakeside room.


The Golden Arrow is located in the middle of the village of Lake Placid and sits on Mirror Lake. Our room was on the first floor, a walk-out to a quaint deck with two Adirondack chairs and steps away from the lake. Whiteface, the Olympic Mountain, is located not far from Lake Placid and is a beautiful sight to see.


We enjoyed snooping in the shops in Lake Placid and ended up at Goose Watch Winery tasting room and enjoyed learning about, and tasting, their wines. Produced in the Finger Lakes, Goose Watch has a large range of exclusive flavors varying from the popular whites such as Pinot Grigio and Riesling-Gewurztraminer, to reds such as of Lemberger and Merlot. We left with a few different bottles, but the one I’m most excited about is their bottle of Glogg. If you don’t know what Glogg is, it’s a special treat to have on hand during the holidays and it served warm after spices are added and time has passed warming slowly on the stove or in a crockpot. It’s truly wonderful and brings back memories of my years of living in Germany. Glogg is the Swiss version of Gluhwein, which is also wonderful.


For dinner, we decided to try the restaurant attached to the Resort, Generations Tap Bar and Grill, and it was incredible! I started with a Fall Mimosa, which was topped with a cinnamon stick, sprig of sage, and orange, and it was fantastic. We shared an appetizer called Buds N’ Spuds, which has Brussel sprouts and gnocchi, smothered in cheese. The gnocchi reminded me of my grandma’s, and I could have eaten this dish all night. We also ordered the maple chipotle wings and brought some back to the room for a snack later on. Perfectly cooked and coated, we will be sure to finish them before we leave.


I had the seared scallops for dinner that were served hot in a small cast iron pan with German mashed potatoes and Brussel sprouts for the side. Again, perfectly cooked, and seasoned, this dish is a must. Greg ordered the Marcy strip steak, which is a 12-ounce center cut strip steak and he loved every bite. The beef is from a local farm and you could certainly taste the difference.


Generations is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In keeping with the sustainable philosophy of Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, the menu features many foods that are grown and raised locally. Our goal is to keep it as local and fresh as possible, showcasing the many wonderful farms and products that are grown, raised, and cultivated in New York’s Adirondack region. Guests of the Resort are offered special pricing on food and drinks, and I found this restaurant to be an incredible value for the high-end food that is served.


We also visited High Falls Gorge, as well as, the Olympic Ski Jumping Center, which I will write about separately. We truly enjoyed our weekend in Lake Placid and would highly recommend the Golden Arrow, and the cute downtown of Lake Placid, as a perfect place for a sweet getaway!

Mad Tom Orchard

East Dorset, Vermont

October, 2021

We are very fortunate to be related to the hosts of Mad Tom's Apple Orchard, but even if we weren't, this orchard is well worth a drive. Located in beautiful East Dorset, Vermont, and sitting among mountains and valleys, this orchard brags that they offer, "Apple picking with a view," and they are spot on! 


Tom and Sylvia Smith began restoration of the orchard in 1999. This orchard was purchased by Tom's dad in 1962 and was planted by the Parsons family in 1940. It was run for many years as a commercial orchard, then as a pick-your-own. Loss of the airplane spray service forced the orchard to close in 1997. Since they took over in 1999, Tom and Sylvia have pruned over 100 of the best old trees and planted 1200 new trees, bringing 8 acres back into production.


Some of the trees are more than 80 years-old and full of fruit! See families taking advantage of this wonderful resource, and pulling the wagons provided, would warm anyone's heart. 


The apples are certainly amazing to see and wonderful to eat, but even better yet, the apple cider donuts are out of this world! Sylvia is in the kitchen, located in the original farmhouse on the property, along with help from family, making donuts throughout the weekend. When we were there, they figured they would be making over 1200 donuts that day! If you are looking for a classic cider donut to have with your coffee or tea, make sure you stop by Mad Tom's on the weekends that they are open and pick yourself up a bag (or two!).


Apple varieties that are offered are: McIntosh, Cortland, Ginger Gold, Zestar, Sansa, Fuji, Gala, Honeycrisp, Blondee, Macoun, Empire, Golden Delicious, Northern Spy, and Crimson Crisp. There is a map of the orchard and signs in the trees to help you find what you're looking for as you walk around this piece of heaven.

Visit www.madtomorchard.com to learn more and to find their Apple Calendar so you know when the apple of your choice is ready. If you stop by, be sure to say hi to Tom and tell him that Cari and Greg send you! You will be glad you did :-). 

Hazen's Notch

Westfield, Vermont

October, 2021

If you love Fall in Vermont, Hazen's Notch is not to be missed. It's an annual drive that Greg and I make time for every year and it never disappoints.


According to Wikipedia, Hazen's Notch is a mountain pass in Westfield, in the northern Green Mountains of Vermont. Hazen's Notch was named after Moses Hazen, who in 1779 led the construction of the Bayley Hazen Military Road.


If you start in Montgomery, you will end not too far from Jay Peak, which is another wonderful place to explore. Also, you will end in Lowell, which hosts the Hazen's Notch Campground. This privately owned campground has 50 maintained sites, including 30 RV and 20 tent or trailer sites. Boat rentals, a state stocked pond, and hiking are only a few of the things to do. Visit www.hazens-notch-campground.com for more information.


Be sure to visit the Hazen's Notch State Park on your drive and be on the lookout for peregrine falcons. Visit the park's website at https://fpr.vermont.gov/hazens-notch-state-park if you want to learn more.


If you would like to learn more about the offerings of this area, the Hazen's Notch Association's website www.hazensnotch.org, is a wonderful resource. There is information on hiking trails, a trail map, and summer camp. 


This drive is a ten out of ten and should not be missed. It is also less crowded than other more popular passes through the mountains.