How to Train Myself That a Weekend Trip is Enough

Checking back in after nearly 8 months…

Hi guys!

We have a lot to catch up on, it seems. Once again, sorry about my negligence. Let me fill you in on what’s been happening in my life since January.

Shortly after my last post (Jan of this year..yikes!), I was hired for my first full-time job out of grad school. Hurray! It’s an incredible position, at an amazing institution, with some lovely human beings. But now, I have to learn to adapt to a schedule where I’m allotted 2-weeks vacation time, and a few personal days here-or-there – you know, like a normal person.

To say nothing of those looming other restrictions – budgetary ones. Occasionally, being a home-owner means you have to part ways with some hard earned money for less than fun, often unforeseen, expenses. The hubs and I had some unexpected repairs that needed tending to, while simultaneously saving to buy somewhere new. Adulting is hard.

So, now I’m faced with the task of learning to scratch that pesky travel itch under much more restrictive parameters than in the past. Teaching myself that, sometimes, a weekend is enough.

Canada Day in Toronto, Fourth of July in NY.

To avoid using any of those precious vacation days, Rob and I have been trying to utilize any and all built-in long weekends.

Fourth of July weekend we headed north to celebrate our friend’s 30th birthday in Toronto. My first time ever visiting our neighbors to the north!

Three days was a perfect amount of time to see some sights, relax, and chow down on some local eats (poutine and steaks all day, err’day!).

We flew in very late Friday night and spent all day Saturday and Sunday in Toronto, before driving to Niagara and eventually home on Monday. Initially I was concerned that our weekend would be too jam packed full of things to do that we wouldn’t get to really enjoy everything, or we’d be too tired to really appreciate it. This, thankfully, was not at all the case. We had such a wonderful time! This trip definitely made me realize that weekend jaunts up north (or south for that matter.. *hint hint, Rob*) are just as worthwhile and enjoyable as longer trips.

Enjoying a delicious Pilsner at Steam Whistle Brewery, Toronto
Sunbathing on the roof of the Hyatt – great views of the CN Tower

 

Took a Waterways Cruise to Toronto Island – Absolutely gorgeous!

 

Fourth of July at Niagara Falls!

 

Birthday Libations in North Fork Wine Country.

Next up was my birthday! The hubs planned an incredible weekend for us in Long Island’s Wine Country. I’ve lived in New York all my life and I never knew such a place existed. If you’re able, go check it out someday. Great wine with beautiful views. We will definitely be returning someday – I suspect sooner than later.

A little extra planning was involved on this one – and the hubs delivered! He researched and researched to learn what some of the best ranked wineries were, and which vineyards fit our specific tastes and interests. Croteaux Vineyards (specializing in Rosés) and Lieb were two of my favorites. Luckily, I don’t need to wait for my return to North Fork to restock – both sell their wines online!

Me & the Hubs at Croteaux Vineyards drinking out favorite – Merlot 181
Enjoying conversation, wine flights, and snacks at Lieb Vineyards.

 

I mean… Is this not the most beautiful table? Yum!

So now we’re convinced and there will be many, many more weekend trips in the future and I can’t wait to share them with you!

Thanks so much for reading, and if you have any suggestions of weekend trips from NY, please share!

 

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