ROADTRIP TO HAMILTON, NY
This past weekend we made an epic 10 hour road trip (one way) out to Hamilton, NY for the wedding of our dear friends Mark and Anne. Hamilton is a cute little town about an hour north of Syracuse in upstate New York. It is the home of Colgate University. As one friend said, it reminds us of Stars Hollow! Downtown has a number of boutiques, restaurants, a movie theater, inn, and town square where they host a weekend farmers market.
THE GOODLIFE AIRBNB
We stayed a fabulous Airbnb right in downtown Hamilton that was perfect for us--not even 5 minutes from literally everywhere we needed to be all weekend. Kelly and Dan were excellent hosts. They provided us with a large room with a queen-size bed, fresh towels, robes, candies and snacks, and a continental breakfast complete with bagels from a local bakery!
On Friday after a family picnic, we all went to the bride's family land to have a bonfire where family and friends played music and sang. It took a little bit of time for all of us to make it up the hill and get parked before we could get the fire started! The music (bluegrass, of course) was so good! I loved singing along to a few classics including Neil Young's "Harvest Moon" and Old Crow Medicine Show's "Wagon Wheel".
On Saturday morning before the wedding, we wandered downtown to the Village Green to explore the farmers market. It was a fun time, with lots of fresh produce, meats, local honey, and lovely crafts.
Our favorite artist was LiliyaSophia, a young woman who makes really cool custom jewelry using international coins (you can shop her etsy store by clicking the link). She has a collection of coins from all over the world and she makes them into bracelets and necklaces. She also recycles vintage books and makes them into journals, and she makes cards! If we weren't saving every dime for leaving for Africa in two weeks, there was a gorgeous green Masai bead necklace with a vintage East Africa coin calling my name! See some of her art below!
After the farmers market we wandered around downtown. We found the Flour & Salt bakery, which is where our Airbnb hosts bought the delicious bagels for our breakfast! My favorite pick was a plain bagel dusted with rosemary. When you put it in the toaster the rosemary warms and smells amaaazing! After walking around we had a nice soup and salad lunch on the patio at the Colgate Inn before heading back to the house to get ready for the wedding!