Perspectives of a Lady, Gentleman & Dane

weekend away Archive

Hannah Sheflyand

I am so excited to go spend this weekend in the Washington DC area. We are heading down for a weekend getaway and staying in Alexandria, VA so we can be close to the cherry blossom festivities all weekend long. Brian’s sisters also live in the area so we hope to get a little extra family time in as well. I am also hoping this warm weather stays through out the weekend and we get to spend a well longed for weekend outdoors.

We timed it pretty well so we will get to see this when we visit:



cherry_blossom_fest_jefferson_background_1I am so excited! What are your plans for the weekend, relaxing after the craziness last week or on to new adventures?

Hannah Sheflyand

As I am frantically trying to finish planning for my trip to Italy next week, I took a break over the weekend and went to Boston with Brian. Both Brian and I have visited before, but separately, and it was a long long time ago, so we thought it might be a fun weekend away. It was an easy 4 hour drive each way and the weather cooperated perfectly for us. We had a fun time just walking around and enjoying all that Boston has to offer. Here are some little tidbits if you decide to take a trip.


We stayed at the Hotel Marlowe Kimptom, which is actually in Cambridge. This hotel is just 5 minutes away from downtown Boston but is on the other side of the river so you have a beautiful view of the water, Bunker Hill Bridge and downtown Boston. The staff here is super friendly, and even though we didn’t bring Charlie with us this time, they do allow dogs free of charge.


Everyone recommended we eat fresh seafood while up in Boston. We were so happy to find Alive and Kicking Lobsters on a bike ride in Cambridge. This is a great little shack sandwiched by big buildings, we practically missed it first time around. They sell fresh uncooked seafood, and also soda, delicious soups and the best lobster sandwiches. No lobster roll could compare! Try it!


I usually am a huge planner for any trips, however this one got the worst of me, I planned absolutely nothing. Because of that our dinner did not go as planned. I was very excited to try Row34 which is supposed to be an amazing raw bar, but we didn’t make reservations and the wait was almost 2 hours. If you make it there, let me know how it is.

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Hannah Sheflyand

This weekend is already not going as planned. I woke up today even more sick then yesterday, and even though I would love to just spend the whole weekend in bed with hot tea with honey, we are off to Boston for the weekend! I am usually the type of person who plans everything, almost hour by hour, for trips weeks ahead of time, but somehow time has gotten the best of me so I will rush and plan everything as best as I can all tonight.

On a very happy note, our foster dog Moose is getting adopted today! He has been fun to have around but we are all excited he now has a permanent home. Below are some pictures of him from the last few weeks, isnt he adorable:







We will miss you big guy!

I hope the rainy weather for tomorrow will disappear early in the day and we can go bike riding all around town, what about you? What are your plans for the weekend?

Hannah Sheflyand

We spent a beautiful weekend outside of the city. We stayed in a little town near Woodstock and up there the weather was colder and the leaves already started changing. I was happy to bundle up in a comfy sweater and a warm cup of tea, and spend my weekend enjoying the view from our porch.

How are you doing with the fall weather slowly sneaking in? This time of year kick starts me into baking again, there is always a hiatus with the heat in the summer. Now that it is a little chillier I thought it would be fun to start with experimenting with pumpkin. My first go at Pumpkin bars had some great flavor but the texture was more like dense bread rather then chewy thin bars. My second attempt was successful enough that I am excited to share this simple yet delicious recipe!

Gluten Free Pumpkin Bars (with an Optional Lactose Free Cream Cheese Frosting)


1 cup of gluten free flour (I used Bobs Red Mill)

2tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking soda & 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

2 eggs

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup coconut oil

1 cup pumpkin

1/2 tsp vanilla

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 cup powdered sugar

4oz vegan cream cheese

1/4 cup of any butter softened (I used goat butter)

1/2 tsp vanilla

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Hannah Sheflyand

Brian and I just came back from our trip to Woodstock, VT. We had a great time with Brians family and many opportunities to just sit back and enjoy our beautiful peaceful surroundings. My next weekend getaway post (last one here) will definitely be about all the great things to do when visiting Woodstock, VT.

In the meantime I hope you enjoy some of the photos we took on our vacation.


This is the house we stayed in.

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Hannah Sheflyand

I have been inspired after our short vacation to Vermont to write about some great weekend getaways. I always believed that for me to feel refreshed and count a getaway as a vacation I needed to travel far and exotically. Yes vacations far away are great, but I have thoroughly enjoyed the little weekend getaways Brian and I have taken and they have been a refreshing change of pace to our everyday hectic lives and I thought it would be great to share some of our favorites and the great things that await when you get there.

