Our Vermont trip in 2017 Fall

Be it Airbnb or a vacation house where we would stay, we had high expectations for Vermont in early October. It didn’t disappoint us.

But before all that dreamy foliage thing…We visited the Teddy Bear factory in Burlington VT to put ourselves in retrospect for a little while.

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After the Teddy tour, we enjoyed the sunset at Waterfront in Burlington downtown. A very peaceful and relaxing place.

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A group of 11 this time
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sunset at Waterfront

Our vacation house was in Waterbury, not far from Stowe which is a famous town for skiing and sightseeing. It’s very convenient to buy things from local markets so we didn’t bring too many food materials this time. When we woke up the next morning, the view was astonishing even just from the inside.

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the balcony
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view from the balcony
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group photo at the balcony
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group photo at Stowe cable tour
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group photo at Stowe cable tour

Envy us :).

My Airbnb Experience In A Maine Forest

I tend to avoid Airbnb when I go on a vacation since its risk is always higher than chain hotels, but after my recent airbnb trip I just realized how much fun I had missed because of this.

Two weeks ago we (me and my friends) spent a fantastic weekend in Newry, Maine where we rented an Airbnb house and drove all the way from Boston for 3 hours - just to taste a bit of nature.

This place, although in Maine, was actually quite close to the White Mountains area in New Hampshire. Acadia was naturally our initial plan, as most of us had never visited this famous national park, but it was too touristy (and far and expensive) for a group of 10 who spend most of the time together playing board games. Yes, we drive more than 200 miles to find a place for playing board games!

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The house was recently renovated so it looked incredibly new. Unfortunately, it had irritating chemical smell upon our arrival. We opened all windows and doors for a while, then the odor was gone and we did find this place quite cozy and interesting.

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outside our house

After our house tour, the living room immediately became our favourite spot. Great view and light, large space and fireplace, lovely furniture, we could really see ourselves sitting here playing all day - and we did!

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the living room
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dining and kitchen
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We played Splendor, Risk, and Mahjong (麻将) and it was all fun and games until someone finally got hungry. In fact, cooking could be the biggest problem here - you had to drive a dozen miles to buy materials. Luckily we brought whatever we need for a two-day trip - all we ever needed was just drinks and noodles!

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cooking soybean sauce
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noodles with soybean sauce

We cooked the delicious 炸酱面 (noodles with soybean sauce) and it was a treasure.

We did go hiking around in the day and it was also much fun. Overall this airbnb experience was extremely wonderful and we unanimously agree that we would do a similar trip to Vermont in the foliage season this year.

The Hachi Trail Tour

On a warm Saturday in April I visited Woonsocket, a small town in north Rhode Island where the film Hachi: A Dog’s Tale was filmed. I’ve been wanting to go there because it’s really close to where I’m living now, plus a group of fans and dog lovers even made a Hachi Trail(see below) that has all noticeable filming places in it.


Following the trail map I was astonished that the town even put a Hachi statue in front of the train station, and I was able to rebuild the image and establish a connection to this touching film. Here is what I got:

Above: movie screenshot Below: photos I took

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It’s well worth the drive.