First up is Woodstock, NY up in the Catskill mountains. This is a perfect weekend retreat in the summer if you want to get away from the extreme heat of New York and is a great romantic getaway in the fall with all the color changes and fall scenery. Woodstock is about a 2-3 hour drive from NYC and the same for a bus ride from Port Authority ($56.00 Round-trip).

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Once you get up there, there are many accommodation options, just understand there are no 5 star hotels, but my favorite is definitely the Woodstock Inn on the Mainstream.

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The prices for rooms are great, there is plenty of gorgeous views from the inn and the biggest perk is that the inn is still very close to everything in town.


Before Brian and I book anything, we first look for the places we will be able to eat in town. The #1 must stop place in Woodstock is the Garden Cafe on the Green. All the food is local, organic, freshly prepared and most importantly, DELICIOUS!


Even though breakfast is provided at the inn, a great spot for something warm, comforting and yummy, Bread Alone is great to take a break and grab a loaf or pastry. Bread Alone now is sold all around New York State, but there is nothing compared to grabbing a fresh warm slice of bread from the direct source.


There are many great cafes all over town, and all in waking distance, but if your still stuck on where to go, my other favorites are Yum Yum Noodle Bar and Oriole9. The Noodle Bar is a romantic little shop with a great menu that changes daily depending on the fresh ingredients available. There is now a Yum Yum food truck and many more shops opening all over NY state. Oriole 9 is a great healthy restaurant, operated by a sweet couple who strive to keep all their ingredients local and organic, and have only delicious food leaving the kitchen. Have you noticed the pattern here with food?


If you want to just have a relaxing weekend without many plans then you will be more then satisfied with just hanging out near the inn or checking out the little shops in town and just relax. If you want something a little more intense then I would highly suggest hiking up Overlook Mountain. It starts at the Buddhist Temple which is also a great little stop, but continues up the mountain for about 2.5 miles until you hit the top where there is an abandoned hotel and a fun water tower to climb and an amazingly beautiful view.


Whether you go on the hike or not, there is always an excuse to spend a few hours at the spa and River Rock Spa is the place to stop at. This spa is not very big but it is intimate and super comfortable with many options for spa packages.

It is so hard to fit all of Woodstock into one weekend, I have now been multiple times and still cant get enough. I am hoping that Brian and I will go spend a weekend there in September and enjoy the fall weather at its best.

What do you think of Woodstock, NY? Have you been before, if not would you consider spending a day or two there?

Charlie The Dane

Hannah’s foot is finally healed up and we can now go out and explore. Its been a long few months where we couldn’t go hiking which means my exercise was mostly at the dog park and running with Brian. As long as I am exercised every day I am a happy puppy but I especially love running off leash out in the wild. We had the opportunity to spend last weekend up in the Catskills and had a good time just relaxing and enjoying the outdoors.

Hannah took a lot of photos and I wanted to share them, especially the many she took of me. Hope you enjoy!




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Hannah Sheflyand

How cute is this video explaining the World Cup games? Brian and I watched it over and over and over and couldn’t stop laughing.

Any plans for your weekend? Have you been following the World Cup?

I am planning to spend the weekend in the Catskill Mountains relaxing with the cooler weather and hopefully going on my first hike after my foot surgery. I think Charlie has really been missing exploring and being off-leash, and I have missed taking cute pictures of her (like here). Unfortunately Brian is stuck at home studying. I will be back in time on Sunday to watch the finale for the World Cup together.

Hannah Sheflyand

The weather for the weekend looks great so I hope everyone will get to enjoy some outdoor time. After last week’s busy long weekend, I am ok with just spending this one on the couch. Do you ever need a recovery period after a trip away from home? If you would like to reminisce my trip to Montreal with me and Brian, I would love to share some of our photos.

We were able to rent bikes and ride all over town. Brian enjoyed being silly while photos were being taken.


This is my younger sister Nicole. She tagged along with us and was a great sport.

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Nicole had a camera lens that formats all photos to fish eye. We played around with it while waiting for some delicious breakfast.


Brian had a craving for southern food and got lucky that one of the brunch places offered Chicken & Waffles.


The downtown area of Montreal was beautiful and filled with cute little boutiques and a ton of cafes.


Nicole took this picture as we were strolling through Old Montreal.

I think I am starting to enjoy these 3 day trips away, maybe the next one will be to Boston or Philadelphia. How about you, any trips planned?